Accounting Technician

company icon County of Sonoma location icon Santa Rosa, CA category icon Accounting

$5,555 - $6,753 / mo Full Time

Position Information


Bring your advanced Microsoft Excel skills and grow your accounting career, with the County of Sonoma,  Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures!

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Starting salary $31.94/hour and a competitive total compensation package!*

The Position

The Sonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures, is seeking to fill an Accounting Technician position. In this role you will reconcile payments in fiscal and state agency contract reporting systems and software platforms, fulfill state reporting requirements, issue invoices and manage accounts receivable. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Creating pivot tables for comprehensive data analysis
    Reconciling, establishing, and maintaining accounting records
  • Preparing summaries and cost statements
  • Reviewing reports, and documents for accuracy and completeness
  • Adjusting accounts to align with departmental procedures

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills in Pivot tables, conditional formatting, data validation, formulas & functions, grouping and subtotals, linking spreadsheets, and text to column
  • A strong background in finance
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the desire to learn quickly and take initiative
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook and Word
  • The ability to effectively collaborate with multiple stakeholders
  • The ability to switch gears and work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining high standards in the quality and integrity of your work
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to train and motivate staff
  • Experience with Accela, Enterprise Financial System (EFS), PeopleSoft, Digital Health Department software (DHD), OnBase, ezEFS, and Calcats is desired, but not required

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma 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:

  • Salary Advancement – 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
  • Paid Time Off – Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County Paid Health Premium Contributions – 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Staff Development/Wellness Pay – Annual benefit allowances of up to $650 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Post-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement – County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement – A pension fully integrated with Social Security
  • Paid Parental Leave – May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employment
  • Student Loan Debt Relief – County employees may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the U.S. Department of Education

*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.

This Accounting Technician employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

*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, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, this would include completion of a two year course of study in accounting, financial analysis, statistics, or a closely related field, and two years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in the review, processing, and maintenance of fiscal transactions and accounts, or statistical data and records, including at least one year interpreting financial data and solving complex financial problems;


Completion of at least six semester or eight quarter units in accounting, financial analysis, statistics, or a closely related field; and four years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in the review, processing, and maintenance of fiscal transactions and accounts, or statistical data and records, including at least one year interpreting financial data and solving complex financial problems.

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.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Thorough knowledge of: methods, practices, and terminology used in financial and statistical clerical work, including considerable knowledge of cost, basic accounting, and budgetary accounting principles; double entry bookkeeping; government and departmental policies, regulations, and procedures in order to satisfactorily perform assigned account or statistical record keeping functions, resolve related problems, or assess acceptability of work performance and procedures; department services, organization, and functions to proficiently plan, prioritize, coordinate, implement, direct, review, evaluate, and perform work assigned to a clerical accounting section.

Working knowledge of: principles and techniques of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; intermediate mathematics to include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, percentages, decimals, and derivatives in order to count, calculate, balance, check, and adjust fiscal and/or statistical data; modern office methods and procedures; database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications.

Ability to: understand, coordinate, maintain, and monitor an entire accounting system; exercise judgment and technical accounting skill in performing assigned duties independently; establish, evaluate, and modify clerical accounting systems, procedures, records, and forms; review, code, post, adjust, and summarize fiscal transactions or statistical data; maintain and reconcile control records; prepare financial and statistical reports, statements, charts, and graphs; review, analyze, and evaluate data and reports for accuracy and conformance to standards and procedures; train and supervise others; plan, schedule, and assign work; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, coworkers, and administrative and professional personnel; read and interpret laws pertaining to departmental accounting practices and procedures; use and understand common database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications; operate office equipment such as adding machines, calculators, and computers in order to post, balance, summarize, and adjust data.


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 scored using position-specific criteria. 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 and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant’s application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination which evaluates the education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, and other qualifications that you demonstrate in your application and/or response to the supplemental questionnaire. Please be aware that resumes and cover letters are not typically evaluated in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


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. 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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