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ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Principal Hydraulic Engineer (3254)

ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Principal Hydraulic Engineer

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: GO60
  • Class Code: 3254
  • Established: 09/13/1946
  • Revised: 06/24/1965
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to plan, organize, and direct the work of a major engineering unit relating to the study, development or maintenance of water resources projects or the administration of State statutes relating to water; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, and directs the work of a staff of a major engineering unit engaged in one or more of the following activities making detailed studies relating to the availability of water, the development and utilization of water resources, and the development and disposal of water and electric power reviewing reports of the various Federal agencies relating to water projects, and reporting to the State Legislature on the feasibility of proposals; making ground water measurements and salinity studies; making water quality investigations; administering State laws governing water rights appropriations and the approval of applications; administering water rights adjudications; supervising the distribution of water in watermaster service areas of the State; making cooperative snow survey studies; cooperating with Federal and other agencies in flood control and related activities; preparing plans and specifications and supervising construction in connection with water supply, flood control, and other related activities; maintaining records on flood conditions; studying the causes of floods and recommending control measures; acquiring rights of way and making improvements in connection with levee setbacks and bank protection.


Dictates correspondence and prepares complete and comprehensive reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. (Applicants who are not registered civil engineers will be admitted to the examination, but they must secure the certificate of registration before they will be considered eligible for appointment.) and Experience: Broad and extensive experience in hydraulic engineering, two years of which shall have been in an administrative capacity equivalent in responsibility to that of a Supervising Hydraulic Engineer in the California state service. and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in civil engineering. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required college education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles of hydraulic engineering; methods of making hydraulic investigations and design, construction and maintenance of hydraulic structures pertaining to water supply, irrigation, drainage, flood control, hydroelectric power, beach erosion, and similar activities; water requirements for various agricultural crops and consumptive use of water for various purposes; water code relating to general State powers over water, flood control, appropriation of water, adjudication of existing water rights, distribution of water in watermaster service areas and investigations of water rights and usage; State Water Plan and relation of the work to other State and Federal agencies; causes of floods and methods of controlling them; principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision; fundamental principles of water laws and techniques in water rights administration; activities and plans of Federal agencies engaged in water resource work in California; department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Plan, organize, and direct the work of a staff of engineers and others; prepare, review, and check hydraulic engineering reports, plans, specifications or water rights reports and findings; speak effectively; prepare comprehensive reports and dictate technical correspondence; conduct hearings, as required; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the work; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

  Updated: 8/17/2017
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