Assistant (Civil) Engineer

East Bay
Until filled or until 200 applicants
$7,182 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


329 Rheem Blvd. Moraga, 94556


The Town of Moraga offers a supportive environment where you will be given the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of municipal engineering. The position offers a unique opportunity to work on a diverse array of assignments, including Town capital projects, plan checks for subdivision and private developments, transportation planning and traffic engineering, and construction and maintenance of public infrastructure. The Assistant (Civil) Engineer will provide essential input to the small but dedicated staff team in a community-focused organization that values initiative, energy, and a willingness to work across disciplines and departments to ensure quality service and development that respects and enhances Moraga’s unique community, conditions, and character.


Ideal Candidate


Job duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists with engineering design work in connection with municipal public work projects including engineering plans and specifications for the construction of streets, storm drains, parks, streetlights, signals, buildings, and other improvements; gathers data, makes calculations, and recommends alternatives.
  • Prepares bid advertisements for the construction of minor capital improvement projects; issues addendums to clarify plans and specifications; conducts pre-bid and site meetings with contractors; reviews and analyzes bid openings for lowest responsible and responsive bidder; and prepares staff reports for award of contracts.
  • Provides construction management of minor municipal public work projects; performs routine field inspections, surveys, and testing; informs management of work in progress, operating problems, and potential delays; resolves disputes between the Town and contractors; negotiates and recommends contract change orders and progress payments; and archives files, record drawings, and base maps at project closeout.
  • Assists with reviewing various private land development applications as related to the right-of-way; provides assistance to the Planning department during the entitlement phase; supports senior staff during the improvement plan and final map phase; reviews and comments on plans submitted by developers for compliance with established standards; and ensures public improvements are built per approved plans.
  • Performs field, office, and computer-aided basic studies; performs field work such as conducting observations, making traffic counts, and analyzing traffic flow; reviews accidents and other documentation and take measurements, researches records and other data used to compile information for decision making.
  • Maintains engineering and traffic/transportation files, including plans, studies, inspections, surveys, maps and other data related to engineering and transportation projects; updates traffic maps, engineering drawings, standard details, and information recorded in GIS.
  • Receives and responds to requests from developers, contractors, private engineers, title companies, real estate brokers, and others for base maps, property line information, encroachment permits, benchmarks, copies of maps, confirming street information and other geographical data.
  • Provides excellent customer service; responds to routine citizen inquiries and complaints relating to the Town’s infrastructure, including researching archival information from the Town’s files, seeking input from other departments as necessary, and communicating issues to appropriate supervisory or management staff for feedback or direction.
  • Processes encroachment permits involving plan review to ensure compliance with Town policy, codes, and regulations and fee, insurance, and bond requirements; coordinates and communicates with contractors, residents, other agencies, and other Town staff.
  • Uses clearly defined practices and procedures to inspect the methods and materials used in encroachment permit work, routine construction projects, construction surveys, construction safety precautions, traffic control, and erosion and sediment control.
  • Coordinates material testing and analyzes material test results including but not limited to relative compaction tests, graduation of aggregates, slump tests, and resistant value of soils. Inspects producers of construction materials and its sources.
  • Reviews and interprets construction plans, specifications, encroachment permits, and other plans affecting assigned projects; maintains daily diary and field records of construction activities, contractor crew, equipment, materials and quantities; and recommends approval of progress and final payment to contractors. 
  • Participates in meetings to discuss construction details and resolves issues with contractors, other departments, other agencies, and the public; identifies construction problems, monitors the corrections of project deficiencies, and recommends approval of necessary contract change orders and plan adjustments.
  • Conducts compliance of public’s maintenance responsibilities of sidewalk, curb, gutter, private storm drainage conveyance systems, and creeks; posts liens, required repairs, and construction notices.



  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience involving capital improvement projects, development services, and traffic engineering. Municipal engineering desired.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil, Structural, or related engineering curriculum.
  • Registration as an Engineer-in-Training issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil Engineering. Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil Engineering can substitute for one (1) year of experience.
  • A valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.


The Town's outstanding benefit package currently includes:

  • 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off
  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents
  • 80-240 hours annual vacation based on years of service
  • 10 observed holidays plus three floating holidays per year
  • 96 hours annual sick leave
  • Town paid life, short and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Deferred Compensation program
  • CALPERS retirement plan 2% @ 55 for Classic members; 2% @ 62 for new (PEPRA) members

Please note that the Town does not participate in Social Security.

Special Instructions

This Position is open until filled.

The Town of Moraga is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis protected by law. The Town is committed to making its jobs, programs and facilities accessible to all persons and complies with applicable law. Applicants with disabilities who require accommodations in the recruitment, testing or selection process may call (925) 888-7033.

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