The Position (Two Vacancies)
Associate engineers report the Senior Engineer and have the opportunity to manage a wide variety of engineering projects related to wastewater conveyance/treatment, and resource recovery infrastructure. Associate engineers will work in an interactive team environment with multiple departments throughout the District to implement capital and operational projects. They will serve as project manager for planning and design projects acting as a liaison between the District team and consultants, coordinating with regulatory agencies as needed, and guiding the overall direction of projects. As District representatives for construction projects, Associate engineers coordinate ongoing construction activities with District staff and other stakeholders, evaluate construction contract change orders, coordinate field design changes, and actively engage in the commissioning of new infrastructure.
About Delta Diablo
Delta Diablo (formerly Delta Diablo Sanitation District) is an innovative California special district that provides wastewater resource recovery services for over 215,000 customers in the cities of Antioch and Pittsburg, and the unincorporated community of Bay Point. These services include secondary treatment of wastewater; production and distribution of recycled water; pollution prevention activities; beneficial use of biosolids as a soil amendment at land application sites; street sweeping; and household hazardous waste collection. Delta Diablo owns and operates a water resource recovery facility (WRRF) that provides secondary treatment for an average wastewater flow of 13 million gallons per day (MGD) and tertiary treatment for approximately 6 MGD to produce recycled water for use at two local power plants, golf courses, and schools.
In addition to meeting its core mission of protecting public health and the environment, exemplified by 16 years with only one NPDES discharge permit violation, Delta Diablo has established a vision of becoming a leader in wastewater resource recovery by embracing innovative technologies, pursuing leading-edge initiatives that add value to ratepayers while benefitting the environment, challenging traditional approaches, and fostering a strong organizational commitment to its core values of Integrity, Teamwork, and Trust.
Delta Diablo is governed by a three-member Board of Directors that includes the Mayor of Pittsburg, the Mayor of Antioch, and the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Member representing the Bay Point community. Under the Board’s guidance, Delta Diablo has established a Strategic Business Plan that includes goals in five key areas—Financial Sustainability, Leadership, Operational Excellence, Workplace Innovation, and Stakeholder Engagement—as well as specific objectives for each year to continue progress toward meeting these goals.
The District continues to be recognized as a “Utility of the Future” by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for its outstanding industry leadership and progressive commitment to innovation, resource recovery, and “cutting-edge” practices. The District’s FY21/22 budget totals $43.5 million, which includes operating and capital budgets of $29.3 million and $14.2 million, respectively. Annually, the District updates it 5-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) totaling $127 million that guides planning, design, construction, and financing of prioritized capital projects in the District’s wastewater conveyance, collection, and treatment systems and recycled water system.
The Ideal Candidates
Delta Diablo has two career opportunities for exceptionally talented and motivated engineers to apply and further develop their technical design knowledge and broaden their project management and leadership skills. The District is seeking individuals with technical competency, strong interest in the wastewater or water treatment industry, critical and strategic thinking skills, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and a collaborative spirit inclusive of diverse perspectives in a team environment. A strong understanding of wastewater treatment process, instrumentation/controls, and/or mechanical and pipeline system design is desired. Success in this position will require project management skills with a strong sense of integrity to engage with various stakeholders and customers, including District staff, other governmental agency staff, the public, and the District Board of Directors. The District has several large facility improvement projects its 5-Year CIP including a $60 million Secondary Process Improvements project to address infrastructure reliability and growth within the service area while ensuring capability with potential long-term nutrient management regulations.
The selected candidates are required to possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university in Civil or Environmental Engineering (or a closely related field) and at least five years of responsible professional engineering experience. A Master’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering highly desired. Associate engineer must possess a valid California Professional Engineer license and a valid California Driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. This positions is represented by the Professional and Technical bargaining unit.