South San Francisco

Associate Civil Engineer (19886391)

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$51.50-$62.60 Monthly

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


400 Grand Avenue South San Francisco, 94080


The City of South San Francisco is accepting applications for the position of Associate Civil Engineer.


Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled.  Recruitment may close at any time when a sufficient number of qualified applications/supplemental questionnaires have been received.



The City of South San Francisco is a fully independent and highly commercialized full-service City with an estimated population of 65,710 growing to 100,000 during business hours. City departments include: Police, Fire; Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Economic and Community Development, City Attorney, Library, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, City Clerk, and Office of the City Manager. The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 400 full-and part-time employees.

The Public Works Department is comprised of the Engineering, Maintenance, and Water Quality Control Plant divisions.  The Engineering Division is responsible for delivering facilities and infrastructures that meet the needs of City residents and complying with standards and requirements established in the engineering guidelines and the City's Master Plan.  Core Services:

  • Manage, plan, design, and construct public facilities and infrastructure; the key operational services utilized to carry out this core service include: parks and recreation facilities, public buildings, streets and road systems, traffic and transportation systems, and storm sewers and sanitary sewer systems.
  • Regulate / facilitate private development; the key services utilized to carry out this core service include: geological hazard review, grading permits, encroachment permits, hauling permits, parcel / tract maps, utility permits, transportation permits.

The current vacancy may be filled at the Associate or Senior Civil Engineer level.  

The Associate Civil Engineer is an experienced professional-level engineering position.  With the requisite experience, the incumbent performs difficult professional engineering work in the design and construction of public works, including sanitary, traffic, and mechanical projects.  This position differs from all other engineering classifications in that an incumbent works with minimum supervision; performs difficult professional engineering assignments; and may also have considerable public contact work with other City departments, employees, public agencies, elected and appointed officials, and the public. 

Selection Process

The process will first consist of a review of application materials and applicants' responses to the supplemental questionnaire. A resume may be included, but does not substitute for a completed application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description; those with unclear past employment information; or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered. The highly suitable and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Panel Interview (weighted at 100%). Upon completion of this examination, an eligible list will be established which will be used for the appointment to the position. Possession of minimal qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and placement on the eligible employment list. Top ranking candidates placed on the eligible list will be invited to the next phase of the selection process which will consist of any or all of the following: departmental oral interview and written/practical exercise.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within two (2) business days from the date the event occurred.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be proactive team member who can successfully coordinate and implement multiple tasks and projects, while being results and detailed oriented to serve as its Associate Civil Engineer.  He/She will perform professional and technical engineering work in assigned area or responsibility including streets, storm drains, sewer engineering, capital projects, field operations and construction services. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in preparing Environmental Impact Assessments or Reports for traffic and transportation issues, reviews and evaluates zone changes, subdivision, and site and design applications for traffic circulation and parking adequacy.   Candidates will have experience in Public Works design and engineering including streets, storm drains, and sewer systems.  Candidates will possess excellent customer service and communications skills.  Incumbents will be required to attend night meetings and present reports at the Planning Commission and/or City Council meetings.   Municipal or county government experience is preferred.

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Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical qualifying background would be:

EXPERIENCE: Three years of progressively more responsible professional civil, sanitary, mechanical, or traffic engineering experience preferably in a municipal or county government; with at least one year directing the work of subordinate technical, sub-professional, and professional engineering staff.
TRAINING: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in civil, sanitary, or mechanical engineering.
LICENSES: All licenses and certificates must be maintained as condition of employment. 

  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State Department of Registration for Professional Engineers.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid, appropriate California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.


Salary:  $51.50 - $62.60/Hour

Retirement:  In compliance with AB 340, CalPERS retirement formula is either 2% at age 60; employee pays approximately 7% of pay OR 2% at age 62; employee pays approximately 6.5% of pay, depending on the individual's eligibility.  Social Security and Medicare participation; and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans.  City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account, with a $100/month employee contribution.

Health Insurance:  Health Insurance: City offers choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental core plans for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO health premiums cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family). For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City provides 100% City-paid short- and long-term disability insurances. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Vacation: Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, based on the length of service.

Holidays: Fourteen paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday.

Leaves: The City offers 40 hours per fiscal year of administrative leave.

Personal & Professional Development Expense Reimbursement: Employees in this unit will receive $750 for personal and professional development per fiscal year.

Programs: Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Long Term Care Plan, Employee Assistance Program, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs are available. 

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit.

Special Instructions

Deadline:  Open Until Filled - first review of application in three weeks; recruitment may close at any time when a sufficient number of qualified applications/supplemental questionnaires have been received.

To be considered for this employment opportunity, you must complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire in their entirety. A resume is required but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered. Some email accounts have been known to place these emails in the spam/junk file. Please check your email folders/settings or accept emails ending with

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a pre-employment physical and drug screening (when applicable), a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment.

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

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