Assistant OR Associate Engineer - Stormwater/Irrigation

  • Palm Desert, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related Engineering Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $7,896.00 - $13,094.00 Monthly USD Monthly
  • Salary Top: 13094 USD Monthly

Job Description

Job Summary


TITLE: Assistant OR Associate Engineer

SRN A41: $7,896-$10,874, Monthly, Exempt

SRN A49: $9,469 - $13,094, Monthly, Exempt

Bargaining Unit: CVWDEA

DEPARTMENT: Engineering

Division: Irrigation/Stormwater


Reports to : Engineering Manager

Supervises the following positions : N/A

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Civil Engineers- Associate/Assistant Level Sanitation/Non-Potable & Stormwater/Irrigation - Koff & Associates (

DEFINITION: Under general direction, to plan, coordinate, and schedule civil engineering work involved in the planning, design, and construction of CVWD Irrigation, Drainage, and Stormwater facilities; and to do related work as assigned.

Essential Functions

Plans, designs, and constructs Irrigation, Drainage, and Stormwater facilities. Performs project management and contract administration of Irrigation, Drainage, and Stormwater facilities including the canal system, the Irrigation distribution system, the stormwater channel and tributaries, and related facilities. This includes preparation of bidding documents, budgets, Board authorizations and presentations, schedules, contract summaries, negotiations in changes in contract scope, resolution of claims, and other related items. Performs presentations to the general public as needed. Prepares estimates of quantities of materials. Prepares plans, profiles, maps and related drawings for construction projects. Prepares contract documents to be used in advertising construction projects. In coordination with the Development Services branch and the Engineering Manager, meet with developers and outside engineers to discuss concepts and requirements for new projects and developments and reviews proposed subdivisions to determine compliance with CVWD’s existing irrigation distribution and stormwater system. Review grading plans for conformance with Riverside County Ordinance 458 for floodplain management and outline the District’s conditions of development to developers and planning agencies. Help perform inspections of the canal, distributions and drainage system, and stormwater system in order to determine replacement needs of the facilities. Review hydrology, hydraulic, sediment, and geomorphology reports submitted for proposed developer projects. Coordinates and manages on-call consultant for stormwater hydrology and hydraulic reviews.

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Minimum Qualifications


License or Certificates : Valid California Operators license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Department of Motor Vehicles driving record may influence employment or classification. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), or must obtain a CCM registration within three years of hire.

Assistant: Possession of a valid Engineer in Training Certificate.

Associate: Possession of valid License as a Professional Engineer in the State of California is required.

Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. A typical candidate would have successfully completed a four year degree program from a recognized college or university with a major in civil engineering, agricultural engineering or a closely related field. Experience with developing construction plans and/or managing the construction of civil works is preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration and Other Requirements
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of civil and agricultural engineering.
  • Technical report writing.
  • Design of hydraulic structures used in irrigation systems and flood control.
  • Principles and procedures of irrigation water transmission, distribution and storage.
  • Operational procedures and maintenance procedures utilized in irrigation water systems.
  • Mathematics, design methods, uses and strengths of construction materials, standard specifications, and pertinent regulations related to the design and construction of irrigation water, flood control and related facilities and structures.
  • Principles and practices of surveying and construction inspection including methods, materials, practices, equipment, laws and safety requirements related to agricultural/civil engineering.
  • Project management.
  • Computer programs including HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, spreadsheets, and project management.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Plan, organize, and perform engineering work in the design and construction of CVWD Irrigation, Drainage, and Stormwater facilities.
  • Prepare engineering estimates, plans, and specification for proposed CVWD projects.
  • Perform contract administration and maintain accurate records and documentation on construction projects.
  • Analyze and make recommendations on the need for replacements, relocations, and abandonments of CVWD Irrigation and Drainage facilities.
  • Prepare detailed analyses and comprehensive technical engineering reports and recommendations.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Communicate complex information effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Work under time constraints.
1. Drives CVWD vehicle to job sites, possibly over rough terrain.
2. May work in extreme weather conditions including heat and rain.

The Coachella Valley Water District provides a comprehensive, balanced, and competitive benefits package ensuring employees have many options to meet their healthcare, wellness and/or retirement savings goals. Providing employees with flexibility and support for all the different stages of life. Employees may pay some portion of their benefit premium costs based on the provisions of their labor-negotiated Memorandums of Understanding (MOU's) and the level of coverage they select. Additional information regarding CVWD employee benefits is available at .

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