Principal Engineer

County of Yuba | Marysville, CA

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Posted Date 9/13/2022

The County of Yuba is currently recruiting for the position of Principal Engineer in the Public Works division of the Community Development and Services Agency. Under general direction, incumbent to this position will supervise and manage the activities of staff engaged in varied and difficult professional and technical engineering functions. Responsibilities include providing professional civil engineering expertise, in addition to planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the projects and day-to-day activities for an assigned area; train, supervise and evaluate subordinate staff and perform related work as assigned. Duties may vary somewhat, depending on the area of assignment; however, all positions are characterized by the need for program planning, coordination and evaluation and the necessity to direct the work of staff. Incumbents are fully qualified to perform all duties specified as a Professional Engineer by the State of California. This is a management level in the civil engineering series, and reports directly to the Assistant Public Works Director on all critical engineering functions. This class is distinguished from Assistant Public Works Director in that the latter exercises overall management responsibility for all departmental activities and functions under the direction of the Public Works Director.


Example Of Duties:

  • Coordinate and administer all aspects of the County’s Stormwater Management Program to ensure compliance with the Small MS4 General Permit.
  • Coordinate and administer all aspects of the County’s Floodplain Management Program including FEMA elevation certificates and the Community Rating System.
  • Conduct feasibility and cost studies; recommend alternative approaches, including the use of contract services and the incorporation of new methods and materials.
  • Review plans and inspect projects; provide engineering design and code information and ensure that designs meet accepted industry and legal standards.
  • Plan, organize, direct, review and evaluate the design, construction and inspection of flood control, storm water management, water resources and other related projects.
  • Interpret and explain complex and technical laws, codes and regulations and provide information related to Public Works Engineering activities; receive and respond to complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary.

The ideal candidate will have skill in planning, organizing, assigning and administering the programmatic, technical and operational responsibilities within the Public Works Department; will monitor and evaluate the work activities and ensure compliance with all local, state and federal mandates and guidelines. The incumbent will direct a variety of road, bridge, flood control, and other public works projects, including maintenance and retrofit projects; will participate in the selection of staff; plan, organize, supervise, review, train and evaluate the work of professional, technical and/or support staff; ensure effective morale and productivity and discipline departmental staff.

Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or institution with major course work in civil engineering or a closely related field and four years of civil engineering experience.

Preferred:  In addition to the minimum, an advanced degree in civil engineering and up to five years of professional civil engineering experience in the design and construction of roads, bridges, drainage structures, and related Public Works facilities with at least two years in a supervisory or management capacity.

Special Requirements: Must successfully complete an extensive and thorough background investigation which includes Live Scan fingerprinting prior to hire. Attend meetings outside of normal working hours. DMV printout prior to hire. Must file statements of economic interest with the Yuba County Clerk/Recorder. Will be required to perform disaster service activities pursuant to Government Code 3100-3109.

Licenses and Certifications: Possess a valid California Class “C” driver’s license within ten (10) days of employment; maintain throughout employment. Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California. Maintain professional development and continuing education activities for valid certification as required by the position. Certified Flood Plain Manager (CFM) is desirable.

Work Environment: Typical office environment. Residential, commercial, or industrial properties or other facilities under construction. Exposure to potential hazards at various construction sites.


*Relocation Assistance may be available 

MERIT INCREASE:  Typically 5% each year for the first 7 years.


Miscellaneous Classic = 2% @ 55

Miscellaneous New = 2% @ 62

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VACATION:  12 days for first 5 yrs with incremental increases every 5 yrs thereafter, up to 20 years.

HOLIDAYS:  An average of 12 paid holidays per year.

FLOATING HOLIDAYS:  Employees receive up to 16 hours per year.

SICK LEAVE: Accrued each payroll period, up to 12 days per year.

MANAGEMENT LEAVE:  Employees receive 56 hours of management leave annually. This leave is pro-rated based on start date and must be utilized by the end of the fiscal year.

Medical: The County's total monthly contribution shall be as follows: Up to $902 for employee only; Up to $1,391 for employee plus one dependent; Up to $1,801 for employee plus more than one dependent. Health Waiver Opt-out of $250/monthly available with proof of other employer sponsored health care coverage.

DENTAL/VISION INSURANCE:  The County pays 100% of the Basic plan premiums for employee or 80% for employee and eligible dependent(s). Requires participation in Health Insurance benefits.

LIFE INSURANCE:  The County provides a $50,000 life insurance policy to employees  in this unit.  An additional $50,000 in coverage is funded by the employee's contribution to the STD program. A total of $100,000 in coverage.   Employees may purchase supplemental coverage for themselves and dependents.

SOCIAL SECURITY: Yuba County does not participate in the Social Security Program

SHORT TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE:  Employees in this group do NOT participate in SDI.

DISABILITY INSURANCE: The County provides a self-funded disability insurance in-lieu of SDI. Disability rates are paid at 75% of salary up to the current maximum weekly rate established by the State SDI program for up to a maximum of 90 days while on leave for a limited or total disability. The employee withholding rate is 1.1% of taxable wages with a maximum of $1,601.60 on wages up to $145,600 /annually for the 2022 year. Rates follow State SDI withholding and are established every calendar year. The 1.1% contribution funds a fully insured LTD policy.

MANAGEMENT ANNUAL ALLOWANCE: Unrepresented Department Heads, Assistants and Deputy Department Heads will receive an annual allowance of $500 and Mid Managers will receive $400 annually.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION:   One Voluntary Deferred Compensation plan is available.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  County paid confidential counseling program for up to 5 visits per incident per eligible family member.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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