City of Santa Rosa

Supervising Electrical Technician - Water

Onsite - Santa Rosa, CA
$100K - $125K Annually
Application Deadline: 6/13/24


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The City of Santa Rosa is committed to building a workforce reflective of our community and establishing a lasting culture of equity and belonging within our organization. Our collective talents and expertise contribute to high-quality public services that support a vibrant, resilient, inclusive City for our community and visitors. We celebrate a diverse workforce and welcome all qualified candidates to apply. 

The Benefits of City Employment

In addition to offering a rewarding work environment, opportunity for career growth, and excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous suite of benefits, including retirement through CalPERS, a competitive leave accrual package, your choice of three health plans, and top of the line employer paid vision and dental coverage. 

  • A competitive total compensation package!
  • Flexible schedule available: 9/80 or 5/8
  • 11 paid holidays annually, plus 2 to 3 “floating holidays per year depending on years of service”
  • $500 annually for wellness
  • The City is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) Employer


Santa Rosa Water’s mission is to provide essential water services and invest in a sustainable future for our community. Santa Rosa Water delivers approximately six billion gallons of drinking water, each year, to over 53,000 customer accounts, and maintains the sanitary sewer system for over 49,000 customer accounts in Santa Rosa, serving a population of 173,000. These systems include roughly 1,200 miles of water and sewer pipelines. Santa Rosa Water also owns and operates the Regional Water Reuse System, providing wastewater treatment and water reuse for Santa Rosa and four surrounding communities. Santa Rosa Water also provides oversight of the City’s storm drain system and management of approximately 100 miles of creeks. The department protects public health and the environment by providing a safe and reliable water supply, wastewater collection and treatment, beneficial reuse of recycled water and biosolids, and storm water management. The department has a $134 million annual operating budget and a $41 million capital improvement budget.

For more information about Santa Rosa Water, please visit our website: SR WATER or visit our Facebook page: SR WATER FACEBOOK

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This is a supervisory level class in the Electrical Maintenance Subsection of the Wastewater Maintenance Division, within the Regional Water Reuse Operational Branch of the Santa Rosa Water Department. This position is responsible for the direction of the technical staff involved in the repair and maintenance of electrical equipment and infrastructure throughout the Subregional System, including the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Reclamation System, Biosolids Facility, Geysers Pipeline and Pump Stations and related City facilities. This class also provides field and office support to the Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent. This class is distinguished from electrical technician classes in that this class provides supervisory direction to accomplish the daily tasks of the section.


The ideal candidate will thrive in a leadership role and will be an organized, thoughtful individual who can work in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on situational awareness and public service as well as:

  • Possess five (5) years of journeyman level experience with 2 to 3 years of supervisory or advanced leadership experience in an industrial environment regarding the maintenance and repair of Low to High voltage (up to 60,000 volts) electrical equipment and associated infrastructure.
  • Have experience with inspecting, repairing, and maintaining high voltage power-controlling and/ electric-generating equipment (co-generation.) He or She will have knowledge of electrical principles, procedures, materials, and safety standards as set forth by NFPA and CalOSHA. 
  • Be able to read and interpret engineering and electrical plans and specifications in order to facilitate maintenance and repairs on deenergized and energized equipment, which in many cases requires knowledge of electronic principles as they pertain to electronic control circuitry and drives. 
  • Have experience and understanding of NFPA and CalOSHA requirements regarding the completion of Job Safety Plans / Assessments, Energized Work Permits, lock out tag out procedures and pre-job meetings. This includes the ability to articulate and document the procedures to perform such work. 


The City of Santa Rosa is nestled in the center of famous Sonoma Wine Country, located just 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 173,000. Santa Rosa serves as the County seat and the center of trade, government, commerce, and medical facilities for the North Bay. The surrounding area is home to over a hundred wineries and vineyards and many beautiful parks and recreational facilities, including golf courses. Santa Rosa is in the center of a nationally recognized cycling area. We boast many attractions associated with large cities, including a symphony, performing arts center, theater productions and internationally recognized restaurants, yet still retain the warmth and small town feel of decades past. Santa Rosa has been named one of the 50 greenest cities in the United States with one of the top five mid-sized downtowns in California.  


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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.   


Please complete a thoughtful, thorough Supplemental Questionnaire submission. As part of the selection process, your responses to these questions will be scored using criteria specific to this position. Incomplete responses, or responses such as “See Resume” can result in disqualification from the selection process.    


