City of Palo Alto

Palo Alto is located about 35 miles south of San Francisco; and 14 miles north of San Jose.  Palo Alto, known as the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley” and global center of technology and innovation, is the corporate headquarters for many world-class companies and research facilities such as VMWare, Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Tesla, and Skype. Home to Stanford University and a top-ranked public school system, Palo Alto also features beautiful and historic residential neighborhoods, vibrant shopping and retail districts.

 

Palo Alto has a highly educated and culturally sophisticated citizenry that is actively engaged in making a difference both locally and globally. Unique among city organizations, Palo Alto operates a full-array of services including its own gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse and storm drainage provided at very competitive rates for its customers.

 

6 job(s) at City of Palo Alto

City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Aug 15, 2020
Full Time
Description Why be a Public Safety Dispatcher for the City of Palo Alto? Working as a Public Safety Dispatcher, you will directly impact the lives, of people who live, visit, and work in the City of Palo Alto. While working in a state-of-the-art 911 dispatch center, this role will dispatch calls to service Police, Fire, Ambulance, Utilities, Public Works, and Animal Control services. With the variety of dispatching emergency and non-emergency equipment and personnel not found in most agencies, you will gain valuable skills while contributing to the health and safety of the community you are serving. Qualities of a Successful Public Safety Dispatcher: • Effective at multi-tasking • Creative and ingenuity • Compassionate and good judgement, ability to actively problem solve • Strong communication and interpersonal skills • Ability to remain calm • Excellent computer skills Bilingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply and will receive language incentive pay upon successful completion of a language test. WhatYou Will Need Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate the possession of the following knowledge skills and abilities which would typically be acquired through: Public Safety Dispatcher I/II EDUCATION: High school graduate or GED, and Public Safety Dispatcher II EXPERIENCE: One year of public safety dispatching experience comprised of law enforcement or fire service dispatch responsibilities. CERTIFICATE:Possession of a California P.O.S.T. Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Certificate and experience with emergency medical dispatching and computer-aided dispatching are preferred. For a complete job description please click on the links below. Public Safety Dispatcher I job description Public Safety Dispatcher II job description READY TO APPLY? First Step Prior to Applying Prior to submitting your application please complete the following steps: For the Public Safety Dispatcher I candidates, you must take the CritiCall test or The POST Dispatch Entry Test at the South Bay Regional Training Consortium in San Jose. These exams are held monthly. More information can be found at their website www.theacademy.ca.gov . Click on the Assessment Testing tab and then locate the Test link. The current fees to take the exams must be paid by you, the applicant. If you only take the POST Exam, you will also need to take a typing test. Once you have takeneither exam and passed, then you may proceed by applying to the position. Forthe Public Safety Dispatcher 1 candidate, if you have taken The Basic Dispatch Academy Class and passed, you can apply for the Public Safety Dispatcher 1 position. For the PublicSafetyDispatcherII candidates, you can proceed to the application process. How To Apply Congratulations on taking and passing theCritiCallexam orThe POST Dispatch Entry Test or The Basic Dispatch Academy class,the next step in the process is to submit your City of Palo Alto application. Click on the "apply" tab. For an online employment guide, please click here . When submitting your application,pleaseattach aresumeand your Critical Exam or The POST Dispatch Entry Test, along with a typing testor Basic Dispatch Academy Certificate(If we need other documents, we will let you know). If you are already a Public Safety Dispatcher at a Police or Fire agency in California with your Basic P.O.S.T. Dispatcher certificate and at least one year of experience in the previous 5 years, you will be considered for the Public Safety Dispatcher II level. This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU). Closing Date/Time: 8/30/2020 11:00 PM Pacific
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Aug 04, 2020
Full Time
Description The Department Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services. Palo Alto is embarking on the installation of a dedicated Utility Fiber Optic network, along with the expansion of its existing dark fiber network, which could eventually be used for a Fiber to the Home system. The Position The Electric Engineering Division is responsible for ensuring the electric and fiber optic systems are technically adequate to serve the current and future needs of the residents and customers in Palo Alto. Incumbents in this position plan, organize, direct and manage all or part of electric and fiber optic utility projects, from conception through design, construction and closeout of the project. Incumbents may act in the capacity of the immediate supervisor in his/her absence. The role of the Fiber Project Engineer will be focused on engineering work associated with the City of Palo Alto Utilities Fiber Networks serving 1) Utility needs and 2) commercial customers and other city communications systems. Other electric utility engineering work may be assigned as necessary, including the responsibilities of other Electric Utility Engineer classifications. Experience related to utility fiber optic and electric system design, operation, and maintenance is desired. Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate will have experience in the telecommunications and/or electric utilities industry; design engineering for utility telecommunications and electric facilities; operating fiber optic distribution and electric systems; Esri based GIS for fiber optic and system modeling applications; and the skills to lead a team of internal staff and contractors on projects to improve existing, expand, and develop a utility fiber optic network. The first review of applications will take place August 24, 2020. This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Performs project management for major Capital Improvement Projects involving engineering design, bid evaluation; contract administration; project scheduling; coordination; inter-utility coordination; quality control; and field decisions and supervision to insure projects are completed within the stipulated time and allocated budget. Prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates for assigned projects requiring engineering capability in the electric utility. Coordinates system improvement activities with key customers. Performs electrical engineering assignments for a wide range of activities. Supervises inspectors and technicians during project development and constructions phases. Develops utilities' materials standards, equipment specifications, and operating procedures. Performs load studies and prepares forecasts as required for utilities' system planning and budget preparation. Provides guidance and work supervision to technicians as required by projects, as well as outside consultants on major projects. Assists in the preparation of the utilities' annual budget, capital improvement programs, and quarterly financial and performance reports. Works with and provides guidance for the utilities' customers for the efficient use of electric energy, in establishing utilities service requirements, fault current protection, load management and demand control, power factor correction, and systems safety and protection schemes. To review the full job description, go here . Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience) and Three years increasingly responsible electric utility engineering and project management experience. Note: Masters degree in engineering, business, or public administration or registration Special Requirements: Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California. Note: Candidates with registrations from states maintaining reciprocity with California must obtain California registration within one year of employment. Closing Date/Time:
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Aug 03, 2020
Full Time
Description The City of Palo Alto Utilities Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services. The Position The primary role of a Lineman/Cable Splicer is to install, maintain and repair high-powered electrical lines and systems as well as construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical systems. The incumber is expected to climb power poles and steels towers in addition to performing rubber glove work on voltages up to 21,000 volts. The Ideal Candidate Have knowledge and the ability to demonstrate safe work practices and take initiative when needed. Be a team player and resourceful. Work through challenges and problem solve through difficult situations. Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills including displaying patience and tact when interactingwith internal and external customers. Have the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU). Essential Duties Climbs power poles and steel towers. Works on energized lines, low voltage and high voltage. Constructs, maintains and repairs overhead and underground electrical system and equipment up to 60 KV. Performs high voltage field switching, including working with energized high voltage equipment with approved hotline tools. Performs rubber glove work on voltages up to and including 21,000 volts. Drives and operates specialized vehicular equipment. Required to work on ladders, and at times, out of an aerial lift bucket. May be assigned to work on utility service truck to perform disconnect reconnects and other related assignments. To review the full job description, go here Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Completion of an apprenticeship as an electrical lineperson. Special Requirements: Employees may be required to be available for standby after successfully completing the probationary period and/or considered qualified to do so by supervisory personnel. Employees may be required to work outside their regularly scheduled hours, to be available for emergency and/or pre-arranged work. Possession of a valid California Driver's License or the ability to obtain a Class A Driver's License within first six months of appointment. Ability to become qualified to rubber glove voltages up to and including 21,000 volts within six months of employment. Closing Date/Time: Continuous
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Aug 03, 2020
Full Time
