Assistant Engineer Job at Los Altos Hills, Santa Clara County, California

Assistant Engineer

Town of Los Altos Hills , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$70,744.00 - $105,879.00 Annually

Application Deadline 

Apply by May 10, 2021 for 1st Review

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Assistant Engineer (FLSA Non-Exempt) – This is the entry level in the professional engineering series.

Positions in this class possess the applicable educational and training background required of classes in the professional engineering series, yet typically lack the full range of practical work experience. The Assistant Engineer class is distinguished from the Associate Engineer by the performance of less than the full range of duties as assigned to the journey level class within this series as well as the fact that it is not required that the Assistant Engineer possess an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification. This class may continue to be used as a training class in that incumbent may have only limited related work experience. Incumbents work under direct supervision while learning job tasks and under general supervision as experience and skill levels increase. Once learned, incumbents are expected to operate more independently. Receives general supervision from the Public Works Director/City Engineer, and may receive functional or technical supervision from other higher-level department staff.

About the Town

Los Altos Hills is primarily a residential community of approximately 8,000 residents within an 8.6 square mile area. An additional 5.8 square mile area of unincorporated land adjacent to the Town’s boundaries are within Los Altos Hills’ “sphere of influence.” The Town is home to Foothill Community College. The Town Hall was constructed in 2005 and provides a comfortable and modern work environment. The Town Hall is also within a short walking distance to charming downtown Los Altos. Town residents are known for their spirit of community volunteerism and are encouraged to become active in Town governance, serve on Town committees and to participate in local events. This inclusive, open style of governance is embraced by the citizens and is part of what makes Los Altos Hills a unique and progressive town.

The Town organization includes a staff of 23 FTEs within the departments of Administrative Services, Engineering, Planning, Public Works, Parks & Recreation and the City Clerk. Law enforcement services are contracted with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District provides fire protection. The Town has been well managed over time and the resulting fiscal stability and continuity of staff is impressive.  The City Manager has been with the Town since 1999. 

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a knowledge of:

Principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works, infrastructure, transportation, land development or utilities; methods, materials, tools and equipment  used  in engineering construction; principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry and their application to engineering; and, strengths, properties and uses of engineering construction materials.


As well as the ability to:

Prepare plans and drawings neatly and accurately; prepare engineering design computations; design, prepare, and validate engineering plans and studies; learn and understand Town engineering policies and procedures; learn applicable laws and regulatory codes applicable to areas of assigned responsibility; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment; prepare reports encompassing raw technical data; prepare effective cost estimates and recommendations; and, establish and maintain  effective work relationships  with  those  contacted in the course of work.

Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain a clean driving record thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on Town business.


  • CalPERS Retirement
    • New employees with no prior CalPERS service or have a break in CalPERS service of 6 months or more: 2% @ 62. Employees are required by law to pay 50% of the normal cost, or 6.5%.
    • New employees who are classic CalPERS member and did not have a break in service for more than 6 months: 2% @ 60.  Employees are responsible for CalPERS member contribution, currenlty set at 7.0%.
  • Health Insurance – Town provides a generous flexible spending allowance to employees at a rate that currently covers up to the Kaiser premium cost.
  • Dental Insurance – Town paid insurance through Assurant Employee Benefits for employee and eligible dependents.
  • Vision Insurance – Town paid insurance through VSP for employee and eligible dependents.
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (ADD) Insurance – Town paid Life and ADD insurance for active employees to receive a lump sum amount up to the employee’s annual salary in the event of a qualified loss while employed by the Town.

Special Instructions

Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain a clean driving record thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on Town business.

Recruitment Contact

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26379 W Fremont Rd

Los Altos Hills, CA 94024