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Position Information

Under limited supervision, the Accounting Technician 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 is a single level specialized class with responsibility for maintaining a variety of complex departmental fiscal records, computer based accounting systems, or broad accounting functions. The Accounting Technician differs from the Account Clerk III 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.

Wage Rate: $2,437.50 – $2,892.00 Monthly

Examples of Duties

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

One (1) year as an Account Clerk III 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



  • All applicant’s MUST submit the following at the time of application:
    • Cover Letter
    • Resume
    • References (a total of five)
    • Transcripts (if applicable to the Minimum Qualifications)
  • The ability to speak, read, and write Spanish in addition to English would be an asset in this position, but is not required. Applicants for English/Spanish bilingual designated positions must take and pass the Merit System Services bilingual proficiency examination prior to appointment.
  • A valid driver’s license may be 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.
  • This position is full-time at 37.5 hours per week.
  • 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. State 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 supplemental questions are included as a part of this job bulletin, applicants may be rated based upon their responses to the supplemental questions. If rated, only those that are determined to be highly qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants for disability, military, or religious reasons. If you require such arrangements, please contact CalHR at or 916-323-2785 upon notification that your application has been approved. Documentation from medical, military, school, or church officials outlining the accommodation request must be received by our office a minimum of five business days prior to a scheduled examination.

Modoc County is a geographically diverse area in the northeastern corner of California, and borders both Oregon and Nevada. The City of Alturas is the county seat and the only incorporated city in the County. Federal land comprises much of Modoc County, with employees from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the US Fish and Wildlife Service assigned there. These federal operations account for a significant part of the County’s economy. Modoc County is home to the Medicine Lake Highlands, which is the largest shield volcano on the US West Coast. You’ll also find areas of lava flows, cinder cones, juniper flats, pine forests, and seasonal lakes, nearly one million acres of the Modoc National Forest, as well as hot springs and lava caves, which are common to the area, and geothermal energy resources.

Modoc County is an EOE.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Salary: $2,437.50 - $2,892.00 Monthly