Municipal Gas Job Opportunities

Your APGA membership allows you to advertise your system's job openings. Your listing can also be placed in APGA's bi-weekly Public Gas News publication which goes out in printed and electronic copies to our members. The APGA member price for posting a job advertisement in Public Gas News is $100.00 for 100 words or less and 25 cents for each additional word. APGA does not allow non-members to post job advertisements in APGA publications effective March 2015. To view print rates & policies please click here. To post a job, please contact APGA Communications Manager John Powers at or 202 464 2742. 

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Senior Engineer - Palo Alto, CA

SALARY: $53.90 ­ $80.85 Hourly
$9,342.67 ­ $14,014.00 Monthly
$112,112.00 ­ $168,168.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 03/01/17
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

Reports To:Assistant Director or Engineering Manager
Supervises:Various such as Engineers and Inspectors

The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department, Engineering Division is seeking a Senior Gas Engineer for its Water/Gas/Wastewater groups. This position is the gas engineering expert for the City's Utilities Department. As described below in essential duties, this position may at times work on all three utilities but the primary focus will be the gas utility's distribution systems. Palo Alto has four (4) gas receiving stations and owns and maintains a gas distribution system that has approximately 23,000 meters (90% residential). This position requires in­depth experience in gas design and construction, gas system planning, CIP development, gas modeling, regulations, DIMP plan development, overall project management, and supervision. Additionally, this position performs annual reviews and updates of the City's DIMP plan and O&M manual. Other duties include private development plan review and consultation. Experience with DOT or CPUC audits is desirable. This position is expected to take a leadership role in performing these duties with minimal supervision and under the direction of Assistant Director or WGW Engineering Manager. We are looking for an experienced candidate that is interested in challenging opportunities to maintain and improve the City's gas distribution system, while providing a valued service to our customers. Bargaining Unit: Utility Managers and Professionals Association of Palo Alto (UMPAPA)

Distinguishing Characteristics

This engineering classification is at the senior management level. Incumbents are charged with the implementation of daily operations related to department functions and/or programs.

Duties include developing budgets and monitoring expenditures, supervising management and non­management program staff, consultants, and contractors, and resolving complex customer service issues. Incumbents develop, implement, interpret, and ensure compliance with rules and regulations, laws and codes, policies, and procedures. Project management responsibilities include preparing RFPs, evaluating proposals, and managing contractors and consultants.

Incumbents exercise a high level of technical expertise and prepare written and oral reports for management, boards and commissions, and City Council.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Performs project management for major water, gas and wastewater systems projects, including scope of work, budget, contract and code compliance, utility and construction safety, staffing, and public relations.
  • Manages complex engineering design and construction projects on time, within budget, and with minimal disruption to surrounding uses.
  • Performs project management and oversees technical design for projects, including scope of work, budget, contract and code compliance, utility and construction safety, staffing, and public relations.
  • May prepare and submit grant applications.
  • Serves as a liaison with employees and external organizations; represents the City at a variety of meetings, public events, training sessions, on committees, and/or other related events.
  • Participates in coordinating the exchange of information within the organization, with external agencies, and with the public.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Prepares, reviews, interprets, and analyzes a variety of information, data, and reports; and makes recommendations and presentations based on findings.
  • Monitors and maintains department inventory; and orders required supplies, materials, and equipment to ensure efficient operations.
  • Coordinates initiatives for the enhancement and improvement of service, program, and/or project delivery.
  • Assists in developing and administering the department budget; and approves expenditures within established guidelines.
  • Assists in developing and maintaining short and long­term strategic planning processes in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Updates and maintains operating, procedural, and/or maintenance manuals and related files.
  • Manages the coordination and facilitation of training on safety and/or other applicable issues.
  • Participates in/on a variety of meetings, committees, and/or other applicable groups in order to receive and convey information.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
When reporting to Utilities:
  • Oversees and performs advanced design engineering activities for water, gas, wastewater, cathodic protection, regulation and control station projects which includes identifying, ensuring, and making technical, cost, safety, reliability, functionality, code compliance, and feasibility decisions.
  • Coordinates the design and installation of water, gas, wastewater utility services with customers.
  • Analyzes direct costs, overhead and future costs of new services and additional load to water, gas and wastewater systems to develop connection and capacity fees to fully recover cost of new service connections.
  • Creates, reviews, analyzes, and modifies water, gas, wastewater operation and maintenance manuals, engineering, equipment, and materials specifications and standards including work methods and reporting requirements.
  • Manages and directs the work of utility contractors to ensure compliance with applicable utility project specifications and other regulatory requirements. Monitors contractors' compliance with their safety program on projects.

  • Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through:
  • BA/BS in a related field and six years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Licensing Requirements:
  • Based upon area of assignment, some positions may require: Valid California Driver's License.
All positions require:
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Apply online here.

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender, age, national origin or disability.

(Posted 5/15/2017)

Utility Engineering Manager - Palo Alto, CA

SALARY: $60.48 to $90.71 Hourly
$10,483.20 to $15,723.07 Monthly
$125,798.40 to $188,676.80 Annually

OPENING DATE: 04/30/17
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department is currently recruiting for Utilities Engineering Manager. The position, which serves as a Division Manager, is responsible for managing Gas, Water and Wastewater (WGW) services, with oversight of 20+ FTE's, including four Senior Engineers who are direct-reports. The management structure of the department includes four Assistant Directors, a Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a General Manager (GM) of Utilities.

Strength in all three Utilities (Water, Gas and Wastewater) is desirable, however, expertise in a single or dual area will be considered if the candidate demonstrates a capacity as a strong manager with the ability to quickly build expertise and engage in all aspects of the division. This position will oversee day-to-day operations of the department, with primary responsibility for delivering on-time and on-budget Capital Improvement Projects in accordance with the City's Annual CIP Budget and 5-Year CIP Program. This requires the Utility Engineering Manager to have extensive experience in:

  • Design and Construction for small and large Capital Projects;
  • Government Bidding requirements, process and approval of awards;
  • Development and oversight of Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs);
  • Contract Management, including monitoring performance standards and adhering to the contract scope;
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections and audits;
  • Municipal Budget system for special and designated funds; and
  • Managing within a Civil Service Personnel system, with an understanding of Merit Principles and union rights.

Given the responsibilities and scope of the position, it is necessary for the successful candidate to bring a proven history of strong communication skills (written and verbal), foresight and proactive planning, leadership and a talent for managing people. The successful candidate will provide a verifiable track record throughout their career of creating and strengthening teams, building collaboration and providing development opportunities for staff. In filling this position, Palo Alto seeks an individual who will challenge the status quo and streamline and improve the way that business is conducted. The position offers an outstanding opportunity for high-profile, energizing and interesting work, including a Joint Trench project on University Avenue, a major project at a downtown corridor (Hamilton/Lytton) and support Stanford Medical Center and Stanford Research Park, including oversight of the Emergency Supply and Distribution System. This position will also engage with the City's Utility Advisory Commission (UAC) and will represent the City on progressive regional efforts related to improving energy governance, emerging trends and best practices related to Utilities.

Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through: Bachelor's degree and seven years of directly related experience; or an equivalent combination sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the position.

Licensing Requirements:

  • Valid California Driver's License;
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of California

Please note that meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. Only the strongest candidates with the best match to the position will advance in the process.

Relocation candidates are welcome and encouraged. Please be aware that Palo Alto's housing prices are among the highest in the country. As of March 2017, average apartment rent within the city of of Palo Alto, CA is $3067 one bedroom apartments in Palo Alto rent for $2722 a month on average and two bedroom apartment rents average $3608. It is recommended that you view real estate sites such as Redfin or Rentjungle to view specific home prices and availability in the area (Palo Alto zip code 94301.) Lower housing costs may be available within nearby communities but will require longer commute times. Please contact Human Resources if you wish to discuss relocation with an HR Representative.

This opening is for an energetic person with experience in team building, performance management, and general engineering management of water, gas and wastewater utilities. This position is a unique opportunity to contribute to a team responsible for delivering a full range of utility services to the City. Must have experience in the management of engineering workgroups, experience in the design, operation and maintenance of water, gas and wastewater systems. The Utility Engineering Manager position is an excellent opportunity for a leader with an unyielding commitment to serving the public sector. An ideal career path to meet the Ideal Candidate experience is to have managed a smallscale Utility service or to have served as a Division Manager in a larger Utility agency.

Application Deadline: Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply promptly: The City of Palo Alto reserves the right to close any recruitment without notice. Positions without a closing date may close at any time. Other recruitments may be limited to a specific number of applicants. Please read job announcements thoroughly for important information.

Selection Process: Application screening will be part of the selection process. Based on application screening, those candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to an oral interview, which may include a written exam and/or practical exam.

Accommodation: Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations may contact the Human Resources Department at 650 3292376.

Resumes: are welcome as attachments; however they are not accepted in lieu of a complete City application.

Apply online here.

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender, age, national origin or disability.

(Posted 5/10/2017)

ENGINEER – Gas Division - Ellensburg, WA

DEPARTMENT: Energy Services
SALARY: $6,480- $8,640/month - FLSA Exempt
OPENING DATE: March 27, 2017
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled – First Review of Applications on April 17, 2017

Provide engineering design and project management for the natural gas distribution system; develop standard operating procedures and material and equipment standards to accomplish the construction and maintenance of the distribution system. Assist Gas Engineering and Operations Manager in areas assigned. Provide customer assistance for natural gas questions and problems.

