• Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • San Jose, California
  • Jan 13, 2018
Full Time Engineering Public Works
  • Salary: $9,148.53 - $11,713.87 Monthly

Job Description

Unit: Imported Water
Division: Water Supply

Position Code: 0986
Salary:  Based on a seven-step salary plan. Pre-tax payroll deductions toward CalPERS contributions are required of all employees.

NOTE: Normal business hours are Monday-Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm. The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers a variety of work schedules suited to accommodate the business needs of the organization. For more information on the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Flexible Work Schedule Program visit

The supplemental questions should be answered thoroughly, clearly and concisely as the responses provided (along with the entire application package) will be carefully reviewed to determine which candidates will move forward in the recruitment process.

The Associate Engineer position in the Imported Water Unit provides technical support for projects that:
  • Promote and protect the District's interests in its imported water contracts.
  • Develop imported water supplies consistent with the Districts' water supply planning efforts.
  • Engage in Statewide evaluation of water planning efforts.
  • Improve the efficient integration of imported water supplies with District operations.
  • Minimize imported water costs.
  • Enable effective District participation in state-wide and regional processes.
This position directly supports the Board's Ends Policy related to providing a "clean, safe, reliable, healthy drinking water supply" for Santa Clara County. 

Key job functions and responsibilities include:
  • Represent the District in meetings and committees; participate in technical development work conducted by coalitions of agencies; provide support to the District in technical negotiations.
  • Perform analyses of engineering, operational, economic and other information as needed to support imported water supply projects.
  • Organize, manage, and lead technical work to support the development, negotiation and administration of water supply contracts and cooperative agreements with other agencies, Semitropic groundwater bank operations, and other imported water supply projects.
This position will require extensive travel and may require overnight stays up to 3 days a month and may include 4-5 hours of freeway driving several days a month to and from external meetings.  Last-minute travel may also be required.
Ideal Experience includes:
  • 4 years of experience working on water resources planning and engineering projects.
  • Experience coordinating and performing review of a variety of complex work such as water supply modeling; analyzing operational, regulatory, financial, and administrative issues associated with complex water supply systems; developing and analyzing water supply contracts; and evaluation of engineering planning, design and hydraulics analysis.
  • Experience working with and/or leading teams comprised of representatives from diverse organizations towards a common objective; coordination with regulatory agencies and technical advisory committees and facilitating meetings between agencies and bringing stakeholders to consensus.
Ideal Knowledge includes:
  • Coursework in surface and groundwater conveyance, water quality, water resources issues, mathematics, economics, and statistics.
  • Master planning.
  • Operations, regulation, legislation, and related issues associated with the state and federal water supply systems.
  • PE is desirable but not required.
Ideal Ability and Skills include:
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new challenges that may involve the integration of technical, political, and legal issues.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to proactively work towards solving problems.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to utilize knowledge and experience to build strong relationships and trust both internally and externally.

Job Requirements

Two years of professional civil engineering experience at a level equivalent to that of the Assistant Engineer II (Civil) classification (total of four years).

Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.


Possession of a valid California Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate with two years of associated paraprofessional engineering experience.

Special Requirement:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license is required. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Selected candidate may be required to successfully pass a medical examination.

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Additional Information

(1)   The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance test, written test and/or oral interview examination.
(2)   The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated for minimum qualifications. Resumes are recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. The District retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

The District's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned. Human Resources staff is not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.