Placer Employment Opportunities

Environmental Engineering Program Manager

Recruitment #2019-14785-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, westward through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn. For more information about Placer County, please visit


The current vacancy is in the Environmental Engineering division within the Public Works Department, which operates and maintains the County's wastewater treatment facilities, lift stations and collection pipelines, as well as the public water systems in Sheridan.

This individual will develop and oversee staff and consultants who provide engineering, permitting, environmental compliance, facility planning and public education, participate in budget preparation and administration, and provide highly technical support to the Deputy Director of Public Works. To learn more about the Department of Public Works click here.

Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. To learn more click here.


To plan, organize, and direct the activities of the Environmental Engineering section within the Public Works Department; to coordinate section activities with other divisions or departments; and to provide highly responsible technical support to the Deputy Director of Public Works.


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 Public Works.

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.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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.

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.

NOTE: Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.


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.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph) and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications, and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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