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Water Quality Engineer

at Ventura County

Posted: 9/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2425117
Keywords: engineer

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Under general supervision (Engineer II) or direction (Engineer III, IV), performs progressively complex civil engineering office and field duties related to implementation of land development and construction requirements under the Ventura Countywide Municipal Stormwater Permit in the County unincorporated areas, and performs related duties as required.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in performing professional engineering work related to land development, Low Impact Development(LID)/Green Streets, and protection of stormwater quality, and will be an effective communicator with a wide range of individuals.


Engineer II:  $436.57 - $3665.52 biweekly
Engineer III: $2662.08 - $3999.53 biweekly
Engineer IV: $2956.35 - $4429.92 biweekly

Incumbents may be eligible to receive an educational incentive of either 2.5%, for an Associate's degree, 3.5%, for a Bachelor's degree, or 5% for a post graduate degree that is not required to work in the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification skills.

DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: Public Works Agency

NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbents may be promoted to Engineer III or IV without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.

Engineers are represented by the Ventura Employees Association (VEA) and are not eligible for overtime compensation.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reviews studies, design measures, and practices for stormwater quality compliance;
  • Analyzes engineering calculations to ensure compliance with specifications;
  • Prepares or reviews plans and specifications and makes recommendations for permit and ordinance compliance;
  • Coordinates field operations and conducts inspections for construction Best Management Practices (BMP) and stormwater quality (LID/Green Streets) compliance;
  • Assists with preparing, managing, and monitoring consultant contracts and requirements;
  • Coordinates complex engineering projects and administrative duties with others;
  • Represents the County at meetings and serves on committees/councils; provides technical expertise;
  • Assists with preparing budgets; compiles data and reports on budget status;
  • Provides technical expertise, education, training, and public outreach on Municipal Stormwater permit compliance;
  • Conducts special field studies to evaluate feasibility and effectiveness of new stormwater treatment systems and technologies to meet compliance standards;
  • Evaluates stormwater BMP effectiveness, provides recommendations for improvement; follows rules, regulations, policies; stays current on emerging science and technologies;
  • Assists with or prepares reports and makes recommendations concerning water quality impacts; maintains databases;
  • May supervise others assigned to projects; and
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

EDUCATION, TRAINING and EXPERIENCE  Possession of a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, or equivalent, and at least one (1) year (for Engineer II) to three (3) years (for Engineer III) of progressively responsible professional civil engineering experience.

Equivalency for the Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering includes certification as an Engineer-in-Training (Fundamentals of Engineering) in California and four (4) years of civil engineering related work experience; OR a Bachelor's degree in a related engineering, physical science, or mathematics curriculum and three (3) years of civil engineering related work experience; OR California registration as a Civil Engineer.

In addition to the above stated educational requirements, the Engineer IV level requires at least four (4) years of qualifying professional engineering experience. California registration as a professional engineer is also required for the Engineer IV level.


  • Experience in water resources engineering
  • Strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver license
  • Registration as a Civil Engineer in California is required for Engineer IV


  • Professional experience with processing land development/grading permits
  • Certification as a Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC),
  • Qualified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Developer and Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSD/QSP)
  • Geographic Informational System Professional (GISP)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of:  civil engineering principles, practices, and application to engineering problems; principles and practices of hydrology, drainage, related phases of hydraulic engineering; methods, materials, equipment used in construction and environmental compliance which may include Best Management Practices.
Ability to: conduct complex studies, prepare reports, and make recommendations; communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Skill in: software applications

Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE:This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here for additional information.

Sufficient information must be provided under the Education/Work experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire, if applicable, to thoroughly and accurately demonstrate your qualifications in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above sections; however, it may not be substituted in lieu of the application.

All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire will result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION SCREENING - qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

COMPARATIVE SCREENING - qualifying: If there is a high number of qualified applicants, a comparative screening will be conducted to determine which of the applicants will be selected for invitation to the oral examination. Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to criteria that most closely meets the needs of the department, so it is essential that applicants provide as much detail as possible and answer all parts of the application and supplemental questionnaire.

Oral EXAMINATION – 100%: A job related oral exam will be conducted to evaluate participating candidates' knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis have determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Examinees must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

Because this is a continuous recruitment the dates of the oral exam will depend on when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.  A verification notice will be sent confirming the test schedule and location details when confirmed.  More than one round of exams may be held if needed to create a viable pool of candidates.

Applicants successfully completing the examination process may be on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future regular, (including temporary and fixed-term), intermittent, and extra-help vacancies for this or similar positions. 

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position. For further information about this recruitment, please contact Kathryn Pierce by email at or by telephone at (805) 654-2405.