ASSOCIATE ENGINEER – CIVIL (PE Required – 2.5% Differential Will Apply)

February 13, 2020
San Jose, CA
Job Type



Hydrology, Hydraulics and Geomorphology Unit (Position Code 0727)

This position serves two main functions: first as a technical specialist in hydrology, and second as engineering support to watershed and water utility operation and capital projects. The position would work under the guidance of a senior engineer and work directly with hydrographer field staff. The first function would require knowledge of hydrology and hydraulics to properly perform analyses for both water utility and watersheds applications, supporting capital projects and operations. This would encompass emergency operations during flood season and being familiar with flood forecasting and basic meteorology. The second function would provide engineering support for the stream reservoir, and rain gauge sensor network. Knowledge with different telemetry systems would be required, as well as hardware/software issues. The latter skills are needed to properly maintain the historical database and serve accurate hydrologic data to stakeholders via the web.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and analysis.
  • Winter storm operations and preparation.
  • Gauge sensor, field work, and database/web support.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Candidate's Background includes:
Ideal Experience:

  • 4 or more years of experience in running models related to hydrology such as HEC-HMS model and performing large hydrologic study.
  • Field work experience in surveying, flow measurements, sampling and recon.
  • Experience in creek restoration is a plus.
  • Experience using software such as MATLAB, Res Sim.

Ideal Knowledge:

  • Understanding of principles, practices, theories, and concepts of flood hydrology.
  • Familiar with computer software applications, such as Hydrologic Engineering Center's River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) and Hydrologic Engineering Center's Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS).
  • Understanding of principles, practices, theories, and concepts of hydraulic engineering, open channel hydraulics, fluvial geomorphology, and sediment transport.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Apply flood hydrology, open channel hydraulics, fluvial geomorphology, and sediment transport principles and computer programs to support flood protection and stream stewardship programs and projects.
  • Communicate effectively (both written and verbal).
  • Prepare and make presentations to internal and external stakeholders.

Ideal Training and Education:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in civil, mechanical, electrical engineering.
  • PE license is required (or ability to obtain California PE within 1 year with out-of-state PE license).

Required License or Certificate

This position requires registration with the State of California as a Professional Civil Engineer (PE).

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

To review the Classification Specification, please click here

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following:application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above.Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE:Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities.Please advise the Office of Talent and Inclusion in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned.The Office of Talent and Inclusion staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
Closing Date/Time: 2/16/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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