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Assistant Engineer II - Civil

Valley Water
San Jose, California
Closing date
Mar 21, 2023

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Assistant Engineer II - Civil

Valley Water

Salary: $114,088.00 - $146,057.60 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01590-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Watersheds Operations and Maintenance

Closing: 3/13/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Do you have experience as an engineer conducting hydraulic modeling, field investigations, and/or GIS mapping? Are you familiar with surveying, AutoCAD engineering design, and/or construction support? If yes, then check out this opportunity!

Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying wholesale water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for clean, safe creeks and healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 municipalities: the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale, and the towns of Los Altos Hills and Los Gatos, 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 294 miles of streams.

The Assistant Engineer II - Civil will perform a variety of professional civil engineering duties related to stream, levee, and infrastructure maintenance for the Watersheds Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Division. Working within the Watersheds O&M Engineering Support Unit, this position will assist with leading, coordinating, prioritizing, and guiding instream vegetation management activities. The selected candidate will have a solid hydraulic modeling and analysis background, be active visiting and assessing sites with staff in the unit and throughout the division and be an effective communicator. This position will also be the engineering technical lead to help address larger-scale vegetation compromising design flow conveyance capacities of streams and develop solutions for removals of said vegetation. In addition, this position collaborates with cross-functional teams to ensure work quality and adherence to professional codes, levels of service, stream maintenance guidelines, regulatory permit conditions, levee rating criteria, and Valley Water specifications. Examples of assignments include assisting with preparing design documents for stream maintenance projects, performing hydraulic analyses, fulfilling Valley Water's federal levee maintenance obligations, and/or reviewing and preparing annual reports. This position will also assist with O&M review of various projects and submittals. This position may be required to assume responsible charge of the review and preparation of engineering reports, plans, and specifications. This position will report to a Senior Engineer within the Watersheds O&M Engineering Support Unit.

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

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Assist with leading and coordinating instream vegetation management activities
• Assist with identifying, prioritizing, and guiding the instream vegetation management work necessary to ensure creeks' design flow conveyance capacity is maintained and damage to infrastructure is minimized
• Serve as engineering technical lead for the Non-Stream Maintenance Program (SMP) Vegetation Removal for Flow Conveyance effort
• Identify larger-scale vegetation compromising design flow conveyance capacities of streams, develop solutions for removals of said vegetation
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure work quality and adherence to professional codes, levels of service, stream maintenance guidelines, SMP permit conditions, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' levee rating criteria, and Valley Water specifications
• Prepare design documents for SMP projects (e.g., bank stabilization, sediment removal, levee maintenance)
• Provide construction support for SMP projects
• Assist with O&M review of capital improvement projects and Community Projects Review Unit submittals
• Assist with review and implementation of stream maintenance guidelines
• Review and prepare annual reports, compile data, and attend trainings

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 as listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Two years of full-time experience as an engineer working with hydraulic modeling, field investigations, surveying, AutoCAD engineering design, GIS mapping, and/or construction support

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

• Apply principles and practices of civil engineering in assigned maintenance projects
• Apply engineering principles and computer programs to the solution of engineering problems
• Prepare and interpret drawings, graphs, plans and specifications
• Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials such as schedules and preparing budgets for assigned projects
• Conduct engineering research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports, and process large sets of data.
• Utilize modern geographic information system (GIS) technology
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
• Effectively represent the unit and Valley Water in meetings with contractors, biologists, planners, engineers, developers, a variety of outside agencies, and the general public
• Organize and prioritize multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines
• Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines, and best engineering practice
• Establish and maintain strong working relationships and effectively work with cross functional, and multidisciplinary teams.
• Reading and understanding the law to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and Valley Water engineering policies and procedures

Ideal Knowledge:

• Principles and practices of civil engineering with emphasis on flood protection, stream and levee maintenance, grading, and construction
• Principles of hydrology, hydraulics, and design related to flood protection
• Hydraulic modeling and analysis
• Computer programs and languages and their engineering applications such as HEC-RAS, AutoCAD, and GIS
• Construction methods, materials, specifications and codes
• Principles and practices of mathematics for project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration

Ideal Training and Education:
Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related fields or 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. Selected candidate may be required to successfully pass a medical examination.

To review the Classification Specification, please click
Operations and Maintenance Engineering Support Unit (Position Code 0466)
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.

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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