ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE-Planning & Development Services Department

Recruitment #2206-2011-001


The City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department seeks an Engineering Associate to join our customer-centric culture providing strategic, timely, quality planning and development services to an engaged public.

Promoting safety, economic vitality and adaptability to a growing community is what drives our department. We are seeking an experienced, motivated, highly qualified, and creative professionals whose strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with the public will support the community’s goals.

There is an immediate opening in the Department’s Site Review Section, which includes zoning, landscape, civil engineering, and inspections professionals. Under the direction of the Civil Engineer, the Engineering Associate will work in collaboration with other staff to review and advise on all new site development which occurs in the City of Tucson, totaling approximately 350 projects a year. The Engineering Associate will assist the public, development community, and City staff in devising workable solutions for plans related to stormwater pollution prevention, floodplain regulations, grading/drainage, and water harvesting on all development projects to ensure environmental protection, community health, sustainability, and good design practices. The Engineering Associate will also provide general floodplain information in response to public inquiries.

This position is eligible for alternative work schedules and remote or hybrid work depending on Department needs.


Tucson has a rich cultural heritage and is known for its lively arts scene, unsurpassed natural beauty, and outdoor lifestyle. Tucson's culture centers around a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences. The city is situated in the Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by five mountain ranges. Blessed with the desert natural beauty and an unsurpassed climate of 360 sunny days a year, Tucsonans embrace a rare lifestyle and are committed to preserving that quality of life.

The city is home to the University of Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Tucson is the seat of Pima County and has a Council-Manager form of government. The Tucson metropolitan area supports almost a million residents. As metropolitan Tucson continues to grow, the challenge of meeting resident expectations also increases.

The City of Tucson is committed to providing quality municipal services which promote a healthy community, offer opportunities for participation and leisure, and enable citizens to prosper at work and at home.

City-Wide Benefits
• Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan.
• Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO.
• Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK.
• Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more.
• Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability.
• Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned.
• Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars.
• Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, more.

Your Security and Future
• Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably.
• Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan.
• Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree.
• Education Assistance, Reimbursement, and Qualified Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Get assistance paying off your student loan debt.
• Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable.

Your Peace of Mind
• Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA.
• Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays).
• Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment.
• Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving.

General Description

Reviews proposed development projects and coordinates City comments

Provides customer service to developers, public agencies, and technical support staff.

Essential Functions

Reviews development plan submittals for compliance with the City’s adopted codes, policies, plans, manuals, and other regulatory documents related to floodplain, stormwater, grading/drainage, and water harvesting.

Provides and obtains clarifications and detailed information on specific requirements related to development proposals. Interprets guidelines, policies, standards, codes, and specifications 

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers, or contract employees, and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.  

Manages project reviews and coordinates and corresponds with contractors, developers, public agencies, and technical support staff by reviewing drawings and plans, conducting and attending meetings, answering questions, providing advice, resolving problems, tracking and reviewing agreements and monetary changes, processing pay estimates, preparing, updating and distributing logs, verifying billings submitted by contractors and conducting field inspections.  

Reviews plans and reports by researching and reviewing plats, plans, statements, reports, and contracts for compliance with regulations and specifications, verifying data and calculations, identifying and resolving conflicts and reviewing system capabilities and proposed enhancements.  

Guides technicians, interns or other personnel by monitoring and reviewing projects, prioritizing and distributing workloads, communicating, corresponding and sharing expertise.  

Provides customer service by answering questions, researching information and problems, retrieving files and maps, providing permit application approval and review, handling complaints and violations and identifying solutions.  

Maintains files, receives and sends correspondence, reviews city requests, creates and maintains models and maps, compiles and analyzes data, provides information regarding policies and procedures, rules, regulations and codes, and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years in engineering

Valid and unrestricted Driver's License

An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the ability to successfully perform the essential functions may be considered.

Special Job Requirements

Supplemental materials are required to be submitted with your application. Without the materials listed below, your application will be considered incomplete, and you will not continue in this recruitment process. Please provide:
A chronological resume reflecting relevant work experience and education/training 
A cover letter reflecting you background, experience, and interests as it relates to this position

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in the areas listed below:

Bachelor's degree in civil engineering

Project management experience

Strong interpersonal communication skills

A proven track record of successfully completed engineering projects

Engineer in Training certification status

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile 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 July 13, 2022
Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:
  • 25% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 65% of your oral board interview 10% of your score on the review of Resume and Cover Letter
*It is important to note that the City of Tucson uses Microsoft Teams for its virtual interviews. Please ensure that you have access to this software application.

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.
 Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must email your documentation to The DD 214 must be a member 2 copy that indicates characterization of service. If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


 **The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.**

Additionally, 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.