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Associate Civil Engineer (TPW)

City of Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, California
$114,550.00 - $139,234.00 Annually
Closing date
Mar 1, 2024

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Utility Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Junior Engineer
Contract Type
Organization Type

Join a knowledgeable and motivated team who take pride in doing quality work!

The City of Santa Rosa is committed to building a workforce reflective of our community and establishing a lasting culture of equity and belonging within our organization.  Our collective talents and expertise contribute to high-quality public services that support a vibrant, resilient, and inclusive City for our community and visitors.  We celebrate a diverse workforce and welcome all qualified candidates to apply.  

The Benefits of City Employment
In addition to offering a rewarding work environment, opportunity for career growth, and an excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous suite of benefits, including retirement through CalPERS, a competitive leave accrual package, your choice between health plans, and top of the line employer paid (free to you) vision and dental coverage. More information regarding benefits associated with this position can be found on our Miscellaneous Employee Benefits page and in MOU 6.

Additional benefits include:

  • Flexible schedule (9/80) available with management approval
  • 11 paid holidays annually, plus 1 to 3 'floating holidays' per year, depending on start date and years of service
  • $500 annually for wellness
  • Opportunity for up to 50% remote after successful completion of probation

The Successful Candidate will: 

  • Possess a certificate of registration as a professional engineer in civil engineering in the State of California prior to employment
  • Have experience in the design and construction of public and/or private infrastructure
  • Have a keen interest in public service
  • Be able to focus their engineering, technical, and communication skillsets to optimize how our department manages the repair and replacement of infrastructure
  • Work effectively in collaboration with a team, as well as independently

The Position: 
We are currently seeking Associate Civil Engineers to work collaboratively with our talented, Capital Projects Engineering interdisciplinary team to strategically execute a broad array of engineering efforts from planning concept to Notice of Completion.

This is a professional engineering class in the civil engineering series requiring registration. Positions in the class are normally filled by advancement from the class of Assistant Engineer, or, when filled from the outside, require prior advanced technical or professional engineering work experience. An Associate Civil Engineer is expected to complete complex engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems, interpreting general policies, and determining work assignments. 

With a goal for sustainable infrastructure, Associate Civil Engineers and Assistant Engineers in the Capital Projects Engineering (CPE) Division perform a range of engineering tasks to design and construct public works, utilities and related projects for a wide range of Departments within the City of Santa Rosa. The CPE Division is comprised of a diverse, dedicated team of Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Surveyors, and administrative support staff whose scope ultimately includes projects to rehabilitate, upgrade, and expand virtually all aspects of the City's infrastructure - from transportation projects and bridge projects (including the 101 pedestrian overpass), to facilities projects (including interior remodels, Emergency Operation Centers, fire stations, community centers), to creek restoration projects, to water and wastewater infrastructure projects, and everything in between.  The City is exploring and excited about Design-Build project delivery as an alternative delivery strategy.  Capital Projects at the City of Santa Rosa are primarily funded through sewer and water rates, gas taxes, development fees, storm water utility revenue, and grants, as well as other transportation-related Federal, State, and local funding sources. 

We have multiple vacant positions to be filled and aim to create a diverse engineering team to manage the upcoming project load.  If you would like to be a member of our team, we warmly welcome your application. 

To see a brochure regarding Engineering Services with the City of Santa Rosa, please click HERE.

The Selection Process  

Please complete a thoughtful, thorough Supplemental Questionnaire submission. As part of the selection process, your responses to these questions will be scored using criteria specific to this position. Incomplete responses, minimal or generic responses, or responses such as "See Resume" can result in disqualification from the selection process. 

The selection process will include a minimum qualifications assessment, an application and supplemental questionnaire review, followed by department selection interviews.  An eligibility list will be established as a result of this selection process and may be used to fill the current vacancy as well as any future vacancies.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter.  

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Human Resources at 707-543-3060.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties:
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:

  • Assist in the solution of complex technical problems
  • Review work completed by assigned staff
  • Review reports and check plans for conformance with design standards, codes and regulations
  • Investigate field conditions affecting property owners, contractors and maintenance operations
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints from the public by mail, over the telephone, and/or at a public counter
  • Make field inspections of buildings and/or utility, drainage, and street infrastructure under construction to insure proper execution of critical structural phases as designed and shown on the approved plans or otherwise required by applicable special provisions, design standards, codes and ordinances
  • Sign and stamp civil engineering documents including studies, reports, plans and specifications
  • Make field investigations of existing improvements, buildings and infrastructure and prepare reports based on findings
  • Administer contracts for construction projects
  • Supervise and participate in the preparation of plans and specifications for the construction of water, sewer, sewage treatment, street, storm drain, bicycle/pedestrian, traffic signal, creek restoration and other public infrastructure projects
  • Perform complex calculations and prepare estimates of time and material costs
  • Prepare estimates and feasibility reports for new or modified services and structures
  • Prepare special engineering studies and reports
  • Coordinate utilities activities with other City departments, divisions and sections and with outside agencies
  • Coordinate public information and/or education programs related to assigned projects
  • Make presentations to the City Council, Board of Public Utilities, and to various other boards and commissions
  • Develop and revise design and construction standards for public infrastructure
  • Research project design requirements
  • Assign investigation, design, AutoCAD, and drafting tasks to technical staff
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned technical staff
  • Collect field samples for testing and analyze test results
  • Order survey, mapping and data collection
  • Research publications and industry information sources related to assigned projects
  • Serve as staff to a variety of City commissions, boards and committees on public works or utility matters
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Associate Civil Engineer
Knowledge of
: Principles and practices of civil and structural engineering as applied to public works, utilities, or building construction projects; methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works, utilities or building construction projects; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering; City engineering policies and procedures; and effective problem solving techniques. Depending on assignment area, qualifications may include knowledge of principles and practices of engineer's cost estimating, the Subdivision Map Act and principles of the subdivision of land, and/or engineering design principles, practices and methods with emphasis on hydraulics and sanitary engineering.

Ability to:  Make complex engineering computations, including estimating time and materials costs; check, design and supervise the preparation of engineering plans and studies; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment; perform complex professional engineering work with a minimum of supervision; and effectively resolve work-related problems. In addition, some assignments require the ability to make effective presentations to groups.

Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Sufficient engineering experience comparable to the level of an Assistant Engineer in the City of Santa Rosa to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed on the job description; Education- Equivalent to a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or a related field.

Required License(s): This classification requires the use of a personal or City vehicle while conducting City business. In order to drive, individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and must possess a valid, Class C, California motor vehicle operator's license.

Professional RegistrationPossession of, or ability to obtain prior to appointment, a certificate of registration as a professional engineer in civil engineering in the State of California is required. 

The City of Santa Rosa is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.


The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations needed to participate in the recruitment process may be made by submitting a Request for Reasonable Accommodation Form within five (5) business days of being noticed that an event requiring accommodation is occurring. You may also contact the Human Resources Department at (707) 543-3060 or 

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