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Job Posting: Senior Dam Safety Engineer

Department of Water Resources

Senior Dam Safety Engineer

$10,311.00 - $12,905.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/28/2021

Job Description and Duties

The Division of Safety of Dams is responsible for evaluating the performance of existing jurisdictional dams, the review and approval of inundation maps for failure of dams and their critical appurtenant structures, and the review of applications for the construction of new dams as well as the alteration, enlargement, repair, and abatement of existing jurisdictional dams in California. Under the general direction of a Supervising Engineer, the Senior Engineer, Water Resources will be responsible for highly technical and complex job assignments related to the re-evaluation and repair of dams. The incumbent will plan, lead and perform inundation map review, risk-based evaluations, engineering analyses, field inspections, and studies for risk reduction measures. Limited travel is sometimes necessary.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Dam Safety Engineer
$10,311.00 - $12,905.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Division of Safety of Dams, Re-Evaluation Engineering Branch,Sacramento 

Special Requirements

This position requires the incumbent to possess a valid California Driver’s License.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 10/28/2021

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Water Resources
Attn: Certification Desk
P.O. Box 1079
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Water Resources
Certification Desk
715 P Street, 7th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications - One page Typed
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

This position requires that the incumbent work cooperatively with Division staff, dam owners, consultants, and the general public. Must have excellent communication skills, exercise good judgment, and maintain consistent, regular, and predictable attendance. Ideal candidates should have an extensive knowledge and experience in engineering analysis of dams and their appurtenances, including the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and surveillance monitoring of these structures. Having experience in hydrologic and hydraulic studies as well as structural and geotechnical engineering fields is desirable.


Click here to read about the outstanding benefits offered to eligible employees. We are conveniently located near downtown Sacramento, I-5, and I-80. Telework options, free parking and on-site gym access is available to employees.  

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Frank Cvitanich
(916) 565-7808

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Office of Workforce Equality
(916) 653-6952
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Special Instructions

Interested applicants must submit a State Employment Application (STD 678), resume, and a separate one-page Statement of Qualifications highlighting experience and education as it relates to the qualifications listed on the job advertisement. Please reference SAP Position # 50094860 and Job Control # 271716 in the explanations section of the application.

Resumes, cover letters, and/or other attachments will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.


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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail