Public Works Water Resources Engineer III

  • by County of San Luis Obispo
  • Nov 21, 2022

Job Location

San Luis Obispo, California

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Salary: $99,985.60 – $127,587.20 Annually Plus Benefits

The Water Resources Division of the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department is seeking people energized about working with communities to solve water issues to fill two open positions. It is anticipated that one engineer will assist with feasibility study efforts associated with developing a regional desalination facility and optimizing the use of Salinas Dam/Santa Margarita Lake, and the other engineer will focus on advancing our County-wide Master Water Report and associated collaborative groundwater, watershed, flood and drainage technical planning efforts.

Placement and assignments will depend on qualifications and experience. Those who have qualifying water-related experience and a Civil Engineering license are encouraged to apply for the Engineer III position.

In general, engineers in the Water Resources Division are responsible for leading efforts to:
– understand the ability of our county’s 19 unmanaged groundwater basins and 25 watersheds to sustainably provide a healthy water supply for the people, economy, and environment, now and into the future,
– understand where drainage and flooding problems occur, or are projected to occur, under various hydrologic scenarios,
– identify, evaluate and prioritize integrated strategies to address current or projected water supply and/or flooding/drainage problems
– assist with the initial implementation of the strategies via the development of cooperative agreements, institutional structures and funding mechanisms
These efforts involve developing and overseeing scopes of work, budgets and schedules for technical consultants, providing strategic direction to the consultant, reviewing and communicating progress of the technical information and associated recommendations in a way that builds trust with and best serves the decision makers, stakeholders, and members of the public impacted and involved.

Typical Tasks and Representative Duties:

(Not in order of importance)

– Conduct studies to assist in determining plans, designs and costs of engineering projects
– Make technical engineering computations
– Prepare reports and recommendations outlining cost/benefits of alternative project proposals
– Review plans and construction for compliance with standards and specifications
– Serve as project manager
– Perform tasks related to a specialty area with the engineering function of their assigned division and may assist or be rotated into other program areas within other divisions of the Department
– May supervise activities of subordinate staff as assigned while performing a variety of engineering related duties
– May act as engineering representative and represent the Department before official boards, commissions, and the general public.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:
– Engineering theory, principles, methods, and materials utilized in the design, construction and maintenance of public works projects including roads, bridges, and other structures
– Water and wastewater collection and treatment, distribution and disposal systems
– Principles of surveying, transportation and traffic engineering

Ability to:
– Analyze engineering problems
– Make viable and sound technical recommendations
– Prepare reports
– Prepare plans and specifications
– Supervise the work of subordinates as assigned
– Maintain effective working relationships
– Speak and write clearly
– Operate computer systems such as Computer Aided Design and Geographic Information System or database systems

Education and Experience For Engineer III:
Either A: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related engineering field (Job-related professional level civil engineering, traffic engineering, or land surveying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis); Or B: Possession of an Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) Certificate or Land Surveyor in Training (L.S.I.T.) Certificate and four years of paraprofessional level civil engineering, traffic engineering, or land surveying experience.

In Addition:

Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer or Land Surveyor issued by the California State Board of Registration AND one year of professional level civil engineering, traffic engineering, or land surveying experience.(Possession of a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field may be substituted for the required experience.)
One year of specialized professional level civil engineering, traffic engineering, or land surveying experience such as serving as a resident engineer on small construction projects, experience as an assistant engineer on major construction projects, or project leader on a design project.

If this position sounds interesting, you are encouraged to apply for this career opportunity.