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Engineer (Limited Duration)

Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water)
Santa Clara, California
$132,121.60 - $160,992.00 Annually
Closing date
Mar 15, 2024

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Water, Wastewater & Stormwater Infrastructure
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Engineer (Limited Duration)




$132,121.60 - $160,992.00 Annually


Santa Clarita, CA

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Limited Duration

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The Position


SCV Water is hiring for an At-Will & Limited Duration Opportunity (up to 2 Year Agreement)


*Open Until Filled
**First Review of Applications on Friday, February 23, 2024 


Limited Duration

Full-Time Position

FLSA: Exempt




Under general direction, coordinates, oversees, and performs a variety of professional engineering work in connection with the design and surveying of agency projects; plans and conducts complex engineering studies and projects; and performs related duties as required.




The Engineer classification is the full journey-level class in the professional Engineering series requiring registration. Incumbents in this class are responsible for performing complex civil engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems, interpreting general policies, and determining work assignments. Work in this class is distinguished from lower-level classifications by the greater complexity of the assignments received and by the greater independence with which an incumbent is expected to operate.




Receives general direction from the Principal Engineer and/or Chief Engineer. Exercises technical supervision over lower-level engineers and technical staff. 



Examples of Duties



Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs complex and difficult professional civil engineering work requiring a high level of independent judgment and technical expertise. 

  • Assists with preparing reports pertaining to the progress of design and construction. 

  • Prepares preliminary and final designs for complex projects. 

  • Confers with other department employees and representatives of government agencies, public utilities, and contractors to obtain information pertaining to the preparation of plans, specifications, cost estimates, and coordination of contract requirements. 

  • Plans, prioritizes, assigns, and reviews the work of staff involved in design and construction projects. 

  • Participates in budget preparation and administration; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; monitors and controls expenditures. 

  • Participates in major program feasibility and cost studies and the preparation of reports and recommendations requiring practical and professional engineering judgment. 

  • Assists with the preparation of contracts, plans, specifications, resolutions, agreements, and other related documents. 

  • Assists in the preparation, monitoring, and implementation of project budgets. 

  • Assists in negotiations with consultants. 

  • Interprets and implements agency, local, state, and federal policies, procedures, and regulations. 

  • Assists with the preparation of requests for proposals and evaluation of proposals submitted by professional services consultants.

  • Maintains accurate, up-to-date records and prepares periodic special reports relating to status of construction projects. 

  • Investigates complaints/issues and develops recommendations of corrective action.

  • Representsthe agency on facility planning, engineering, and pre-construction meetings.

  • Operates a computer and assigned software.

  • Performs other related duties as required.




Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various agency and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is a sedentary office classification as well as classification that works in the field while attending public outreach and community events. Standing in work areas and walking between work areas, and in the community, may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.


Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and outdoors being exposed to a variety of weather conditions. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.



Minimum Qualifications


QUALIFICATIONS (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)


Education and/or Experience


Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for an Engineer. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess:


  • A Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university. 

  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional experience performing journey-level professional civil engineering work.


Licenses and Certifications


  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California is required. 


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES(The following are a representative sample of the KSA’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.) 


Knowledge/Skills of:

  • Advanced principles, practices, methods, and techniques of civil engineering.

  • Modern engineering methods as applied to the design, management and construction of water related projects.

  • Drafting and mapping techniques, instruments, and equipment.

  • Engineering mathematics including geometry, trigonometry, and design principles.

  • Project budget preparation. 

  • Local, state, and federal policies, procedures, and regulations. 

  • Methods and equipment used in the maintenance, repair, and construction of water treatment and distribution facilities. 

  • Principles and practices of work safety. 

  • Principles and practices of project management.

  • Safe working practices. 

  • Oral and written communication skills.

  • Correct English usage, grammar, and vocabulary.

  • Record-keeping and report preparation techniques.

  • Operation of a computer and assigned software.

  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.


Ability to:

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the work of project teams. 

  • Successfully manage projects of varying size and budget. 

  • Evaluate complex design and consulting work. 

  • Interpret and explain pertinent agency policies and procedures. 

  • Prepare comprehensive and technical reports. 

  • Analyze engineering problems and develop successful resolutions. 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with agency staff, outside agencies, and the public. 

  • Evaluate and perform difficult design work.

  • Perform feasibility and cost analysis studies. 

  • Compile, assemble and prepare a variety of engineering documents including drawings, calculations, specifications, plans and support materials.

  • Perform difficult and complex engineering mathematical computations.

  • Design and evaluate engineering projects to assure objectives and codes are followed.

  • Operate a computer and assigned software.

  • Utilize specialized drafting tools and equipment.

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Meet schedules and timelines.

  • Maintain records.


Selection Process



Read the job notice thoroughly, note the minimum requirements of the position, and compile any information or documents necessary for the application. Complete and submit your application along with supporting documents such as resume and cover letter. It is important that your application is complete and thorough. Please include all requested information including education, certifications, and relevant experience.


Be advised that, while you may submit a resume with your application, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Incomplete applications will likely be rejected.



Human Resources administers the Agency’s recruitment procedures to ensure a fair and unbiased selection. Applications may be removed from the process if they are incomplete or where the applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications. Accepted applicants will interview before an unbiased, multiparty interview and scoring panel. Interviewed applicants will be scored on areas such as education, experience, demonstrated qualifications, communication skills, and interview presentation, among others. While seniority is considered, the Agency will choose the best qualified candidate regardless of time at the Agency. The Agency strives to fill each position with the most qualified candidate.



Applicants will be provided notification electronically to the email provided in the application. To check the status of a submitted job application and to track the recruitment process, log in to by clicking the “Applicant Login” button on the Agency’s Job Opportunities page. Once you sign in, you will be directed to your Applications page where you can view the status of Submitted (and Incomplete) applications.



The Agency selects applicants on the basis of applicant qualifications and prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious or political affiliation, creed, citizenship status, military service status, marital status, pregnancy, age (over 40), national origin, ancestry, medical condition, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.



The Agency will make reasonable accommodations for disabilities, both in the application process and in the performance of the job. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in the application process should contact Human Resources for assistance.

Questions or concerns related to the Agency’s Equal Opportunity Employer policy or any request for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources at (661) 297-1600.

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