• 501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $110,301.15 - $147,805.42 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Ventura's Public Works Department is accepting applications for the position of Senior Civil Engineer. The Senior Civil Engineer isa key member of the Engineering Design and Construction Division and is a vital part of the Design team.

The current vacancy reports to the Design and Construction Manager and leads the Water/ Wastewater Design Section which includes support from three Assistant/Associate/Civil Engineers. The section supports a variety of capital improvement design projects for Ventura Water, the City's water and wastewater utility. Regular collaboration occurs between project coordinators assigned by the Ventura Water and the Senior Civil Engineer.

Project work is local and required travel outside the Ventura Water service area is infrequent.


The Senior Civil Engineer supervises the design and delivery of major capital improvement projects, including the preparation of plans, specifications and cost estimates for complicated City projects related to sewers, water systems, or related public works projects.

The Senior Civil Engineer position assigned to the Water and Wastewater Design section will design, manage and oversee delivery of select Capital Improvement Program design projects including those in the water and wastewater program areas. The position is a working supervisor managing both assigned project workload and overseeing the project work completed by subordinate staff and consultants.

The position directly oversees the delivery of all Water and Wastewater projects being administered by the Public Works Department. This includes pre-design, planning, design and construction phases. The incumbent may also called upon to provide on-call technical engineering expertise and support to water and wastewater operations staff. Typical project areas include conveyance pipelines, collection pipelines, pump stations, flow control stations, lift stations, tanks/reservoirs, groundwater wells, water treatment and wastewater treatment.

As a registered professional engineer, the Senior Civil Engineer is in responsible charge of in-house design work including the work performed by subordinate engineers.


The ideal candidate for this position will have:
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects while remaining conscientious of schedules and budgets
  • The ability to be team-oriented and work both cooperatively and collaboratively
  • Engineering design experience in a municipal or county public works department or special purpose district
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A dynamic leadership ability to effectively direct the work of staff, consultants, and contractors
  • Experience scoping projects including developing and maintaining delivery schedule and project budget
  • Skill and experience in the review, editing, and providing useful feedback on work product including reports, plans and specifications prepared by subordinates and consultants
  • Ability to train, mentor and develop the complete potential of subordinate team members
  • Private or public sector design experience related to potable water or wastewater is highly desired
  • Utilize SharePoint, Smartsheet and other current technologies to manage projects, collaborate amongst team members, and complete assigned work


For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City’s Career Page at or by clicking here Senior Civil Engineer .


  • Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and candidates should apply for immediate consideration .
  • Candidates will be notified by email of their status in the process.
  • Qualifying candidates will be invited to an Oral Panel Interview Qualifying candidates will be notified by email if they are invited to the panel interview process.
  • Department Selection Interviews will be held immediately after the panel interview process. Qualifying candidates will be notified by email if they are invited to the panel interview process.
  • Candidates will be notified of the outcome after the interviews have been completed.


The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits!

  • SALARY: $110,301.15 - $147,805.42Annually DOQ
  • BENEFITS: Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for specific information on City benefits.


To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental for immediate consideration.

If you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at .



A combination of training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field and four years of professional civil engineering experience which includes some project management experience, and one year in a lead capacity, preferably with a public agency.

License: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid class C California driver's license.

Certificate: Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California is required at time of appointment or within 12 months of appointment if currently registered as a Professional Civil Engineer (or equivalent) in a different state.



Submit an online City job application and supplemental questionnaire for immediate consideration at . It is important that your City job application show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess. Resumes, CVs and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application or supplemental questionnaire. Submitting an incomplete application or supplemental questionnaire, may disqualify you from further consideration in the recruitment process.


Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted on a continuous basis, applicants are encouraged to apply for immediate consideration.


All applications and supplemental questionnaires submitted will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this job announcement. Candidates will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Candidates will be notified about their status within two weeks of applying.


A select number of candidates will be invited to a qualifying panel interview process. Select candidates will be notified of specifics.

The department selection interviews will be held immediately after the panel interview process. Candidates selected to move forward will be notified.

The Eligibility List established for this classification may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail:


The City of Ventura operates under the Council/ Manager form of government under a charter adopted by voters in 1934, with an elected seven-member City Council. This full-service municipality is supported by 11 major City departments: City Manager, City Attorney, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Community Development, Parks & Recreation, Fire, Police, Public Works, and Ventura Water. The City’s Adopted FY 2022/2023 Budget totals approximately $398.3 million. The City Council and the City Manager are dedicated to the highest standards of integrity, public service, and innovative approaches to governing.

To learn more about the City of Ventura, please visit and view the FY2022-23 Adopted Budget.


The City of Ventura is located just north of Los Angeles County and south of Santa Barbara County and is frequently considered one of America’s most desirable places to live. The City is a full-service municipality that was founded in 1782, incorporated in 1866, and serves nearly 110,000 residents within its 32 square miles. With nearly 700 employees, the City is dedicated to delivering key services to our businesses, residents, and visitors to ensure Ventura remains a fiscally stable, economically vibrant, safe, clean, and desirable community.

Locals and visitors enjoy Ventura’s impressive park system that includes 32 parks and historic sites, and more than 800 acres of open green space. The City offers a remarkable year-round climate, friendly people, and a spectacular coastline. Ventura is an exciting location for a variety of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing, surfing, whale watching and windsurfing. Other activities include the Channel Islands National Park, championship golf, world-class shopping, wine tours, and more. Learn more about the City of Ventura at


The City of Ventura values human rights, goodwill, respect, inclusivity, equality, and recognizes that the City derives its strength from a rich diversity of thoughts, ideas, and contributions. As leaders in public service, we aspire to be an employer of choice by promoting an organizational culture that reflects these core values. We seek to attract, develop, and retain a talented and dedicated workforce where people of diverse races, genders, religions, cultures, political affiliations, and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers our employees to provide the highest level of service to our community of residents and businesses; they’re counting on us.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create an environment that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our workforce. We welcome you to join our team!

Employment Information:

Right to Work : Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States.

Background Check : A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted. A drug screening may be required for some positions. Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report.

Probationary Period : Six months

Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $168 per year to a 457 plan and will match $1,650 per year contributed by the employee, for a total benefit of $1,818 per year.

Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $665 monthly towards a selection of plans. Medical and dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $495 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums. Cash-out option is not available.

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage provided for employees and dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.


Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment. Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.

Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency. Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.

Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members. Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10. Additional details regarding the City's retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or .

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Vacation: 2.5 weeks, increasing to 4 weeks per year, after 10 years service. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave: 27 hours per calendar year.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Winter Holiday Break:18 hours of Winter Holiday time. City Hall closure December 25th to January 1st.

Sick Leave: 96-hour bank upon employment and additional accruals of 2 hours semi-monthly after 6 months of employment.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probation.

Student Loan Forgiveness: The City currently qualifies as an eligible employer for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Direct Deposit: Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts.

Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

Wellness Program: A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Professional Development: The City of Ventura is a LinkedIn Learning organization. LinkedIn Learning online classes are available with a library of more than 13,000 courses taught by real-world experts. Users can download certificates and customize learning paths that match their roles and competencies.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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