Engineering Manager

El Dorado Irrigation District   Placerville, CA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on May 24, 2023

Welcome to ElDorado County where lifestyle amenities are many and an exciting position awaits the right candidate at the El Dorado Irrigation District (District/EID). 

The District lies in one of the most beautiful areas of California—on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, west of world-renowned Lake Tahoe. A scenic drive along Highway 50, heading east from the Sacramento County line to Tahoe, takes you through the center of the District’s 220-square-mile service area and highlights the extraordinary geographical diversity of this region. 

El Dorado Irrigation Ditch in 1922 Water has been and continues to be an undeniable force in shaping the economic, ecological, and cultural aspects of the area. From the earliest days of American Indian habitation to the discovery of gold right here in the heart of the Mother Lode, sparking the statewide gold rush; from clusters of black oak and manzanita to the forests of the Sierra; from vineyards and orchards planted abundantly throughout the county to our growing population centers – water is the essential link. 

High in the mountains, alpine lakes and wildlife populate wilderness areas, where quiet and solitude reign. The region offers unparalleled outdoor recreation—from high-quality fishing, hiking, and skiing to boating, white-water rafting, and more. 

Who we are 

We can trace our history back to the first hand-dug ditches that transported water to prospectors in the mid-1800s, but the District was not formally organized until 1925 under the Irrigation District Act (Water Code §§ 20500 et seq.). We still hold water rights that date from the gold rush days, and we continue to work on securing and maintaining a reliable water supply. 

Through negotiations with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) and an Act of Congress, the District acquired Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park Recreation Area in late 2003, providing yet another critical local water supply.  

Additionally we have a repayment contract with the Bureau and also exercise District consumptive water rights associated with Project 184 and historical agricultural activities for diversion from Folsom Lake to meet growing municipal and industrial demands of the region. 

 Flume under construction in 1923 Our customers’ needs are as broad-ranging as the area’s stunning natural diversity. We provide drinking water, wastewater treatment, and recycled water for residential, commercial and industrial needs over significant portions of western El Dorado County.  We own and operate a 21-megawatt hydroelectric power project that includes dams,four reservoirs, and 23 miles of flumes, canals, siphons, and tunnels. We also manage several outdoor recreation sites, including the Sly Park Recreation  Area and a 48-unit campground at Silver Lake. 

Today, the District’s facilities and delivery infrastructure serves our 43,000 water accounts and includes more than 1,122 miles of pipeline, 27 miles of ditches, 5 treatment plants, 36 storage reservoirs, and 38 pumping stations. The wastewater system, with nearly 24,000 accounts, operates 60 lift stations, 460 miles of pipeline and 4 treatment facilities. El Dorado Hills and Deer Creek wastewater plants produce 3,500 acre-feet of recycled water for use in front and backyard irrigation at over 5,500 homes, commercial entities, and public spaces. With approximately 230 employees, we are one of the largest employers in El Dorado  County. 

We serve a population of over 130,000 that has been steadily growing for many years.

How we govern  

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors. Each member is elected from a different geographic division, and each serves a four-year term. There are no term limits for Board members. The Board typically meets twice a month during regularly scheduled, noticed public meetings and also may hold a number of noticed, special meetings. 

The position  

 Under administrative direction from the Director of Engineering, plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the activities of the  Engineering Division within the Engineering Department including the planning, design and construction of water storage, water and wastewater treatment, distribution, hydroelectric, and recycled water facilities, The division is also responsible for managing the  District’s Geographic Information System, right-of-way activities, and the dam safety program. The position coordinates engineering activities with other divisions and departments; and provides highly complex staff assistance to the Director of Engineering. 


The Manager level recognizes positions that provide full line and functional management responsibility for a division, as identified by the District, within a department. 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES: the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.  

• Develops and implements divisional goals, objectives, policies and procedures; assists Department Director with department wide goals and objectives. 

• Plans, organizes and directs engineering activities which includes master planning, design, and construction efforts for water storage, hydroelectric conveyance and generation facilities, water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection, recycled water facilities, and asset management and rehabilitation programs. 

• Directs, oversees and participates in the development of assigned Engineering Division work plan; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors workflow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.

• Prepares assigned Engineering Division budget; implements division budget; forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies to support division; administers division budget. 

• Recommends to the Department Director the appointment of personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; conducts performance evaluations; implements discipline procedures as required; maintains discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department. 

• Develops, reviews, approves and ensures technical drawings and specifications for design projects are prepared according to project and District requirements and standards. 

• Ensures engineering activities are in compliance with local, State and Federal laws, codes and regulations, including California State Water Resources Control and Regional Boards, California Department of Public Health and Federal Energy Regulatory  Commission; advocates, tracks and implements regulations as they relate to projects. 

• Develops and manages objectives and standards for the planning and design of projects; maintains project quality standards; oversees the preparation and revision of engineering standards. 

• Attends Board of Directors’ meetings and provides data, information, advice and special reports pertaining to the activities of the division. 

• Meets with the public, private contractors, developers and various professional and governmental representatives pertaining to engineering activities; responds to requests from government and private entities, elected officials and the general public for information regarding programs, strategies, goals and objectives of division.  

• Assists in negotiating NPDES, WDR and other regulatory permits; reviews new regulations and legislative issues and interfaces with FERC, LAFCO, CDPH, and other State and regional boards concerned with water and wastewater issues.

• Develops master plans and short-term development strategies and provides technical assistance to other divisions and departments as required. 

• Reviews proposed legislation to determine impact on division operations and makes recommendations to Department Director in response to legislation. 

• Manages capital budgets; negotiates with interested groups and agencies to gain cooperation and/or agreement on pertinent policies, regulations, permits and policies.  

• Manages the selection and oversight of consultants for design work; reviews consultants’ proposals to ensure that reports, master plans, design drawings and detailed design specifications are prepared according to project requirements.

• Represents the division and department to outside agencies and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees; provides technical assistance as necessary. 

• Researches and prepares technical and administrative reports; prepares written correspondence. 

• Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 

• Performs related duties as assigned. 

The ideal candidate  

The ideal candidate will have professional engineering experience in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of public infrastructure projects, coupled with project management skills and most importantly, effective leadership. The ideal candidate will work in a collaborative manner and have demonstrated ability to organize and direct staff in the operation of an Engineering Division. Must hold a license as a Professional Engineer (PE). Public utility experience is highly desired.  

Education, experience, and certifications 

Experience and Education: Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be: 

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience performing professional engineering duties; including three years of supervisory responsibility. 

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering or a  related field. 

Possession of a current certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in California. 

Compensation and benefits 


$12,250.84-$14,890.97 per month 


• CalPERS 2.0% @ 62 for new CalPERS members 

• 2.0% @ 55 for Classic CalPERS members 

• Retiree Health Care subject to District vesting schedule 


• Medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents with cost share 

Other Benefits 

• Paid Time Off commensurate with service time

• 12 Paid Holidays 

• Exempt Administrative Leave 

• Life Insurance 

• Deferred compensation plan 

El Dorado Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant Recycled Water Storage 

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