Assistant/Associate Civil Engineer – Stormwater

September 10, 2023
City Hall, CA
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The City of Rancho Cordova is considered a leader in new technology applications in the Greater Sacramento Region. The Public Works - Stormwater Division, is seeking an energetic and results-driven Assistant/Associate Civil Engineer with experience in stormwater, drainage design, and stormwater quality. Areas of focus include development review support, operation and maintenance support, asset management, regulatory (stormwater quality) compliance, floodplain management, master planning, impact fee implementation, and hydraulic modeling.

The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of the focus areas listed above, the ability to work well in a team environment, and possess strong written and verbal communications skills. We hope you will consider joining our team!

Assistant Civil Engineer:
This is the entry level class in the professional engineering series. Positions in this class typically have limited directly related work experience. The Assistant Engineer class is distinguished from the Associate Civil Engineer level by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the Associate Civil Engineer level. Incumbents work under general supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to direction as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.
Salary Range: $89,710.44 to $109,127.73/year

Associate Civil Engineer:

This is the journey level class in the professional engineering series and is distinguished from the Assistant level by the assignment of the full range of duties and possession of registration as a Professional Engineer. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new, unusual or unique situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.

This class is distinguished from that of the Senior Civil Engineer in that the latter is an advanced journey level class responsible for complex and difficult engineering projects and programs and may exercise direct supervision over professional engineering staff.
Salary Range: $103,167.96 - $125,964.84/year


  • Choice of a generous monthly stipend for Medical/Dental/Vision or Cash in Lieu of Medical Insurance.
  • CalPERS Retirement.
  • Universal Time Off (combined vacation and sick leave).
  • 11 paid holidays per year + 1 floating holiday.
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to $2500/fiscal year).
  • Onsite fitness room and many more employee perks.

The City of Rancho Cordova is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristics protected by law.


Assistant Civil Engineer - Stormwater
Many typical duties for Assistant Civil Engineer - Stormwater are shown below (other related duties may be assigned and performed):

  • Maintains inventory and prioritizes maintenance needs for storm drains, local waterways, pump stations, detention basins, and other stormwater facilities.
  • Prepares staff reports and correspondence by presenting a variety of information and statistics in the form of written, graphic, or oral reports for use by elected and appointed officials, special committees, or community organizations.
  • Responds to public inquiries and complaints and answers technical questions related to City projects and programs by researching, interpreting and explaining policies and regulations.
  • Conduct field inspections and coordinate with field crews as needed.

See the Job Description for a more complete list of Essential Duties and Responsibilities.

Associate Civil Engineer - Stormwater
Many typical duties for Associate Civil Engineer - Stormwater are shown below (other related duties may be assigned and performed):

  • Provides complex professional engineering assistance by reviewing engineering projects completed or in progress; prepares and/or directs the preparation of plans, estimates, maps, property descriptions, detailed drawings and specification; conducts complex engineering analysis and prepare reports on engineering and budgetary problems.
  • Perform contract management by negotiating, preparing and managing consultant contracts and contractors. Oversees professional and sub professional staff by supervising, assigning, monitoring, evaluating, and providing professional and technical guidance to staff engaged in operation, maintenance, and control of drainage facilities and other relevant activities.
  • Conduct field inspections and coordinate with field crews as needed.

See the Job Description for a more complete list of Essential Duties and Responsibilities.

Assistant/Associate Civil Engineer (Stormwater)

  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the design, construction, and maintenance/operation of public works and utilities programs and activities.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment, including use and application of word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and database programs.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to public works, utilities, drainage, and stormwater quality projects and programs.
  • Stormwater Quality design standards and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit compliance.

Assistant/Associate Civil Engineer (Stormwater)

  • Perform professional engineering computations and learn to check, design, and prepare engineering plans, studies, reports, and maps.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Conduct field inspections and coordinate with field crews as needed.

Click the links below for a more complete list of 'Knowledge of' and 'Ability to'.
Assistant Civil Engineer
Associate Civil Engineer

  • Equivalent to the completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in civil engineering or a related field.

Assistant Engineer:

  • One (1) year of technical engineering experience. Stormwater specific experience is highly desirable.

Associate Engineer:

  • Two (2) years of experience comparable to that of an Assistant Civil Engineer at the City of Rancho Cordova. Stormwater specific experience is highly desirable.

Assistant Engineer:

  • Possession of a valid Engineer-In-Training Certificate with the State of California.

Associate Engineer:

  • Possession of a valid registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California or possession of registration in another state with the ability to obtain registration in California within one (1) year of appointment.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Class C driver's license with a satisfactory driving record as determined by the City.
Requires the mobility and manual dexterity to work in a standard office environment, use standard office equipment and attend off-site meetings; speech and hearing to communicate in person and by telephone; vision to read handwritten and printed materials and a computer screen; and strength and agility to lift and carry items weighing up to 30 pounds. On a continuous basis work in an office environment sitting at a desk for long periods of time; travel from job site to job site sitting in vehicle; bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist while performing field work; may be exposed to dust, noise, machinery, moving objects and other vehicles while performing field work; may work on uneven or slippery surfaces; and may intermittently perform field work while exposed to various types of weather including extreme heat during summer months and cold temperatures during the winter months. Some accommodations may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodations.

FLSA - Exempt status

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Rancho Cordova complies with the letter and spirit of the Equal Employment Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities laws in its employment process. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any reasonable accommodation you need in order to participate in the City's application process.


CALPERS Retirement

Tier 1: Employees hired prior to December 31, 2012, and "Classic Members" hired subsequently with less than a six month break in service, are provided 2.7% at 55 retirement formula. City employees pay the full 8% of their base pay toward this retirement benefit.

Tier 2: Due to the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (Assembly Bill 340), new MISC members hired after January 1, 2013, or "Classic Members" with a break in service of more than 6 months, are eligible for the 2% @ 62 CalPERS retirement formula and are required to pay a 7.75% contribution toward the PERS benefit. (Note: the employee contribution will change as the cost of the benefit changes, since the employee is required to pay half the normal cost.)

1959 Survivor Benefit (Indexed Level) - The 1959 Survivor Benefit provides a monthly allowance to eligible survivors of members who die while actively employed. The monthly benefit payable to survivors in the Indexed Level increases by 2% eachyear. Benefit amounts as of 2023are $788, $1,577and $2,365for 1, 2, or 3 eligible survivors.

457 and 401(a) Deferred Compensation Plan

  • City will contribute $23.08 per pay period into the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan onbehalf of the employee.
  • City will match up to 3% of the base salary for employees who participate in the 457 plan. City match is placed in a 401(a) plan. There is no vesting period.
  • Employees may also voluntarily participate in the 401(a) defined contribution retirement program; however, election must be made upon hire and is irrevocable during employment with the city.

Health Insurance (medical, dental and vision) - The City offers a "cafeteria plan," which includes a monthly medical stipend the employee may apply toward premiums for medical, dental and vision.

  • $2,010 Family level benefit
  • $1,685 Employee+1
  • $990 Employee only

Cash-in-lieu - If your total health, vision and/or dental premium costs are lower than $300, you may receive the difference as cash in lieu up to a total of $300.If you do not need to purchase medical, dental or visionbenefits from the City, you are eligible for a total of $300 cash in lieu per month.

Medical Benefits

Retiree Health - CalPERS plans made available and retiree medical contribution offered toward the cost of the plan.In 2023, the retiree medicalcontribution is $143.45 per month.The retiree medical contribution will continue to increase until it is equal to the minimum contribution required by CalPERS for the employer to pay on behalf of an employee.

Dental -Delta Dental PPO

  • Deductibles $50 per person each calendar year
  • Maximums $1,500 - $2,500 per person each calendar year
  • Preventative services - 100% covered
  • Basic services - 80% covered
  • Major services - 50% covered
  • Waiting Period(s) - None

Vision - Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Medical FSA for the plan year is $3,050(maximum)
  • Dependent Care FSA for the plan year is $5,000 (maximum)

Universal Time Off (UTO) - vacation and sick leave combined.

Universal Time Off Cash Out - Employees may cash out up to80 hours in fiscal year 23/24.

Bereavement Leave - On the date of hire, employees are entitled to 24 hours of Bereavement Leave per event due to the death of a member of an employee's immediate family.

Holidays - 11Holidays per year plus 1 floating holiday

Winter Break - December 25 - December 29, 2023

Life Insurance - $50,000 life insurance policy.

  • Life price per $1,000 $0.109
  • AD&D price per $1,000 $0.205

Long Term Disability

  • LTD price per $100 $0.0145
  • 60% of earnings up to $7,500
  • 90 day benefit waiting period

Social Security - No
Employees do not pay into and earn credit toward future benefits in Social Security, since the City offers an IRS qualifying retirement plan.

Employee Assistant Plan (EAP) - Available to employee and immediate family. Includes concierge service.

Wellness Program - On-site fitness room, shower and lockers, ping pong tables, and bikes available for employee use.

Tuition Reimbursement - Up to $2,500 per fiscal year.

Training and Development - Available and encouraged for each employee.

Updated January 2023

Closing Date/Time: 10/6/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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