Senior Civil Engineer (Water Resources)

Modesto Irrigation District   Modesto, CA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on April 21, 2024
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Senior Civil Engineer (Water Resources)

Salary: $138,340.80 - $177,091.20 Annually


The Modesto Irrigation District is currently recruiting to fill one full-time vacancy of a Senior Civil Engineer in the Civil Engineering Department within the Water Operations Division. The role of the Senior Civil Engineer position is to act in responsible charge, to organize, assign, and review the work of assigned personnel engaged in professional and technical civil engineering activities related to open-channel hydraulics, hydrology, drainage, water quality and groundwater; to perform duties requiring specialized knowledge; and to provide administrative support to assigned supervisor. The emphasis of this position is focused on water resources, specifically with respect to groundwater planning and management.

Any Qualified Individual May Apply. This is an exempt position and is part of the Professional and Supervisory Bargaining Unit. The list established as a result of this recruitment may be used to fill other Senior Civil Engineer vacancies within the District that may occur through April 17, 2025.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hydraulic and hydrologic data collection and analysis.
  • Application of California water rights laws as they relate to District facilities.
  • Preparing water quality studies, reports, and permits in compliance with State water quality regulations.
  • Leading activities related to the District's involvement with local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies.
  • Leading activities related to the District's involvement in the planning, design, and construction of habitat restoration projects.
  • Assisting with the preparation of agricultural and urban water management plans.
  • Prepare annual budgets for Operations and Capital projects.
  • Act in responsible charge to plan, prioritize, and review the work of staff assigned to a variety of professional civil engineering tasks associated with District facilities.
  • Develop schedules and methods to accomplish assignments ensuring work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Participate in evaluating the activities of staff, recommending improvements, and modifications.
  • Provide and coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Prepare complex engineering studies and reports; prepare a variety of technical reports, documents, correspondence, and presentations.
  • Develop technical documents required by the local, State and Federal agencies to obtain permitting and licensing of District facilities.
  • Prepare and make presentations to the Board of Directors, public agencies and private landowners related to District activities.
  • Provide engineering support to other departments and divisions, as necessary.
  • Perform and support a variety of hydraulic and hydrologic studies with other agencies; evaluate the effect of new projects on the District's system.
  • Perform the most difficult work related to the management of engineering projects as they relate to the operations and maintenance of District facilities.
  • Represent the District in meetings with regulatory agencies and the public regarding District projects.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • A more complete job description available here.

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of technical, functional, and/or direct supervision and training.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as it relates to the operation of the District’s facilities.
  • Budgeting techniques.
  • Pertinent local, State, Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Advanced project management methodologies. 
  • Current developments and trends related to civil engineering with emphasis in water resources.
  • Modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding the civil engineering profession.
  • Principles and practices of safety management.
  • Modern office equipment including the use of applicable computer applications.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service. 

Ability to:

  • Provide technical, functional and/or direct supervision over assigned staff; effectively train and review the work of staff. 
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures. 
  • Perform the moat complex civil engineering duties including the management of complex projects. 
  • Understand and interpret local, State, Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Participate in evaluating the activities of staff, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Provide and coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of responsible journey experience similar to Associate Civil Engineer. 

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering or a related field.

License and Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license. Current registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. 

Supplemental Information

Qualified applicants must submit a completed District application. APPLY IMMEDIATELY. Application screening will begin on or after April 30, 2024. Applications received after this date are not guaranteed consideration.     

Applications will be reviewed on a comparative basis and only those most qualified will be invited to continue in the selection process, which will consist of an overall assessment of the individual's skills through (1) oral interview; and (2) contacting of references to include current and former supervisors. The applicant must perform successfully in each phase of the recruitment in order to continue in the recruitment process.

The Modesto Irrigation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. 

The successful applicant will be required to provide verification of high school diploma or ged and applicable higher education degree, pass a medical exam including a drug and alcohol screen, and a complete background check prior to beginning work. 

Information contained in this announcement may be subject to change without notice.