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Job Opening - Principal Engineer

Compensation: $154,844 to $188,214 Annually

The Principal Engineer is a management level position who plays a central role in the implementation of the District's Capital Improvement Program (CIP), leading projects, and performing a variety of engineering activities in the wastewater collection, sewage treatment, and recycled water facilities. The Principal Engineer will serve as Project Manager leading specific CIP projects through planning, design, and construction. They are also responsible for managing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) implementation for specific projects.

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in civil, sanitary, or mechanical engineering (or closely related field) from an accredited college or university and eight years' of experience in civil, sanitary, or mechanical engineering. A valid professional engineer license issued by the State of California in the area of civil or mechanical engineering is required and must be maintained. A valid California Class C driver's license must be maintained.

The successful candidate must possess a thorough knowledge of civil engineering principals, practices and methods as applied to the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of wastewater collection and/or treatment systems. A demonstrated track record of performing at a high level as Project Manager including the development of project Scope/Schedule/Budget, team selection, procurement of professional services, negotiation of contracts and task orders, coordination of progress meetings and reviewing work product. The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership, communication, problem solving and presentation skills. They must provide the necessary leadership to implement the Capital Improvement Program

The recruitment is open until filled with first review of resumes on Friday, November 17, 2023. To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, please upload an electronic version of your resume (including month/year dates of employment), cover letter, and names of six professional references (two each of current or former: supervisors, direct reports, and colleagues)

For more information, please see the job brochure: here


Working for CAWD:

The District currently employs 28 full time employees. There are 4 in Administration, 6 in the Collection System, 18 in Treatment Plant Operations.

The District offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Outstanding Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance coverage
  • A Deferred Compensation Plan
  • The District participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) at 2.0 % @ 60. The employee pays 7.54% of payroll for the employee's share contribution effective July 1, 2019.
  • For employees hired after January 1, 2013, who are new to CalPERS, the benefit is provided at 2.0% @ 62 Formula Benefit Level. Pre-tax payroll deductions will be required. Employee pays 6.795% of payroll for the employee's share contribution.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Post Employment Health Plan (District contribution of 1.25% of salary to tax-free trust fund)
  • 12 Holidays Per Calendar Year
  • 15 days Annual Sick Leave
  • Long-term Disability
  • Vacation Days: 14/days up to 5 yrs; 19/days up to 10 yrs; 24/days up to 25yrs
  • Educational Assistance
Employee Benefit Package



The District is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, natural origin or disability. Employees must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. Employees must be able to pass a drug test prior to hire.

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