Posted: Feb 26, 2021

Hydro Engineer - Civil

Salary: $41.28 - $61.92 Hourly
Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2021


Under general direction of the Hydroelectric Department Manager, perform engineering work in the design, plans, and specifications for civil, systems in dams and hydroelectric generating stations, and miscellaneous buildings.



  • Manage multiple aspects of engineering studies and capital projects for the Hydroelectric and Dam facilities, including the preparation and monitoring of feasibility studies, technical studies, project budgets, manage consultants and vendors working on projects, and acquire required permits, contracts and agreements.
  • Prepare designs, detailed drawings, and specifications for Hydroelectric and Dam systems and potential improvements to such systems.
  • Conduct studies, analysis, investigations, provide reports, and make recommendation to management for current and future Hydro needs.
  • Assist the Chief Dam Safety Engineer and the Hydroelectric Department Manager to support the District’s Dam Safety Program.
  • Provide engineering support to operations and maintenance personnel who are performing maintenance, repairs, modification or installation work in hydroelectric facilities.
  • Inspect and analyze project features such as dams, tunnels, penstocks, spillways, intake structures, powerhouses, electrical generators, transformers, waterwheels, and roads.
  • Prepare Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) and bid documents in accordance with the District’s purchasing policy.
  • Work with consultants, contractors, regulators, adjacent utility owners to accomplish project goals and directives.
  • Prepare reports, keep records, revise drawings, draft practices and internal standards, assist other trades, organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow up on assignments/projects.
  • Perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned.


Any combination of experience and education that would prepare the candidate for the duties and responsibilities of the position is acceptable.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in areas such as civil engineering, or a related field.
  • Master’s Degree desirable.



  • Five (5) years of experience as an engineer with a background in capital project planning and design, construction, and project management with a focus on Hydroelectric or Dam Safety related projects or related field.
  • Experience working with dam safety regulators, FERC and CA DWR DSOD is highly desirable.
  • Experience with data management systems (SCADA, work management system, computer maintenance management system, etc.) is desirable.


Ability to:


  • Work closely with District Management, other department managers, staff, constituents, consultants, contractors, other governmental agency representatives and the general public.
  • Exercise leadership, authority, and management tactfully and effectively.
  • Plan, organize, direct, coordinate and supervise functions and activities of the Engineering Department to achieve efficient operations and meet service goals.
  • Negotiate agreements with various entities.
  • Represent the District at various agencies and entities.
  • Interact effectively with local City/s and County, State, and Federal governments, serving the District’s best interest
  • Solve problems and recommend changes in standards, procedures, and policies to best serve District constituents.
  • Ensure prompt and proper response to public concerns and complaints.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Work cooperatively with staff, employees, and employee organizations.
  • Handle confidential information appropriately.
  • Effectively utilize various engineering software programs, spreadsheets, word processing software and other typical office software programs.
  • Maintain records, analyze data, compile comprehensive technical reports and recommendations concerning various aspects of water resources management
  • Represent District policies, programs and services effectively with employees, contractors, representatives of other agencies and the public.
  • Operate a desktop computer to access varied databases and applicable software.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Initiate and maintain effective safety practices that relate to the nature of the work.
  • Organize, schedule, and coordinate work.
  • Operate a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Perform project management through principles of indirect supervision of internal resources and direct supervision of external resources.


Knowledge of:

  • Civil Engineering practices related to hydroelectric, dam, and spillway infrastructure design and hydraulics.
  • Principles of project management, regulatory requirements such as CEQA, FERC, DSOD, design, and construction techniques.
  • Public bid specification principles.
  • Public bid and contracting processes and applicable laws.
  • Research and analysis methodologies.
  • Technical report preparation.


Necessary Special Requirements:

  • A valid California registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Civil Engineering is preferred.
  • Must file a Statement of Economic Interests in compliance with Government Code Section 8100.
  • Must complete a two hour Ethics training course every two years in compliance with California AB 1234.


  • A valid California Class C Driver License and the ability to maintain insurability under the District’s vehicle insurance program.
  • Abide by all District policies, guidelines and rules.



  • Exposure to the sun: 30% or less work time spent outside a building and exposed to the sun.
  • Irregular or extended work hours: Occasionally required to change working hours or work overtime.
  • Work performed in an office or hydro plant environment.



  • Exercise independent judgment.
  • Self-directing and organized.
  • Reason objectively.
  • Assess, project and plan work activities on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Interpret state/ federal/agency regulations.
  • Document concisely, accurately and timely.
  • Handle a variety of duties which may be interrupted or changed by immediate circumstances.


  • Communicate orally and in writing with District management, co-workers, outside auditors, customers, and the public in face-to-face and one-on-one settings.
  • Transport, set-up and removal of promotional equipment and materials at various public functions.
  • Use of office equipment such as computer, copiers, scanners, and fax machines.
  • Capable of negotiating stairways and uneven ground from time to time.




$41.2808 to $61.9211 Grade Q


February 17, 2021


Open Until Filled


9188 Village Drive, Snelling, CA 95369


To be announced


To be announced


Applications/Resumes will only be accepted via the Merced Irrigation District's online application system.

New users must set up an account at

Assistance with this new feature can be obtained in Human Resources