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.

 

4 job(s) at City of Palo Alto

City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Mar 17, 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
Mar 17, 2020
Part Time
Description Level I Reserve Officers are held to the same standards as full-time regular officers. They may work alone and perform the same duties. Level I Reserve Officers must work an average of 16 hours per month. Position Overview: To preserve public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, enforce all laws and ordinances of which the Department takes cognizance; to be involved in community relations and specialized work. Minimum Qualifications Minimum of 21 years of age GED or High School Diploma. Possession of a valid California Driver's License at time of application. Pre-employment: ability to pass drug and alcohol test; candidates must not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison. Weight in proportion to height. Visual rating correctable to 20/30 in both eyes; Possess normal color vision. If military veteran, discharges other than honorable will be evaluated on an individual basis. Satisfactory results on appropriate written, medical, background, polygraph, and psychiatric examinations. Citizenship: must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or have applied for citizenship and complete within three years of appointment. Passing a WSTB Physical Agility Test with a score of 384 or above and a 14 minute maximum time for the 1.5 mile run. Completion of a California POST Basic Academy or a California POST Level I Reserve Academy (Modular I-III format) within 2.5 years of application date. Current police officers also qualify if they have a California POST Basic Certificate or higher. Requalification certificates received within 2.5 years of application date may also be considered. Some testing and training requirements may be waived for lateral Peace Officers recognized by P.O.S.T. MINIMUM TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS: Level I 1. Regular Basic Course (min. 727 hours) 2. Field Training Program (min. 400 hours) 3. Continuous Professional Training (24 hours every two years) Ideal Candidate Note: positions listed as "Open Until Filled" may be closed without notice SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION. YOUR ONLINE INFORMATION (NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE AND E-MAIL) PLUS THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS. YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE REVIEWED, AND QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE MAILED A FULL APPLICATION PACKET. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE CITY OF PALO ALTO POLICE DEPARTMENT Thank you for your interest in a position with the City of Palo Alto Police Department. You will need to read and agree to a number of conditions before applying for this position. Many times applicants do not understand or realize the amount of time and level of commitment required to successfully complete the Reserve Police Officer process. The information given is to better help you determine your career path for the future. It is strongly suggested that you come to Palo Alto and take the time to find out about the City, it's priorities regarding public safety and the type of Police culture you are choosing. Competition is high and each candidate must be prepared and at their best in each level of the process in order to proceed to the next step. Listed below are the steps following acceptance of your completed Police Department application for the position of Reserve Police Officer. You must pass each step in order to proceed to the next step in the process: POST PHS Review Written Skills Examination Oral Panel Interview Thorough, detailed background examination will be conducted, which includes an extensive review of financial records and any criminal activity up to and including high school years. Polygraph testing. Psychological testing Medical Examination (POSTMHSand Exam) The process is intense and lengthy and knowing this up front can be helpful in reaching your decision to begin the process. Specific Disqualifiers The City and Police Department have a very strong commitment to equal employment opportunity and prohibitions against unfair employment practices under Title VII (41 U.S. Code 2000e), the Americans With Disabilities Act (42 U.S. Code 12112), the State Unruh Civil Rights Act (Government Code Section 12940) and other applicable fair employment practices as outlined in the California Labor Code. The dilemma facing the Department is one of developing a job-valid and nondiscriminatory set of policies, which will allow it to lawfully exclude persons who do not meet the City's or State's hiring standards. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Commissions of California and Nevada (P.O.S.T.) have developed a list of guidelines, identified as "15 Job Dimensions", which are used as a professional standard in background investigations. Individual agencies have set their own standards (within applicable law) to interpret these guidelines. Supplemental Questionnaire: The standards on the following pages have been adopted by the Palo Alto Police Department as a prima facie disqualification for reserve police officer applicants. You must read and agree to ALL the conditions presented to apply for this position. If you have any inquires about this position please contact Sgt. Alex Afanasiev, Special Operations, at Alex.afanasiev@cityofpaloalto.org . Closing Date/Time: Continuous
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Mar 17, 2020
Part Time
Description The Palo Alto Communications Center is seeking highly motivated, positive, and people-oriented candidates for part-time per diem Public Safety Dispatcher positions. Shift coverage is needed on day, swing, and overnight shifts. This position is only open to candidates with one or more year(s) of experience as a Public Safety Dispatcher in California in the previous five (5) years. Per Diem Public Safety Dispatchers must commit to working a minimum of one (1) shift per month. The Palo Alto Communications Center provides Police, Fire, and Medical dispatch services for the cities of Palo Alto and Stanford, California. PA Communications also provides dispatch services for Palo Alto Utilities, which owns and operates its own gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse, storm drain, and dark fiber Internet services. Finally, the center provides dispatch for Palo Alto Animal Services, serving the communities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. Our Communications Center is an exciting, diverse and customer-service focused environment. It is the 3rd busiest dispatch center in Santa Clara County. Purpose