Description The Department Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services. The Position The City of Palo Alto Utilities' (CPAU) Electric Engineering team has an excellent opportunity for an Electrical Engineer with power systems experience. If you enjoy seeing the results of your work for years to come and want to be part of a mission to provide progressive, customer driven utility services to a vibrant community then this is the opportunity for you. You will work with an engineering team dedicated to providing safe, reliable, electric and fiber optic service to customers in the City of Palo Alto. A Power Engineer job with the City of Palo Alto will give you the opportunity to expand your job skills as you will be involved in all aspects of electric and fiber optic system design, construction, and operation (including projects to apply the latest technologies to the Electric utility systems); providing information directly to customers; and coordinating work with other City departments and outside Utility companies. This position performs advanced electrical design on a wide range of utility projects of a complex nature and may serve in project manager capacity, as required. This position develops electrical engineering designs, specifications, and cost estimates; prepares written reports for electric utility maintenance and construction programs associated with various projects and facilities, works with the public and consultants providing direction and information on specific programs and projects, and works in a fast-paced collaborative, team-oriented office environment. This position is expected to perform these duties with minimal supervision and under the direction of a Senior Electrical Engineer. Ideal Candidate CPAU is looking for a responsible candidate who is interested in challenging opportunities and contributing to the vibrancy of our local community of customers through the valuable services that the Utilities Department strives to deliver. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others, able to perform independently with minimal supervision, but also work as an active team-member of a dynamic work group and take initiative to solve problems, knows when to ask for help and ready to help out a team member when needed. We will also accept applications that meet the minimum qualifications of an Associate Power Engineer or an Assistant Power Engineer. This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU). Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates for assigned projects requiring engineering capability in the electric utility. Performs electrical engineering assignments for a wide range of activities. Manages electric utility construction projects, taking responsibility for contract administration, schedule coordination, political liaison, public relations, inter-utility coordination, and quality control. Field decisions and supervision of any and all tests may be required to assure specified results. Develops utilities' materials standards, equipment specifications, and operating procedures. Assists in rate and cost-of-service studies as required and formulates recommendations for electric utilities' rates. Performs load studies and prepares forecasts as required for utilities' system planning and budget preparation. Provides guidance and work supervision to technicians as required by projects, as well as outside consultants on major projects. Assists in the preparation of the utilities' annual budget, capital improvement programs, and quarterly financial and performance reports. Works with and provides guidance for the utilities' customers in establishing utilities' service requirements and efficient usage. To review the full job description for the Power Engineer, go here To review the full job description for the Associate Power Engineer, go here To review the full job description for the Assistant Power Engineer, go here Minimum Qualifications Power Engineer Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience). and Four years increasingly responsible electric utility related engineering experience. Note: Masters degree or registration as a professional engineer may be considered in lieu of one year's experience. Special Requirements Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California required to attain top salary step. Associate Power Engineer Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience). and Two years electric utility engineering experience. Special requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Assistant Power Engineer Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience). Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Closing Date/Time: Continuous
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Jul 24, 2020
Full Time
Description The Department Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services. The Position A Metering Technician is a journey-level position working within the City's Electric Utility division as a part of a team of three that ensures the efficient operation of the City's electric meters for residents and commercial business. Incumbents are responsible for performing shop and field calibrations of electric meters, installing current and voltage transformers with associated equipment and verifying the complete installation to assure accurate metering. The successful candidate will understand various electric meters, the operation and methods and equipment used in testing and repair of AC and DC circuits with particular reference to Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Law for single and polyphasecircuits. Knowledge of applicable electrical codes and safety work practices is needed to take precautions when working around energized equipment. Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate possesses the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities: 2+ years working for an electric utility Extensive electric metering experience Power Quality background Good computer skills Confident and competent working in the field Able to deal effectively and courteously with customers Able to learn new software programs Able to work well with others Journeyman electrician desirable To have your application considered, please click HERE to complete the digital screening process. This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU). Essential Duties Essential Duties and Responsibilities - essential and other important duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following: Install, inspect, test, and repair CT and PT circuits on low and high voltage switchgear. Assists engineering as required to determine