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Valley Water
  • Position Number: 3953366
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Engineering - Civil and Environmental

Assistant Engineer - Civil I/II

Valley Water

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01586-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Watersheds Stewardship and Planning

Closing: 3/12/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Assistant Engineer - Civil I: $103,396.80 - $132,267.20 annually
Assistant Engineer - Civil II: $114,088.00 - $146,057.60 annually


This position will assist in the review of external environmental impact reports and civil drawings of development projects for impacts to Valley Water supply, flood protection and stream stewardship facilities and land rights and communicate comments and concerns to the city or developer, develop solutions to resolve any conflicts or impacts, prepare permits and permit conditions, research land rights and record drawings, prepare documents and board agendas to complete land rights transfers, coordinate with other Valley Water units, read and interpret flood maps.
This position is eligible for a hybrid telework schedule, typically working 40% remote and 60% onsite.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Under supervision, review and comment on development projects, review and comment on civil drawings, conduct and review hydraulic analyses, review and research property records, identify appropriate permit conditions, review environmental assessments for impacts to Valley Water's interests.
  • Prepare written correspondence and communicate verbally and in writing to the public and internal staff.
  • Assist in the preparation of documents to facilitate the dedication or exchange of land rights and joint use agreements.
  • Provide support for Valley Water's Underground Service Alert Program and respond to public records requests.
  • Read and interpret flood maps and flood information for the public.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.

Ideal Experience for:
Assistant Engineer I - Civil
No experience is necessary.
Assistant Engineer II - Civil
Two (2) years of professional engineering experience.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Assistant Engineer I - Civil
  • Apply engineering principles, practices, concepts, and standards to engineering problems.
  • Apply water resources principles, practices, concepts, and standards to water supply planning, operations, and management, groundwater monitoring, contamination, and protection, and water quality problems.
  • Prepare, understand, and interpret construction plans, specifications, drawings, and other engineering documents.
  • Perform engineering and statistical calculations.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical engineering information and data in an effective manner.
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines, and best engineering practices.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Assistant Engineer II - Civil
In addition to the qualifications for the Assistant Engineer I - Civil:
  • Independently conduct comprehensive engineering studies, investigations, and analyses.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and engineering policies and procedures.
  • Conduct engineering research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports.

Ideal Knowledge:Assistant Engineer I - Civil
  • Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of engineering as applied to assigned field/specialty of engineering.
  • Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of water resources management, natural resource management, engineering, hydrogeology, geology, hydrology, hydraulics, and/or environmental sciences.
  • Principles of mathematics and its application to engineering work.
  • Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.
  • Office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • Principles and techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and staff.
  • Each employee shall possess a reasonable understanding of their roles and responsibilities as defined in the Valley Water's Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

Assistant Engineer II - Civil
In addition to the qualifications for the Assistant Engineer I - Civil:
  • Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
  • Recent and on-going engineering related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a field related to assigned functional area(s).
Possession of a valid California Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate with two (2) years of associated paraprofessional engineering experience.

Required License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

To review the Classification Specification, please click here (Download PDF reader)

Community Projects Review Unit (Position Code 1008)

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.
Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:
Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California's July 26, 2021, Public Health Officer Order.

**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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