Associate/Senior Civil Engineer

  • Petaluma, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $107,640.00 - $143,748.80 Annually USD

Job Description

Summary/Class Characteristics

Associate/Senior Civil Engineer

  • SALARY RANGE : $105,580.80 - $140,982.40 annually
    • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Choice of a variety of CalPERS Health Plans with a City contribution of up to $ 2,264.48 monthly for family health coverage (2023 plan year) or alternative option to receive Medical Cash Back (if you have medical coverage elsewhere)
    • DENTAL & VISION INSURANCE: Coverage for employees & eligible family members, paid for by the City.
    • LIFE INSURANCE: 1.5x annual compensation up to maximum of $200,000. Option to purchase additional insurance. Long-Term Disability up to 60% of your current monthly salary after eligibility requirements are met and subject to maximum amounts.
    • EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Support and benefits, for you and eligible family members, paid for by the City.
    • WELLNESS BENEFIT: $500 annual allowance (is subject to the annual budget approval process and may change in the future.)
    • 2% at 60 for classic CalPERS members
    • 2% at 62 for PEPRA CalPERS members
DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN: Voluntary participation in your choice of three plans. FOR YOUR WORK / LIFE BALANCE (annual amounts):
  • Vacation: 80 Hours, increasing with years of service
  • Sick Leave: 96 hours
  • Administrative Leave: 80 hours (per fiscal year for Senior Civil Engineer)
  • Holidays: 12 fixed and 1 floating
Other Exceptional Benefits:
  • Remote Work Flexibility
  • Paid Parental Leave - up to 8 weeks of paid time for qualifying family bonding
  • Unlimited Free Bus Rides on Petaluma Transit
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Employer

For more information regarding the benefits associated with this position, visit our website and look at the Memorandum of Understanding and Employee Benefits .


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Our City has an enormous amount of civic pride which celebrates multiple approaches and points of view. When we say we are a City that Works for Everyone we mean everyone. To do that well, we’re creating a workforce that is inclusive and listens to the multitude of voices and views of our employees. Diversity is an integral part of our organizational identity. Inclusion is the way we treat and perceive our differences. Equity is treating all our employees fairly and acknowledging that everyone has value. This drives our innovation, motivation and connects us even closer to our community.

Associate Civil Engineer


Perform complex and responsible engineering work in the areas of municipal civil engineering; perform design, plan review, inspection, subdivision, and related work.

Class Characteristics

Direction is provided by a higher level manager; responsibilities may include direct or indirect supervision of lower levelprofessional, technical, and/or clerical staff.

This class assists professional technical staff in the various areas of civil engineering and may act as project leader for major projects. It is distinguished from Traffic Engineer by its responsibility for generalized civil engineering functions. This class is further distinguished from Senior Civil Engineer, which performs the most complex engineering duties, and acts for the Assistant Director of Public Works & Utilities on a relief basis.

Senior Civil Engineer

Supervise and perform complex professional engineering work in the design, construction, inspection, and review of public or private engineering projects.

Class Characteristics
General direction is provided by a higher-level supervisor or manager; responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of lower level professional, technical, and support services positions.

The Senior Civil Engineer performs the most complex professional engineering work which requires a substantial level of professional training and experience. Incumbents are expected to exercise considerable discretion and independent judgment in the supervision, coordination, and prioritization of different projects within the area of responsibility as well as in providing direction and technical expertise in the more complex engineering assignments.


Associate Civil Engineer

Coordinate civil engineering contract design and/or construction activities.

Prepare or direct the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates pertaining to construction, maintenance, and operation of municipal facilities and equipment.

Investigate and make recommendations on civil engineering problems; provide technical support in the updating of civil engineering elements of various city projects.

Review plans, designs, specifications, and maps for various subdivision and land development projects.

Provide advice and technical assistance to City management and staff, commissions, committees, and the public on civil engineering matters; confer with a variety of public and private officials on related issues and may serve as the City's representative to other governmental agencies.

Research and recommend general civil administration policies and procedures; review policies and operating procedures for conformance to established standards; ensure the City's compliance with various ordinances, codes, and applicable laws; review operational conditions in the field.

Review, plan, and respond to requests from the public regarding capital improvement and related municipal engineering issues; prepare necessary correspondence.

