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Civil/Environmental Engineer (PE)

MOTHER EARTH ENGINEERING, INC is seeking a mid-level civil engineer with 5+ years of experience in consulting to lead and manage projects in our Humboldt County office.

Under general direction, the successful candidate performs a wide variety of professional engineering work in support of projects involving land development, OWTS, permitting and compliance with multiple stakeholders, land and water restoration projects, structural design, and grading and drainage plans; serves as a technical resource and advisor for marketing and project initiation; manages small to large engineering projects from planning and design to construction and close-out; confers with developers, contractors, and representatives of regulatory agencies regarding facility and infrastructure development; provides professional staff assistance to the Principal Engineer and clients in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; and performs related work as required.

Supervision Received and Exercised:

Receives general direction from the Principals or assigned management staff. Exercises no direct supervision of staff. May provide technical and function direction to lower-level staff.

Applicants are expected to perform the full range of professional and technical engineering work. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Incumbents use independent judgment and decision-making authority to resolve complex problems. Work is typically reviewed upon completion for technical soundness, appropriateness, and conformity to policy and requirements and the methodology used in arriving at the end results are not reviewed in detail.

Examples of Duties:

  • Manages small to large engineering projects from planning and design to construction and close-out; leads project teams; develops work plans consisting of objectives, scope of work, budget, schedules, and baseline requirements; secures adequate funding from Federal and State grant programs and other funding sources; manages project budget; coordinates with permitting and public utility agencies; coordinates construction schedules with other projects and agencies; and inspects construction of projects.
  • Serves as a technical resource and oversees assigned programs such as, but not limited to, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permit; proposes related projects and studies, assesses program effectiveness, and analyzes a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions; oversees quality assurance, quality control, and regulatory compliance activities.
  • Conducts complex engineering studies, investigations, and analyses; prepares engineering calculations; researches, collects, and analyzes engineering data, statistics, and surveys.
  • Prepares engineering specifications, drawings, maps, sketches, and other supporting documentation for proposed engineering projects; reviews drawings, plans, and other work submitted by external consultants, engineers, contractors, and developers for conformance with professional codes, standards, and City specifications; prepares technical and administrative correspondence and reports.
  • Coordinates regulatory, environmental, and/or construction permit activities and processes.
  • Oversees construction and inspection of maintenance improvement and repair projects, including reviewing and inspecting work to ensure conformance with plans and specifications and coordinating schedules.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of and interprets new trends, laws, regulations, and innovations in the related field of engineering and their impact on the company; develops and recommends compliance strategies.
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: 
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related engineering field and five (5) years of professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience, preferably in a private consultancy setting.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possess and maintain a Registered Professional Civil Engineer License in the State of California
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles, practices, concepts, and standards of civil engineering.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works projects.
  • Basic principles, practices, procedures, and standards related to City public works, engineering infrastructure development and maintenance, and surveying.
  • Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
  • General design, layout, and construction practices for public improvements.
  • Engineering plan types, review practices, and permit filing and approval procedures.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Recent and on-going engineering related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.
  • Modern office practices and technology, including personal computer hardware and software applications related to the work.
  • Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to engineering work.
  • Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the company in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and coworkers.

Ability to:

  • Apply engineering principles, practices, concepts, and standards to complex engineering problems.
  • Effectively manage engineering projects and project teams.
  • Independently conduct comprehensive and complex engineering studies, evaluate alternatives, and prepare reports with recommendations.
  • Prepare, understand, and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications, and other contract documents.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, technical written material, and City engineering policies and procedures.
  • Perform mathematical and engineering computations with precision.
  • Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, and regulatory organizations and individuals.
  • Prepare and present clear, concise, and logical written and oral reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, legal descriptions, and other written materials.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

This position is full-time.

Salary negotiable DOE. Competitive benefits package available.

Send resume and writing sample to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

This position is currently open and will close as soon as a suitable applicant is identified.

Planner/Project Manager

An ideal Planner/Project Manager is a highly motivated self-starter, with the desire to find a way to succeed in any circumstance. You are very well-organized, agile, and able to create organizational tools and procedures in an ever-changing regulatory scene. You are expected to perform moderately complex technical tasks related to permitting planning projects, working with Humboldt County Planning and Building, State and Regional Waterboards, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, CalFire, CalCannabis, Bureau of Cannabis Control, and others. You will perform specialized research and correspond one-on-one with officials to obtain information, then present to supervisors, clients, and other agencies clearly and concisely. You manage multiple work flows simultaneously and with great dexterity and skill. You deliver work products on-time with a high standard of quality.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Collecting, analyzing and presenting planning data
  • Interpreting and presenting data in visual/graphic, mapping, written and spoken forms
  • Regularly interacting with clients to disseminate information related to property requirements, ordinances, laws, codes, etc.
  • Impeccable communication, both written and spoken, excellent client service
  • Reviewing and revising site plans
  • Taking responsibility for the delivery of professional assignments
  • Supporting Senior team members on key major projects
  • Ensuring projects are delivered on-time and in accordance with client and agency requirements
  • Keeping up-to-date on knowledge of current project planning techniques
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:  Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in a related field; and, one to two years of progressively responsible experience; or, any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Experience with GIS or other mapping software is a HUGE PLUS.

Licenses and Certifications: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification (desirable)

Compensation: $20 to $28/hr depending on experience. Qualify for health insurance after 6 months.

This position is full-time (40 hours per week). 

Send resume and writing sample to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

This position is currently open and will close as soon as a suitable applicant is identified.

Junior Civil Engineer

Seeking a recent college graduate that is looking for a chance to be part of a team and begin their career. Provide support to the senior managers in survey, design, construction, and permitting for projects involving private and public entities.


  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD
  • Compiling information for plans, as-builts and final plats
  • Assisting in preparing preliminary information and specifications for plans
  • Prepare engineering related calculations and develop drawings and visual aids
  • Assisting in developing a variety of layouts, drawings and designs
  • Assisting in obtaining permits and approvals for projects
  • Exercise judgment limited to developing details of work in making preliminary selections and adaptations of engineering alternatives
  • Assignments are designed to further develop judgment and understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Work under supervision of a project manager or senior-level team member

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Environmental Resources Engineering from an ABET-accredited institution
  • FE certification
  • Previous internship experience with a civil engineering design firm
  • Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external partners including clients, sub consultants, and utility companies
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Very organized, dependable, and professional

Located in Arcata, CA, we are seeking a dynamic person eager to gain experience in and lend their experience to a wide range of civil engineering projects including water/wastewater/utility design, land planning/design, landslide restoration and grading plans, cost estimates, CIP projects, preparation of written technical reports and engineering studies. Candidate must have strong communication skills, be self-motivated and be willing to work with and advise project managers of potential design issues or recommend alternate design options.

This position is full-time.

Salary negotiable DOE. Competitive benefits package available.

Send resume and writing sample to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

This position is currently open and will close as soon as a suitable applicant is identified.