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Water Resources Engineer

City of Santa Maria
Santa Maria, California
$105,923-$128,750 Annually
Closing date
May 2, 2024

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Water Resources Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer
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**The selected candidate will receive a $5,000 recruitment incentive bonus. The bonus will be paid at appointment and follow the City's Hiring Incentive Policy.**

This recruitment will remain open until filled. A first review of applications will occur on May 3, 2024, for first consideration submit applications by this date.

THE CITY OF SANTA MARIA: The City of Santa Maria is a full-service city with a Council/Manager form of government with over 700 employees and serves approximately 108,000 constituents. The City is located on the beautiful central coast of California and covers over 23 square miles. The community is a harmonious balance of coastal and agricultural lands while promoting business. Santa Maria has been recognized nationally as an All-America City by the National Civic League and offers reasonably priced housing, community festivals, quality schools, cultural arts, a local airport, wineries, and higher education institutions and is near locally accessible beaches.

THE DEPARTMENT: The Utilities Department provides water, sewer, refuse collection, and disposal services to the growing City of Santa Maria, California, located on the beautiful Central Coast of California. The mission of the Utilities Department is to provide efficient utility services through the use of progressive innovation, excellent customer service, and the wise use of public resources for the long-term benefit of the community.

IDEAL CANDIDATE: The Utilities Department is seeking an experienced Water Resources Engineer to manage and deliver various capital construction projects related to increasing water and sewer infrastructure capacity, and the future construction and commissioning of the new wastewater treatment plant facility. Civil Engineers with experience in managing and delivering projects with a background in the design and/or construction of water distribution systems, sewer collections systems, wastewater treatment plants are highly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.


Positions assigned to Water Resources may be responsible for:

  • Planning and analyzing technical designs and calculations involving utilities.
  • Providing technical guidance, training, and work supervision for technical and professional staff.
  • Assisting in the development of long-range plans to assure adequate capacities and reliability related to utilities infrastructure.
  • Preparing plans, specifications, and cost estimates for construction projects.
  • Assembling feasibility and economic studies of alternative plans.
  • Developing material and equipment standards and specifications, and operating and maintenance procedures for projects and programs.
  • Performing load studies and preparing forecasts for system planning and budget preparation.
  • Responding to regulatory agency citations and inquiries.


  • Ideally, three years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the field of civil or mechanical engi­neering or a closely related field; and
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in civil or mechanical engineering or a related field is required; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
  • For assignment to the Water Resources Division, one year of recent engineering experience in water resources management or in the design, construction, or operation of a water distribution system and/or wastewater treatment plant is desired.
  • Current technical/professional knowledge of complex principles, methods, standards and techniques associated with the scope of work of a recognized profession, such as:
  • Engineering design, construction practices, drafting, inspection, and surveying.
  • Physics, chemistry, and mathematics as applied to civil or mechanical engineering.
  • Street maintenance.
  • Local, State, and Federal regulations pertaining to the construction, operation, and environmental management for landfills.
  • Applicable Local, State, and Federal regulations.
  • Project management and budgeting.
  • Effective supervision.
  • Safety precautions and procedures.
  • Effective verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Microsoft Office Suite (or equivalent).
  • Effective us of computer and other office equipment.
  • Possession of licenses and/or certificates associated with the assignment, such as:
  • Valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, or Geologist issued by the State Board of Registration for Civil, Geologist, and Professional Engineers.


The City of Santa Maria is a full-service City with a City Council/City Manager form of government with over 700 employees and serves approximately 108,000 constituents.

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