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Civil Engineering Associate I/ii

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week 105 E Anapamu St # 301, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States


NOTICE OF CHANGEThis recruitment is open until filled


Civil Engineering Associate I: $37.06-$44.53 Hourly

Civil Engineering Associate II: $42.52-$51.20 Hourly

We are accepting applications to fill three (3) full-time Civil Engineering Associate I/II vacancies for the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department in Santa Barbara or Santa Maria and one (1) full-time Civil Engineering Associate I/II vacancy for the Water Resources Division of the Public Works Department in Santa Barbara or Santa Maria.

Note: Based on the candidates experience they may be considered for a Civil Engineering Associate I or II.

  • Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.
  • Holidays: 13 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 for more information on County benefits.In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate
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 and contributes into the County retirement system.

THE POSITION: Civil Engineering Associate I/II 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. This position may work in either the Construction or Permits section of the Transportation Or the Water Resources Division in Santa Barbara or Santa Maria.


  • Desire to work in either one of the Transportation Division's Asset Management, Engineering Design or Structures sections or the Design section of the Water Resources Division, Flood Control Group
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office product suite
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Familiarity with GIS tools and technologies
  • Experience developing plans, specifications and estimates  
  • 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 in a timely manner   
  • Ability to prepare and write clear and concise reports, and keep records organized accordingly
  • Demonstrate 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
  • Ability to read and understand Civil Engineering plans
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 .
Examples of Duties
  1. Performs basic design work for public works, roads, flood control, or other civil engineering facilities, including the preparation of design calculations and engineering drawings, plans, maps and construction specifications.
  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; 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.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License.

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.