City of AlamedaAlameda 94501
Full Time

CalPERS Retirement: Classic Members: 2% at 55 formula,  8.868% contribution; New Members 2% @ 62 formula, 8.75% contribution.

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Civil Engineer

City of Alameda
Full Time 90 per week 950 W Mall Square, Alameda, CA 94501, United States


Nature of Position
 This is a full-time, benefited position regularly scheduled to work a 4-day, 36 hour schedule (typically Monday - Thursday). 

The City of Alameda offers a generous benefits package, including full healthcare and dental coverage for you and your family and CALPERS pension benefits.


The City of Alameda is looking to fill

 three (3) full time Engineer positions at the Assistant or Associate level focused in the areas of Sewer and Stormwater Capital Improvement, Land Development, and Transportation. Please review the following information closely as classification requirements, desirable qualifications, and eligible benefits vary based on position and bargaining unit.
Compensation RangesAssistant Engineer: 

$45.08 - $63.42 hourly (non-exempt)

Associate Civil Engineer: 

$116,769 - $141,934 annually



Candidates who are registered out of state as a Professional Civil Engineer are encouraged to apply.

Successful out of state candidates would need to have the ability to obtain a State of California license within one (1) year of hire to be considered for the Associate level.

The Position

Under direction supervises and performs professional engineering work in connection with the design, construction, maintenance and plan review of street improvements, drainage structures, sewers, buildings and other public works and performs other related work as required.  


Sewer and Stormwater Capital Improvement Projects 


  • Sewer pipeline and pump station improvements

  • Stormwater pipeline, pump station, and structure improvements

  • Shoreline erosion permitting and repair

  • Sea level rise adaptation

  • Lagoon maintenance and repair

  • Projects involving structures such as sea walls, dock and piling systems, outfalls, revetments, lagoon walls,

  • Floodplain management

Example Land Development Projects include:
  • Alameda Point: the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station at Alameda Point which includes reconstruction of all of the site wide infrastructure, development of approximately 2,000 multifamily housing units, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of over 2 million square feet of existing historic military hangers and buildings, and construction of over 6 miles of new waterfront bay trail and waterfront parks;
  • Encinal Terminals: a plan to build 589 multifamily units and 4 acres of waterfront parks on an 18 acre property surrounded by water on three sides
  • Historic Park Street and Webster Street commercial projects
  • Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Research Centers: a variety of individual new buildings and master campus plans for new biotechnology, life science and research companies coming to the Marina Village and Harbor Bay Business Parks
  • Pennzoil Site: a plan to build townhomes and the completion of the Clement Avenue roadway connection
  • Boatworks: development of 182 units of single family and multifamily residential, private roadway network, waterfront parks and open spaces on 9.4 acres
  • McKay Wellness Center: Senior Housing and medical respite center with 90 assisted living units and 50 rehabilitation beds on a 3.5 acre site
  • Housing: Alameda’s regional housing need allocation for the 2023-2031 period is 5,353 units, which will keep the land development and planning department busy for the next 10 years.


Transportation Projects 


  • Cross Alameda Trail: Implementation of projects that will create high-quality bicycle and pedestrian connections across Alameda between the new Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal and the Fruitvale District in Oakland;
  • Lincoln/Marshall/Pacific Improvements: Development and implementation of multi-modal safety and mobility improvements for the three-mile corridor, which connects neighborhoods across Alameda and serves multiple destinations including schools, commercial districts and parks; 
  • Traffic Signal Modernization: Design and implementation of projects at signalized intersections to improve safety, reliability, and connectivity;
  • Active Transportation Plan Infrastructure: development of a robust network of low-stress bicycle facilities and trail improvements throughout Alameda;
  • Citywide Complete Streets: Improvements for multi-modal safety and mobility through ongoing street resurfacing projects.

The Community

Known as the "City of Homes and Beaches," Alameda is a 10.6 square mile urban island city with a population of approximately 78,000 and located in the middle of beautiful San Francisco Bay. With easy access to all of the amenities of the Bay Area, Alameda is seven miles east of San Francisco and adjacent to the City of Oakland. The City of Alameda's mission is to support the maintenance of a community where people can live, work, and play in a sustainable urban environment that is safe, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing. Alameda is committed to the organizational core values of innovation, integrity, professionalism, flexibility, and responsiveness. The City provides a broad range of services including police and fire protection; construction and maintenance of streets, parks, storm drains and other infrastructure; an electric municipal utility; recreational and cultural activities; and general government and administrative support services. Alameda continues to make multi-modal infrastructure investments in the community through land development projects, ongoing maintenance and its capital improvement program.

Public Works Department

The City of Alameda Public Works Department is the steward of Alameda's public infrastructure, responsible for its design, construction, and maintenance. The Department’s Five Year Strategic Plan organizes the department’s work into four key focus areas: Resilient Workforce, Sustainable Funding, Reliable Infrastructure, and Effective Service Delivery. It is the vision of the agency to become the best trained, most talented and efficient public works department in the entire Bay Area. Come and join our dynamic team to be an integral part of this vision!

Benefits of Employment

Benefits vary based on position and bargaining unit. The

Assistant Engineer

is covered under the Alameda City Employees Association


. The

Associate Civil Engineer

is covered under the Management and Confidential Employees Association


. For a comprehensive list of benefits, see the Benefit Matrix

  • Four day, 36 hour work week (Monday through Thursday)
  • Salary: 3.5% base salary increase effective July 2, 2023.
  • CalPERS Retirement: Classic Members: 2% at 55 formula,  8.868% contribution; New Members 2% @ 62 formula, 8.75% contribution.
  • Medical: The City contracts with CalPERS to provide comprehensive health coverage to employees. Multiple HMO and PPO plans available, with a generous City contribution towards medical premiums.
  • Dental: Comprehensive dental coverage provided to employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Vacation: Starting with 75 hours annually and increasing with years of service.
  • Management Incentive Leave (MCEA): 27 hours of management leave per fiscal year. 
  • Holidays: 11 City Holidays
  • Floating Holidays: ACEA - 5.5 days, MCEA - 3.5 days
  • Sick Leave: 90 hours annually; unused sick leave is converted to service credit at retirement
Distinguishing Features

The Assistant Engineer and Associate Civil Engineer are classifications within the professional engineering series.


Assistant Engineer 

is the second class in the professional engineering series involving civil engineering work and is covered under the Alameda City Employees Association (ACEA).  This class differs from Junior Engineer in that the incumbents of the former class are closely supervised in their work and have less latitude for independent decisions regarding difficult technical problems.  Incumbents of the class of Assistant Engineer perform more difficult work and usually supervise Junior Engineers.  The class differs from Associate Civil Engineer in that it does not have the administrative responsibility for supervising a group of engineering personnel for assigning and reviewing major projects and does not require registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California.


Associate Civil Engineer

is an advanced level classification in the professional engineering series and is covered under the Management and Confidential Employees Association (MCEA). Work in the class is distinguished from that of lower classes by the administrative responsibilities performed in supervising a group of engineering personnel and/or for assigning and reviewing major projects and

requires registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California

.  Selected positions are assigned to supervise and perform plan check review.

Examples of Duties

For a comprehensive list of example duties for each classification, click .

  1. Coordinates with Public Works staff, other City departments, consultants, contractors, regulatory agencies, funding agencies, utility companies, Homeowners Associations, residential and commercial property developers, and the general public
  2. Supervises and participates in the design work involved in maintaining and constructing streets, sewers, drainage facilities and structures.
  3. Directs the preparation of drawings, engineering cost estimates and preliminary reports for construction and improvement projects.
  4. Writes specifications; reviews plans and construction documents for conformance to current standards and specifications.
  5. Reviews building construction, improvement and repair plans and specifications for compliance with applicable building, health and safety codes and regulations, and energy conservation ordinances and regulations.
  6. Writes reports and makes estimates of a specialized nature in connection with various engineering projects.
  7. Determines routes, alignment, and grades for streets, and calculates earthwork quantities for excavation and filling.
  8. Designs new buildings or remodels existing structures, facilities and equipment.
  9. Directs the preparation of final plans and maps.
  10. Supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff.
  11. Applies for grants, delivers grant-funded projects, submits grant reimbursement requests
  12. Maintains records, executes required tasks, and submits annual report to FEMA to maintain City’s Community Rating System Certification
  13. Works with supervisor/manager to prioritize and deliver Stormwater Fee projects
Employment Standards
Possession of the employment standards does not guarantee advancement to the examination or placement on the eligible list.

Any combination equivalent to education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in civil or structural engineering or related field. 



Assistant Engineer: 

Two years of civil engineering experience. 

Associate Civil Engineer:

Three years of civil engineering experience at least one year of which shall have been in public works engineering. 

Other Requirements


Assistant Engineer

classification requires possession of a State of California Engineer in Training certificate.


 Associate Civil Engineer

classification requires registration as a Professional Civil Engineer with the State of California. 

Possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record at the time of appointment is required as a condition of initial and continued employment only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than the employee's ability to get to/from various work locations in a timely manner, is necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge of designated specialized engineering principles and practices as applied to municipal engineering; engineering and construction project management methods; materials and methods used in the design, construction and coordination of designated engineering projects; laws, rules, regulations, codes and ordinances applicable to designated engineering specialization; safe work practices and procedures.


Ability to effectively plan, coordinate and supervise designated specialized engineering and project management work; prepare, read and interpret plans, specifications and descriptions and technical reports; interpret and apply complex governmental regulations; establish and maintain accurate records; plan, administer and evaluate work programs and schedules; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; prepare complex technical studies and reports; operate computer equipment and utilize designated software; set priorities, meet deadlines, and make sound decisions; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, contractors, consultants, the general public and representatives of other agencies; supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

SELECTION PROCESS:The examination process may include an application and supplemental questionnaire evaluation, a written exam, a performance exam, and/or an oral interview. The examination process may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in the job specification and announcement and will be designed to provide a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of examinations approximately two weeks in advance. If applicants have not received written notice at least one week prior to the test date listed in the flyer, they should contact the City of Alameda Human Resources Department at (510) 747-4900.
Candidates passing all components of the examination process will be placed on an Eligible List. A list of names is certified to the department(s) having vacancies based on the type of examination conducted pursuant to the provision of the City's Civil Service Rules. Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head subject to approval by the City Manager. The Department Head may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision. Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment. Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted which may include a credit check and background. The selection process may be evaluated and revised based on the number of qualified applicants. Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The City of Alameda utilizes the Federal government's E-Verify program and new employees must provide documentation to establish both identity and work authorization, which includes showing a valid United States Social Security card at the time of hire (photocopies not accepted).


A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran's preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service. NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.


The City of Alameda is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law. In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Alameda will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Human Resources Department | 1-510-747-4900 |

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The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.