The engineering department is small, so you are expected to be able to do many different tasks, even those which normally an engineer might not do, like surveying, or doing right of way research.
Because it is so small, there is a close camaraderie and family-like vibe there. Benefits are also fantastic.
However, you are at the whims of mother nature in the water resources department. The on-going drought in California being a major impactor on the growth or downsizing of the engineering department there.
Management is scattered. You'll get one manager telling you to do one thing, then another will tell you that's wrong and to do something else. You are also mostly left on your own and must be able to be self-motivated and self-reliant to really succeed at this job.