Sanitary Engineer - Environmental Services Department

  • City of San José - Environmental Services Department (ESD)
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • May 10, 2019
Full time EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Protection Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description

Job ID# 1900730
Closing Date: June 3, 2019
Salary Range: $78,977.60 - $99,964.80 Annually


About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2018 Annual Report For more information about the department, please visit our website or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. What is it like to be an ESDer? Watch this video: Day in the Life Join us to make a difference!

Positions & Duties

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.  In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Sanitary Engineer classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay. 

The Watershed Protection Division of the Environmental Services Department is currently recruiting for a Sanitary Engineer in the Environmental Engineering section of the Pretreatment Program.  This recruitment may also be used to fill future positions within other sections and divisions in the Environmental Services Department. 

The Watershed Protection Division provides services that support the City’s efforts to protect water quality in local creeks and in the Bay.  These services are integral to the City’s management of both wastewater and stormwater.  The Watershed Protection Division is comprised of more than 100 employees with four key functions: Stormwater Management, Environmental Enforcement, Industrial Pretreatment, and Laboratory Services.

The Pretreatment Program consists of the Source Control and Environmental Engineering sections and is responsible for implementing the federal- and state-mandated pretreatment program for industrial discharges to the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.  The program is required by the Facility’s NPDES permit and is aimed at ensuring that certain dischargers have adequate treatment prior to the discharge of industrial wastewater to the sanitary sewer in order to protect water quality and the integrity of the wastewater collection and treatment systems.  On an annual basis, the Pretreatment Program inspects approximately 350 businesses, collects more than 1,900 water quality samples, and reviews more than 900 self-monitoring reports.  This group also permits and conducts inspections of newly regulated facilities such as dental offices.

Sanitary Engineers are responsible for evaluating industrial and commercial facilities for compliance with federal, state, and local pretreatment requirements; writing and issuing Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permits; conducting plan check reviews of industrial, commercial facilities and performing specialized environmental engineering studies in support the Pretreatment Program, the Watershed Enforcement Program, and the Regional Wastewater Facility.

Typical work activities and duties include:

-       Managing the elements necessary for compliance with federal, state, and local codes and regulations including.

-       Determining applicable regulations for industrial and commercial processes and operations          

-       Developing, processing, and managing Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permits 

-       Reviewing compliance with permit conditions

-       Reviewing plans to determine if a permit is required

-       Operating a city vehicle to conduct inspections at industrial and commercial facilities to verify permit requirements

-       Understanding and interpreting complex regulations related to industrial waste pollution control principles

-       Performing specialized watershed studies, research, or analysis in support of the Facility’s NPDES permit or other regulatory requirements

-       Utilizing complex database systems, particularly as a management tool and for data retrieval and analysis.

-       Incumbents in this position are responsible for conducting site inspections to prepare industrial discharge permits or conduct other studies. 

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


1.  Education:  Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering science or environmental engineering.

2.   Experience:  One (1) year of professional sanitary or closely related engineering experience.

3.  Acceptable Substitutions: Possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training Certificate or a valid Professional Engineer Certificate issued by the State of California.

Master's reciprocal states, may be substituted for the required education. A degree with specialty in sanitary or environmental engineering may be substituted for the required experience.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise – demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

Analytical Thinking – approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; identifies a set of features, parameters, or considerations to take into account, collects and analyzes data, uses logic and intuition to arrive at conclusions and recommendations.

Multi-Tasking – can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s)

Customer Service – demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, courteous, respectful and friendly manner; addresses customer complaints/problems in a timely manner; approaches problem-solving by focusing on customers first. 

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills – demonstrates a positive attitude and flexibility along with the ability to develop effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Computer Skills – experience with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel and complex database systems, especially as a management tool and for data retrieval and analysis.

Communication Skills – communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.

The job ID for this position is 1900730. To view the full job announcement and to apply, please visit If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Maria Lane at

Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$78,977.60 - $99,964.80 Annually