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Assistant Civil Engineer

Company: City of Berkeley, CA
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Job Description:

Salary : $115,259.46 - $139,392.91 Annually

Location : Berkeley, CA

Job Type: Career

Job Number: 2022-11-2032

Department: City-Wide

Opening Date: 11/21/2022

Closing Date: Continuous


is a small city with a big reputation. At just ten square miles of land and seven square miles of water, Berkeley is famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech, and the arts, and home to over 50 parks, a top-ranked university, and the largest public marina in the San Francisco Bay.

As an employer, the City of Berkeley offers all the benefits of a career in the public sector while fostering diversity, creativity, and innovation. Join a team of high-caliber, experienced staff with a shared mission of serving the Berkeley community and promoting an accessible, safe, healthy, environmentally-sound and culturally-rich city.

Benefited employees receive a myriad of financial and other , including CalPERS pension and other retirement plans, medical and dental coverage, tuition reimbursement, paid time off and more.

The City of Berkeley invites you to apply for the position of Assistant Civil Engineer! In this role, you will have the opportunity to work on capital improvement projects in the Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department or the Public Works Department. You will perform professional office and field civil engineering work related to the planning, design, construction and maintenance of these projects. This position requires a California PE license.

The Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department maintains more than 50 parks and operates the largest public marina on the Bay. Engineers in this department work on projects at parks, community centers, recreation centers, the waterfront, pools, camps, and related facilities and infrastructure.

The Public Works Department supports the City's extensive network of public infrastructure. Engineers in this department work on projects across the city that advance City initiatives such as the Climate Action Plan, Pedestrian Plan, and Vision Zero. Program areas within Public Works include Facilities, Sanitary Sewers, Sidewalks, Streets, and Storm Drains.

See the full job class specification here:

A typical way of gaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position is:

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering and two (2) years of professional civil engineering experience in design and construction work at a level equivalent to the City of Berkeley Junior Public Works Engineer classification.

Other requirements include:

  • Possession of a California State Certification of Registration as a Professional Engineer
  • Possession of a valid California driver's license with a satisfactory driving record APPLICATION PROCESS
    Applicants must submit:
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire
    Please note that resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.

    Applications are available in alternative formats (audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc.) upon request to Please allow 10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.


    The exam process will include, but may not be limited to:
    • Application review for minimum qualifications and required documents
      Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content and may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The examination process and dates are subject to change. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any assessment component as needs dictate. Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring departments will use to conduct final selection interviews.

      Reasonable Accommodations: 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 submit a request in writing to at the time of application.


      Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City will undergo an employment background/reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, other credentials, credit check, criminal history check, and Live Scan fingerprinting.


      The City of Berkeley is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All employment actions shall be administered regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, physical or mental disability or medical condition, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, veterans' status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.


      All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency/disaster.

      Employees must have a regular work schedule of at least 20 hours per week to be eligible for benefits. Less than full-time employees receive pro-rated benefits.

      City employees are included in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Retirement formula is either 2% at age 62, or 2.7% at age 55 depending on the individual's eligibility. Employees are vested in CalPERS after 5 years of full-time service. A new employee's contribution to CalPERS will range from 8%-13.75% depending on membership in CalPERS or a reciprocal retirement plan.

      The City contributes 6.7% of the employee's salary (up to a maximum annual salary of $32,400) into a 401(a) Supplemental Retirement Income Plan account (SRIP).The City is not a member of Social Security, therefore only the Medicare portion is deducted from employees' salaries.

      Three voluntary deferred compensation 457 plans are offered. Employees may contribute up to $19,000 per year on a pre-tax basis.

      The City offers a choice of a Kaiser HMO Plan or Sutter Health Plus Plan. The City contributes up to the full family premium for the Kaiser HMO Plan. Employees pay additional premium costs if they choose the Sutter Health Plus Plan. Employees who have medical coverage under another plan may choose to waive City-provided medical coverage and receive a monthly stipend.

      The City provides group dental benefits through Delta Dental Plan of California. The City contributes up to the family coverage for the plan, which covers 90% of the dental charges up to $3,000 annually per person. Orthodontic benefits are offered at a $3,000 lifetime maximum per person. Employees who have dental coverage under another plan may choose to waive City-provided dental coverage and receive a monthly stipend.

      The City provides employees with a $50,000 Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment policy. Employees have the option to purchase additional term life insurance up to a maximum of $300,000.

      Twelve days of paid sick leave earned annually.

      Vacation is accrued at the following annual rate: Two weeks per year for the first three years; Three weeks in years 4 - 11; Four weeks in years 12 - 17; Five weeks in years 18 - 24; Six weeks in 25 years and after.

      Thirteen regular holidays and three floating holidays annually.

      Certain classifications that are not eligible for paid overtime receive 50 hours of Administrative Leave annually. Consult with the Human Resources Department for additional information.

      The City provides long-term disability insurance that provides partial income replacement in the event of disability. Benefit is paid at 60% of salary.

      The City pays a portion of the medical premiums of the retiree and eligible spouse or domestic partner based upon years of service. Requires at least 8 years of CalPERS service with the City and reaching age 55.

      The City subsidizes the services for most employees by paying for 75% of the membership fee. Employees who choose to join, pay for the remainder of the fee. The Berkeley Downtown YMCA is across the street from the Civic Center Building.

      The City provides annual free Eco-pass for AC Transit, and an IRC 132(f) plan for transit vouchers where employees may set aside pre-tax income to pay for public transportation expenses. City contributes $20 per month to the plan for employees using public transportation.



      Please indicate highest level of education completed.
      • High School or Equivalent
      • 1 year college (30 semester/45 quarter units)
      • 2 years of college (Associate's Degree or 60 semester/90 quarter units
      • 3 years of college (90 semester/135 quarter units)
      • 4 years of college (Bachelor's Degree or 120 semester/180 quarter units)
      • Master's Degree or above


        Do you possess a valid California State Certification of Registration as a professional engineer?
        • No
        • Yes


          If you answered yes to the question above please include registration number and expiration date.


          Do you have a valid California Driver's license?
          • Yes
          • No


            For questions 4-6, please provide sufficient detail so that we can evaluate your experience (You may copy and paste your response from a WORD document). DO NOT TYPE "SEE RESUME".Describe your experience in design and construction management of any of the following: streets, sanitary sewers, sidewalks, storm drains, facilities and utility undergrounding projects.


            Describe your work experience with AutoCAD and/or GIS as it pertains to the project types listed in the previous question. (If you do not have experience with AutoCAD and/or GIS please respond N/A.)


            Describe your work experience with land development engineering including any experience with permitting private development projects for work in the public right of way. In your response, include a description of your experience with the California Subdivision Map Act. (If you do not possess experience in these areas respond N/A.)


            I acknowledge that I have reviewed all my answers to all above supplemental questions for accuracy.
            • Yes


              Resume: I acknowledge that I am required to attach a resume with my application in order to be considered for the position. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.
              • Yes

                Required Question

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