Associate Civil Engineer

Town of Corte Madera, California

Job Information 


Public Works - Engineering

Mid Level


$7,812.00 - $9,496.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 

Open until filled

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


To perform complex civil engineering work in the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of public works facilities, including sanitary sewers, streets, storm drains and other public improvements; to review private development plans and projects; to perform inspections and approval of permits for public and private improvements and facilities.


This is a journey level professional class that performs a full range of complex analytical tasks and works under direction and within a framework of established procedures. Incumbents work with only occasional instruction or assistance and work is normally reviewed upon completion and for overall results. This class is responsible for performing complex professional engineering and project management functions requiring a thorough knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices and associated federal, state, and Town codes and regulations.


Receives direction from the Director of Public Works.

May be expected to provide supervision to subordinate clerical or technical staff; however, supervisory responsibilities are ancillary to the main intent and focus of the position.


Review and approve or recommend approval of private development plans for subdivision and other projects requiring issuance of Town permits or enforcement of applicable codes and ordinances.

Provide public assistance at the counter and over the telephone; and respond to and resolve public inquiries and complaints.

Conduct inspections of private and public work encroaching on Town property to insure compliance with plans, codes, and construction standards; assist in code enforcement activities.

Review site plans and conditional use permits for compliance with drainage, traffic, and roadway issues.

Provide staff assistance to the Public Works Director, Town Manager and Town Council; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Maintain and update a variety of maps and records, including Town street maps, utility system maps, lot and block maps, and various index maps; assist in the development and maintenance of the record keeping and filing systems.

Ensure and enforce conformance with State, Federal, and local standards, codes, regulations and ordinances; research building and plumbing codes, publications and industry information sources.

Receive, review, prepare and process reports and records including cost estimates, contract and bid documents, technical studies/reports, Requests for Proposals, work orders, performance evaluations, Town Council agenda reports, commission reports, charts, correspondence, plans, drawings, specifications, billings, invoices, payment requests, insurance forms, legal notices, preliminary/stop notices, engineering calculations, cost estimates, bonds and fees.

Develop and maintain asset management information systems including compliance with GASB 34 requirements; develop annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) presentations and disclosures in conjunction with the Department of Administrative Services.

Interact and communicate with a variety of individuals and groups including management, clerical staff, other departments and employees, contractors, consultants, engineers, developers, and other governmental agencies.

Coordinate and conduct pre-bid and, pre-construction meetings; attend pre-design, post-design contractor/agency liaison meetings, staff meetings, and Town Council meetings as assigned.

Interface with the public and contractors in connection with Town projects; act as a technical resource and resident engineer on Town construction projects, recommending field changes as necessary.

Prepare engineering plans, specifications and estimates for the construction and maintenance of sanitary sewers, streets, storm drains and other structures; check plans and specifications for accuracy and completeness; make suggestions for revisions and improvements; prepare preliminary and final cost estimates.

Administer assigned construction projects; ensure projects comply with adopted specifications, plans and standards; review, approve, and monitor project schedules and budgets; coordinate a variety of construction activities.

Interpret plans and specifications and render decisions regarding construction methods, design changes, and cost analyses.

Read, navigate and make minor updates to base maps using CAD and GIS software.

Participate in the implementation of the Town’s traffic and transportation engineering programs; prepare and revise plans and specifications for traffic related projects; prepare special studies and reports and coordinate major projects.

Participate in inter-agency meetings; enroll in courses and review engineering publications in order to stay informed of recent developments in the engineering field.

Staff a variety of Town commissions, boards, and committees on public works, utility matters, traffic and transportation, and building code appeal issues.

Search, inquire and apply for and/or administer Federal and/or State grants.


Complex civil engineering principles and techniques, policies and procedures, principles of advanced mathematics, mechanics and applicable laws and regulatory codes as applied to municipal engineering projects.

General design, layout and construction practices.

Methods, materials, equipment, and techniques used in public works projects.

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an engineering services program.

Methods of preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports, and recommendations relating to municipal public works improvements.

Recent developments and sources of information on municipal engineering.

Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Methods, materials, equipment, procedures, techniques, and practices of construction and maintenance inspection for public works, building, and utilities projects.

Principles and practices of data collection and report preparation. Safe work practices.

Skill to:

Operate various types of machinery and equipment including office machines, plotter/printer, surveying equipment and motor vehicle.

Use complex computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, and AutoCad.

Ability to:

Respond to community, Public Works Director, Town Manager and Town Council issues, concerns, and needs.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, determine consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Coordinate, organize, and direct comprehensive engineering and capital improvement programs.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Prepare clear and concise administrative, technical, and financial reports.

Interpret and apply policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions.

Read, interpret, and apply a wide variety of technical information from manuals, drawings, specifications, layouts, blueprints, and schematics.

Plan, direct and oversee project team activities; provide oversight to office staff. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Provide quality customer service.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:


Three years of responsible civil engineering experience.


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license is required.

Engineer in Training (EIT) Certification required; Professional Engineering (PE) License in the State of California highly desirable.

Special Requirements:

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Requires the ability to work in a standard office environment; requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in daily activities; may require walking over uneven and steep terrain while carrying light equipment; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as drafting (hand and computer aided), drawing, field survey work, operation of a motor vehicle, and/or use of other office equipment or supplies; must be able to perceive forms and colors.





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