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District Engineer

The Bella Vista Water District is excited to announce its recruitment for the position of District Engineer. This position offers a unique opportunity with an established public water agency located in Shasta County in Redding, California. We are seeking a highly motivated self-starter to implement the District’s goals and objectives and provide planning, engineering, project management, regulatory support, and administration. The District Engineer is an exempt management team position that presently manages one GIS/Eng Tech staff person and reports directly to the General Manager.


The ideal candidate will be an individual with knowledge of engineering principles and demonstrated experience in planning, reviewing and approving improvement plans, managing projects, performing and interpreting studies and performing regulatory compliance submittals. Public agency experience and knowledge of drinking water regulations and California water issues are desirable.


Redding, the county seat of Shasta County, is situated by the Sacramento River in the northern end of the Sacramento Valley, approximately 160 miles north of Sacramento. A growing community with a population upwards of 100,000, Redding offers a wide range of urban, suburban and rural housing opportunities, excellent schools, health care facilities and shopping centers. Institutions of higher education in Redding offering two or four-year degrees include Shasta College and Simpson University.

The Redding area offers a wide range of recreational activities surrounded by two national forests and located within an hour’s drive of Mt. Shasta and minutes from Whiskeytown and Shasta Lakes. Redding has a variety of outdoor activities including, mountain biking, fishing, boating, hunting, water and snow skiing, hiking, walking trails, and many other outdoor recreational opportunities.

Education and Experience – A Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Construction Management or a closely related field. Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in design, project or construction management. Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college or university
  • Five years of increasingly responsible engineering experience in the design, construction, maintenance, or operation of water treatment or distribution facilities
  • Project and/or construction management experience
  • Other combinations of education and experience may be considered

Licenses and Certifications – A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District’s Driving Policy. Certification as a California Water Treatment T2 and Distribution System Operator D2, or ability or ability to obtain within 24 months. A California Professional Engineer License is desired but is not required.

Competencies – Responsible for review of planned developments, improvement plans and construction for compliance with the District’s policies and construction standards. Reviews designs and specifications for developments and subdivisions, public works projects for pipelines, pumping facilities, storage facilities, site plans, buildings, etc. Participates in asset management, development, and administration of long-term capital improvement plans and budgets. Conducts studies and prepares reports on water use, hydraulics, land use, zoning, demographics, etc. Familiar with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the process and documentation. Prepares regulatory plans and compliance reports. Oversees GIS mapping, record drawings and easements. Assists in providing information to the public on policies and procedures, meets with customers and developers by phone and office visits regarding new services, line extensions, easements and water service availability. Presents information to the District’s Board of Directors at their meetings. Coordinates and works with engineers and land surveyors on a variety of studies and projects for the District. Works with federal, state and local agencies on matters of interest to the District. Consults with developers, engineers, property owners, etc., to ensure compliance with District policies and standards. Monitors local, state and federal construction and safety regulations. Is familiar with safe work practices and serves as the District’s Safety Officer. Assists in special projects and other duties as assigned.

Personal Characteristics – People oriented and able to establish a strong working relationship with management, staff, consultants and customers. Decisive once input has been received and viewpoints are known and understood. Willing to be accountable for actions and convictions. A self-starter, operates with a sense of urgency, is timely and responsive. An effective communicator, both orally and in writing. Calm under pressure. Flexible and able to see more than one solution to a problem.

Compensation and Benefits – The District is offering a competitive employment package. The salary range will be $85,000 to $110,000, DOQ.

Vacation and Administrative Leave – Vacation is accrued initially at the rate of ten days per year along with seven days of Administrative Leave accrued at the beginning of each calendar year. Administration leave must be used in the year of accrual and does not roll over.

Holidays and Sick – Employees receive 12 paid holidays and earn approximately 12 days sick leave annually.

CalPERS – The district is a member of CalPERS. Classic Employees contribute 7% of their regular earnings (pretax) and accrue their retirement of 2% at 60; New Employees contribute 6.75% of their regular earnings (pre-tax) and accrue their retirement of 2% at 62. Retirement calculations are based upon the top 3-year average earnings.

457 Deferred Compensation Plans – Several plan options are available for employee voluntary, pre-tax contribution.

Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance – District provides coverage for employee and eligible dependents up to a maximum monthly cap of $1,750.00. Retirees receive postretirement health benefits under PEMHCA and are based upon a percentage pro-ration of years served.

Work Week – District currently recognizes a 9/80 work week (80 hours worked in a two-week period with every other Friday off).

Life Insurance – District paid $50,000 life insurance policy.

To be considered for this challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your cover letter, resume and application. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held. Please send your materials to: Debbie Dias, Bella Vista Water District, 11368 E. Stillwater Way, Redding, CA 96003. Materials may also be submitted electronically to Applications are requested by December 5, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Additional Application:

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 60
Education Required: Bachelor's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 40.86
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 52.88