County of Sonoma

Posted 5 months ago

Salary $76,910.37 – $93,461.23 Annually
Location Santa Rosa, CA
Job Type Full-Time
Department Transportation & Public Works (TPW)
Job Number 22/12-1009-O
Closing 1/16/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

If you have multiple years of experience maintaining and repairing electronic traffic control devices, join us, and grow your career with the County of Sonoma!

Starting salary up to $44.78/hour ($93,461/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

Join Our Team

The Sonoma County Public Infrastructure (SoCoPi) Department leads the way to a safe and sustainable community by planning, building, managing, and maintaining Sonoma County’s investment in quality services and infrastructure. As an integral member of our team, the Traffic Signal Technician is responsible for performing the skilled, technical work of maintaining and repairing traffic signal equipment and other electrical traffic control devices. While the typical work week is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST this position is part of a 3-member team that provides a rotational on-call response after-hours and on weekends and holidays to public safety issues such as pole knock-down, lighting needs, signal mal-functioning, etc.

As the ideal candidate for our position, you have a safety-focused mindset, are able to work independently, and possess the ability to communicate well with management, co-workers, contractors, and the public. Additionally, you also have experience:

Installing, repairing, and maintaining traffic signal equipment, including signal luminaries, flashing beacon systems, and radar feedback signs
Repairing, replacing, or modifying signal head components, microprocessors, relays, switches, fuses, and controller cabinet parts
Locating and marking field signals, lighting and beacon systems, and underground infrastructure for the Underground Service Alert (USA) Program
Digging trenches, pouring foundations, pulling wire, and installing pull boxes and conduit
Estimating time, materials, and equipment necessary for successful project completion
Inspecting contractor-installed equipment
Investigating and responding to complaints
Maintaining accurate work records; ordering supplies, parts, and materials

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:

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

Please note that the responsibilities of the position require sitting, standing, reaching, kneeling, bending, stooping, crawling, squatting, crouching, grasping, and walking on level, sloped, and slippery surfaces at various heights. Incumbents are required to work in a typical shop environment and outdoors in all types of terrain, vegetation, and weather conditions including rain, cold, heat, and around fumes, dust, and other air contaminants which may cause eye and skin irritation. The position requires the need to lift, carry, and push equipment, materials, and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds, and the nature of the work also requires incumbents to handle noise-producing tools and equipment and drive County vehicles. Possession of a valid class C or higher driver’s license is required for this position because the position’s typical duties include fieldwork that requires driving County vehicles.

*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 recruitment is being conducted to fill a Traffic Signal Technician position in the SoCoPi, formerly the Transportation and Public Works Department. This 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.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Any combination of education and/or training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, completion of high school or general education equivalent and technical coursework in electronics, traffic signal maintenance and repair would provide this opportunity.

Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, four years of experience in a municipal setting maintaining and repairing electrical traffic control devices would provide this opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid California license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Special Certifications: A Certificate of Completion from the International Municipal Signal Association for a Traffic Signal Technician Level I, or equivalent certificate is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of: the methods, materials, tools, equipment and practices used in the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic signal, signal laminar and flashing beacon systems; electrical practices, principles and components as related to traffic signals and associated equipment.

Working knowledge of: electrical testing and locating equipment; occupational hazards and safety precautions related to the work.

Ability to: work independently and make sound decisions relating to work methods and tools used on electrical traffic control devices; perform work at heights and work in emergency and hazardous situations; interpret signalized intersection drawings, traffic operation timing sheets and electrical schematic drawings; maintain accurate records and prepare reports of work performed; operate computerized equipment and related traffic signal programs.

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. 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.


To apply, click here. 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.

HR Analyst: CG
HR Technician: EV
County of Sonoma (CA)
575 Administration Drive, Suite 116B

Santa Rosa, California, 95403

Job Features

Job CategoryTraffic Signal, Traffic Systems