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Trinity County
Employment Opportunity

Trinity County Dept. of Health and Human Services

Position Information


  • ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN I – $17.20-$20.90 per hour.
  • ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN II – $19.00-$23.09 per hour.


Under limited supervision, the Accounting Technician I performs the more difficult and specialized clerical accounting duties in the preparation and maintenance of financial and statistical records in a manual or automated environment; explains rules, policies, and operations related to assigned work area; may serve as a lead-worker and provide training and work assignments to a group of fiscal support staff; and performs related work as required.
The Accounting Technician I is the advanced journey level in the Account Clerk/Accounting Technician series. Incumbents either act as the lead-worker to a group of fiscal support staff or exercise detailed and complex subject matter knowledge of a specific program area or specialized system inherent to the operations of the department.
The Account Clerk differs from the Office Assistant class in that the primary duties of the Account Clerk involve the application of mathematical skills and ability, and the interpretation and application of rules and procedures requiring sustained, frequent, and intensive use of financial, statistical, and numerical data and information. The Office Assistant class performs a wide variety of general office support duties in which the use of mathematical ability is incidental to their primary function and most frequently performed duties.


Under limited supervision, the Accounting Technician II performs the more difficult and technical sub-professional accounting work required in the maintenance of fiscal and statistical records; prepares and assists in the preparation of financial statements, documents, analysis, and reports; maintains accounting records, reports, and manual or computer-based accounting systems; and performs related work as required.

The Accounting Technician II is a specialized class with responsibility for maintaining a variety of complex departmental fiscal records, computer-based accounting systems, or broad accounting functions. The Accounting Technician II differs from the Accounting Technician I in that the former requires sustained use of a high degree of independent judgment and interpretive ability. The Accounting Technician differs from the higher class of Accountant I in that the latter is the entry level into the professional accountant series, performing professional accounting work.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • As a lead-worker, instructs employees in the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to fiscal and statistical record-keeping.
  • Acts as a technical resource on more difficult problems or specialized issues.
  • Prioritizes and manages workload distribution; monitors quality and timeliness of unit work; identifies and provides individual instruction to co-workers for work deficiencies; provides feedback to supervisor as requested.
  • Assists the public by answering inquiries about policies and procedures; obtains information, resolves discrepancies or errors, disperses relevant information, or refers clients to the appropriate personnel or location; explains the proper use of forms, documents, and reports.
  • Prepares statistical, fiscal, and case record reports required by state, federal, and local agencies; gathers and arranges information by extracting from source documents or computer reports, and arranges in an understandable, presentable, or prescribed format.
  • Assists with compilation of budget information including work and time records.
  • Receives and verifies bills, invoices, vouchers, purchase orders, claims, and related materials; tabulates amounts; codes data for processing; posts revenue and expenditures to daily journals and control registers; adjusts accounts, proofs and balances total against off-setting total or source materials; traces and corrects errors.
  • Maintains financial, statistical, work, time, payroll information, and case record information.
  • Handles money transactions such as collecting and disbursing monies and other negotiable items related to the department’s programs and agency operations; maintains records of receipts; checks, balances, and reconciles cash statements and computerized reports; processes documents such as invoices, purchase orders, and other records.
  • Verifies and processes bank deposits and deposits funds in the appropriate accounts.
  • Writes letters, memos, or documents to correspond with public and private organizations/agencies to obtain or verify information.
  • May operate automated systems to produce notices, checks, graphs, charts, letters, reports, legal documents, spreadsheets, and standardized forms that are required for the maintenance of fiscal and statistical reports.
  • May trouble-shoot problems relating to automated systems.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:
  • Advanced mathematics and statistics such as complex decimal, fraction, percentage formulas, and statistical calculations.
  • Grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition.
  • Office and department practices, procedures, programs, services, policies, regulations, and automated systems.
  • Laws, rules, and regulations governing the maintenance of account, fiscal, and case records in the area assigned.
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and financial auditing procedures.
  • Principles of lead supervision and training.
  • Methods and techniques used in researching, proofing, evaluating, gathering, organizing, and arranging data.
  • Common word processing, spreadsheet, and database software packages.
Ability to:
  • Verify, compile, reconcile, and interpret more difficult and complex financial and statistical data.
  • Make arithmetic computations with speed and accuracy. Calculate solutions to math problems including addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, percentages, decimals, and fractions.
  • Lead and train subordinate employees on laws, rules, regulations, and office procedures.
  • Read and understand specific rules, codes, regulations, procedures, policies, and precedents.
  • Communicate information effectively and orally to a wide variety of people.
  • Compose reports and correspondence (e.g., letters, memorandums) using appropriate grammar and spelling.
  • Compile multiple pieces of information clearly and concisely into an organized and understandable written report/document.
  • Research, proof, evaluate, gather, organize, and arrange a diversity of information.
  • Maintain journals, ledgers, and complex accounting and case records.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Maintains journals and general ledgers of financial transactions and prepares analytical reports on revenues and expenditures. Independently performs complex and technical audits based on analysis and interpretation of financial information.
  • Prepares calculations for billing for services provided by the county.
  • Appropriately distributes funds in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Maintains ancillary, general, statistical, and cost records. Examines and reviews account records, adjusting balances and reconciling accounts.
  • Prepares and processes materials that require the analysis of source material and a thorough familiarity with policies, procedures, terminology, and various applicable laws in order to obtain the necessary data.
  • Compiles a variety of narrative and statistical reports, locates sources of information, devises forms to secure data, and determines proper format for finished reports.
  • Answers questions that involve searching for and abstracting technical data and detailed explanations of laws, policies, or procedures, referring only matters requiring policy decisions to the supervisor.
  • May operate automated systems and trouble-shoot problems related to the production of fiscal and statistical reports and related documents.
  • May be responsible for a billing and statistical record keeping operation.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:
  • Basic budget preparation procedures.
  • Grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition.
  • Methods, practices, and automated systems used in the development, maintenance, and control of fiscal and accounting work.
  • Basic governmental accounting principles and procedures.
  • Purposes and methods of financial record keeping.
  • Computer terminology and computer keyboard arrangement.
Ability to:
  • Demonstrate mathematical aptitude.
  • Enter data accurately into automated system.
  • Prepare financial reports and maintain ledgers and journals.
  • Independently perform varied and responsible technical accounting assignments.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Follow written and oral directions and instructions.
  • Analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
  • Common spreadsheet and database software packages.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

