• Riverside, California
  • Aug 27, 2022
Full Time Engineering Utilities Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $119,988.00 - $145,836.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

The City of Riverside, Public Utilities Department (RPU) is accepting applications for the position of Utilities Senior Water Engineer to fill one (1) vacancy in the Water Engineering Division. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

Under general supervision, a Utilities Senior Water Engineer will perform supervisory and/or professional water engineering work in the design, investigation and construction of water utility projects; and do related work as required.

*Positions in this classification may be eligible to have salary increased to a maximum of fifteen percent beyond the regularly assigned top step of the salary range for "outstanding performance", subject to City Manager approval.
Work Performed
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Performs studies of technical, environmental, and economic feasibility, engineering field studies, and related studies pertaining to proposed and existing municipal facilities.
  • Prepares contracts and specifications for engineering and construction services.
  • Plans and performs their own work and completes special projects requiring engineering and technical ability as assigned.
  • Provides background information and documentation for management consideration on various projects.
  • Makes sound decisions on minor problems related to the work being performed based on established guidelines and principles and supervisor guidance.
  • Complete special projects requiring advanced engineering and technical ability.
  • Develop and update written directives for the department and for use by other employees to include engineering guidelines, standard material lists, standard specifications, and other technical and administrative policies and procedures as applicable.
  • Research activities pertaining to water materials and engineering practices.
  • Prepare and review economic, hydraulic and hydrogeologic analyses and project justification reports.
  • Develop major engineering projects and other engineering projects with unique problems which have an important effect on major public works projects.
  • Provide background information and documentation for management consideration on major projects and technical matters involving advanced engineering theories, concepts and principles.
  • Perform complex studies of technical, environmental, and economic feasibility, engineering field studies, and related studies pertaining to proposed and existing system facility improvements.
  • Plan own work and the work of others.
  • Complete special projects that are frequently of long duration and complexity.
  • Work with other engineering personnel with limited experience in an advisory or supervisory capacity.
  • Make decisions independently on technical problems and methods related to the work being performed.


Option I

Education: A Bachelor's degree in civil or mechanical engineering from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience in professional water engineering work comparable to that of an Utilities Assistant/Utilities Associate Engineer in the City of Riverside.

Option 2

Education: A Bachelor's degree in a closely related area from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of experience performing professional water utility or related engineering work comparable to that of an Utilities Assistant/Utilities Associate Engineer in the City of Riverside.

Necessary Special Requirements
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid class "C" California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Registration in California as a Professional Engineer
Highly Desired Qualifications:
  • Talented and a willingness to excel. Self-starter with attention to detail and a strong work ethic.
  • Experience in the use of Autodesk Civil 3D, AEC and AutoCAD for the preparation of construction plans for water utility facilities.
  • Ability to lead a team of engineers in the use of Autodesk Civil 3D, AEC, AutoCAD, and other technical software.
  • Knowledge of water utility industry standard practices, including water facility planning, hydraulic modeling, engineering design, construction methods and standards, standard drawings, and standard and special provisions relating to water system facilities and infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of and experience in performing construction cost estimates, hydraulic calculations, pipe and pump sizing, and determination of electric motor efficiencies.
  • Excellent communicator, both oral and written. Experience in preparing technical reports, Board and Council reports, and bid packages for water system facilities and infrastructure.
  • Lead and mentor a team of engineers toward success using past project experience and technical proficiency.
  • Openness to new ideas while being mindful of their risks and benefits.
  • Experience in the development and evaluation of engineering alternatives.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships and function as a team player across Divisions, Departments and outside organizations while minimizing and quickly resolving conflicts with other staff, contractors and customers.
  • Passion for solving complex engineering problems, continuously learning and sharing knowledge, and developing and mentoring other engineers.
  • Self-starter who is able to adjust to changes quickly, respond to requests promptly, and complete projects and tasks with a conscientiousness concerning the accuracy, appropriateness and timeliness of results.
  • A Master's degree in a field related to water utility engineering.
  • Possession of a Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
  • Possession of a QSP/QSD qualification from the California Stormwater Quality Association.
  • Possession of a T2 Water Treatment Operator Certificate from the State of California.
  • Possession of a D2 Water Distribution Operator Certificate from the State of California.

Selection Process

1) Completed Employment Application
2) Completed Supplemental Questionnaire


The selection process will begin with an employment application package screening, with the best qualified candidates being invited to participate further in the assessment process. This process may include any combination of written, performance, and oral assessments to evaluate job-related education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Those who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the eligibility list for this classification.


If you are selected to move forward in the assessment process, you may be required to self-schedule your appointment. You will be notified via email of your status and provided with self-scheduling instructions. Please check your email regularly following the closing date of this recruitment.

Positions that require, or may require, a California Commercial Driver's License are considered Safety Sensitive and are monitored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Any candidate being considered for a Safety Sensitive position must submit authorization forms to the City immediately upon request to begin the pre-employment process.

It is the responsibility of candidates with a disability requiring accommodation in the assessment process to contact the Human Resources Department in writing to request such accommodation prior to the closing date of this recruitment.

Appointment may be subject to the successful completion of a pre-employment background investigation, drug screen, and/or medical/ physical examination .

NOTE : The City reserves the right to modify selection devices and test instruments in accordance with accepted legal, ethical, and professional standards. Candidates may reapply when there is a posting to establish an eligibility list.


Proof of education listed in your application will be requested at the time of conditional offer. Acceptable documentation consists of transcripts or degree, if applicable, by the accredited U.S. college or university.

Education obtained outside the United States (US) require one of the following options:
  1. An equivalency statement from an evaluation company certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at http://www.naces.org/members.html or the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. (AICE) at http://aice-eval.org/members/ .
  2. An advanced-level degree from an accredited US college or university.

All applicants will be notified via e-mail or telephone of their application status and the assessment dates/times/locations after the closing date of this announcement.


Job Address

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