The Selection Process will include a minimum qualifications assessment and may also include an application appraisal. It is anticipated that interviews will take place towards the end of May.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Debbie Gutman at

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties

The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff;
  • assign, distribute, and coordinate work;
  • administer and coordinate electrical equipment facilities maintenance program;
  • inspect, diagnose malfunctions, and make field repairs to electrical equipment;
  • install, repair maintain, test, and construct varied electrical and electronic components in municipal facilities;
  • record data in work management and street light inventories;
  • install a variety of supervisory controls including solenoids, mercury switches, limit switches, and relays;
  • install video equipment;
  • provide electrical wiring required for the installation of electrical or electronic equipment;
  • perform a variety of electrical repair and maintenance activities;
  • maintain accurate records of work performed, materials used, and associated costs;
  • prepare diagrams and complete requisitions for required parts and equipment;
  • reconcile energy billing/invoicing for street lights and/or traffic signals;
  • reconcile/authorize procurements;
  • assist with the administration of Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicle regulations and other policies and procedures;
  • represent the section on city/department safety committees and conduct tailgate safety meetings;
  • represent the section on other division, department and City committees;
  • respond to challenging and complex citizen complaints;
  • perform electrical and electronic installation, repair and maintenance duties as necessary; and
  • perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Duties

In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.

  • Prepare and administer section budget;
  • research new or changing electrical technology and make recommendations regarding applicability to City services; and
  • assume the duties of the Supervising Traffic Signal Technician in his/her absence.

Required Qualifications

Knowledge of: Methods, materials, tools, equipment, and practices used in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical and electronic devices; electronics and electricity as related to public building operations and associated equipment; standard electronic test equipment; occupational hazards and safety precautions related to the work; principles and practices of supervising, training, and evaluating personnel.


Ability to: Interpret and work from sketches, penciled layouts and blueprints, and prepare plans for minor projects; plan, organize, assign, and schedule the work of a varied staff of employees; maintain records and prepare reports; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; provide effective training, supervision and evaluation of assigned personnel.


Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience – Sufficient experience in electrical systems installation, maintenance, and repair to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above, preferably including some supervisory or lead experience.

Education – Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by technical courses in electrical technology.

License and Certifications:

This classification requires the use of a personal or City vehicle while conducting City business. In order to drive, individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and must possess, prior to completion of the probationary period and thereafter maintain throughout employment, a valid California Class A commercial motor vehicle operator’s license and a current medical examiner’s certificate. Level I certification from the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) is also required and must be obtained within one (1) year of employment. Possession of IMSA Level II Field certification is highly desirable.

Driving Standard:

Applicants must meet the City of Santa Rosa Driving History Standard for this position. The Driving History Standard can be found by clicking HERE.

Additional Information

Incumbents in this classification are required to use common hand tools such as hammers, saws, and screwdrivers; make precise arm-hand positioning movements when working with electrical hand tools, for example, when using a socket wrench on overhead luminaries; climb ladders or steps to reach objects; safely climb down into confined spaces below ground such as electrical vaults underneath sidewalk; make continuous, repetitive arm-hand movements when working with screwdrivers or tightening or loosening lamps and photocells; coordinate movement of more than one limb simultaneously and make fine, highly controlled muscular movements while operating equipment used to set such items as street light poles; bend and stoop repeatedly or continually over time when working in electrical panels or picking up cones; work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure when working on street light system; observe or monitor such items as electrical meters and truck hydraulic lifts for compliance with safety standards; make skillful, controlled manipulations of small objects when connecting bolts on breakers to live panels or working with fuses; use arms above shoulder level when installing overhead conduit or fixtures; work in small, cramped areas when working in a bucket or with panels that are difficult to access; work while standing on extension ladders or lift trucks at heights greater than 25 feet, such as when servicing or repairing street lights; hear alarms and other auditory warning devices such as vehicle back-up bells or electrical panel audible alarms; use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body when lifting heavy electrical equipment during installation, or when climbing in and out of the truck cab or bucket; walk over rough, uneven or rock surfaces to access work sites in City parks; move electrical components or fixtures weighing up to 50 pounds short distances; discriminate among colors or match colors of electrical wires; communicate orally both face-to-face and using a telephone when receiving or communicating status of work assignments; and sit for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will when working on ground level electrical facilities. In emergencies, the Supervising Electrical Technician may be subject to call-out and, on a voluntary rotating basis, may be on-call 24 hours a day for a one week assignment; work for extended periods at a computer work station with the ability to move around at will; perform work in vehicle traffic lanes.

Selection Process: Applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications based on a screening of the application materials, including a supplemental questionnaire, will be invited to continue in the selection process that will consist of an application screening, an oral appraisal interview, and may include a written examination, an assessment center, or other activity selected by the Human Resources Department. An eligible list will be established as a result of the selection process and used to fill the current vacancy. This eligible list may also be used to fill future vacancies that occur while the eligible list is active.


The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations needed to participate in the recruitment process may be made by submitting a Request for Reasonable Accommodation Form within five (5) business days of being noticed that an event requiring accommodation is occurring. You may also contact the Human Resources Department at (707) 543-3060 or 

Recruiter Information:

Alberto Sanchez