Minimum Qualifications


Two (2) years of full-time clerical accounting experience performing fiscal or statistical work in an office environment, with one (1) year of full-time experience at the journey level.*

*Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units that included coursework in basic financial and statistical recordkeeping practices and procedures; mathematics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, and percentages; or computer applications and spreadsheet software may be substituted for up to one year of qualifying experience.

Qualifying experience or education may be combined in order to meet the above requirements. When combining education and experience; fifteen (15) semester units or twenty-two and one-half (22.5) quarter units equals six months of experience.  

One (1) year as an Account Clerk III (Accounting Technician I) in an Interagency Merit System (IMS) County;
Two (2) years as an Account Clerk II in an Interagency Merit System (IMS) County;
Three (3) years of full-time experience in the maintenance and review of fiscal, financial, accounting or statistical records; 12 semester units or 18 quarter units in accounting, business math, bookkeeping or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the experience in this pattern;
An Associates of Arts degree in Accounting and six months of full-time experience in the maintenance and review of fiscal, financial, accounting or statistical records.

Supplemental Information

  • A valid driver’s license is required at the time of appointment and employees may also be required to drive their own car, provide proof of car insurance, and a DMV clearance. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Position may require pre-employment drug testing, physical and fingerprinting for a background investigation.
  • Government agencies accessing US government information, which include federal tax information must ensure that background investigation requirements for all agency employees and contractors that have access to federal tax information are consistent to the IRS background investigation requirements for access to federal tax information. A background check may be required if the position requires access to these types of records. Background requirements consist of three components which include, fingerprinting, citizenship verification and local law enforcement checks. Applicable agencies must conduct investigation during time of hire and ensure a reinvestigation is conducted 10 years from the date of the previous background investigation for each employee that has access to federal tax information
If you would like to request Veteran’s preference points as part of the application packet, please attach a copy of your DD-214 to your application.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants, who receive a passing score on a written or oral examination, shall be eligible to receive credit for an additional five (5) points to be added to the final examination score. Veteran’s preference is allowed only on initial entrance into County service and shall not affect the order of eligibility on any other employment lists.
For the purpose of this section, a veteran is one who has received an honorable discharge from active duty, and has served:
1. During one of the following wartime or equivalent periods:
  • Sept. 11, 2001 to End of Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Aug. 2, 1990 to Jan. 2, 1992
  • Jan. 31, 1955 to Oct. 15, 1976
2. During peacetime for which service a campaign or expeditionary medal has been authorized by the Government of the United States and where discharge was under honorable conditions. This would include Lebanon, Grenada and Southwest Asia.
A copy of the discharge form (DD-214) shall be submitted to CalHR MSS for each position applied for, along with an application for employment requesting such preference, on or before the final filing date specified on the job announcement. Failure to submit the required credentials (DD-214) prior to the final filing date will be deemed a waiver of credits.
Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants for disability, military, or for religious reasons. If you require such arrangements, please contact Merit System Services at or 916-323-2360, a minimum of five business days prior to the scheduled examination date.  Documentation may be required.
Trinity County is in Northern California between Shasta County and the Northern Redwood Coast. The County is roughly the size of Vermont, and is home to the Shasta-Trinity Forest, which is the largest national forest in California. The 2.1-million-acre forest encompasses five wilderness areas, hundreds of mountain lakes and over 6,200 miles of streams and rivers, including Trinity Lake and the Trinity River. These beautiful bodies of water provide plenty of opportunity for water sports and adventure, such as fishing, gold-panning, jet-skiing, skiing and kayaking. For those who prefer terra-firma, there are over 460 miles of trails, ranging from wide, easy grades to rough, rocky and steep grades for hikers, backpackers, and horseback riders of every level to enjoy. Many will also recognize the Pacific Crest Trail, a portion of which runs through Trinity County. Visitors and residents enjoy amazing natural beauty, a rural environment, and spectacular photo opportunities!


Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 24
Education Required: High School
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 17.20
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 23.09