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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fire Jobs: County of Sonoma - Materials Handler - Fire Logistics

Job Title: Materials Handler - Fire Logistics EXTRA-HELP
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 01/19/11 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $17.37 - $21.12 Hourly
Job Type: Extra Help
Location: Santa Rosa, California

Position Information Benefits Supplemental Questions

This recruitment is being conducted to fill five (5) extra-help
(intermittent) vacancies in the Fire and Emergency Services

This employment list may also be used to fill future
extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of this

The Materials Handler position in the Fire and Emergency Services
Department assists with the inventorying of fire equipment. This
position will receive, deliver, enter, and retrieve information to
maintain inventory database and clean and store fire equipment
located throughout the County at various volunteer fire company
stations. They will also assemble maps and assist Fire Instructors
with equipment, including video and audio equipment. This is the
working level class in the warehouse series. Under general
supervision, the Materials Handler performs materials handling duties
of all levels of complexity, including receiving, storing, issuing,
shipping, packaging, and delivering supplies, materials and
equipment; takes spot and periodic inventories; collects, sorts,
processes. and delivers interdepartmental mail, U.S. mail, and UPS or
special shipments; utilizes a variety of handling and storage
equipment. The ideal candidate for this position will have knowledge
of the use, programming, and repair of Fire Department radios and
pagers; and also knowledge of communications infrastructure.

Working Conditions: The performance of these duties often requires
the exertion of substantial physical effort. Employees in this
position may be required to bend, stoop, reach and remain standing
for extended periods of time. Also, employees in this position must
be willing to work some nights and weekends.

Extra-Help Employment Information:
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff.
Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil
service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated
positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee
benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of
vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement
program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations.
Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to
a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period.
Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements (generally
worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are
scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) may qualify for a County
contribution toward medical coverage.

Please complete the required supplemental questionnaire.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience: Possession of the knowledge and abilities
listed. Normally, six months experience as a mail clerk or performing
shipping and receiving duties would provide this opportunity.

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:
Working knowledge of: the procedures and techniques of receiving,
storing, issuing and delivering supplies, material and equipment;
postal regulations; the proper operating procedures of materials
handling equipment including pallet jacks, hoists, carts and
forklifts; of safety rules, regulations and procedures related to
receiving and storage activities and equipment; the clerical and
record keeping procedures related to receiving and storage activities
and equipment.

Ability to: follow oral and written directions; accurately and neatly
complete forms and records; spot discrepancies between items received
and purchase order, packing slip or property record form; perform
routine arithmetic calculations; acquire a working knowledge of the
materials, supplies and equipment handled by the department; deal
courteously with individuals contacted in the course of work; operate
a forklift and other labor saving devices; operate a light vehicle;
perform tasks which require physical strength and agility; read,
write and speak English at the level required by the duties.

Selection Procedure:
Application Instructions:

The information contained in the application and responses to the
supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration
throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all
employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work
history section of your application and 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, please
list each position separately. Failure to comply with these
instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may
result in disqualification.

For more detailed information about examination steps and the hiring
process, you are encouraged to go to
content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1464 and review the Hiring Process Overview.

Please complete the required supplemental questionnaire.

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not
pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of
educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and
abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the
minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the
minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an Extra-
help employment list and referred to the department. The department
may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most
appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.

Background Information:
A background investigation may be 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.

Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug
screening, will be required prior to employment.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted on-line 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. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any
time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been
received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not
be accepted.

The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a
program of equal employment and non-discrimination.

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