Associate Engineer - Civil (PE Not Required)

Valley Water
San Jose, California
Dec 08, 2021
Jan 03, 2022
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Associate Engineer - Civil (PE Not Required)

Valley Water

Salary: $10,701.60 - $13,702.00 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01392-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Treated Water

Closing: 12/23/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Water Quality Unit (Position Code 0645)

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:

*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all new hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Overview: Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying safe, clean water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.

This Associate Civil Engineer acts as the Water Quality Liaison to one of three of Valley Water's Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) and is part of the Water Quality and Treatment Process Engineering Program. Examples of assignments include developing and implementing water quality programs; leading water quality process engineering investigations and projects at the WTPs; assisting with source water protection programs; and other related assignments to ensure Valley Water's water meets federal and state standards. This position functionally supervises Assistant Civil Engineers and Interns.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Provides process engineering support with respect to treatment process optimization, trouble shooting, water quality goals, research, and drinking water regulatory compliance.

• Develop and implement water quality programs.

• Provide technical support to treatment plant operations team, leading water quality process investigations and small engineering projects.

• Assist with source water quality and protection programs and other related assignments to ensure compliance with federal and state standards and regulations.

• Respond to inquiries from internal or external parties on water quality and related issues.

• Provide water quality expertise to capital and maintenance projects.

• Lead or support pipeline disinfection and dichlorination.

• Lead the Water Quality Unit research programs by coordinating research and developing pilot and full-scale treatment studies.

• Provide general water quality and customer support.

• Lead the production of the Annual Large Water System Report to the Division of Drinking Water.

• Actively track source water conditions and recommend source or treatment plant changes for one of the water treatment plants.

• Manage multiple projects and assignments with differing priorities, maintain effective working relationships with other Valley Water units, agencies, and the public, and maintain organized and accurate documents and files.

• Ensure adherence to professional engineering codes, standards, and Valley Water policies; develop scopes of work, budgets, schedules, project plans, and maintain project files.

• Will oversee negotiation and administration of consultant and professional service contracts and agreements and regulatory permits as needed in support of assigned projects.

• May provide supervision to Assistant Civil Engineers and temporary staff or student interns.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:

Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:

• At least four (4) years of professional engineering experience.

• Experience with wastewater or water utility in a treatment plant environment (experience with troubleshooting, optimization, and/or pilot studies is ideal).

• Experience with groundwater and distribution systems from a water utility or regulatory perspective.

• Experience with source water quality monitoring and analysis.

• Project management experience.

• Experience evaluating and commenting on proposed federal / state regulations.

• Experience with regulatory agencies such as State Water Resources Control Board-Division of Drinking Water (DDW) or Regional Water Quality Control Board, U.S. or CA Environmental Protection Agencies preferred but not required

• Experience working with operations, maintenance, and field staff.

• Experience working as a part of multi-functional teams.

• Degree in Civil, Chemical, or Environmental Engineering with coursework in chemistry, environmental, sanitary, or water supply engineering.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

• Present technical materials at professional gatherings and conferences.

• Prepare and providing training on work-related topics.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

• Direct, oversee and participate in the work of multi-disciplinary teams on engineering, water treatment and water quality-related projects.

• Recommend and implement work plans and effectively manage engineering projects and project teams.

• Apply engineering principles, practices, concepts, and standards to engineering problems.

• Apply water resources principles, practices, concepts, and standards to water supply planning, operations, and management, groundwater monitoring, contamination, and protection, and water quality problems.

• Independently conduct comprehensive engineering studies, investigations, and analyses.

• Perform engineering calculations and statistics.

• Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.

• Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical engineering information and data.

• Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and Valley Water engineering policies and procedures.

• Conduct engineering research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports.

• Organize and prioritize multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.

• Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines, and best engineering practices.

Ideal Knowledge:

• Wastewater or drinking water treatment plant processes.

• Drinking water regulations.

• Recycled water processes.

• Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.

• Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.

• Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.

• Recent and on-going engineering related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.

• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

• English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.

• Principles and techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Valley Water staff.

Ideal Training and Education:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a field related to assigned functional areas.


Possession of a valid California Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate with two (2) years of associated paraprofessional engineering experience

Required License or Certificate

• Treatment plant or distribution operator certification preferred but not required.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

To review the Classification Specification, please click Associate Engineer - Civil 5-2019.pdf

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.

(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.

Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California's July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination RequirementAn individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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