Review civil engineering elements of environmental impact reports for compliance with City policies, rules, and regulations.

Conduct studies and prepare reports on civil engineering issues.

Sign plans and drawings as the responsible project manager; may also stamp plans, specifications, and documents as approved by their supervisor.

Research and make recommendations regarding new construction materials and/or techniques.

Utilize computer applications related to the work.

Perform technical analysis and design, project management, and construction administration; serve as project manager during construction projects related to municipal facilities and equipment; coordinate with contractors and other outside agencies and consultants; manage technical programs.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Senior Civil Engineer

Supervise and participate in the plan review and permit programs, and private development review and inspection.

Make public presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, other boards, and commissions and at community meetings.

Plan, design, and construct various capital improvement projects for water system infrastructure (tanks, pump stations, distribution lines), sewer system infrastructure (transmission lines, lift stations, force mains), storm system infrastructure (collection and treatment systems, streets and public right-of-way infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, airport facilities, parks and recreation facilities, and other City owned buildings and facilities.

Manage construction contract administration.

Supervise, train, and evaluate professional and technical staff.

Prepare and administer or assist in the preparation and administration of the section budget.

Review plans and estimates for construction prepared by private engineers.

Review and make recommendations on technical reports and studies.

Check computations and specified materials for accuracy and conformance within regulations.

Inspect project sites and City infrastructure including water, sewer, storm, streets, and other City facilities for operational integrity and to establish capital improvement projects.

Coordinate engineering and plan review related activities with other City departments, divisions, and sections and with outside agencies.

Obtain environmental compliance and permitting requirements for City capital improvement projects.

Research, interpret, and apply the City code, and federal and state laws and regulations related to public works, subdivisions, and building projects.

Interpret specifications and City policy and make change orders.

Participate in the selection and supervision of private professional engineers for the development of plans and specifications, studies, and reports.

Supervise, review, and participate in the preparation of environmental assessments and studies.

Supervise and participate in the development of plans, specifications, estimates, and work orders for the construction of public works and City projects.

Prepare reports and assist in the preparation of the capital improvement plan and budget.

Review subdivisions and development plans for compliance with City standards.

Sign and stamp civil engineering documents including various types of studies, reports, and construction documents such as specifications and improvement plans; this includes oversight, review, signing, and stamping documents prepared by CIP staff.

Serve as staff representative to a variety of City commissions, boards, and committees on engineering matters.

Prepare various applications for federal and state grants; initiate and conduct engineering planning studies to identify public works facility needs.

Participate in and direct efforts in the City’s Emergency Operations Center during emergency situations.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Associate Civil Engineer

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, and methods of civil engineering in a municipal setting.

Methods and techniques of field data collection, tabulation, and analysis.

Principles and practices of contract administration, project management and evaluation, and grant funding application and administration.

Principles and practices of construction.

Basic supervisory principles and practices.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and those relating to civil engineering analysis and engineering mathematics.

Education and Experience

Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor’s degreefrom an accredited college or universitywith major course work in civil engineering or a related field.


Two years of professional civil engineering experience. Experience in a municipal or public setting is desirable.


Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license.

Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer with good standing is required from any US state, or from any other country with comparable registration requirements as approved by the Director. Acquiring registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in California is desirable, supported, and encouraged.

Senior Civil Engineer

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, and methods of civil engineering in a municipal setting.

Program and project development, management, and evaluation.

Environmental compliance and various state and federal agency permitting requirements.

Capital improvement cost estimation and contract administration.

Construction methods and equipment.

Applicable laws, regulations, codes, rules, and standards.

Principles and practices of management and supervision.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Education and Experience

Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities would be:


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


Five years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above, including supervisory experience.


Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California with good standing is required.

Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be frequently required to sit and talk and hear. The employee will be required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to sit, enter data into a terminal, personal computer or keyboard device; operate office equipment requiring repetitive arm/hand movement. The employee will occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions and must operate an automobile to attend various meetings and workshops. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The City of Petaluma offers a wide-ranging, comprehensive benefit package including CalPERS retirement, medical, dental, vision, life, LTD, etc. For moreinformation regarding the benefits associated with this position, visit our website:

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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