All of the following are to be performed while adhering to City of Ellensburg operational policies, safety rules, and procedures, and applicable State and Federal regulations. This position requires regular and consistent attendance to accomplish the following essential functions:

Oversee or conduct gas system studies, distribution integrity management program, leak evaluations, standard operating procedures, public awareness program, marketing program, cathodic protection system studies, as well as long range plans and other studies as required

Determine the need for and recommend additional facilities to meet increased, new, or future loads or to improve system reliability and efficiency, including a cost-benefit analysis

Administer gas modeling program, resolve problems of high or low pressure

Prepare and recommend construction and system improvement projects for inclusion in annual budget

Prepare design plans, specifications, bid documents, contracts, price proposals and cost estimates for all types of gas projects

Develop and write standard operating procedures and revise procedures to reflect regulatory changes; monitor and ensure compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations, coordinate and respond to annual safety audits, take corrective action as necessary;

Provide designs and prepare plans for line extensions and system improvements, including regulator and meter stations

Monitor warehouse inventory, prepare specifications for material purchases, initiate purchasing of required materials for construction and maintenance projects, and maintain the stock book

Prepare annual reports required by State and Federal regulations

Oversee maintenance of computerized system basemaps, schematics and system drawings as required

Research right of way and easement acquisitions; procure easements, right of way permits, critical areas and hydraulic permits as required

Administer SCADA system

Other duties may be assigned.

This is a representative sample--not to imply a complete listing of responsibilities and tasks.

Supervise Engineering Specialist-Gas and supervise operations crew in absence of Gas Engineering and Operations Manager.

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring recommendations, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's degree (B.S. from four year college or university preferably in Mechanical or Civil Engineering) and two years related utility experience. Professional Engineering license preferred. An equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience may be substituted if it provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to accomplish the essential duties and supervisory responsibilities of the Gas Engineer.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
(A) Thorough knowledge of civil and/or mechanical engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting; Considerable knowledge or ability to obtain of applicable City policies, State and Federal laws, and regulations affecting Division activities.
(B) Skill in arriving at cost estimates on complex projects; and in operating the listed tools and equipment.
(C) Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, City officials and the general public. Ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.
(A) Must be physically capable of moving about on construction sites; (B) Must pass DOT mandated drug test(s)
Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, database and computer-aided-design software; standard drafting tools; surveying equipment including level, hammers, stakes, triangles, rod, measuring tape, screwdriver, motor vehicle; phone; mobile radio; fax; combustible gas indicators, carbon monoxide and oxygen detectors; cathodic protection test equipment.
Valid driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one prior to employment and maintain an insurable driving record; First aid and CPR certification. Professional Engineers License in Washington State preferred.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use aforementioned tools and equipment. The employee is regularly required to communicate with members of the public and employees and must be able to exchange accurate information. The employee is frequently required to be in a stationary position when performing office work, position self at different levels for both office and field work, and move about outside on uneven terrain and under adverse field conditions when at construction sites.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The key relationships described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will provide information to, collect information from, coordinate projects and activities, and solve problems within policy guidelines with: the public, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Williams Pipeline, PSE, Kittitas County PUD, Central Washington University, Twin City Foods, City and County public works, Ellensburg Telephone, Cable TV company, consultants, contractors, and sales and manufacturing reps. Contact will be made in writing, by telephone, in person, and/or through teaching or formal instruction.

The employee will negotiate solutions involving policy changes with Williams Pipeline, Central Washington University, City and County public works, Ellensburg Telephone and Cable TV Company. Contact will be made in writing, by telephone, and/or in person.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

BENEFITS: Public Employees Retirement System and Social Security; Medical/Dental/Life/ Disability Insurance, PTO, holidays, exempt leave

FILING OF AN APPLICATION: A COMPLETED ORIGINAL CITY OF ELLENSBURG APPLICATION FORM IS REQUIRED. A RESUME SUBMITTED IN LIEU OF THE COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKET WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Application forms may be obtained from the1st floor foyer or Human Resources Department, 501 North Anderson Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926. All applications will be reviewed and those applicants who most satisfactorily meet the requirements will be tested and/or interviewed. Reference checks will be made prior to an offer of employment. Appointment will be made as soon thereafter as possible.


The City of Ellensburg is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all persons without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or any other non merit factor. We will provide reasonable accommodation to disabled applicants, if requested and the Human Resources Department is notified at least two (2) days prior to the need.



(Posted 3/28/17)