County of Alameda

Water Resources Technician I, Zone7 (#4937)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Zone 7/Clerk (059)
$44.64-$54.28 Hourly / $3,571.20-$4,342.40 BiWeekly /
$7,737.60-$9,408.53 Monthly / $92,851.20-$112,902.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, to perform a variety of office and field sub-professional engineering duties; to establish and maintain detailed and interrelated engineering and hydrological record-keeping systems; to coordinate and operate special programs; and to perform related work as required.


Water Resources Technician I is the experienced first level in the series. Incumbents perform a variety of office and field duties within water resources, water supply, flood control, water quality, and/or the construction, operation and maintenance of water treatment and distribution facilities. As experience and proficiency are gained, assignments become more difficult and independence of action is increased. After one year of successful experience at this level, incumbents are normally eligible to advance to the Technician II level.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Performs survey reduction, design, manual and computer-aided drafting, right- of-way engineering and mathematical computations for water resources projects such as wells, water treatment plants, water transmission pipelines, groundwater recharge facilities, and flood control channel improvements.

2. Prepares, revises and updates a variety of graphical and textual presentations such as, but not limited to, maps, drawings, charts, graphs and technical illustrations.

3. Performs technical administration and/or field inspection work for an assigned program, such as but not limited to Groundwater Protection Ordinance, Water Connection Charge Ordinance, Special Drainage Area 7-1 Fee Program, and Water Conservation Program.

4. Prepares construction drawings and assembles specifications and contract documents for projects.

5. Inspects project construction and materials for compliance with plans and specifications; inspects well construction, reconstruction or destruction for compliance with regulations.

6. Gathers and compiles data and information and prepares various periodic and special reports relating to the area of assignment; assists in the preparation of more complex reports such as operational evaluation studies, master planning, and financial requirements.

7. Provides information on permit requirements; reviews permit applications for conformance with regulations and standards and issues permits; inspects work for compliance with permit requirements.

8. Responds to public inquiries relating to area of assignment; explains applicable regulations, standards and policies; receives, documents and resolves or refers complaints; composes correspondence relating to compliance issues, inquiries and complaints.

9. Collects water samples and performs tests and analyses.

10. Installs, monitors and maintains hydrologic measuring stations and devices.

11. Takes measurements and collects groundwater, surface water and climatological data.

12. Operates a variety of computer software; maintains and updates computer files; participates in the development of new computer applications.

13. Updates and maintains a variety of records, files and resource information.

14. Provides training, direction and technical expertise to lower-level Technicians.

Either I


Completion of sixty semester units of college level studies with an emphasis in engineering, mathematics and/or science;



The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in sub-professional engineering or water resources work at a level equivalent to the class of Water Resource Engineering Aide.


Possession of a valid California Driver’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The required level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Elementary principles of engineering as applied to the area of assignment, including design, construction and inspection.
• Fundamental principles of hydrology and water resources.
• Data collection and sampling methods and equipment.
• Surveying and drafting methods and equipment.
• Mathematics and algebra.
• Modern office methods, procedures and equipment.
• Computer software applications related to the work.
• Codes, regulations and standards related to the area of assignment.


• Reading, reviewing, interpreting, and/or preparing engineering drawings, plans, specifications, and various technical documents.
• Working cooperatively with the public, contractors, other agencies, and others while exercising enforcement responsibilities.
• Reading, interpreting, analyzing and processing maps, legal descriptions, regulations, survey data, contracts and agreements, and a variety of technical documents related to area of assignment.
• Gathering and compiling data and information and preparing accurate technical reports and documents.
• Performing accurate mathematical calculations.
• Communicating and working effectively with a variety of individuals, agencies and organizations.
• Properly using equipment, tools and instruments related to area of assignment, including those used for surveying and drafting.
• Operating computer systems to meet work unit needs.
• Maintaining complete and accurate records.
• Collecting, computing and analyzing hydrologic data.
• Performing basic maintenance and repair of electronic measuring and recording devices.


Some positions must be willing and able to work in exposure to potential chemical, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and/or outdoors in all weather conditions. Some positions require agility, strength and endurance sufficient to access and investigate sites, such as remote wells, mining pits, steep channels, deep and/or rapid waters, etc.

Old document: 4937h
New document: Jobspecs/4937-4938-4939
CSC Date: 1/20/99


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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