Make a game-changing next move.

Learn more about the opportunities in Coatue's portfolio.

Civil Engineer, Land Development



Vandenberg Village, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2024

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


SpaceX is preparing to launch at an incredible launch cadence out of multiple launch complexes and process more payloads than ever. Existing and future SpaceX facilities are dynamic, adapting to changing requirements. This role is responsible for providing land development support, technical expertise, and design for new construction and renovations to SpaceX facilities at our launch sites.


  • Own site feasibility and conceptual planning, stormwater management, grading, drainage and utility design, erosion and sediment control
  • Perform all calculations and conceptual design for grading and drainage, stormwater control facilities, water quality, domestic water distribution, and other underground utilities
  • Drive coordination and design necessary to obtain local, state, and federal permits as it relates to land development and utility construction projects
  • Manage the coordination with environmental, health, and safety on permitting and project approvals
  • Manage the civil aspects of construction projects in the field; including quality control, conflict resolution, and coordination of a multi-discipline contractor team
  • Interact with contractors, fabricators, owners, and internal clients to develop project requirements, schedules, and cost estimates before project implementation
  • Resolve design and construction conflicts in the field in real-time
  • Support ongoing maintenance of utilities for existing facilities, sites, and launch pads


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering
  • 2+ years of professional experience in civil engineering design, analysis, and drafting
  • 2+ years of professional experience with AutoCAD/Civil3D


  • Previous experience with civil design software packages like StormCAD, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS
  • Proficiency in technical skills in stormwater management, hydraulics, hydrological analysis, grading and other site development-related designs
  • Understanding of other disciplines such as electrical, piping, geotechnical, electrical and surveying
  • EIT or Professional Engineering (PE) license
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while maintaining a high sense of urgency in a high-paced, challenging work environment
  • Experience with project management of major construction projects including estimating, cost control, schedule, and contractor management
  • Experience in conceptual design and budgeting


  • Ability to perform hands-on work in all environments (heat, cold, rain), in tight quarters or at heights
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Ability to focus while working in hazardous conditions and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral


Pay range:
Civil Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Civil Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.