• 501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Engineering Planning and Development
  • Salary: $110,631.25 - $148,248.05 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Ventura is hiring! We have an immediate vacancy in a key position within the organization. Come join our team as we align our workforce to better serve our community together - they're counting on us.

We are accepting applications for the position of Principal Civil Engineer. The Principal Civil Engineer is part of the VenturaWaterPure program and will be a vital part of the team to ensure program success. The position will work under general direction of the VenturaWaterPure Program Director and will perform difficult and responsible administrative, technical, and civil engineering work related to the management and supervision of the design and delivery of the VenturaWaterPure project.

The Principal Civil Engineer will provide project management assistance during the design and construction phases for the projects associated with the VenturaWaterPure Program, which will augment the local water supply through the indirect and potentially direct potable reuse. Infrastructure projects would include but are not limited to: An Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) including use of Ozone, Biological Activated Carbon Filtration, Ultrafiltration, Reverse Osmosis, Ultra Violet Disinfection and Advanced Oxidation processes; Pipelines to support effluent flows between the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility (VWRF), AWPF, and groundwater injection facilities; Groundwater injection and extraction facilities; Ocean outfall for disposal of RO concentrate; and, upgrades at the VWRF.

The Ideal Candidate:
  • Demonstrates a strong background in project management.
  • Has performed advanced technical civil engineering work. Experience working with water/wastewater related engineering projects desirable.
  • Utilizes a team approach to problem solving.
  • Understands the techniques of managing, scheduling, and monitoring multiple projects simultaneously to ensure timely completion within budget.
  • Has a proven track record of project management experience that demonstrates ability to identify and resolve project issues.
  • Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills.

This position is designated as "at-will", serving at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and subject to discharge without cause and right of appeal.



Ventura is one of biggest cities in California to rely solely on local water supplies. Rainfall feeds Ventura River, Lake Casitas and groundwater basins to meet all community needs. But prolonged drought and regulations have reduced the local water supply. Without additional supply, Ventura's water needs will outpace its supply by 20% to 30% as early as 2035.

After a decade of study and analysis, the City proposes two solutions: VenturaWaterPure and the State Water Interconnection Project. Combined, the projects would diversify Ventura's water supply; secure a new, locally owned water source; meet regulatory requirements; improve water quality; and meet future water supply needs.

The proposed VenturaWaterPure Project would divert, treat and re-use water that is currently discharged into the Santa Clara River Estuary. A new advanced water treatment facility would treat water to its purist form, creating a new, locally owned supply that is not dependent on rainfall.

The main feature of VenturaWaterPure would be a new advanced water purification facility. Like other active potable reuse projects throughout California and the nation, it will utilize a proven multi-stage treatment process to produce a reliable, high-quality, and local water resource that is independent from rainfall or outside agreements. Other components of the project include a network of pipelines, a groundwater injection/extraction system, a concentrate discharge facility, and freshwater treatment wetlands.

Additional information can be found at and .


City of Ventura

The City of Ventura is located just north of Los Angeles County and south of Santa Barbara County and is frequently considered one of America's most desirable places to live. The City is a full-service municipality that was founded in 1782, incorporated in 1866, and serves nearly 110,000 residents within its 32 square miles. With nearly 600 employees, the City is dedicated to delivering key services to our businesses, residents, and visitors to ensure Ventura remains a fiscally stable, economically vibrant, safe, clean, and desirable community.

Locals and visitors enjoy Ventura's impressive park system that includes 32 parks and historic sites, and more than 800 acres of open green space. The City offers a remarkable year-round climate , friendly people, and a spectacular coastline. Ventura is an exciting location for a variety of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing, surfing, whale watching and windsurfing. Other activities include the Channel Islands National Park, championship golf, world-class shopping, wine tours, and more. Learn more about the City of Ventura at


Benefits and Additional Information

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits! Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for more information.

This recruitment is open until filled. The first review of application is scheduled for Monday, May 31, 2021.

To be considered for this career opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire. For initial consideration, please submit your application and supplemental questionnaire by the first review date. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City's Career Page at or by selecting here Principal Civil Engineer .

If you have questions about the recruitment process please contact Human Resources at .

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field and five years of professional civil engineering experience which includes some project management experience and two years supervisory experience.

License: Possession of a valid California driver license.

Certificates: Registration as a California Civil Engineer is required at time of appointment.

Selection Process

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method to submit your application is online at . If you are unable to submit an online application, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours or emailing Paper applications and answers to the supplemental questionnaire can be Faxed to (805) 648-4467 or mailed to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93001. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents via mail.

It is important that your City job application show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess. Resumes, CVs and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application or supplemental questionnaire. Submitting an incomplete application or supplemental questionnaire, may disqualify you from further consideration in the recruitment process.

Application Filing Deadline :

Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted on a continuous basis. The first review of applications will take place on Monday, May 31, 2021. For initial consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply before this date. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

Department Selection Interview :

A select number of candidates will be invited to a panel interview process that will be scheduled once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received for this position. Selected candidates will be notified of specifics at any time after the first review date. Please note, given the current COVID-19 situation, initial panel interviews may be conducted via video teleconference. Selected applicants will be notified of specifics at the appropriate time.

The department selection interviews will be scheduled promptly after the panel interview process is completed.

The Eligibility List established for this classification may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail:

Diversity and Inclusion

The City of Ventura values human rights, goodwill, respect, inclusivity, equality, and recognizes that the City derives its strength from a rich diversity of thoughts, ideas, and contributions. As leaders in public service, we aspire to be an employer of choice by promoting an organizational culture that reflects these core values. We seek to attract, develop, and retain a talented and dedicated workforce where people of diverse races, genders, religions, cultures, political affiliations and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers our employees to provide the highest level of service to our community of residents and businesses; they're counting on us.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create an environment that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our workforce. We welcome you to join our team!Continuous

Job Address

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