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City of Carlsbad Senior Engineer – Land Development


SALARY: $111,327.00 – $153,362.00 Annually

CLOSING DATE: 3/4/2024 5:00 PM Pacific

The Position

The City of Carlsbad is ideally situated in north San Diego County where a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons, and abundant open space combine with world class resorts, well planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector and a charming village atmosphere to create the ideal California experience. Carlsbad’s 115,000 residents enjoy a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, appreciate high quality community services and an excellent quality of life. Carlsbad is known for its strong financial health, with a AAA credit rating and solid cash reserves.

Land Development Engineering:
Land Development Engineering (LDE) is responsible for reviewing and approving grading plans, improvement plans, subdivision maps, implementing regional storm water regulations, issuing construction permits and administration of the floodplain. LDE works to ensure that new development in the City of Carlsbad complies with the high standards that Carlsbad residents have come to expect.

The Job:
The City of Carlsbad is currently seeking an engineering professional to fill the role of a Senior Engineer within the Land Development Engineering division. This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Community Development Department, helping the city progress through its continued growth.

This job structure includes employees who perform professional engineering work independently or under direction of the Engineering Manager on a variety of projects and on-going programs in support of the land development projects in the City of Carlsbad.

Engineering professionals are individual contributors who use their underlying knowledge, skills and abilities in the fields of civil, construction, land-use, land surveying, utilities, and transportation/traffic engineering, along with skills and abilities in research, design, analysis, project management, program management and personnel management to perform their duties.

Teleworking for up to two days per week may be available for this position at the manager’s digression and after initial training is complete.

DEI Statement: 
The City of Carlsbad embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and recognizes the vital relationship of a culturally diverse, engaged work environment and innovative excellence. A diverse, equitable and inclusive work climate comprises personal experiences, values, and views shaped from differences of culture and circumstance. Our organization appreciates belonging, creativity, recognition and retention of its employees and is committed to hiring and developing motivated, productive and talented employees who provide services and enhance our quality of life. We work to embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our responsibility and goal.

Key Responsibilities

The following are examples of the types of job duties for land development engineers in the City of Carlsbad:

  • Supervise Administrative staff.
  • Attend or conduct construction meetings; make site visits.
  • Prepare periodic reports and updates.
  • Participate in the development of standard engineering specifications, criteria and policy and procedure statements on engineering matters; provide technical advice to field operations, other city departments and the public in the interpretation of city ordinances, policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Perform assignments to help formulate, update or revise city engineering standards and/or Municipal Code in related areas. Interpret and apply regulations from external agencies in related area.
  • Use online databases and hard copy files to perform research to find records, drawings maps, agreements, etc. to reference and incorporate in projects.
  • Maintain engineering-related records and systems required to meet city engineering standards, municipal code, and reporting/monitoring requirements of external agencies.
  • Serve as a liaison between the organization and regulatory agencies.
  • Prepare various staff reports and council resolutions.
  • Participate in the preparation of environmental impact reports, negative declaration and reports required by state and federal agencies.
  • Attend Council meetings or other agency meetings as required. Represent the city in the community and at professional meetings as required.
  • Make oral presentations on complex technical issues to City Council, other agencies or community groups.
  • Provide professional opinions and expert witness testimony as requested by the City Attorney office.
  • Stay current in area of expertise. Conduct literature searches on areas of importance.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Review and process development projects for discretionary approval, applying engineering principles to assure project compliance with city engineering standards and the Carlsbad Municipal Code.
  • Review plans, maps, permits, legal descriptions, easements and specifications of development projects and encroachment permit applications.
  • Interpret, review, and analyze complex development projects for accuracy, suitability, completeness and compliance with city standards and procedures. Develop and submit conditions of approval.
  • Work with private developers and engineers to interpret city policies and ordinance requirements, review plans, and coordinate the work involved in processing privately sponsored residential, commercial, and industrial projects.
  • Review and approve technical studies for land development projects and transportation and operations planning.
  • Calculate fees and issue permits.
  • Assist customers at the public counter; answering inquires by the public and city staff.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities are located in the attached KSA matrix .

Experience & Education

Knowledge Skills and Abilities are located in the  attached KSA matrix .

An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below:

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related field in area of assignment, from an accredited college or university, plus 7 or more years of related experience. Additional coursework in Public Administration is desirable.
  • A master’s degree in engineering or a related field may be substituted for work experience.

License or Certificate: 

  • Registration as a professional civil engineer or licensed traffic engineer in the state of California.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver’s license.


City of Solana Beach Senior Civil Engineer

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Job Announcement: City of Solana Beach – Senior Civil Engineer Job Announcement
Apply at: City of Solana Beach – Careers

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Job Announcement: City of Solana Beach – Assistant Civil Engineer Job Announcement
Apply at: City of Solana Beach – Careers

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