Associate Water Resources Engineer
County of Monterey, CA
Salinas, CA
Application Filing Deadline: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Exam #: 19/41E21/08CC
Associate Water Resources Engineer: $6,879 - $9,396
Individuals who possess a State of California registration as Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist shall receive a five percent (5%) pay premium in addition to their base salary.

The Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA) manages, protects, stores and conserves water resources in Monterey County for beneficial and environmental use, while minimizing damage from flooding to create a safe and sustainable water supply for present and future generations.

MCWRA is a flood control and water agency whose mission and approach to water management balances water supply, flood protection, and environmental sensitivity. MCWRA owns and/or operates a range of flood control, water supply, groundwater augmentation, and hydroelectric facilities. These include the Nacimiento and San Antonio Dams and Reservoirs, the Nacimiento Dam hydroelectric plant, the Salinas River Diversion Facility (SRDF), the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project (CSIP), the Salinas Valley Recycling Project, and various drainage facilities (earthen channels) in 14 drainage maintenance zones and districts located throughout Monterey County. These drainages maintenance zones consist of approximately 57 miles of improved drainageway, eight pump stations, 9 miles of river levees, and numerous culverts, tide gates, and concrete structures.

The ideal candidate for the Associate Water Resources Engineer position in the Operations Section will have a strong background in maintaining and operating various water resource-related facilities such as water wells, pipelines, valves, gates, pump stations, culverts, and earthen channels. The incumbent will demonstrate integrity; flexibility and adaptability; be able to navigate complex situations with professionalism and poise; be able to communicate effectively to diverse audiences; and be organized to complete multiple projects concurrently. This candidate must be able to work in a dynamic environment and seek multi-benefit solutions for new and ongoing operations. They must also be able to relate well to the public, management and employees at all levels; possess the ability to try new approaches to meet objectives effectively and efficiently; and demonstrate good independent judgment.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis county-wide.
Examples of Duties
Paramount Duties

Supervises, coordinates and participates in the work of professional civil engineering staff responsible for the planning, design, development, construction, operation, implementation and maintenance of the Agency's programs and capital improvement projects including flood control, water quality and water supply, storage, treatment and distribution facilities and systems; ensures work quality and adherence to professional codes, standards and Agency specifications; may provide supervision over assigned maintenance or operations functions.
Counsels employees, appraises performance, prepares documentation, recommends merit increases, and issues discipline; provides for or participates in employee training and development; conducts interviews and recommends selection of candidates; may provide direction on personnel issues to subordinate maintenance and operations supervisors; coaches and mentors subordinate staff.
Performs the more complex, difficult and large scale engineering designs, planning, specification, feasibility analysis and calculations for water resources related projects; functions as an expert in assigned area of expertise and may provide technical support for litigation; prepares conceptual designs and supervises detailed design of project phases by other engineers.
Analyzes, initiates, prepares and reviews a variety of engineering and administrative reports including agenda packets, permit applications, correspondence, environmental documents and reports of and for other local, state and federal agencies.
Represents the Agency in meetings or presentations to the general public, customers, consultants, vendors, contractors, advisory and legislative bodies of federal, state and local agencies as assigned; prepares materials for public meetings and hearings; interacts with the public and answer questions on technical, environmental, economic and social issues of an assigned project.
Participates in and may supervise development of work unit annual and capital budgets; monitors and makes recommendations regarding work unit fiscal expenditures.
Inspects and monitors the Agency's facilities such as dams, reservoirs, hydroelectric generating plants, and pumping plants for structural and operational integrity; reviews operations, data, and reports to determine efficiency, serviceability, and deficiencies in operations
Participates in the preparation of project management plans, project plans, annual work plans, summary reports, project team mission statements, and project objectives, scope, subtasks, schedules, budget and resources; prepares project schedules; identifies tasks and resources required; monitors project progress and prepares status reports; performs project close out and maintains project files.
Provides technical support in administering, negotiating and resolving construction project change orders and claims; review change orders and construction claims and supporting drawings, specifications and related technical documentation; ensure work performed is in accordance with project plans, specifications and professional civil engineering standards and codes; make recommendations for change orders and claims resolution.
Participates in the negotiation and administration of consultant and professional services contracts; participates in the consultant selection process; participates in the development and negotiation of utility relocation, joint use or similar, agreements with other agencies/entities as assigned.
Develops and administers safety practices and programs.
Thorough knowledge of

Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive civil engineering capital improvement agency with emphasis on flood control and water supply, storage, treatment and distribution systems and facilities.
Principles and practices of civil and Water Resources engineering including Water Resources management, surveying, hydraulics, strength and properties of materials, design, stress analysis, mechanics and structural analysis.
Principles and issues of surface and groundwater hydrology, and water quality, chemistry, and geology.
Principles, methods, equipment and materials used in the design, construction, modification and maintenance of Water Resources projects and facilities including dams, reservoirs, hydroelectric plants, seawater barriers, and other flood control structures and systems.
Environmental review and construction permit principles, procedures, and documents.
Construction materials, methods, testing, specifications, codes and equipment.
Computer usages including the following software: Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, as well as internet research methods

Working Knowledge Of

Principles and practices of personnel and program management.
Advanced principles and practices of civil engineering design and construction
Skill and Ability to

Plan, organize and manage the work of professional, technical support and maintenance staff, including planning, design and construction projects and programs.
Analyze complex Water Resources engineering problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend and implement effective courses of action.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other departments, agencies, regulatory authorities, contractors, consultants, the public and all others encountered in the performance of duties.
Communicate effectively, both orally and written, i.e. prepare and make effective oral presentations representing the Agency.
Prepare effective technical and administrative reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Function with multiple, critical and changing priorities.
Apply engineering principles and computer programs to the solution of engineering problems.
Prepare and interpret drawings, graphs, plans and specifications. Interpret and prepare revisions to engineering plans, drawings and specifications.
Set project priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
Required Conditions of Employment
As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:

Possess a valid California Class C Driver's License and maintain a satisfactory driving record, or provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority.
Work under adverse conditions such as inclement weather, dust or silica dust, heat, wind, or environments subject to sudden changes and/or extremes in air temperature, pressure or humidity, work outdoors, on uneven and/or slippery and/or wet ground surfaces, at elevations above ground level, in confined or extremely small work spaces, come into contact with water, petroleum products, lubricants, cleaning solutions or solvents, toxic fumes, liquids or gases, allergens, chemical products requiring MSDS sheets, plant, animal or food material or waste, around moving machinery, vehicles, equipment, hand and/or power tools, electricity, vibration, and in extremely noisy environments.
Be available to work weekends, evenings, shifts, and holidays during storm monitoring duty, and during times of emergency and/or disaster situations.
Demonstrate the ability to swim safely for 50 yards in order to safely work on and around large bodies of water.
Wear and use safety clothing and equipment as required, i.e. safety glasses, gloves, etc.
Some positions may require specialized certifications such as a California Pest Control Advisor's License and/or a California Qualified Pest Control Applicator certificate.
A valid California certificate of registration as a civil engineer, in accordance with Section 6730 of the California Business and Professions Code, is desirable.
Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, or a closely related discipline is highly desirable.
Examples of Experience/Education/Training
Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Two years of experience at a level equivalent to Monterey County's Water Resources Engineer I.

Bachelor's degree in Water Resources, civil engineering, or a closely related discipline from an accredited college program is desired.

Valid California certificate of registration as a civil engineer, in accordance with Section 6730 of the California Business and Professions Code, is desirable.

Additional Information
Visit the Monterey County website to view the complete Job Description: (Download PDF reader)

Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "X" Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

As a condition of employment, prospective employees will be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of criminal conviction. Employees must have and show their Social Security Card on the first day of work. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5162.

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Applications may be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County Human Resources Department
Attn: Channelle Ceralde, Associate Personnel Analyst
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor – Human Resources, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 755-5162 Fax: (831) 757-5792

The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made. The competitive selection process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application packet will include:
A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
Responses to all of the Supplemental Questions
Final Filing Deadline: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the application filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercises, performance exam, and/or written examination.

Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5162.