Assistant Engineer

San Lorenzo Valley Water District | Boulder Creek, CA

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Posted Date 12/02/2019

Salary $5,768 - $7,730

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is located in the coastal redwoods approximately 10 miles northeast of Santa Cruz, CA. If you live in the nearby towns of Felton or Scotts Valley, you are a relaxing 15-minute drive to work or the beach. The District maintains approximately 190 miles of pipeline and serves a population of approximately 35,000 customers. The SLV Water District was established in 1941 and serves the communities of Boulder Creek to Felton and Lompico to Scotts Valley.  The Board of Directors has adopted an aggressive Capital Improvement Plan aimed at replacing aging infrastructure over the next ten years. The District Manager has been with the District for over 43 years. The Engineering Manager has over 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of water projects. 

The District is seeking a candidate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and two years progressively responsible experience who is interested in making water treatment and distribution their career. Over the next ten years, the successful candidate will be involved in the design and construction of a wide range of water infrastructure projects including, but not limited to, pipes, pump stations, tanks and wells. Due to the District’s relatedly small staff, the successful candidate will be encouraged over time to assume a lead role in design and construction process while under the supervision of the Engineering Manager.     

Under direct or general supervision, the Assistant Engineer performs, at varying levels of expertise, engineering assignments in support of the planning, design, construction, implementation, operation, and maintenance of the District’s facilities and systems including, but not limited to conducting engineering studies and preparing and reviewing reports, designs, and construction plans and specifications; provides engineering, hydrogeologic, and scientific support in the management of the District’s water supply; manages small engineering projects and/or manages a specific phase (planning, design, or construction) of a larger engineering project; and performs a variety of tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

The Assistant Engineer is entry to journey-level in the professional engineering classification. Under general supervision, incumbents perform a full range of basic to advanced assignments, including planning, design coordination, construction, plan review and inspection of water facilities projects.  

Essential functions and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists in identifying necessary improvements to existing water facilities and systems
  • Participates in the selection of consultants to identify and plan for improvements and new facilities
  • Assist in the design of projects, including management of design consultants
  • Coordinates with operations and maintenance staff and permitting agencies
  • Coordinates with right-of-way agents and surveyors to prepare easement documents and acquire property required for capital projects
  • Coordinates with the District’s Environmental Division to ensure that measures identified through the CEQA process are adequately incorporated into plans, specifications, and permits
  • Develops minor design sketches, details, plans, and specifications
  • Assists in the construction of facility projects, including contract compliance and negotiations with contractors
  • Understands and interprets engineering reports, plans, and specifications
  • Maintains detailed records related to capital projects
  • Coordinates materials testing, and review reports for conformance with specifications
  • Simultaneously handles multiple projects with varying degrees of complexity under pressure of deadlines
  • Interacts tactfully and effectively with staff, contractors, developers, engineers, regulatory authorities, permitting agencies, the public, other government agencies, professional engineering consultants, other consultants, and representatives of other utilities

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Contract administration, inspection and management of public works projects
  • Mathematics and physics used in water distribution and treatment system design; which may involve pipes, tanks, pump stations, wells, and water treatment facilities.
  • Permitting and environmental aspects of public works projects
  • Software programs for word processing, spreadsheets and time management

Ability to:

  • Read and interpret engineering drawings, construction specifications, engineering studies and reports;
  • Write routine reports, internal memoranda, letters and responses to contractor claims
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, engineers, other agencies, contractors, and the public
  • Solve day-to-day problems and to properly respond to stressful situations
  • Plan, organize, and schedule workload to maintain efficiency in assigned duties

Any combination of the following education, training, and experience, which demonstrates attainment of the required knowledge and ability to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed):

Education Required:   Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.  
Experience:     Two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience in design and/or construction of infrastructure projects


  • A valid California Class C Driver’s License must be maintained at all times
  • Project Management Certification is desired
  • Possession of a valid EIT certificate is desired
  • Work toward obtaining Professional Engineer License is desired

This District provides a competitive benefit package, including but not limited to comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Pension, Life Insurance, Disability, and more.

Please submit a completed package consisting of the following:

  • District Employment Application (see below)
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Supplemental Questions (see below)

You can find the complete package of documents at the following link:

Email to,  or mail to the following address:

Human Resources
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
13060 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

CLOSING DATEOpen until filled

Supplemental Questions: Assistant Engineer
Supplemental Questions are REQUIRED and MUST be submitted with your application in order to be considered for this position. Responses to the questions serve as documentation of each candidates’ ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Responses must be typed and cannot exceed two (2) single sided electronic 8.5 X 11 inch pages.

Supplemental Questions:
In responding to the questions below, please incorporate an explanation of what makes you the best candidate for this position.
Why do you believe you have the skills, talents and knowledge necessary to perform the Assistant Engineering duties for the San Lorenzo Valley Water District?

  1. Please describe your experience in preparing technical reports, staff memos and requests for proposals.
  2. Describe your experience with the design and construction of water system projects. Include any experience in inspection, materials testing, drafting and/or design.
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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