Assistant/Associate/Civil Engineer

Four vacancies

Recruitment #18-S17-002


Are you a team-oriented engineering professional with proven design and project management experience? The City of Ventura is accepting applications for four Assistant/Associate/Civil Engineer vacancies in our collaborative Public Works Department - three vacancies on a team dedicated to innovative water and wastewater capital improvement projects and one vacancy on a collaborative team assigned to engineering design and construction. To be considered for these exciting career opportunities, apply online at as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time. 

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Under general supervision, performs a variety of professional engineering tasks in one of the following areas: capital projects (design), Ventura Water, construction/survey, transportation/traffic, or land development.

These positions are flexibly staffed and may be filled at any level depending on the qualifications of the incumbents and the staffing needs of the City.

An eligibility list is being established to fill four vacancies in the Public Works Department - three assigned to water and wastewater capital improvement projects and one assigned to engineering design and construction, as well as future related full-time or part-time vacancies.  


  • Effectively manages multiple projects, ensuring quality work, while remaining conscientious of schedules and budgets
  • Is team-oriented and able to interact with people throughout the City, both cooperatively and collaboratively
  • Has engineering design experience in a municipal or county public works department or special purpose district, specifically in water or wastewater projects 
  • Has exemplary customer service standards and can establish effective working relationships
  • Has experience managing and administering public construction projects and contracts
  • Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills


Depending on assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Supervises and directs the work of paraprofessional staff and consultants engaged in technical studies, drafting, surveying, design, transportation and traffic planning and engineering. Formulates work procedures and schedules work projects. Instructs, assigns and trains subordinates. Coordinates work with other departments, divisions and independent contractors.

Plans, directs, and performs specialized technical studies, investigations, and research related to public works projects. Prepares agreements, budgets, and schedules. Analyzes financial data and information on projects.

Works with other government agencies to process permits and coordinate activities.

Responds to and resolves concerns from the public as related to engineering matters.

Performs related work as required.

In the Capital Projects (Design) Division: Performs professional engineering tasks preparing plans, specifications, designs and cost estimates of sewers, storm drains, streets, water lines, and related public works projects. Serves as project manager or assistant project manager on assigned capital projects during the master planning, design and construction phases. Develops and monitors scope of work, project costs and schedules. Draws or sketches designs either by hand or utilizing computer-aided drafting software.

In the Construction and Survey Division: Assists in the managing of the City Capital Improvement Projects, Land Development permits, and Utility permits. Assists in the managing and oversight of the contract scope of work, oversees all changes in scope of work, reviews and evaluates project budgets, responds to requests for information, responds to residents and business owners to resolve issues, coordinate project notification and schedules, negotiates costs, and works with all City departments to coordinate and complete work.

In the Land Development Division: Performs a variety of tasks related to Land Development Engineering, including but not limited to reviewing grading and public improvement plans for single lot and multi-unit housing and commercial/industrial development projects, cost estimating for the purpose of establishing fees and determining bond requirements, and related tasks. Job duties also include right-of-way management, including the development of license agreements, easements and issuance of encroachment permits. Performs transportation planning duties in coordination with the Transportation Division and is responsible for the citywide traffic model. Other assignments may include working with developers and other City Departments in developing and forming Maintenance Assessment Districts (MADs) on housing projects, reimbursement agreements, and utility franchises.

In the Transportation Division: Develops plans and programs for facilitating traffic movement, improving bicycle and pedestrian safety, vehicle collision prevention, parking management, and street lighting, including preparation of grant applications and State/Federal funding paperwork. Designs and reviews traffic system plans, including traffic signals, sidewalks, medians, roadways, intersection safety lighting, traffic control signs, painted street markings, and public parking lots and parking structures. As a part of the design process, prepares plans, specifications and cost estimates. Reviews construction and land development plans in relation to traffic engineering. Oversees traffic control device inventory program, public parking programs and operations, including parking pay station and gate system maintenance. Oversees the issuance of parking, traffic control, and encroachment permits. Reviews special event permits. Conducts and reviews traffic surveys. Serves as project manager or assistant project manager on assigned capital projects. Develops and monitors scope of work, project costs and schedules.

In the Ventura Water Department: Serves as liaison with the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department on issues related to the design and construction of water and wastewater capital projects. Serves as liaison with the Land Development Division of the Public Works Department on issues related to the available capacity of the City's water and sewer systems. Determines future demands on the City's water and wastewater system and develops water resources plans. Coordinates the reviews and evaluates development projects, regional plans, proposed water facilities, and their requirements. Identifies need for new or modified capital facilities to meet community use. Performs plan checking related to capital projects to ensure that operational and regulatory requirements are incorporated into the plans and meet current requirements. Reviews and responds to water and sewer service requests.


License: Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.


  • Assistant/Associate Engineer: A California "Engineer in Training" (EIT) certificate is highly desirable.
  • Civil Engineer: Registration as a California Civil Engineer is required at time of appointment.


A combination of training, education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor s degree in Civil, Structural, Traffic or Transportation Engineering, or a related field, and depending on assignment, qualifying experience as described below, in civil, traffic, construction, transportation engineering, water resource planning, or architectural/structural plans review or structural design are required, as follows:

Assistant Engineer: One year of professional engineering experience in the assigned area. A California Engineer in Training (EIT) certificate and two years of college may substitute for the Bachelor's Degree. A California Engineering-in-Training certificate is highly desirable.

Associate Engineer: Three years of professional engineering experience in the assigned area, preferably with a public agency, OR two years of experience equivalent to that of an Assistant Engineer with the City of Ventura are required. A California Engineering-in-Training certificate is highly desirable.

Civil Engineer: Three years of professional engineering experience in the assigned area, preferably with a public agency. Registration as a California Civil Engineer is required at time of appointment.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Six months.

Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $168 per year to a 457 plan and will match $1,650 per year contributed by the employee, for a total benefit of $1,818 per year.

Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $665 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Optional Benefits: $495 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.  

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage provided for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance:  City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Vacation: 2.5 weeks, increasing to 4 weeks per year, after 10 years service. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave: 96-hour bank upon employment and additional accruals of 2 hours semi-monthly after 6 months of employment.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probation.

Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application, cover letter and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in June 2019, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail:

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