City of Los Angeles, CACity of Los Angeles, CA2 months ago

A Principal Environmental Engineer serves as the administrative and technical head of one of several Divisions of the Bureau of Sanitation and may represent the Director of the Bureau of Sanitation in meetings with elected or appointed officials, regulatory agencies, citizens groups, or employee labor unions; applies sound management and supervisory standards and techniques in building and maintaining an effective workforce; and fulfills equal employment opportunity responsibilities.


  • Registration as a Professional Engineer with the California State Board of Registration of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologist, and
  • Two years of full-time paid professional environmental engineering experience in a class at the level of Senior Environmental Engineer with the City of Los Angeles, or
  • Four years of full-time paid professional environmental engineering experience including the supervision of staff engaged in environmental engineering.


  • Applicants who lack six months or less of the required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met.
  • Applicants must submit proof of registration as a Professional Engineer at the time of filing. A copy of the registration must be attached to the on-line application BEFORE the application is submitted. If a copy of the registration is attached AFTER the on-line application has been submitted, it will not be available to the City and applicants WILL NOT be credited with having submitted it and will not be considered further in this examination.
  • Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
  • For qualifying work experience in Requirement No. 3, the term “professional experience” applies to positions that require possession of a degree from an accredited four-year college or university in order to obtain that position. Therefore, to be considered “professional,” experience must be gained in positions after obtaining a four-year degree.
  • Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at (Download PDF reader).


Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.


Applications must be received by
In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the interview in the following order: 1) Los Angeles City Promotional applicants who meet the minimum requirements. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to apply for this examination as a promotional candidate; 2) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles on a part-time or exempt basis who meet the minimum requirements; 3) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applications submitted during the filing period may be kept on file in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.


Examination Weights:

Essay: Advisory

Interview: 100%

The examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of professional and personal qualifications by interview. In the interview, the following competencies may be evaluated: Judgment and Decision Making; Oral Communication; Written Communication; Program Responsibility; Leadership; Strategic Planning; Safety Focus; including: safety practices as required by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) and the Department of Public Works: Bureau of Sanitation; risk reduction practices related to employee relations, vehicular accident prevention, sewer backups, flooding, and construction claims; Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: Federal, State, and local codes, regulations, and rules relevant to the Clean Water Program, Watershed Protection Program, Solid Resources Program, and Environmental Quality Program; environmental engineering principles and practices; the principles of engineering economics; design, project delivery, operation, and maintenance principles for new facilities and/or upgrades of existing facilities; facilities and advanced planning practices; and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Additional job analysis information can be obtained by going to and clicking on Competencies under Principal Environmental Engineer.
Prior to the interview, candidates will be required to prepare some written material related to the duties and responsibilities of a Principal Environmental Engineer. This essay material will not be separately scored, but will be presented to the interview board for review and consideration, which may include discussion, in the overall evaluation of the candidate. Those who do not complete the advisory essay will not be invited to the interview and will be considered to have failed the entire examination. To be considered complete, the advisory essay must include a substantive response for each question or problem included in the advisory essay for which an applicant is required to provide an answer. Please note that candidates must complete the advisory essay and meet the minimum qualifications as stated on this bulletin in order to be considered further in the examination process.
The advisory essay will be administered on-line. Candidates invited to participate in the examination will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the specific steps needed to complete the on-line advisory essay. Candidates will be required to complete the on-line advisory essay between SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 and SEPTEMBER 20, 2021. Candidates who fail to complete the advisory essay as instructed may be disqualified.
Candidates will be notified later by e-mail of the date, time, and location of the interview, which may be held in Los Angeles or on-line. It is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of OCTOBER 12, 2021 to OCTOBER 22, 2021.

Test dates may be postponed in order to help protect the safety of our candidates and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department if the anticipated test dates are postponed.

  • This examination is based on a validation study.
  • As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at (Download PDF reader).
  • Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
  • A final average score of 70% or higher is required to be placed on the eligible list.
  • Appointment to this position is subject to a one-year probationary period as provided by Section 1011 of the Los Angeles City Charter.
  • In conjunction with Civil Service Rules, applicants who have received a regular appointment to a City position or are on a reserve list will be considered Promotional candidates while all other applicants will be considered Open candidates.
  • Promotional candidates will accrue seniority credit at the rate of 0.10 of a point for each year of service in a class which provides qualifying experience for this position. A maximum of one point will be added to the score of those candidates.
  • The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list. However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credit, than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding seniority credit as indicated above, the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such open competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates.
  • In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.


If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefits coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.



The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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