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Civil Engineer Associate I/II

at Santa Barbara County Education Office

Posted: 9/20/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2542408
Keywords: survey

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


This recruitment will remain open until the positions are filled.  However, for first consideration please apply by September 13, 2019.

** NOTEApplicants who are currently in their final quarter or semester of study leading to the required degree are encouraged to apply. Such applicants may compete in the examination process but may not be considered for appointment until they have attained the required degree.  **


Civil Engineering Associate I Salary: $33.91 - $40.74 Hourly
Civil Engineering Associate II Salary: $38.90 - $46.84 Hourly

  • Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.
  • Holidays: 12 days per year. 
  • Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement.  
  • Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium. 
  • On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age 15.
Click on Benefits Tab above or click here for more information on County benefits. 
We are accepting applications to fill three full-time Civil Engineering Associate vacant positions for the Public Works Department's Transportation Division. Two are in the Division's Design section and one is in the Division's Construction section.  The positions have the flexibility to be located in either Santa Barbara or Santa Maria.
We are also accepting applications to establish employment lists for future Full-Time, Part-Time, Civil Service Rule 1414* and Extra-Help Civil Engineering Associate I / II vacancies in All Locations.

*NOTE: Positions vacated as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.  *BENEFITS: The 1414 position is eligible for Full-Time benefits.
Please select which positions (Design and/or Construction) and which vacancy location(s) you would like to be considered for current and for future vacancies. If you qualify for this position and pass the required selection steps, then your name will be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) where you have expressed that you are willing to work.
NOTE: Depending on the candidate's qualifications and the needs of the department, the selected candidate(s) may be appointed at the I or II level.

Civil Engineering Associate I is an entry level position that, under supervision, but with increasing independence as experience is gained, performs routine entry-level professional civil engineering work; and performs related duties as required.

Civil Engineering Associate II is a journey level position that, under general supervision, performs moderately difficult professional civil engineering work; and performs related work as required.

  • Desire to work in Public Works Engineering Design OR Construction
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office product suite
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as a team player
  • Ability to efficiently multi task on multiple projects and maintain schedules and complete tasks timely   
  • Ability to prepare and write clear and concise reports, and keep records organized accordingly
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain sound working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and personalities
  • Excellent customer service skills and experience working with the public
  • Desire to serve the public and be a good steward of public funds
  • Calm demeanor under all circumstances and the ability to handle high stress situations, thrive under pressure and adapt to change
  • Ability to measure physical dimensions and document these with clarity
  • Process, interpret and communicate technical information  
  • Ability to transcribe technical documents for the County Board of Supervisors and the public

In addition to the above attributes, THE IDEAL CANDIDATE for the CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION position will have:
  • Desire to perform a wide variety of difficult and complex transportation engineering work in the field.
  • Desire to learn quickly & make decisions on difficult engineering and administrative problems in connection with directing field work on various transportation projects.
  • Desire for a workload which may consist of flexible hours, changes of shift, changes of work hours and workdays, extensive travel within the County.

ABOUT THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department consists of five divisions:  Transportation, Resource Recovery and Waste Management, Flood Control & Water Resources, the County Surveyors Office, and Administration. The County's Public Works Department employees are committed to efficiently providing, operating and maintaining public works infrastructure, facilities and services to make everyday life as safe and convenient as possible for the public we serve. To learn more about us, visit

THE TRANSPORTATION DIVISION: The mission of the Transportation Division is to provide a clear path, smooth ride and safe trip for the traveling public. The Division maintains 1,650 lane miles of roads in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. This includes 100 bridges, 9,000 street trees, 48 signalized intersections, and 15,000 street signs as well as pavement markings, painted curbs, and raised traffic markers.

Examples of Duties


  1. Performs basic design work or construction inspection for public works, roads, flood control, or other civil engineering facilities, including the preparation of design calculations and engineering drawings, plans, and maps.
  2. Makes and checks field and office computations for design, construction, and survey work; and estimates quantities and costs for the planning, design, and construction of public works facilities.
  3. Analyzes or supervises the analysis of construction materials and material testing; investigates engineering problems or specialized aspects of engineering problems; and writes reports and makes recommendations on how to solve engineering problems.
  4. Acts as Resident Engineer on County public works projects or as assistant Resident Engineer on federally funded projects to ensure conformance to plans and specifications.

Employment Standards

Possession of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or certification as an Engineer-in-Training.

Knowledge of:  basic principles and practices of civil engineering; principles and practices of surveying; the fundamentals of engineering construction techniques; and the properties and uses of engineering construction materials.

Ability to:  make accurate engineering calculations; prepare clear and concise written notes and reports; communicate technical information to persons without technical training; apply professional principles, standards, and legal requirements to solve engineering problems and make recommendations; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, contractors, and the public.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required upon appointment.

Supplemental Information

NOTE: If you don't have certification as an Engineer-in-Training, contact the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists directly on how to obtain one:
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95833-2944
Toll Free Number: 1-866-780-5370 (no charge to the calling party)

  1. Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
  2. Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than 11 qualified candidates.
Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s) and exact duration of the employment list.

NOTE: Veteran's preference credit is applicable for this position (5 points for veterans, 10 points for disabled veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be applying for this position within five years from your most recent date of: (1) honorable discharge from active military service; or, (2) discharge from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment and confinement were for a disability incurred during active military service; or, (3) completion of education or training funded by a Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit exists for veterans with 30% or more disability. To receive veteran's preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's Preference Points box on the employment application form, (2) submit a copy of your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department when you complete your application, and (3) pass all phases of the Application & Selection process. The preference points will be added to your final test score.

Conditional Job Offer:  Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks.  Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination.  The appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.

Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

The County of Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) who believes a diverse workforce is vital to upholding its mission. Recruiting efforts are designed to find, hire and retain top talent of various background and, experiences. We believe a diverse workgroup promotes productivity and cultural acceptance where differences are embraced and encouraged.
The County of Santa Barbara and its leadership team is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce with equal opportunity that promotes inclusion and reflects the local population while ensuring compliance with state, local, and federal law. Its dedication to this purpose is driven by a commitment to hire, develop and retain top talent who will contribute to upholding the County's mission.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution. 
APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at In Santa Barbara, applications and job bulletins may be obtained at the Human Resources Department, 1226 Anacapa Street, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Applicants may use County computers at the Workforce Resource Centers to complete online applications and assessments at the following locations:

Workforce Resource Center in Santa Barbara
130 East Ortega Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 568-1296
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday

Workforce Resource Center in Santa Maria
1410 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA
(805) 614-1550
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday 

Andrea Geis, Public Works Business Manager (805) 568-3027