Tucson Water

Recruitment #2010-2013-001


The Tucson Water Department is seeking highly qualified individuals to join the Department as Registered Professional Civil Engineers.  The successful candidates will manage water infrastructure projects; produce, review, and administer contracts; develop designs; enforce codes and standards; use engineering analyses to prepare project plans, details, and specifications; review plans from outside agencies and consultants; and manage construction projects from conception through budgeting, design, and project construction.  

The Civil Engineer, working in a collaborative environment, is expected to exhibit leadership, the ability to apply past experience, technical knowledge, and professional judgment, while performing engineering design and plan reviews.

General Description

Manages projects, produces, reviews, and administers contracts, conducts engineering analysis, develops designs and enforces codes.

Essential Functions

  • May serve in a supervisory capacity for professional and non-professional staff, as well as direct seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees.
  • Manages projects by determining project objectives, developing schedules and project budgets, composing project documents, reviewing and approving design plans, selecting consultants, coordinating activities, assigning and monitoring personnel and assigned tasks, managing project costs and budgets, preparing reports, performing and supervising design activities, attending and conducting public meetings, reviewing plans for conformance to regulations and standards and resolving conflicts.
  • Produces, reviews, and administers contract documents by designing and writing specifications, writing and sealing legal descriptions, preparing cost estimates, conducting public participation programs, receiving permits, evaluating and recommending bids, monitoring contractors work progress, adjusting designs, negotiating change orders, supervising tests and completing plans. 
  • Assists with preparing and monitoring project budgets by developing capital improvement project requests, project charters and projection reports, gathering equipment and material needs projections, compiling budget proposals and monitoring expenditures.
  • Conducts engineering analysis and develops, designs and enforces codes by reviewing and approving plans and specifications, preparing and overseeing the preparation of permits and compliance demonstrations, gathering field data, researching engineering records, evaluating design alternatives, improving programs for effectiveness, ensuring compliance with permit application requirements, conducting site visits and inspections, identifying problems, developing designs and plans to resolve problems and preparing design changes.
  • Interacts with the public, contractors, and consultants by coordinating between the associated parties, maintaining contact with citizen groups and the general public, coordinating and attending public meetings, answering citizen, consultant and legal inquiries, providing information and responding to and investigating citizen complaints.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of engineering experience

Special Job Requirements

Registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona

Valid and unrestricted driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a related engineering discipline
• Engineering experience in the areas of water infrastructure, planning, analysis, and design

Selection Plan

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All applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored during the testing process. Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a virtual Oral Board Interview.

• Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held December 2, 2020 

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List. An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

• 20% of your rating for education and work experience
• 80% of your oral board interview

Selection interviews may be conducted post-list by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies within Tucson Water occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you may upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates a characterization of service.

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Jocelyn D. Maez at at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.