Senior Engineer

  • by Mojave Water Agency
  • Feb 4, 2019

Job Location: Apple Valley, CA
Application Deadline: 02/20/2019
How to Apply: If interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit an Agency application to:

Mojave Water Agency
Attn: Monica Warren
13846 Conference Center Drive
Apple Valley, CA 92307

Completed Agency application and resume are required. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. This position will remain open until filled. Additional information and Agency application can be obtained from the Agency’s website at:



The Senior Engineer is an exempt position with an annual salary range of $92,778 – $129,889; paid bi-weekly


The ideal candidate performs a variety of engineering work in connection with planning, design and construction of Agency projects, as well as coordination and management of work performed by Agency consultants. Works with Agency Water Resources and Operations staff, as well as the California Department of Water Resources; reviews and interprets hydrologic and operational studies and investigations conducted by the Agency and others; and provides opinions and input to Operations in regards to management/delivery of State Water Project, movement of stored/banked groundwater within the service area; provides project management and direction for consulting teams on projects and studies; and performs related duties as assigned. Knowledge of/or experience working with State Water Contractors, multi-agency projects, and/or hydraulic models is not required, but a plus.

Some examples of essential job functions include:
Involved in planning, design, construction, and operation of all Agency water supply and delivery infrastructure/facilities; Provides technical overview/review, sampling, and testing for the Agency in the field of geology and hydrogeology used in making decisions during the planning, design, construction, and operation of Agency water supply and delivery infrastructure/facilities; Provides advice, guidance, direction and authorization to carry out engineering and procedures consistent with Agency policies. Reviews design for compliance with engineering principles, Agency standards, contract requirements and related specifications; Performs civil engineering design work for a variety of Agency facilities, including pipelines, flow control facilities, pump stations, groundwater recharge basins, water storage tanks, wellhead improvements, and other miscellaneous facilities that may be required in the operation and maintenance of Agency facilities; Provide engineering and management oversight for work performed by Agency consultants; Plans and coordinates surveying, architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical, real estate/ROW transactions, and environmental work that may be required in the planning, design and construction of Agency projects. This work will likely be completed by outside consultants; Prepares layouts, calculations, plans, specifications and cost estimates for Agency projects that are designed in-house. May utilize outside consultants for non-civil engineering work; Responds to information requests from contractors. Evaluates the contractors’ submittals and makes recommendations, as needed; Participates in the administration of Agency construction projects, including monitoring of contractor’s progress and adherence to schedule requirements, review of contractor submittals, preparation of change orders, field inspections, preparation of non-conformance reports, and preparation of final project acceptance documents; Conducts and evaluates engineering investigations, economic appraisals, and other technical reports, analyses and studies; Maintains accurate and up-to-date records and prepares periodic special reports relating to engineering, operations and maintenance of Agency facilities; Prepares status/progress and other special reports as needed and presents to senior management and Board of Directors. May represent the Agency at meetings with concerned public and regulatory officials; Provides assistance to legal counsel as needed; Performs related duties and responsibilities, as assigned.

Some examples of knowledge and abilities are:
Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of civil engineering, geology, and hydrogeology with emphasis on water supply and water facilities; Project management principles and concepts; Various federal, state and local regulatory agency requirements and guidelines pertaining to engineering, geology and hydrogeology; Basic knowledge of State of California, Department of Water Resources design and field operations and standards; Automated drafting programs, such as AutoCAD is highly desired; Various methods and techniques to reach mutually agreeable solutions and outcomes; Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly; The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar; Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions as well as program, project, and task coordination; Computers and software programs (e.g., Microsoft software packages) to conduct research, assess information, and/or prepare documentation.

Ability to:
Manage project team activities; Perform and evaluate complex, responsible, and difficult professional, analytical, and administrative work involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative; Prepare comprehensive technical reports; Define problems, collects data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables; Perform work in a highly variable environment where safety principles and procedures need to be tailored to deal with unforeseen hazards to minimize high potential for serious injury; Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques; Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables; Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; Establish, maintain, and foster effective team spirit and collaboration between departments and employees; Actively listen and discern common interests to reach mutually agreeable solutions and outcomes; Work in a fast-paced, professional office environment and balance multiple projects and deadlines; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax; Prepare clear and concise administrative and management reports; Effectively present information and respond to questions from MWA’s employees including the general public, other water agencies, MWA’s Board of Directors, and regulatory agencies; Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of business, including member agencies, city and other government officials, community groups, and the public; Effectively use computer systems, applications, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks; Perform work in accordance with specific safety procedures to minimize potential for injury.

For the entire list of the essential job functions, knowledge & abilities, and licenses/certifications, please see the job description on the Agency website at:


Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Geology or Hydrogeology, or other related field and,
  • Five (5) years of experience performing water supply and delivery work (engineering work and project management).
  • A Graduate degree in one of the cited fields above is preferred.


  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License and current automobile insurance.
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer (Civil) or Licensed Professional Geologist, State of California.