County of Alameda

Junior Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7 (#4963)

Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Zone 7 Engineers (060)
$56.97-$65.99 Hourly / $4,557.60-$5,279.20 BiWeekly /
$9,874.80-$11,438.27 Monthly / $118,497.60-$137,259.20 Yearly

Under general supervision, to perform a variety of professional engineering/geological work related to water resources, flood control, water supply, and water treatment and distribution facilities and systems; and to perform related work as required.


Junior Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7, is the entry level in the professional engineering/geologist series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform a variety of professional civil engineering/geological office and field assignments on a training basis. As experience and proficiency are gained, assignments become more difficult and independence of action is increased. After one to two years of successful experience at the Junior level, incumbents are normally eligible to advance to the higher level upon demonstration of proficiency for Assistant-level work.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Analyzes, designs or assists in the design of a variety of engineering/geological projects, such as structures, pipelines, ditches, site improvements and other facilities, using manual and computerized methods; performs and checks mathematical and engineering/geological calculations; estimates quantities and costs for project materials; writes specifications.

2. Acts as resident engineer/geologist on small-scale and/or routine construction projects; inspects the construction and materials of engineered facilities for conformance with plans and specifications; prepares progress, construction and similar reports and estimates.

3. Reviews drawing, plans and other work submitted by other engineers/geologists, developers, private parties, public agencies and contractors, for conformance with specifications and County and Zone 7 standards and regulations and for possible conflicts with other existing or proposed projects; recommends necessary engineering changes or improvements.

4. Conducts field, plant and office engineering, economic and environmental impact studies and investigations related to the research, planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of flood control, water supply, and water treatment and distribution facilities and resources; collects, computes and compiles engineering/geological data, statistics and surveys; drafts technical and administrative reports, correspondence and related documents.

5. Performs hydrological, geological and hydrogeological studies; monitors ground and surface water quantity, quality and movement; assists in management of artificial recharge operations.

6. Administers Alameda County Groundwater Protection Ordinance and water rights permits held by Zone 7.

7. Prepares and compiles various engineering/geological documents, such as sketches, drawings, plans, plats, maps, right of way and property descriptions, etc.

8. Develops and maintains various databases, computer models and computer files; uses a variety of computer software or develops programs to solve specific engineering/geological problems.

9. Represents Zone 7 to contractors, consultants, groups, the public and other agencies; coordinates work with other agencies and County departments.

10. Assists in training and directing technical support and entry-level professional staff, as assigned.

11. May participate in emergency response functions on a rotating basis.

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Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Geology or a closely related field.



Possession of a valid State of California Engineer-In-Training certificate.


Possession of a valid California Driver's License may be required.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Fundamental principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to a water agency, including design and construction, surveying and drafting, material engineering and soil mechanics and stress analysis.
• Principles of hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology and water resources management.
• Engineering economics.
• Construction methods, materials and equipment.
• Computer software applications related to engineering/geology.

Ability to:

• Apply engineering principles and techniques to the study and evaluation of engineering/geological problems.
• Make accurate engineering computations.
• Inspect construction projects and existing facilities and conduct common tests of construction materials.
• Read, understand and interpret engineering/geological data, maps, survey notes, legal descriptions and other materials.
• Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports and correspondence.
• Maintain accurate data and records.
• Deal tactfully and effectively with the public, other agencies, developers, engineering firms and contractors and other employees.


Must be willing and able to work in exposure to potential chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards and outdoors in all weather conditions. May be required to respond to emergencies in off-hours.

Old document: 4963hz7
New document: Jobspecs/4963-4964
CSC Date: 8/4/99
MH:cs Revised/Retitled 12/09/09
Old Title: Junior Engineer, Zone 7
CSC Date: 3/24/10


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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