Assistant Engineer I/II – Civil (PE Not Required) (2 positions)

Valley Water | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: See Job Description
Open Date: 08/04/2021
Close Date: 08/17/2021

Position Description

Assistant Engineer I/II – Civil (PE Not Required) (2 positions)

Valley Water

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01323-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Watersheds Design and Construction

Closing: 8/17/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Community Projects Review Unit (Position Codes 0993 and 1057)
Assistant Engineer I-Civil: $8,365.07 – $10,701.60 monthly
Assistant Engineer II-Civil: $9,230.00 – $11,816.13 monthly
Do you have a degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Hydrology, Hydraulics, Water Resources or Environmental Engineering? Have you recently gained academic or professional project experience in land use planning and development? Then check out the opportunity below!
Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying wholesale water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for clean, safe creeks and healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mt. View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale, and the towns of Los Altos Hills and Los Gatos, and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.
The Assistant Civil Engineer I/II will perform a variety of professional civil engineering duties in support of external land development projects which are referred to Valley Water for review. Due to many of these projects being adjacent to or modifying Valley Water facilities, we review these developments for impacts to our interests. This position will assist in the review of external environmental impact reports and civil drawings of development projects for impacts to Valley Water 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.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Under supervision, review development projects, review civil drawings, conduct hydraulic analyses, review, and research property records, identify appropriate permit conditions, review environmental assessments for impacts to Valley Water interests.
• Assist in the preparation of documents to facilitate the dedication or exchange of land rights.
• Provide support for the Valley Water’s Underground Service Alert Program.
• Read and interpret flood maps and flood information for the public.

Ideal Candidate’s Background includes:

• Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Hydrology/Hydraulics, Water Resources or Environmental Engineering.
• Engineer in Training Certificate.
• Experience working with team members and using collaboration and negotiating skills to successfully accomplish a project.
• Experience reviewing and interpreting plans.
• Academic or professional project experience in land use planning and development.
• Internship experience at a public agency or private land development firm desirable.
• Familiarity with GIS and HEC-RAS desirable.
• Works well with people and demonstrates leadership and initiative.
• Good team player, positive attitude, and energy.
• Strong analytical, technical, and strategic thinking skills.
• Flexible – easily adjusts to changing conditions and job functions.
• Strong writing skills that are clear, concise, and accurate.
• Indication that applicant has strong verbal communication skills.
• Knowledge of stream functions including habitat protection/restoration/enhancement, bank erosion, hydromodification, water quality, geomorphology, and floodplains.

Ideal Experience:
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 listed below.

Ideal Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Review and participate in the preparation of environmental assessments and studies.
• Read and interpret plans, drawings, and specifications for project construction prepared by private engineers.
• Interact tactfully and courteously with co-workers, staff, department heads, officials, agencies, and the general public to promote and maintain a productive working relationship while being effective and flexible.
• Set priorities and exercise sound, independent judgment.
• Perform hydraulic calculations, hydrology, computer modeling of open channel hydraulics (HEC-RAS).
• Hydrology, hydraulics, structural design related to creek restoration and flood protection.
• Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in engineering report preparation for watershed projects including creek restoration and flood protection projects.

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.

Assistant Engineer I (Civil)
No experience is necessary.
Assistant Engineer II (Civil)
Two years of professional 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 Assistant Engineer I-II Civil 5-2019.pdf

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.

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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