Senior Civil Engineer

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City of Palm Springs
Palm Springs, CA, United States

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Senior Civil Engineer


Palm Springs, CA 

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Senior Civil Engineer



$108,708.00 - $146,208.00 Annually



City of Palm Springs, CA


Job Type

Full Time - Regular



Engineering Services


Job Number

Engineering - 0323



4/12/2023 4:00 PM Pacific




Position Summary


This position is a member of the Engineering Services Department and will coordinate capital improvement projects, including the preparation of engineering designs and specifications, and private land development entitlements; ensure work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and perform the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


Examples of Essential and General Responsibilities

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


• Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, and participate in the work of staff or consultants responsible for coordinating all phases associated with delivery of capital improvement projects, including environmental analysis; preparation of engineering designs, specifications, and estimates; right-of-way acquisition; and construction administration.

• Coordinate with appropriate authorities, agencies, consulting engineers, and developers.

• Provide a variety of high level professional technical assistance and perform various duties related to assigned areas of work.

• Establish schedules and methods for coordinating, administering, and providing oversight of staff or consultants assigned capital improvement project; identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate management staff; allocate resources accordingly.

• Research, collect, and evaluate technical data and information on matters relating to civil engineering.

• Participate in the development of policies and procedures; monitor work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; make recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures.

• Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; implement approved policies and procedures.

• Perform the more highly professional, technical, and complex civil engineering assignments. 

• Review engineering and architectural plans subdivision maps, survey records, plot plans and calculations for accuracy and compliance with applicable rules and regulations.

• Review various professional and technical reports.

• Coordinate and perform technical analysis as necessary to prepare professional written reports and presentations for various City Commissions and City Council; provide verbal presentations at Commission and City Council meetings as directed.

• Supervise and train assigned employees in their areas of work, including civil engineering design methods, procedures, and techniques.

• Prepare analytical and statistical reports on operations, maintenance, and activities.

• Attend and participate in professional group meetings, regional agency meetings, and public meetings;

• Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of civil engineering. 

• Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Minimum and Preferred Requirements


Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered, however, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the selection process. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. (One year of work experience is the equivalent of 12 months of full-time work. "Full-time work" means at least 36 hours of work over a period of one week or 1,872 hours of work over a period of at least 12 months.) Qualifications noted as "desirable" or "preferred" are not included as part of the minimum requirements.



• Five (5) years of professional civil engineering experience which included two (2) years as a registered civil engineer and one (1) year of associate level professional engineering experience with a private consulting firm or municipal/county agency is required.

• Previous experience in planning, design, construction, and operation of wastewater treatment collection and delivery systems, and facility planning is highly preferred. 

• Short and long-term capital and operating budget project management experience is preferred.

• Complex capital and operating budget experience in public sector is preferred.



• Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. (Education may be substituted on a year for year basis with related job experience, experience is in addition to any other required experience.)

• Specialized training in federal, state, local laws, and regulations as they relate to the maintenance of wastewater transmission and treatment facilities is preferred.


License or Certificates

• Possession of an appropriate, valid registered civil engineer license is required.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver License with a satisfactory driving record (a driving record may be deemed unsatisfactory for any of the following reasons: three or more moving violations or reportable accident within the last three years; conviction of driving under the influence within the last five years) is required.


Special Requirements

• Incumbents are enrolled in the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice Program. The DMV Pull Notice Program provides information on the incumbent's driving record and driving record status on a periodic basis to the City.

• Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation, physical, and drug screen.


In addition to the above, the ideal candidate will possess strong knowledge of the principles, practices and theories of civil engineering and possess the following:


Key Competencies:

• Methods and techniques of civil engineering as it applies to planning, design and construction.

• Engineering design, civil and traffic engineering as applied to public works and private land development projects.

• Supervision, training and performance evaluation.

• Construction contract administration.


Core KSA's: 

• Preparation and design of accurate plans, specifications, cost estimates, engineering calculations, and drawings.

• Preparation, negotiation, and administration of complex construction contracts and service agreements.

• Complex engineering design review.

• Preparation of clear and concise reports.


Working Conditions

The following work environment and physical conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.


This position works in an office environment including exposure to computer screens and may require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing, walking, and sitting for prolonged periods; communicate in person and by telephone; operate standard computer and operations equipment; ability to exert light to moderate physical effort which may include climbing, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and carrying; drive from site to site.


Application and Exam Information


A completed application, resume, and supplemental questionnaire are required by the closing date and time. As a candidate for the position, you will want to be sure your application accurately reflects your skills and abilities as they relate to the position to achieve maximum opportunity. Applications will be reviewed carefully and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process.


Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered as this information will be used to determine minimum qualifications. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications.


Resumes and other documents may be submitted, however, they will not be used to determine minimum qualifications, please do not use phrases such as "see attached" or "see resume" as they will not be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the process. Minimum requirements must be met at the time of application submission unless stated otherwise.


The selection process for this position may include one or more of the following: application review, qualification review, written exam, practical exam, oral panel exam, and department interview.


Candidates must successfully pass each stage of the selection process above in order to continue to the next step. This process may be modified or changed depending on the number of qualified candidates.


Please remember to submit all your application materials by the closing date and time. Incomplete or applications received after the closing date and time cannot be considered. All information on the application is subject to investigation and verification.


If you are ready to join the exciting Team Palm Springs and you meet the requirements detailed above, please click the apply button. For more information contact Human Resources at:


The City of Palm Springs

3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA  92262




The City offers an excellent benefit package and retirement plan through California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Retirement formula is based on appointment date and membership status with CalPERS.


Applications must be received 4:00 pm, April 12, 2023, in order to be considered for this opportunity. The City of Palm Springs reserves the right to accelerate or extend the "Closing Date" of open positions at any time, dependent upon the number of applications received.


The City of Palm Springs is an equal employment opportunity employer, and we encourage all persons to file applications. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, family or marital status, disability, medical condition or pregnancy, genetic information, religious or political affiliation, or veteran status.


Disaster Service Worker:  In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Palm Springs Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.


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