Placer County

Environmental Engineering Program Manager (#14785)

$59.19-$73.92 Hourly / $10,259.60-$12,812.80 Monthly / $123,115.20-$153,753.60 Yearly


To plan, organize, and direct the activities of the Environmental Engineering or Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA) section(s) within the Facility Services Department; to coordinate section activities with other divisions or departments; and to provide highly responsible technical support to the Deputy Director of Facility Services.


This level recognizes positions that provide full second-line, direct supervision to employees within a work section and/or assumes substantive and significant programmatic responsibility in a defined area or specialty. 


Receives general direction from the Deputy Director or Assistant Director of Facility Services.

Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, technical, professional, and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Recommend and implement section goals and objectives; develop and implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, develop and oversee the work of staff and consultants involved in solid waste operations, including landfill, solid waste projects, Material Recovery Facility (MRF), collections and recycling, engineering of solid waste, water and wastewater projects, environmental compliance, facility planning and public education.
  • Evaluate solid waste operations and activities of assigned unit; implement improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Develop, negotiate and manage contracts for solid waste collection and disposal, Material Recovery Facility operations, engineering, construction, and environmental services.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for projects, equipment and staff; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the section to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Develop and implement short and long range plans for solid waste operations and environmental engineering.
  • Develop, implement and review County recycling program.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the Environmental Engineering field, including two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in business management, environmental studies, solid waste management, economics, civil engineering or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of current registration as a professional Civil or Mechanical engineer.  If registration is granted by a state other than California, registration granted by the State of California must be obtained within one year of employment. 
  • May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • General principles of engineering, environmental review, facility planning and construction as applied to solid waste, water and wastewater projects.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of research, analysis and management.
  • Changing regulations, standards, and techniques in the field of solid waste and wastewater engineering and of new technology, methods, and equipment.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety for working in wastewater treatment plants, Material Recovery Facility and landfills and their emergency procedures.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct solid waste and environmental engineering operations and planning activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of assigned job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and department policies and procedures.
  • Observe and solve operational problems.
  • Develop, prepare, and utilize a variety of computer programs for the analysis and solution of solid wastes and wastewater operations.
  • Apply engineering principles to the solution of sanitary engineering problems and to perform engineering studies and make evaluations.
  • Advise the Western Placer Waste Management Authority and other public officials on matters related to engineering, solid waste and Material Recovery Facility projects and programs.
  • Analyze data, prepare and interpret maps, diagrams, charts and drawings, and write reports.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of assigned program budgets.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

CLASS: 14785; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 2/14/2011;