Sweetwater Authority | Chula Vista, CA

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Posted Date 1/22/2019
Located in the South Bay region of San Diego County, Sweetwater Authority (Authority) is a publicly-owned, joint powers water agency, with policies and procedures established by a seven-member Governing Board (Board) comprised of five members of the South Bay Irrigation District and two members from the City of National City. The water system originated in 1868 and the Authority took over ownership in 1977.
The Authority is the most diverse water purveyor in San Diego with a water resources portfolio that includes two reservoirs, an advanced surface water treatment facility, groundwater wells, a newly-expanded groundwater desalination facility and access to imported water. The water system is essentially built out; however, growth will occur through redevelopment. 
The Engineer performs professional engineering work of a complex nature in the design, inspection, and construction of water utility systems for the Sweetwater Authority (Authority) Engineering Department.
  • Modern office procedures and practices, equipment, and clerical techniques.
  • Computer programs and software, such as Microsoft Office, geographic information systems, and hydraulic network computer modeling.
  • Principles and practices of modern office management.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and water resources.
  • Methods, materials and techniques used in the design and construction of water systems.
  • Modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding civil engineering.
  • Policies and regulations governing the construction, connections, disinfection, extension and maintenance of water systems and facilities.
  • Principles of organization, administration, budget and personnel management.
  • Public contracting and contract management.
  • Proper English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering, or seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in water works engineering may be substituted for an engineering degree.
  • Three (3) years of experience in the design, construction, inspection or surveying of water utility systems.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License.
  • Maintain an acceptable, safe, and active driving record, together with proof of insurability.
  • Possess a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. 
  • Sweetwater Authority Administration Office – 505 Garrett Avenue, Chula Vista, CA  91910
  • Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. or, as assigned by the supervisor.


Monthly salary range is $8,500 - $10,332. Placement in range is dependent upon the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. Benefits include the following:
  • Health insurance: Option of Aetna HMO or Kaiser HMO for all full time employees and their dependents; employees share in a portion of the cost, not to exceed $35 per pay period.
  • Vision, dental, and orthodontic insurance: Premiums 100% paid by the Authority for employees and dependents.
  • Life insurance: Premiums 100% paid by the Authority for the employee. Optional dependent life insurance is offered at the employee’s expense.
  • Retirement: Membership in California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) with the retirement formula of 2.5% @ 55 for existing “classic” members and 2% @ 62 for “new” members.  
  • The Authority will contribute the equivalence of 24 hours of the employee’s hourly rate into PARS 401(a) each fiscal year.
  • Deferred compensation: Authority-matched employee contributions to a qualified 457 (Lincoln, National, and CalPERS) plan up to $1,500 made to the employee’s 401(a) (PARS) plan.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): PTO is provided in lieu of traditional vacation and sick leave benefits. PTO is accrued based on years of service, beginning at 18 work days per year up to a maximum of 35 days.
  • 48 hours of “floating” holidays to use each year. 
  • Retiree Healthcare: At age 55 with 15 years of service the Authority pays $700/month. The amount the Authority pays is prorated for 10-15 years of service. Payments cease after 10 years or upon reaching Medicare-eligible age.  
  • Additional benefits include tuition reimbursement, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and more.

To be considered for this outstanding opportunity, please review the job description and submit an online application at Application materials received will be reviewed and screened, and those candidates meeting the requirements will move forward to the testing phase. Candidates who pass the minimum score on the test will then be considered for an interview.
The Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religious beliefs, age, genetic information, mental or physical disability (whether perceived or actual), citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, medical conditions, or any characteristic protected by law. If you have a disability and need an accommodation to participate in the application, testing or interview processes, please notify the Authority’s Human Resources office at 619-409-6771. 

Sweetwater Authority Administrative Office
505 Garrett Avenue
 Chula Vista, CA 91910
An equal opportunity employer
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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