of Classification: Under general supervision, the part-time Public Safety Dispatcher dispatches emergency and non-emergency equipment and personnel in response to calls for service including Police, Fire, Ambulance, Utilities, Public Works, and Animal Control services; provides information to the public; provides information to user agencies. Distinguishing Characteristics: This is a part-time classification of the Public Safety Dispatcher series and receives general direction from the Lead Public Safety Dispatcher. This position performs the full range of dispatch duties with a high degree of independence. Incumbents receive requests for assistance; evaluate criticality and type of response needed; dispatch personnel to assist with the reported situation; monitor the situation for changes and safety of personnel for the duration of the response. Work is often performed under pressure. This class is distinguished from the Public Safety Dispatcher II journey level classification by its part-time non-benefited status. Essential Duties ESSENTIAL DUTIES: This is the journey level classification of the Public Safety Dispatcher series and performs the full range of dispatch duties with a high degree of independence. Incumbents receive requests for assistance; evaluate criticality and type of response needed; dispatch personnel to assist with the reported situation; monitor the situation for changes and safety of personnel for the duration of the response. Work is often performed under pressure. This class is distinguished from Public Safety Dispatcher. Related Functions: Prepare special reports as may be required assigned. Perform related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School graduate or GED Ability to type 35 words per minute into a computer terminal Ability to clearly read, write, and spell in English Ability to project in a clear and distinct speaking voice Ability to distinguish and interpret different colors on computer monitors Dispatching experience comprised of one year or more of law enforcement or fire dispatch in the previous five (5) years Possession of CA POST Public Safety Dispatcher's Basic Course Certificate Experience with CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) Experience with Emergency Medical Dispatch and an EMD certificate from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch preferred Commitment to work a minimum of one (1) shift per month Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of functions of law enforcement, fire, paramedical care and other emergency services. Knowledge of terminology used in emergency radio and telephone communications. Knowledge of basic record keeping principles and practices.. Ability to maintain good working relationships in servicing all levels of City government and user agencies. Ability to successfully work within the City's philosophy of customer service. Ability to work under pressure in response to emergency situations. Good interpersonal communications and public contact skills. Ability to read and interpret conventional and automated maps. Ability to work rotating shift/hours, including nights, holidays and weekends. Ability to pass drug test as mandated by the Department of Transportation anti-drug program. Ability to maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting for extended periods of time and operating assigned dispatch equipment. Ability to communicate with others and to assimilate and understand information, in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.. Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions. Selection Process Includes: Online application with the City of Palo Alto Completion of the P.O.S.T. Personal History Statement - Public Safety Dispatcher Interview with Public Safety Communications Manager Comprehensive Police Background Check Polygraph Test Psychological Test Medical Exam Working Conditions: Work in an office environment; sustained posture and intense attentiveness for prolonged periods. Closing Date/Time: Continuous
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Mar 17, 2020
Full Time
Description We invite you to start an exciting career in a fast-paced environment where you make an impact of the lives, of people who live, visit, and work in the City of Palo Alto. Why a Public Safety Dispatcher for the City of Palo Alto This unique and exciting role as a Public Safety Dispatcher for the City of Palo Alto is the unique variation of dispatching emergency and non-emergency equipment and personnel in response to calls for service including Police, Fire, Ambulance, Utilities, Public Works, and Animal Control services in a state-of-the-art 911 dispatch center! Qualities of a Successful Public Safety Dispatcher Are you highly motivated and able to find creative solutions? Are you a strong communicator with a skill-set to remain calm in stressful situations and elicit pertinent information? Are you people-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills? Are you able to multi-task in a fast paced environment? Are you able to apply your excellent computer skills to new state of the art technology? If you have what it takes to become a successful Public Safety Dispatcher, we invite you to step up and answer the call!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? Please complete the following steps: For Public Safety Dispatcher I Candidates must take either the CritiCall test or the POST Public Safety Dispatcher Entry-Level test. Palo Alto Police & Fire Communications will provide a link to take the CritiCall test upon receipt of your application. This test may be completed at your home, business, or other location. A computer with speakers and Internet access is required. The test takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete. You will be provided 2 opportunities to take the exam. If you are unsuccessful, then you will be disqualified from the selection process. The POST Public Safety Dispatcher Entry-Level test is offered monthly at the South Bay Regional Training Academy. (Currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these tests are not being offered.) There is a fee to complete this exam and it must be paid by the applicant. Additional information may be found at www.theacademy.ca.gov under the 'Assessment Testing' tab. For Public Safety Dispatcher II Candidates who have one year of public safety or fire dispatch experience within the previous five years, you may proceed with applying. You will not need to complete the CritiCall or POST test. If you do have scores from either of these assessments, please include them with your application. PLEASE NOTE: 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. 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. Closing Date/Time: 5/31/2020 5:00 PM Pacific