Surgical Technologist

Ventura County Health Care Agency   Ventura, CA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on May 12, 2022
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Under direction, the Operating Room Technician (OR Tech) assists in nursing care and the preparation of patients for surgery; assists in the operating room during surgery and in the recovery room; and performs support duties to include the cleaning and maintenance of supplies, instruments, and sterilizers. In addition to a full-time work schedule, Operating Room Technicians are required to be on-call at times where standby premium pay could apply.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Operating Room Technician I is the entry level classification in this job series. Incumbents perform routine duties assisting physicians and nurses in the preparation of surgical equipment used in the operating room and responsibilities relating to cleaning procedures in both the operating room and in sterile processing.

Operating Room Technician II is the journey level classification in this job series. Incumbents perform a variety of duties that involve assisting physicians and nurses with the preparation of surgical equipment, direct assistance during operations, and scrub duties and responsibilities in the operating room.

Operating Room Technician III is the advanced journey level classification in this job series. Incumbents perform specialized tasks relating to preparation and direct assistance in the operating room for various specialized operations. Independent judgment is required at this level. May serve as a lead/training person over lower level Operating Room Technicians.

Effective 8/8/21, a market-based premium pay (MBPP) for Regular Operating Room Technician incumbents will be applied as follows:
Operating Room Technician I: $2.49/hour
Operating Room Technician II: $2.69/hour
Operating Room Technician III: $2.90/hour

Operating Room Technician I- $21.99 - $31.74 per hour
Operating Room Technician II- $23.36 - $34.25 per hour
Operating Room Technician III- $25.31 - $36.89 per hour

Subject to the applicable section of the SEIU 721 MOA 2019-2022, Amendment #6 (Secs. 3801 – 3803):


  • New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive of $2500.

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.

BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department. In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency exam.

DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: Ventura County Health Care Agency

Operating Room Technician I/II/III are represented by the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) and are eligible for overtime compensation.

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future Regular, Temporary, Fixed-term, Intermittent, and Extra-help vacancies. There are currently Five (5) Regular vacancies and one (1) Intermittent vacancy at the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) and Santa Paula Hospital.

NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level(s) without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.

OPENING DATE: January 3, 2022
CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.


Examples Of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
OR Tech I/II:

  • Prepares and opens surgical supplies in the operating room;
  • Maintains the sterile field, passes surgical instruments for surgeries often in anticipation of surgeon’s needs;
  • Assists Circulating Nurse in the care and preparation of patients for surgery; and the preparation of instrumentation, equipment and sterile supplies;
  • Directly assists the physicians and nurses during surgical procedures;
  • Prepares surgical suites, selects required equipment for next anticipated surgery; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

In addition to the above duties, OR Tech III level includes:

  • May lead the work of less experienced Operating Room Technicians and Student Operating Room Technicians by training and/or supervising and making recommendations on hiring, disciplinary actions, and evaluations.


Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


Some (I), considerable (II), or progressively responsible (III) experience in a medical service delivery area which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can also be obtained by:

Operating Room Technician I:
Graduation from an accredited Operating Room Technician program performing duties comparable to those of an Operating Room Technician.

Experience is preferred but not required.

Operating Room Technician II:
Graduation from an accredited Operating Room Technology program performing duties comparable to those of an Operating Room Technician is required.

One (1) year of experience as a scrub technician assisting with surgical procedures.

Operating Room Technician III:
Graduation from an accredited Operating Room Technology program performing duties comparable to those of an Operating Room Technician is required.

Two (2) years of experience as a scrub technician assisting with surgical procedures.

Special Requirements (All Levels):

Certification as a Surgical Technologist within the first year of employment

In addition to a full-time work schedule, Operating Room Technicians are required to participate in an on-call rotation where stand-by/premium pay would apply.

Other Requirements:
This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. These requirements are a condition of employment. Depending on assignment and work location(s), successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination and/or booster against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process.

Supplemental Information:
Working conditions involve direct contact with ambulatory or non-ambulatory patients in an inpatient or outpatient medical service delivery environment. Working conditions include prolonged standing and exposure to chemicals, ethylene oxide, medications, and steam.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some to thorough knowledge (depending on level in series) of: the standard methods of cleaning and maintaining supplies and equipment (to include surgical instruments); the standard preparation of patients for surgery and post surgery procedures; the procedures used in assisting with the surgery of patients; and the procedures used in performing standard scrub duties.

Working to thorough ability (depending on level in series) to: assist in the nursing care and preparation of patients for surgery; directly assist the physician and nurses with procedures in the operating rooms; perform standard scrub duties; clean and maintain supplies and surgical equipment; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; understand, follow, and convey written and oral instructions.

Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here (Download PDF reader) for additional information.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION – qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

TRAINING and EXPERIENCE EVALUATION - 100%: A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to supplemental questions. The T&E is a method of determining the better qualified applicants among those shown to meet the stated requirements. Using a T&E, applicants may be scored or ranked according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. When the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong and large, candidates are typically scored or ranked in relation to one another; consequently, some qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or lower resulting in them not being advanced in the process.

NOTE: In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified for successful job performance during a job analysis. For this reason, it is recommended that your application materials clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions within the application are completed with care and diligence providing all information requested. Examinees must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

Applicants successfully completing the exam process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record is required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Nathan Wood by e-mail at or by telephone at (805) 677-5232.