Sonoma Water Drafting and Design Technician III

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on January 6, 2023
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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


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.