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Recruitment #23-ED5-AA



THE JOB: Under general supervision, to perform professional field and office engineering work which includes design and construction of roads, bridges, water/wastewater (sanitation), drainage, water, transportation and other public works facilities; to review less complex engineering plans and specifications and land development projects prepared by professional consultants; and to do other work as required. The County of Santa Cruz is now recruiting for four positions in the Civil Engineer Series. Applications are being accepted for: Civil Engineer (8,500-10,759/month), Associate Civil Engineer (7,713-9,760/month) and Assistant in Civil Engineering (7,127-8,337/month) and hiring selection is planned for top candidates for each vacancy from candidates at the various levels.

The current vacancies are in various sections of the Department of Public Works, including Construction Management, Road Design, Water/Wastewater Engineering (Sanitation) and Traffic Engineering / Development Review.

Construction Management
section manages construction projects for the various programs of the Public Works Department; these include projects for Roads, Water/Wastewater (Sanitation), Storm Water and Flood Control.

Road Design
section is responsible for design work of various County transportation capital improvement projects, as well as storm damage road repair projects and bridge rehabilitation projects.

Water/Wastewater (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: facilities include pump stations and small treatment plants.

Traffic Engineering / Development Review section is responsible for reviewing and analyzing the traffic components of development proposals and designing transportation plans and projects. Projects/activities also include: traffic signal design, complete street design, prepare traffic control plans, and preparing transportation planning documents.


During the life of the eligible list, the list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies in these four sections and also in the following sections: Flood Control, Road Operations and Encroachments, Stormwater Management, and Survey.

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:

One year of experience performing the duties comparable to a Junior Civil Engineer in Santa Cruz County OR graduation from college with a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited curriculum in civil engineering.


Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License.

Completion of the Engineer-In-Training portion of the examination for Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California.

Within two years of the date of hire, the employee in the lead position over the Building Plans Checkers must obtain certification by the 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: Working knowledge of basic civil engineering design and drafting; chemistry, physics and mathematics as applied to civil engineering; civil engineering principles and practices including design, construction and inspection as applied to less complex public works projects and principles of hydrology, hydraulics, strength of materials and structural analysis. Some knowledge of the principles of surveying the application of data processing to solve engineering problems; methods, materials and equipment used in public works construction; and highway alignment and grade standards.

Ability to: Prepare plans and specifications including design and layout; gather data and solve engineering problems; perform engineering calculations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; prepare clear, concise reports; learn to review engineering plans and specifications prepared by private builders, contractors and/or consultants; input, access and analyze data using a computer terminal; plan, design and prepare cost estimates for less complex public works projects; and present technical material and reports to a nontechnical audience.

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. 

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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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


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