type of meters and related material necessary to accurately record electrical energy consumption. Install, troubleshoot, repair, calibrate, upgrade, and test electromechanical and electronic meters. Wire transformer rated metering panels, pulse relays, and recorders. Troubleshoot complex metering schemes. Evaluate and document equipment testing performed. Configure various metering software packages and program electronic meters for rate and communication requirements. Install, troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, test, and program telecommunications equipment associated with electric meters. Install and maintain various telecommunications equipment to provide data acquisition, i.e. ION meters and Meterlinks. Perform low and high voltage work on live circuits and related equipment. Install, test, and provide data interpretation for voltage and current recordings, power quality analyzers, and energy recording at customer and City owned sites. Inspect and approve substation, industrial and commercial, and residential service entrance equipment, i.e. switchgear and meter panels. Conducts the scheduled testing and circuit analysis of existing complex and standard revenue metering facilities for proper operation and accuracy. Troubleshoot radio and television interference complaints (RFI/TVI) and work with other crews to correct issues on the Utility side. Test, calibrate, and repair gas monitoring devices for use in confined spaces. Responds to vandalism and energy diversion cases and recommends appropriate actions to take . To review the complete job description, go here Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and Completion of an accredited apprentice program Closing Date/Time: 8/20/2020 11:59 PM Pacific
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Jul 17, 2020
Full Time
Description City of Palo Alto is looking for someone that is excited to join a culture that strives for excellence and encourages leadership, new ideas, and innovative solutions! We are located at the center of a progressive economy that is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological, medical and green innovation. Our community is committed to cultivating an environment of creativity and life-long learning. We are seeking someone who is eager to learn, creative in their craft of procurement, and a willingness to adapt. As an essential team member of the Purchasing and Contract Administration Division the Senior Buyer will be responsible for procurement and contracting for all goods and services utilized by the City, this position is exposed to all lines of business from general governmental administration to running an airport, a full suite of utilities including gas and electric services and a water quality control plant, to some of the most innovative technological approaches. Candidates should be well versed in procurement industry procedures, agile top performers in their field and looking for a high-intensity environment where they will be afforded the opportunity to stretch and grow in their professional field and operate in a paperless environment. To learn more about Purchasing and Contract Administration please click here . THE IDEAL CANDIDATE A Senior Buyer who specializes in material requirements planning (MRP) for Utilities and Water Quality Control, and City Stores (Warehouse) inventories is highly desired. The City will consider candidates that are appropriate for the Buyer level position. The Senior Buyer position is distinguished by a higher designated purchasing authority than the Buyer with greater complexity and independent judgement. Team player with a positive attitude, strong work ethic, curiosity, and humility. Exceptional relationship-building skills to deal effectively with individuals at all levels of responsibility and authority. Adaptable and resourceful in a dynamic environment. Superior written and oral communication skills, including the ability to identify and correct errors in English usage, grammar, and arithmetic calculations. Master multi-tasker: ability to work effectively under pressure, multi-task, and organize work flow to deliver high-quality products within established deadlines. Detail-oriented with strong problem-solving skills. Self-starter: can take even the smallest project and run with it to the successful completion. Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Develops and administers formal and informal quotations, proposals and bids. Coordinates the vendors' obligations of specialized materials and supplies for Utilities, Water Quality operations, and/or other departments as assigned by the Chief Procurement Officer. Maintains MRP for selected operations, as assigned, including Utilities, Water Quality operations, Stores (Warehouse); develops suitable purchasing arrangement and processes to replenish inventories. Interfaces with City Departments to develop specific annual purchasing objectives and create strategic short-term and long-term commodity objectives Surveys the market for best or new supply sources with the goal of reducing the cost of materials and equipment while improving services to City Departments/Divisions. These positions may be filled at the Buyer or Senior Buyer level depending on candidate qualifications. First review of applications is August 10, 2020 Click on the links below to see the full job descriptions and salary: Senior Buyer Buyer Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through: EDUCATION : Associates degree in material management, purchasing, business or public administration. and EXPERIENCE : Four years' experience as a buyer in a purchasing organization of substantial size. Certification as a Certified Purchasing Professional (in good standing) as awarded by an industry recognized/accredited organization, i.e. CAPPO, NASPO, is desirable. Theseare Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) positions. Closing Date/Time: