Water Agency Maintenance Worker I - Extra-Help

Salary $21.43 - $26.05 Hourly Location Santa Rosa, CA Job Type Extra Help Department Sonoma County Water Agency (WTR) Job Number 21/09-5080-EHC Position Information

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Maintenance Worker I - Extra-Help. Multiple positions available!

Sonoma Water is seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple temporary, extra-help Water Agency Maintenance Worker I (WAMW I) positions. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of the list.

At the entry-level, Water Agency Maintenance Workers perform a variety of entry-level, semi-skilled, light and heavy manual tasks involving water- and wastewater treatment-related maintenance. Typical duties include:
  • Trail, access, and service road maintenance
  • Repairing and installing water and wastewater treatment distribution systems, as well as flood control and river channels
  • Digging trenches, repairing pipes, and removing silt and other debris
  • Planting, pruning, cutting, chipping, and removing trees and other foliage
  • Installing, repairing, and removing fences

Ideal candidates will possess an interest in learning new skills, the ability to work in a team environment, and:
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Knowledge of riparian ecology and fire fuel reduction concepts such as shaded fuel breaks
  • Experience pruning trees and performing other vegetation management duties
  • Experience using various hand and power tools
  • One or more of the following licenses/certifications, which are is desired, not required:
    • Arborist Certification issued by the International Society of Arboriculture
    • Class A Commercial Driver's License
    • Qualified Applicator's License issued by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation

About Sonoma Water

Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 230 employees, Sonoma Water consists of six divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water and Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.
Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include some experience in construction which includes performing heavy physical labor, or maintenance work which includes the use of light mechanical machines and hand tools.

Driver's License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position. A valid State of California Class A Commercial Driver's License, including any valid and appropriate California Endorsement(s) (e.g. tank endorsement), is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working Knowledge of: general construction materials, safety practices, and tools commonly used in wastewater collection and water distribution system construction and maintenance and/or in vegetation management; including basic types, styles, and sizes of pipes, parts, and fittings; principles and practices of a diverse range of semi-skilled trades areas such as carpentry, irrigation systems, drywall, asphalt and concrete work, plumbing, fencing construction and related trades areas; water and wastewater system functions and structures; flood control and collection system pipe laying procedures; methods, materials, and procedures used in bedding, backfilling, and black topping.

Knowledge of: materials and procedures used in repairing and replacing concrete structures; methods, equipment, and procedures used in water and wastewater system line cleaning; safety procedures, requirements, and equipment; repair, preventive maintenance, and safe operations of trucks, hand, and power tools; and light and heavy construction equipment; methods and techniques of using CCTV equipment to diagnose and resolve sewer line issues; safe working practices and techniques including those for working within confined spaces and handling/disposition of hazardous materials; USA methods and techniques; sewer systems standards as specified in California Uniform Plumbing Code; English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition; principles and practices of record keeping.

Ability to: perform a variety of semi-skilled manual maintenance and construction tasks for extended periods and under unfavorable weather conditions; operate line cleaning equipment and hand and power tools; determine appropriate methods to clean water and sewer lines; demonstrate physical strength, endurance, mechanical aptitude, and skills for working in a variety of trades areas; operate CCTV equipment to diagnose collection system issues and identify required maintenance; mark and locate underground services; operate a diverse range of light and heavy equipment in performance of assigned duties; work in confined and/or underground spaces; understand and follow oral and written instructions; follow safety procedures; accurately complete simple report forms; work effectively with other employees and the public; speak, read, and write English at a level appropriate for successful job performance; read work maps and plans.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.
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Maintenance and Repair Workers, General


High School or Equivalent

Job type

Full time

Salary Range
$37,000.00 - 60,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Santa Rosa, CA 95401, US
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