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Recruitment #19-EE1-01


THE JOB: Under general direction, perform difficult and responsible professional civil engineering work in the field and office that includes planning, design, and construction of roads, bridges, sanitation, sewage, drainage, water, refuse disposal, and other public works facilities; review engineering plans and specifications, and land development project plans prepared by professional consultants; and do other work as required. A Civil Engineer may act as resident engineer on very large or complex construction projects and may supervise subordinate professional and sub-professional engineering personnel engaged in such work.

The current vacancies are in various divisions of the Department of Public Works, including Road Design, Sanitation Engineering, and Construction Management. Sanitation Engineering is responsible for the design and management of improvements for one domestic water system, one recycled water system, three sanitary sewer districts, and several County Service Areas, including pump stations and small treatment plants. The Road Design division is responsible for design work of various County transportation capital improvement projects, as well as storm damage road repair projects and bridge rehabilitation projects. The Construction Management division manages construction projects for the various divisions of the Public Works Department; these include projects for Roads, Sanitation, Storm Water, and Flood Control.

The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be to have three years of experience as a registered engineer performing duties comparable to an Associate Civil Engineer in Santa Cruz County. 


  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License in order to respond to field emergencies and inspections in a County pickup truck (upon appointment).
  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
  • Within two years of the date of hire, the employee in the lead position over the Building Plans Checkers must obtain certification by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) as a Building Inspector AND one of the following specialty certifications: Plumbing Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Plans Examiner, Combination Inspector, or Building Code Accessibility Usability Specialist.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of civil engineering practices and procedures including design, construction methods and techniques, strength and properties and uses of materials, hydraulics, specification, and structural engineering; hydrology and hydraulic design engineering, surveying methods and construction. Working knowledge of engineering mathematics and economics; laws and ordinances related to design and construction standards; road structure design; testing procedures and equipment, and materials inspection; and some knowledge of the application of data processing to solve engineering problems, and the principles and practices of traffic engineering and sanitary engineering.  

Ability to: Plan and design complex public works projects and facilities; review engineering plans and specifications prepared by private builders, contractors, and/or consultants; make inspections of all phases of engineering work in progress; coordinate work of contractors and County staff; enforce contract specifications and requirements; make accurate estimates of cost of materials and construction time; perform with a minimum of supervision; enforce common safety practices and procedures; prepare and present clear, concise, and comprehensive reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; assign, schedule, and review the work of subordinates on an assigned project; present technical material to a nontechnical audience; and input, access, and analyze data using a computer.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays 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 - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT - 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 $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
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 and supplemental questionnaire. 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. 


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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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