Sunday, May 27, 2018

Junior Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7

Recruitment #17-4963-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



Zone 7 Water Agency supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving approximately 240,000 residents and businesses in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and, through special agreement with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.  Zone 7 also supplies untreated irrigation water (mostly to vineyards) and provides flood protection to eastern Alameda County.

For more information regarding the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7, please visit their website at



Under general supervision, to perform a variety of professional engineering/geological work related to water resources, flood control, water supply, and water treatment and distribution facilities and systems; and to perform related work as required.

Please CLICK HERE for the full Junior Engineer/Geologist, Zone 7 job specification/description. 



In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • A self-starting individual with two or more years of civil engineering design and construction experience in flood control or water is highly desirable;
  • Working knowledge of computer software including AutoCAD, Civil3D, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, ArcGIS, MS Project, Excel and Word;
  • Construction field experience including knowledge of construction inspections, surveying, staking, site grading, drainage, erosion control, open channel construction, materials and methodology, materials testing and knowledge of flood control construction and maintenance requirements;
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills in order to identify issues, problems, or opportunities and determine viable alternatives and appropriate action;
  • Approaches problems and decisions methodically assuring they are both technically sound and environmentally acceptable;
  • Understands changes in work tasks, situations, and environment as well as remains flexible and open to new ideas and encourages others to value change;
  • Organizes work, sets priorities and work sequences and determines resource requirements;
  • Effectively communicates, orally and in writing, with team members, engineering staff, management, field staff, surveyors, contractors, planners, the general public, and other agencies; and
  • The ability and initiative to work both independently and in a team setting, setting and achieving goals and deadlines.


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Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Geology or a closely related field.



Possession of a valid State of California Engineer-In-Training certificate.


Possession of a valid California Driver's License may be required.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Fundamental principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to a water agency, including design and construction, surveying and drafting, material engineering and soil mechanics and stress analysis.
• Principles of hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology and water resources management.
• Engineering economics.
• Construction methods, materials and equipment.
• Computer software applications related to engineering/geology.

Ability to:

• Apply engineering principles and techniques to the study and evaluation of engineering/geological problems.
• Make accurate engineering computations.
• Inspect construction projects and existing facilities and conduct common tests of construction materials.
• Read, understand and interpret engineering/geological data, maps, survey notes, legal descriptions and other materials.
• Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports and correspondence.
• Maintain accurate data and records.
• Deal tactfully and effectively with the public, other agencies, developers, engineering firms and contractors and other employees.


Must be willing and able to work in exposure to potential chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards and outdoors in all weather conditions. May be required to respond to emergencies in off-hours.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 



Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing: 5:00 PM on Friday, January 12, 2018
Review of Minimum Qualifications:
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for best qualified:
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Oral Interviews*:
Week of February 25, 2018


*If designated as a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, the oral interviews may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing.   Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



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Leticia Diaz, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-272-6469; Email:

 Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer