Sonoma Water Drafting and Design Technician III

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $89,558.32 - $108,864.18 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma Water Agency (Sonoma Water) seeks a Drafting and Design Technician III to join the Engineering and Resource Planning Division's CAD/GIS Team

Using your skillset in AutoCAD Civil 3D, you will work alongside project managers to design and draft projects for large capacity, high-pressure aqueducts; high volume wastewater treatment plans; sanitation collection systems and large capacity steel water reservoirs and other assets and facilities that Sonoma Water owns and operates. As the Sonoma Water Drafting and Design Technician III you are the team lead working closely with the CAD/GIS Coordinator facilitating section communications and sharing your knowledge of Civil Water projects and CAD software with the team of journey level drafters.

The ideal candidate will be open-minded and have the ability to work both independently and cooperatively in a team environment. Additionally, they will possess :

  • Civil engineering drafting and design experience
  • Advanced proficiency with AutoCAD Civil 3D software and other programs relevant to this position such as ESRI's, Excel, GIS, and modeling software
  • Experience managing and developing AutoCAD Standards for the Agency
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to create effective working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • An aptitude to work in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities
What We Offer

Working at Sonoma Water offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:
  • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

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 250 employees, Sonoma Water consists of seven divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water/Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, Emergency Management and Security, 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 use efficiency 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.

The Formal title for this position is Water Agency Engineering Technician III.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits Directory .


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include college-level coursework, or equivalent training, in plane geometry, trigonometry, algebra, drafting, CADD, civil engineering, land surveying, or related fields and one year of experience at the level of Water Agency Engineering Technician II. An Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with a major in a related field is highly desirable.

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.

Certifications: Desirable certifications depend on assignment. For survey assignments, the California State Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists as a Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) certification is desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: depending upon assignment, the principles, practices, and methods of technical civil engineering, drafting, soil and sample collection and testing, and/or surveying office and field support as they apply to water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and/or flood control projects; the appropriate and efficient operation and troubleshooting of related equipment, and computer software; technical report writing practices and procedures; accurate recordkeeping and project documentation for engineering projects; mathematics, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and difficult engineering computations; office methods and procedures, including setting up and maintaining technical record-keeping systems; Water Agency safety practices and procedures.

Working knowledge of: depending on assignment, Title 27 as it relates to soil, air, and groundwater quality; storm water runoff, water quality issues, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements; EPA test methods and reporting standards; the principles, practices methods, and procedures of land and bathymetric surveying; surveying instrumentation and data collection systems; the identification, nomenclature, and function of works related to water transmission, treatment, and storage works, water diversion, and flood control systems; the principles, practices, and techniques of measuring and modeling stream flow, hydraulics, morphology, and the hydrology; habitat enhancement and restorations; use of total station and GPS; computers and CADD software; and modern office methods, procedures, and software programs.

Ability to: depending on assignment, make accurate notes and sketches and to prepare work and observation reports; understand and carry out detailed, lengthy, or complicated written or oral instructions, including reading and interpreting plans and specifications; perform engineering, surveying, and/or CADD design work, including the effective use of related instrumentation systems and equipment; research, prepare, and maintain a variety of clear and concise technical reports and records related to the work; clearly and accurately convey technical information in written reports; assist in preparing and reviewing plans, permit applications, designs, and specifications for projects; research and analyze legal descriptions related to properties; make difficult technical and mathematical computations; utilize computers for a wide variety of calculations; prepare and compile complex written technical and formal reports; represent the Agency effectively in meetings and make presentations to various groups; use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines; communicate effectively both in writing and orally with persons from a variety of socio-economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds; establish, maintain, and foster effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; assign, review the work of, and train other employees; utilize electronic information systems, and analyze and interpret such information.

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 Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


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 is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule 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. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. 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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IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits described herein do not apply to Extra Help positions.


These are some of the excellent benefits the County offers:

Paid Time Off :Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals; 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year; and may be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment.

Health Plan : Choice of five health plans (a PPO, EPO, HMO, and two deductible HMOs) with a County contribution toward the premium (the contribution amount varies by bargaining unit. For specific details, please refer to the applicable MOU). A County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement is available for some bargaining units.

Retirement :Fully integrated with Social Security.For more information regarding eligibility, retirement contributions, and reciprocity with prior public service, please visit .

IRS 457 Plan : Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum.

Retiree Medical :County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits.

Plus excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development, and more.

For answers to specific questions regarding the employment process and more details about benefits or retirement, please contact Human Resources at (707) 565-2331.Additional details about benefit and compensation packages can be found in the MOUs located at . For specific information about health and welfare benefits including plan options, coverage, and premium amounts go to or, contact the Human Resources' Risk Management-Benefits Office at or (707) 565-2900.

*IMPORTANT NOTES: Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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Job Address

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