2019-03-06 2019-04-03

Engineer I/II (Limited Term)

West Basin Municipal Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Carson, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 50398
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Carson, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 50398
  • Organization Website
West Basin Municipal Water District is a global leader in the water industry in water recycling, conservation, water resource management, youth and adult education, and ocean-water desalination. West Basin provides drinking water and recycled water to eight local retail water agencies including four cities, three private water companies and one county water agency. The District serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu. The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

West Basin operates the state-of-the-art Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and three satellite locations. It is the largest treatment and water purification facility of its type in the world providing nearly 40 million gallons of water each day to over 300 sites. West Basin utilizes various advanced treatment processes to produce five types of high-quality “designer” waters used for commercial, industrial and landscape purposes, including three ultra-pure waters. The District is also researching environmentally-responsible ocean-water desalination and currently hosts tours at its Water Education Center in Redondo Beach, California and also at the Edward C. Little Recycling Facility.

West Basin owns and operates approximately 100 miles of recycled water pipeline, and supplies recycled water to customers for non-potable use. To expand the use of recycled water, the District assists customers with the process of converting their sites to utilize recycled water. In addition, the District conducts site inspections to ensure compliance for the safe use of recycled water.

West Basin is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity in its recruitment process and programs. The District is committed to customer service and seeks to provide its customers with the most qualified and exceptional professional services through those they employ, while offering an excellent benefits package to its employees.

THE POSITION: West Basin is seeking a qualified Engineer I or II (depending on the level of experience and qualifications) (Limited Term) to join the Technical Planning Division of the Technical Resources Department to develop and deliver a diverse range of capital improvement related planning projects and programs. The Technical Planning Division is responsible for development and delivery of multi-disciplinary and complex technical and strategic planning studies and investigations associated with West Basin’s recycled water program, brackish water facility, energy management, future water supply portfolio, and ocean water desalination program. In addition to technical and strategic planning efforts, the Technical Planning Division oversees and manages West Basin’s Research and Development (R&D) Program that supports internal and external R&D efforts to advance water reuse and reliability.

The Engineer I/II (Limited Term) will report directly to the Technical Planning Supervisor, and under general supervision, will provide project development and management oversight activities for the investigation and planning of moderately difficult projects and studies. Further, this position will manage, administer and oversee work performed by project consultants and contractors; and respond to questions and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals, consultants, city officials, regulatory agencies, and District staff regarding engineering projects and planning studies, as well as perform related duties as assigned.

This is an at-will 12-month Limited Term funded position that is not eligible for regular appointment status. Continued employment beyond the 12-month limited term is dependent upon available funding and department need.

Key responsibilities:

• Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the work on assigned projects and studies. • Conducts planning and monthly project review meetings.

• Oversees external consultants assigned to West Basin’s capital engineering and construction projects.

• Develops, implements and monitors project timelines and objectives to achieve the department’s mission and project priorities; and manages all aspects of the project to preparing, administering and monitoring project budgets and schedules and controlling change order processes.

• Develops engineering calculation, technical and literary review of all documents prepared by the consultants and/or engineers.

• Ensures consultant and contractor compliance with project schedules.

• Utilizes effective project management and cost analysis techniques to ensure projects are delivered in a timely manner.

• Conducts community outreach efforts when required based on project type and location.

• Assumes project management responsibility for a full range of project activities from early project conception through planning, design, implementation, completion, and transfer to staff in other departments.

• Manages various different types of projects and ensures the economy, efficiency and sound engineering basis of each project.

• Develops and reviews consultant engineering reports, designs, drawings and construction specifications and associated cost estimates; and interprets, specifications.

• Performs field reconnaissance and project site inspections; resolves design, construction, and other technical and non-technical conflicts; and conducts plan and report review of projects from outside entities that have the potential of impacting West Basin facilities and operations.

• Coordinates planning, permitting, and financing at project initiation.

• Prepares/reviews requests for proposals and submitted bids for projects.

• Authors reports and prepares correspondence on technical engineering issues.

• Coordinates and facilitates interaction on engineering project activities with other West Basin departments, various outside agencies, municipalities and customers; develops reports, letters and memoranda regarding project issues for both internal and external distribution; prepares periodic project status reports; and ensures the maintenance of detailed records of project activities.

• Provides support to the R&D Program, including grant proposal preparation, program coordination, and correspondence with internal staff and external stakeholders.

• Prepares and delivers technical presentations in various forums; and briefs management on current issues, assignments, reports and planned activities.

• Responds to questions and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals and District staff regarding planning studies and engineering projects.

• Performs related duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have:

• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. preferred) four-year college or university with major coursework in civil, environmental, or chemical engineering or a closely related engineering field; AND one (1) to three (3) years of professional engineering experience in the water environmental field (a minimum of one (1) year for Engineer I and three (3) years for Engineer II).

• An Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate issued by the State of California is required for Engineer II, and preferred for Engineer I.

• Post-graduate degrees in environmental, or chemical engineering or a closely related engineering field is highly desirable.

• Training or experience in energy management, water reuse treatment technology, long-term capital project planning, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and permitting regulations, drinking and water reuse regulations and policies is highly desirable.

• Knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering design and construction; federal, state and local codes and regulations governing water facility planning, design, construction, and operations; and trends, approaches and problem-solving techniques used in engineering project planning, design, permitting, construction, inspection and compliance processes.

• Knowledge of modern methods of construction and structural design concepts; techniques, equipment and materials used in water facility construction; and survey principles, techniques, mathematics and procedures.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of project management applicable to managing engineering planning design and construction projects; cost estimation procedures; and geotechnical and environmental principles and practices.

• Knowledge of the methods and techniques of contract negotiations and administration; methods and techniques of engineering plan review and analysis; and office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and specialized engineering software programs.

Ability to:

• Effectively represent West Basin in negotiations and interactions with a variety of consultants, contractors, agencies and other stakeholders.

• Interpret, explain and apply complex rules, regulations, laws and ordinances; and plan, organize, assign, coordinate, integrate and evaluate the work on assigned capital and planning engineering projects.

• Perform technical research and analyze complex engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or adopting effective courses of action.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal staff, consulting engineers, construction contractors, representatives of other agencies and others encountered in the course of work; and provide technical assistance and staff leadership on all assigned projects.

• Prepare accurate and detailed written material, including staff and administrative reports; and exercise sound judgment and initiative within established guidelines.

• Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

• Communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; exercise sound independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines; and be self-organized and motivated.

• Possess a valid Class C California Driver's License; proof of insurance and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment. Employee is required to use his or her own vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: There is one (1) vacancy available for this position. The salary range is $76,556 - $103,352 annually, depending on qualifications. The Engineer I/II (Limited Term) position is an at-will classification and not eligible for regular appointment status. This is a 12-month Limited Term funded position. Continued employment beyond the 12-month limited term is dependent upon available funding and department need. This position is eligible for benefits.

Apply by: April 2, 2019. Apply online at: www.westbasin.org. For questions or additional information, please contact: West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Suite 210, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email: hr@westbasin.org.

Resumes and cover letters will not be accepted in lieu of a completed West Basin Online Application and Supplemental Questionnaire. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview and possible written exercise. ______________________________________________________________________

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