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Recruitment #18-EE3-01


THE JOB: The Department of Public Works is looking for Senior Civil Engineers in the following specialty areas:

Traffic Engineer Manager: Join a team that will be working on a variety of complex traffic issues countywide in our beautiful coastal, agricultural and mountainous communities. Incumbents perform and oversee traffic engineering and traffic operations; design signal systems and traffic operational improvements; perform and oversee transportation related development review. In addition to the required valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer, a valid certificate of registration as a Traffic Engineer issued by the California Board of Professional Engineers is highly desirable.

Sanitation Engineer: This group is dedicated to maintaining and upgrading the sanitation systems in Santa Cruz County. Within our Sanitation Division, the incumbent in this position may manage the Sanitation Engineering section or the Sanitation Operations section (one position is currently open).

• Incumbents in the Sanitation Engineering section oversee the design and engineering for sanitation projects including sewer collection system upgrades, pump station upgrades and a variety of other related projects.

• Incumbents in the Sanitation Operations section oversee the operations staff and crews for three sanitation districts and five County Service Areas

All Senior Civil Engineer assignments: Under general direction, plan, direct, coordinate, schedule, review and evaluate the work of a section of the Public Works Department or Planning Department; review and analyze technical and engineering issues; and perform other duties as required. Incumbents supervise a staff of professional engineers, technician, engineering aides, and other support staff. The current vacancies are in the Sanitation division and Traffic Engineering and Road Planning division of the Department of Public Works. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future Senior Civil Engineer vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these would be to have equivalent to graduation from an accredited college with a major in civil, traffic, environmental, or sanitary engineering; or biological, chemical, physical or soil science; or a related field; AND five (5) years of increasingly responsible engineering experience that demonstrates possession and application of the knowledge and abilities listed below. A Master's Degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required engineering experience.

Special Requirements:

• Certificate: For some positions, possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. (For Traffic Engineering assignments: In addition to registration as a Civil Engineer, possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Traffic Engineer issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is highly desirable.)
• License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License (upon hire.)
• Availability to work irregular hours, including responding to twenty-four-hour emergency calls.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; high levels of noise; dust; strong, unpleasant odors; heights, such as on bridges; working alone in isolated areas; the possibility of contact with potentially hostile people; cramped work spaces; and bodily injuries. Some positions may be required to occasionally lift manhole covers, soil samples and environmental process equipment. Potential exists for exposure to toxic materials such as landfill gas, sewer gas and discarded household or commercial chemicals.

Knowledge: For all assignments, thorough knowledge of current Federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations relating to the specific program assignment; some knowledge of principles and practices of supervision and training; principles of public administration, including organization, management, and budgeting; and application of data processing to Public Works or Planning programs. For Civil and Construction Engineering assignments, thorough knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to public agencies; strengths, properties, and uses of materials in engineering construction; working knowledge of methods of design and/or construction and inspection for public works or planning projects including streets, storm drains and sanitation systems, structures and bike paths; principles of traffic engineering and methods for properly regulating vehicular and pedestrian traffic flows (may be required for some positions); hydrology and hydraulic design engineering; some knowledge of wastewater engineering (some positions.) For Solid Waste Engineering assignment, thorough knowledge of landfill and solid waste engineering relative to operating landfill and transfer stations; some knowledge of strengths, properties, and uses of materials in engineering construction. For Water and Wastewater Engineering assignments, thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, and repair of wastewater collection, treatment, and transmission facilities; safety practices observed in sanitation operations; and governmental regulations related to the treatment and distribution of drinking water and the treatment and disposal of domestic wastewater. For Flood Control Engineering assignment, thorough knowledge of watershed management; flood control activities, including flood modeling; governmental regulations and permit processing for flood control improvement projects and routine maintenance activities.

Ability to: Plan, organize, supervise, train, and evaluate the work of professional and technical staff; schedule work, determine priorities, and make decisions to resolve difficult problems; analyze technical and administrative problems and develop and implement solutions; coordinate section activities with other sections and departments; understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, rules, and regulations; supervise the preparation of engineering designs, plans, and specifications in the construction and modification of public works facilities (some positions); plan, organize, and administer an extensive sanitation maintenance operation (some positions); supervise the inspection and monitoring of contractor compliance with approved engineering plans and specifications in the construction and modification of public works facilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships; effectively apply traffic engineering principles in establishing and maintaining safe and efficient vehicular and traffic flow patterns (some positions); effectively manage and administer a flood control program including project and maintenance regulatory permitting (some positions); perform difficult and complex engineering work; prepare clear and concise administrative and technical reports; speak effectively before groups; prepare budgets; and learn to input, access, and analyze data using a computer.


VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1-year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDANT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer