Placer Employment Opportunities

Civil Engineer - Associate

Recruitment #2024-14203-01


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Placer County is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Works (Engineering Division, Transportation Planning Division, Floodplain & Stormwater Division, and Environmental Utilities Division) and the Community Development Resource Agency (Engineering & Surveying Division).

Department of Public Works - Engineering Division: This division is responsible for the design and construction of capital improvement projects on the western slope of Placer County. Examples of projects include bridge replacement projects, roadway widening projects, bike facilities, pedestrian walkways, and more. Ideal candidates will possess excellent attention to detail and an interest in roadway design and construction.

Department of Public Works - Transportation Planning Division: This division is responsible for long range transportation planning, traffic safety, transportation funding and fee programs, as well as regional coordination. This division also reviews land development projects for consistency with applicable transportation goals and policies, as well as compliance with CEQA. Ideal candidates will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the motivation to improve the communities of Placer County.

Department of Public Works - Floodplain and Stormwater Division: This division manages the County’s three stormwater quality permits, water quality monitoring program, and the FEMA floodplain program. This position includes working with the public and consultants to resolve stormwater and floodplain requirements per county ordinance, as well as working with state/federal regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. The ideal candidate will have experience with GIS databases as well as ability for interpreting and responding to regulatory requirements and good interpersonal skills (written and verbal).

Department of Public Works - Environmental Utilities Division: This division is responsible for managing sewer and solid waste infrastructure spanning the County through contracts and utility crews; performing land development plan review and construction inspections; completing capital improvement projects; overseeing closed landfill solid waste contract management; conducting legislative compliance and outreach; and building regional relationships for ground water management and regional sewer. 

Department of Public Works - Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA): This division is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of Placer County and the cities of Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville, and serves the waste and recycling needs for most Placer County residents and businesses - excluding the Tahoe and Truckee area. The WPWMA campus consists of a mixed-waste Materials Recovery Facility, a Construction & Demolition recycling facility, composting facilities, a household hazardous waste facility, recycling buyback and public drop off facilities in addition to the only active landfill in Placer County.

Community Development Resource Agency - Engineering & Surveying Division:  This Division provides review and oversight of grading, drainage, water quality, and site infrastructure improvements for private land development projects; issues Grading Permits; oversees permitted surface mining operations; assigns addresses; and reviews and records maps for the subdivision of land within the unincorporated areas of Placer County. The ideal candidate will possess the technical skills necessary to interpret and apply County standards to civil engineering plan sets and various technical reports, along with strong written and verbal skills to communicate with various departments, engineers, applicants, and developers, as well as represent the Engineering and Surveying Division at public hearings.

This continuous recruitment will remain open for the calendar year, or until the final filing date, whichever occurs first. The eligible list established from this continuous recruitment will expire by the end of the calendar year. Applicants will be eligible to reapply and take an examination if a new recruitment opens the following calendar year.

To be included in the first round of application screening, submit your application by March 18, 2024, at 8:00 p.m.. Following this date, applications will be screened on a bi-weekly basis.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

Click here to view Placer Public Employees Organization (PPEO) benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To plan, organize, direct and supervise assigned professional engineering activities; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates and are responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.


Receives general direction from management personnel.

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


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of assigned unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for assigned area of responsibility; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in design, construction, land development, traffic engineering, transportation planning, solid waste management/landfill operation, dependent special district engineering/administration, or flood control district engineering/ administration.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Perform highly complex and difficult professional engineering work requiring a high level of independent judgement and technical expertise; review computations and make decisions concerning difficult or complex engineering problems; approve engineering project designs.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staff and equipment; monitor and control expenditure.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • 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: Two years of responsible professional engineering experience performing duties similar to an Assistant Engineer with Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.

Required License or Certificate

  • Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in an appropriate discipline as issued by the State of California.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required depending on the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to public works projects/programs within area of assigned unit responsibility.
  • Computer software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, databases, and project scheduling and management.
  • Equipment, tools and materials used in civil engineering as applied to area of assigned responsibility.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct professional engineering operations/activities within area of assigned responsibility.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational situations,  technical policies and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist while performing occasional field work; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; regularly lift heavy weight.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • 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.


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 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 level) 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 (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decision making, political orientation, 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.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Janine Martindale, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 889-4083.

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