Senior Civil Engineer

Ongoing applications

  • Job typeFull-time
  • Salary range$130,770 to $158,036 annually

The City of Menlo Park is seeking a well-rounded engineering professional with exceptional technical as well as project management skills. The ideal candidate will be an impressive problem solver with the proven ability to be adaptable and innovative. A history of delivering outstanding projects and results will be expected. An engineer who prefers diversity in their work and welcome opportunities to work on challenging and visible projects is encouraged to apply.

About the Department

Public Works is responsible for planning, building and maintaining the City’s infrastructure including its facilities, streets, sidewalks, water, stormwater, parks, trees, landfill and transportation system. Public Works protects the City’s investments in infrastructure and public facilities to ensure the health and safety of the community in an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective manner. Public Works also provides private developments with oversight engineering review to insure that these projects are constructed according to city specifications.

Public Works consists of three divisions: Engineering, Maintenance and Transportation. Engineering has three sections: Capital Improvement Plan, Utilities and Development Services.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate is an independent thinker who thrives in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment. The individual selected will be an excellent communicator with the demonstrated ability to establish relationships across divisions and departments. The ideal candidate will have technical engineering skills and project management capabilities to complete timely plan reviews and the ability to communicate proactively with the city’s planning and building divisions, developers and contractors.

The ideal candidate will be expected to perform the full range of professional and technical engineering work in the Land Development section, including review of planning and building permit applications with regards to on-site and off-site improvements, civil design, hydrology, landscape and irrigation, subdivision maps, Federal Emergency Management Agency, NPDES and C.3 requirements.

This position will supervise technical staff such as assistant and associate engineers and inspectors in the plan review and inspection of private owner work in the public right of way and easements. 

Minimum 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
  • Five years of professional engineering design, plan review and project administration experience, including two years in a supervisory or lead capacity

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license by time of appointment
  • Possession of a Registered Professional Civil Engineer license issued by the State of California


The City offers an excellent benefit package consisting of:

  • A City-paid Caltrain Go Pass; City Hall is centrally located and within walking distance from Caltrain and downtown Menlo Park
  • For non-Caltrain riders, the City offers employees a commuter check program of up to $150.00 per month toward the purchase of a non-Caltrain monthly transit pass; or a transportation allowance program provides employees with $1.50 per day when they walk, bicycle or carpool to work at least once per week
  • Health insurance: City contribution up to $2,351 per month toward a cafeteria plan which can be used to purchase medical insurance and participate in a flexible spending account for health care and/or child care reimbursement
  • Dental: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vacation: 88–176 hours of vacation leave accrual each year, depending on length of service
  • Sick leave: 96 hours of sick leave accrued each year
  • Holidays: 11 official holidays and 34 hours of floating holiday time per year, prorated based on hire date
  • Retirement: CalPERS, for classic members 2.0%@60 formula; for all others, 2.0%@62 formula
  • Deferred compensation: Voluntary participation in city plans
  • Life insurance: City-paid policy equal to 1-1/2 times regular annual wage
  • Long term disability: City-paid coverage
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement
  • Employees receive free on-site gym access

For additional benefit information, visit and review the City of Menlo Park and AFSCME Memorandum of Understanding.

Special instructions


Recruitment open until position is filled.  First review of applications is scheduled on Aug. 31, 2022.

Please be sure to fill out the required city application completely, including all relevant work experience. Applications with “See resume” as a substitution for the work experience description and/or unclear past employment information will not be considered.

Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this announcement.  If 25 or less qualified applications are received, the eligibility list will be established based on application review.  If 25 or less applications are received, the eligibility list will be established based on application review. If more than 26 applications are received, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Panel examination. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

An eligibility list will be established as a result of this examination process and will be valid for a period of six months. The list may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The hiring department will review the eligibility list to determine which candidates will be invited to the department selection process.

The City of Menlo Park is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the City of Menlo Park not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees. We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact Veronica Wortham at before the closing date for accommodation requests.

Before receiving an offer of employment, the candidate will be required to successfully complete a reference check, criminal conviction history questionnaire, OccuScreen background and DOJ fingerprinting.

All new employees are required to comply with the requirements of our COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy as a condition of employment. This policy requires that an employee provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or submit a request and be approved for a medical or religious exception to the policy before their start date. Those who are approved for a temporary or permanent exception, will be required to test weekly while they remain unvaccinated. Candidate start date may be adjusted to meet these requirements. Please contact Veronica Wortham at with any questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States. The City will not sponsor applicants for work visas. 

Recruitment contact
Veronica Wortham