Associate Civil Engineer - Capital Projects Engineering Job at Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Associate Civil Engineer - Capital Projects Engineering

City of Santa Rosa , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$100,814.00 - $122,538.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



Capital Projects Engineering


The City of Santa Rosa is now accepting applications for Associate Civil Engineer. There are currently vacant positions in the Transportation and Public Works Department's Capital Projects Engineering division.

This recruitment is open continuous, and may be closed at any time.

In addition to a competitive salary, the City also offers exceptional benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a generous retirement program through the CalPERS retirement system; a reasonable work schedule and time off starting with 2 weeks per year plus 12 paid holidays; and the opportunity to join a team that is part of a dynamic, collaborative, diverse, inclusive and knowledgeable organization working to positively impact the lives of the local community. See the "Benefits" tab for details.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES will have experience planning and managing multiple projects, designing infrastructure, and conducting permitting review for commercial and public projects.  They will be customer service focused and able to collaboratively interface with internal and external clients, including contractors, fellow engineers, members of the public, and governing boards or councils.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills and proficiency in a variety of computer programs are vital.  Experience working on infrastructure design, including developing and reviewing construction plans, specifications, and engineer's cost estimates is highly desirable.

Associate Civil Engineers perform professional engineering work in the planning, investigation, design, analysis, construction, and inspection of public works, utilities and related projects, or the investigation, review and inspection of private development projects. Capital Projects Engineering Division is responsible for design and construction management of projects to rehabilitate, upgrade and expand the City's water infrastructure, including the sanitary sewer collection system, water distribution system and water reclamation and reuse systems.

The City of Santa Rosa, the largest city in Sonoma County with a population of approximately 175,000, is located 55 miles north of San Francisco and nestled in the center of famous Sonoma Wine Country. Santa Rosa serves as the County seat and center of trade, government, commerce and medical facilities for the Northern San Francisco Bay area. The City offers a wide variety of both recreational and cultural activities, is well known for its excellent schools, temperate weather and abundance of trees and beautiful parks. The City has a historic preservation program and has environmental diversity.The City of Santa Rosa's residents work in a well-balanced mix of management, professional, manufacturing, sales, tourism, transportation, construction, and service jobs. The City also plays an important role in supporting the agriculture and tourism industries of California's north coast.


Examples of Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assist in the solution of complex technical problems
  • review work completed by technical staff
  • review reports and check plans for conformance with design standards, codes and regulations
  • investigate field conditions affecting property owners, contractors and maintenance operations
  • respond to inquiries and complaints from the public by mail, over the telephone, and/or at a public counter
  • make field inspections of buildings and/or utility, drainage, and street infrastructure under construction to insure proper execution of critical structural phases as designed and shown on the approved plans or otherwise required by applicable special provisions, design standards, codes and ordinances
  • make field investigations of existing improvements, buildings and infrastructure and prepare reports based on findings
  • research publications and other sources of industry information related to assigned projects
  • coordinate activities with other City departments, divisions and sections and with outside agencies
  • if registered, sign and stamp civil engineering documents including studies, reports, plans and specifications
Examples of additional duties performed in Capital Projects Engineering include:
  • administer contracts for construction projects
  • supervise and participate in the preparation of plans and specifications for the construction of water, sewer, sewage treatment, street, storm drain, bicycle/pedestrian, traffic signal, creek restoration and other public infrastructure projects
  • perform complex calculations and prepare estimates of time and material costs
  • prepare estimates and feasibility reports for new or modified services and structures
  • prepare special engineering studies and reports
  • coordinate public information and/or education programs related to assigned projects
  • make presentations to the City Council, Board of Public Utilities, and to various other boards and commissions
  • develop and revise design and construction standards for public infrastructure
  • research project design requirements
  • assign investigation, design, AutoCAD, and drafting tasks to technical staff
  • supervise, train and evaluate assigned technical staff
  • collect field samples for testing and analyze test results
  • order survey, mapping and data collection  
  • serve as staff to a variety of City commissions, boards and committees on public works or utility matters

To view the job description that includes a full list of essential and additional duties for all Associate Civil Engineer assignments, please click HERE.


Required Qualifications


Associate Civil Engineer
Knowledge of
: Principles and practices of civil and structural engineering as applied to public works, utilities, or building construction projects; methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works, utilities or building construction projects; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering; City engineering policies and procedures; and effective problem solving techniques. Depending on assignment area, qualifications may include knowledge of principles and practices of engineer's cost estimating, the Subdivision Map Act and principles of the subdivision of land, and/or engineering design principles, practices and methods with emphasis on hydraulics and sanitary engineering.

Ability to:  Make complex engineering computations, including estimating time and materials costs; check, design and supervise the preparation of engineering plans and studies; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment; perform complex professional engineering work with a minimum of supervision; and effectively resolve work-related problems. In addition, some assignments require the ability to make effective presentations to groups.


Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Associate Civil Engineer: Sufficient engineering experience comparable to the level of an Associate Engineer in the City of Santa Rosa to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed on the job description; Education - Equivalent to a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or a related field.

Required License(s): This classification requires the ability to perform work at various locations. Individuals must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid California driver's license, or be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various City facilities or work locations which may or may not be reachable by public transportation.

Professional Registration: Possession of a certificate of registration as a professional engineer in civil engineering in the State of California prior to appointment is required.




Additional Information


SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants presenting with the most desirable qualifications based on a screening of the application materials, including responses to the supplemental questionnaire, will be invited to continue in a selection process that may consist solely of an application screening, or may include an oral appraisal interview, assessment center, or other activity selected by the Human Resources Department. As a result of the selection process, an eligibility list of qualified candidates will be established to fill the current vacancies at either the Associate Civil Engineer or Assistant Engineer level and may be used to fill future vacancies as long as the list remains active. Candidates will be referred from the list based on their stated interest and specific qualifications for the open assignment.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Working conditions for positions in this classification vary depending on department and division or section assignment. Please see the job description linked above for the working conditions and physical job requirements.


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