Assistant Engineer II - Civil

Valley Water
San Jose, California
Jun 17, 2022
Jul 08, 2022
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Assistant Engineer II - Civil


Valley Water


Salary: $9,230.00 - $11,816.13 Monthly


Job Type: Full-Time


Job Number: 01481-E


Location: CA, CA


Department: Dam Safety and Capital Delivery


Closing: 6/30/2022 11:59 PM Pacific




NOTE Regarding Salary: A 3% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) will apply as of 6-27-22


Dam Safety Program & Project Delivery (Position Code 1081)


COVID-19 vaccination requirement:

*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly 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)


Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.


This position is eligible for a hybrid telework schedule, typically working 40% remote and 60% onsite.


Overview: Do you have 2+ years of professional engineering experience? Do you thrive working as part of a team to analyze complex civil engineering issues and work towards solutions that benefit your community? If so, read on!


The Valley Water Dam Safety Program and Capital unit is currently involved in delivering multi-million-dollar dam seismic retrofit projects. The unit is also responsible for operations and maintenance of Valley Water dams. The Assistant Engineer II will primarily support Associate and Senior Engineers involved in delivery of the unit's obligations.


The position will be involved in tasks related to design of dam seismic retrofit projects, surveillance, monitoring and inspection of Valley Water dams, preparation of surveillance reports, updating technical contents of the dam emergency action plans (EAP)s and preparation of dam maintenance environmental impact reports (EIR)s.


Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


• Provide technical support for the Dam Seismic Retrofit Project.

• Support collection and analysis of dam safety data and support preparation of dam surveillance/monitoring reports.

• Update technical contents of dam emergency action plans (EAP)s, organize table-top/functional exercises & annual EAP drills, and support preparation of Dam Maintenance Program environmental impact report (EIR) revisions.


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:


• Experience working with team members and using collaboration and negotiation skills to successfully accomplish a project.

• Experience reviewing and interpreting plans.

• Academic or professional project experience in land use planning and development.

• Internship experience at a public agency or private land development firm desirable.

• Familiarity with GIS and HEC-RAS desirable.


Ideal Skills and Abilities:


• Strong analytical, technical, and strategic thinking skills.

• Ability to work with data and manage software tools, forms, standards, and procedures.

• Ability to set priorities to manage one's own daily work and be flexible to easily adjusts to changing conditions and job functions.

• Works well with people and demonstrates leadership and initiative.

• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with multiple disciplines, good team player, positive attitude, and energy.

• Strong writing skills that are clear, concise, and accurate.

• Strong verbal communication skills.

• Flexible - easily adjusts to changing conditions and job functions.

• Skilled in database management and working with Microsoft Office.


Ideal Knowledge:


• Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of engineering as applied to assigned field/specialty of engineering.

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

• Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of water resources management, natural resource management, engineering, hydrogeology, geology, hydrology, hydraulics, and/or environmental sciences.

• Knowledge of stream functions including habitat protection/restoration/enhancement, bank erosion, hydromodification, water quality, geomorphology, and floodplains.


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 area(s).


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


Required License or Certificate

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 Assistant Engineer I-II 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 Requirement


An 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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