• Riverside, California
  • Sep 30, 2022
Full Time Engineering Utilities Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $91,850.00 - $123,087.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

The City of Riverside, Public Utilities Department (RPU) is accepting applications for the position of Utilities Associate Water Engineer to fill two (2) vacancies 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.

The Utilities Associate Water Engineer provides skilled technical and professional water engineering work for the Public Utility. Designs, investigates, and participates in the construction of water utility projects, and to do related work as required.

Work Performed

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Plan and perform water construction engineering work professionally and accurately; participate in and complete water projects, water quality projects, and upgrades to the Water infrastructure requiring general engineering and technical ability.
  • Perform advanced studies of technical, environmental, and economic feasibility, engineering field studies, and related studies pertaining to proposed and existing municipal facilities; provide insight, expertise, supervision, and direction for water projects and initiatives.
  • Research, investigate, and discover activities pertaining to new and failed materials, engineering, and construction practices; provide recommendations and expertise regarding faulty materials and potential solutions.
  • Prepare, draft, and create contracts and specifications for engineering and construction services; effectively apply engineering knowledge to specific projects or problems needing engineering solutions.
  • 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.
  • Develop, coordinate, and assist in the water infrastructure activities and management of large engineering projects; assist in the identification of special and critical problems which have an important effect on other significant utility projects.
  • Prepare and review economic, hydraulic and hydrogeologic analyses and project justification reports.
  • Provide background information and documentation for management consideration on major projects and technical matters involving engineering theories, concepts, and principles.
  • Make sound decisions independently on major technical problems and methods related to the work being performed; monitor and oversee safety adherence and compliance.
  • Perform site visits to water facilities and construction sites to gather information, observe construction activity, or collect data.
  • Attend meetings with other City Departments and outside agencies to coordinate projects with other agencies.
  • Perform related work as required.


Education :

  • A Bachelor's degree in civil, mechanical, or in a closely related engineering field from an accredited college or university.

Experience :

  • Two (2) years of experience in professional water utility or related engineering work.
Highly Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in the following areas:
    • Design and engineering phases of municipal facilities including streets, sewers, and storm drains.
    • Water utility potable water pipeline design including standard materials and construction methods.
    • Water utility recycled water pipeline design including standard materials and construction methods.
    • Potable groundwater well design including associated mechanical, electrical and instrumentation components, standard materials and construction methods.
    • Water utility booster pump station design including associated mechanical, electrical and instrumentation components, standard materials and construction methods.
    • Resolving design conflicts with engineers and developers.
    • Providing technical guidance to inspection teams during construction phases.
    • Managing contracts with engineering design consultants.

  • E xcellent computer aided drafting and design skills using the latest versions of AutoCAD software.
  • Ex cellent computer aided drafting and design skills using the latest versions of Civil3D software.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of water utility industry standard practices.

Necessary Special Requirements:
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid class "C" California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • An Engineer-in-Training Certificate is required for the Assistant/Associate Engineer classes.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions :
  • Work is done inside and outside in the field with exposure to inclement weather, wastewater, and other hazards including utility equipment, components, and parts. Employees may interact with staff and/or public and private representatives and will provide professional customer service.

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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