County of Alameda 4961
WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING TRAINEE, ZONE 7
Under instruction and close supervision, to learn and to perform increasingly responsible and
varied sub-professional and professional water resources engineering work; and to perform
related work as required.
The purpose of this class is to provide currently enrolled engineering students with summer
or part-time academic year work, which will supplement their college program, and which will
better qualify them for permanent professional positions after their graduation. Incumbents
are systematically given progressively responsible office and field assignments
corresponding to their stage of professional development. Typically, a student with one year
of college training, during the first summer of work, is assigned to perform well inspections
and check gaging stations, or to a survey crew to measure distances and determine
elevations and to learn to use surveying instruments. A student who has completed three
years of college, and has participated in the summer program for two previous summers, is
usually assigned duties similar to those of an inexperienced professional engineer.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However,
employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual
in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.
1. Inspects wells to gather and record location data, well dimensions, water-level
measurements, ground elevations and related data.
2. Makes stream flow measurement using current meters and field observations.
3. Collects, analyzes and enters water level and quality data into computerized historical
4. Assists Water Resources Technicians in surveying and gaging station installation and
stream-flow measurement work.
5. Assists engineers with calculations and proofreading data; assists technicians with
calculations and data analysis; in a limited capacity, assists engineers with plans and
specifications; prepares records and reports.
6. Performs drafting, including the use of computer assisted drafting software and
7. Learns and assists with field inspection of construction and modification projects.
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Current enrollment in a college or university and successful completion of the equivalent of
one semester of work in the typical pre-engineering series of courses, typically including
calculus, drafting, and physics. Completion of a course in water resources is preferred.
Possession of a valid California Driver’s license is desirable.
NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the
announcement of an examination.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties
listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.
Some basic engineering mathematics or calculus and introductory drafting.
Demonstrate aptitude for water resources engineering work.
Old document: 1252h
New document: Jobspecs/4961
CSC Date: 5/18/94