County of Alameda

Senior Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7 (#4967)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Zone 7 General Mgmt (R53)
$80.37-$97.71 Hourly / $6,429.60-$7,816.80 BiWeekly /
$13,930.80-$16,936.40 Monthly / $167,169.60-$203,236.80 Yearly


Under general direction, performs difficult professional civil and technical engineering/ geological work related to water resources, flood control, water supply, and water treatment facilities and systems; supervises professional and technical staff; and performs related work as required.


This is a working first-line supervisory class in the professional engineering/geologist series. Individuals in this class are usually project engineers/geologists or have major responsibilities for system operation and management involving the supervision of other engineering/geologist, technical, operations and management staff. Assignment may be in water resources, flood control, water supply or water quality or operations and maintenance. This class is distinguished from the Principal Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7, which is a section head responsible for a major engineering function. This class is distinguished from the Associate Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7 class, in that the Senior Engineer/Geologist has supervisorial responsibility over professional and technical staff and the Associate Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7, performs the more complex office and field engineering 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. Supervises, plans, organizes, assigns and reviews work of lower level professional, technical or operations and maintenance staff; participates in employee selection of contractors, monitoring progress, negotiating and issuing change orders and  progress payments, and related matters.
  2. Plans, organizes, and reviews or performs the design and preparation of plans,  drawings, specifications and estimates in connection with the construction,  maintenance or operations of flood control, water supply, or water treatment and  distribution facilities and systems; coordinates and participates in the total planning  and design of assigned projects, including development and evaluation of alternatives  and operational scenarios, rights of way, environmental requirements, permits,  agreements, and preparation of final plans and specifications.
  3. Acts as project manager on engineering/geological projects; directs the work of  lower level engineers/geologists and technicians; directs project inspections and  monitors progress; coordinates project activities and mediates problems; prepares or  coordinates various project reports and documents.
  4. Administers outside consultant contracts, including drafting of requests for  proposals, interviewing contractors, evaluating proposals and recommending  selection of contractors, monitoring progress, negotiating and issue change orders  and progress payments, and related matters.
  5. Reviews drawings, 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; determines and initiates necessary  changes or improvements.
  6. Assists in section budget preparation, including projecting costs and monitoring and  justifying expenditures.
  7. Conducts or coordinates the conduct of comprehensive field, plant and office  engineering/geological, 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; performs complex and detailed analyses in such diverse  areas as hydraulics, hydrology, current and projected water supply and usage, water  rates, and water quality.
  8. Oversees and performs hydrological, geological and hydrogeological studies;  analyzes and interprets precipitation, geological, ground and surface water data;  forecasts groundwater supply and usage.
  9. Coordinates and operates a special program, such as but not limited to artificial groundwater recharge, groundwater protection/well drilling and drainage fee  reimbursement.
  10. Establishes water quality monitoring programs in compliance with state and federal   regulations; reviews proposed legislation and regulations to determine impact on  Zone 7 operations, and makes recommendations; participates in interagency studies  and projects.
  11. 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.
  12. Represents Zone 7 to contractors, consultants, utilities, groups, the public and  other agencies; coordinates work with other agencies and County departments;  applies and explains Zone 7 policies, procedures and standards.
  13. Prepares or oversees the preparation of a variety of engineering/geological and administrative reports, including computations, texts, graphical data presentations, drawings, conclusions and recommendations; prepares a variety of correspondence, records and reports.
  14. May participate in emergency response functions on a rotating basis.


Either I


The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience in the class of Associate Civil Engineer/Professional Geologist, Zone 7.



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



The equivalent of three years’ full-time progressively responsible professional engineering/geologist experience subsequent to Professional Registration that included the equivalent of two years of supervisory or administrative experience.

Other Requirements:

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


Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and a valid California Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer OR a Professional Geologist issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

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 “Example of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

•  Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to a water agency, including  design and construction, surveying and drafting, materials engineering and soil  mechanics, environmental impact analysis and stress analysis.
•  Principles of hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology and water resources management.
•  Principles and practices of project management and contract administration,  including  planning, organizing, delegating, scheduling and controlling.
•  Principles of supervision, including selection, training and performance evaluation.
•  Engineering mathematics, economics and statistical analysis.
•  Construction methods, material, specifications and codes.
•  Computer software application related to engineering/geological.
•  Applicable codes, regulations and standards relating to water resources, water  quality, and civil engineering.

Ability to:

•  Train and supervise professional and technical support staff.
•  Effectively manage large-scale and/or complex engineering/geological projects,  studies and contracted services.
•  Prepare and oversee preparation of plans, designs, sketches, estimates and  specifications.
•  Apply engineering principles and computer programs to the solution of engineering/geological problems.
•  Conduct engineering studies, investigations and analyses.
•  Analyze and interpreting complex data and reports reaching sound conclusions and forecasts.
•  Read, understand and interpret engineering/geological data, maps, survey notes, legal descriptions, and other material.
•  Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports and correspondence.
•  Maintain accurate data and records.
•  Deal tactfully and effectively with public, other agencies, developers, engineering firms and contractors and other employees.

Old document: 4967h
New document: Jobspecs/4967
CSC Date: 7/22/98
MH:cs   01/04/10
MH:cs  Revised/Retitled 03/10/10
Old Title:  Senior 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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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