Engineering Technician IV - Drainage

Snohomish County | Everett, WA

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Posted Date 10/12/2020
Application must be made via the Snohomish County website.
Snohomish County is currently under a Declaration of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County has put in place initiatives to protect the health of its employees, and as result, this position may temporarily be assigned to telework. There may be occasions when this position may be required to come into the office to perform certain job duties. Safety guidelines in compliance with the state, CDC and Snohomish County Health District are required to be followed during those times.

The Surface Water Management (SWM) Division of the Department of Public Works is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented candidate to fill the position of Engineering Technician IV-Drainage, to work in the SWM Drainage Capital section.

Functions of this position include conducting drainage investigations (primary function) and secondarily performing other engineering technician duties to support delivery of the SWM Capital program (data collection, construction monitoring, CADD, engineering calculations, utility coordination, research, etc.). These investigations typically result in SWM requested maintenance actions, technical advice given to complainant, drainage information provided to development community, referral to another organization, or creation of a capital project to address the problem.

The preferred candidate will have qualities in alignment with SWM’s core values of providing and demonstrating high quality service, leadership, stewardship, accountability, respect, and integrity.  The preferred candidate will have field experience inspecting, investigating, analyzing, constructing, or designing a variety of stormwater facilities or similar problem sites, and experience working with property owners to resolve issues.  The preferred candidate will be able to work independently; have excellent written and verbal communication skills; coordinate well with other team members and stakeholders; and be highly productive.

Snohomish County will be invested in your success and growth and below are some highlights of the generous benefits we offer to our employees:

  • Flexible work Schedule 
  • Sick leave: You will accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month.
  • Vacation Leave: You will start out accruing 6.7 hours of vacation each month. Your leave accruals increase based on your years of employment with the County.
  • Holiday Pay: The County observes 10 paid legal holidays per year, and provides employees with two floating holidays annually.
  • Pension Benefits: County employees are eligible for Washington State PERS enrollment.
  • Benefits: The County offers a wide range of benefits including, medical, and dental, vision, life insurance, LTD, deferred compensation and more.
  • Pay Increases: Each year you will be eligible for a 5% step increase until you reach the top step.


Snohomish County, north of Seattle, is located in northwest Washington between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. The county has rich scenery, numerous activities and a thriving economy.  Snohomish County is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.  When joining Public Works, you will work in an environment where innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement are highly encouraged and supported.  We are proud to offer an outstanding benefit package to employees and their dependents. We are invested in your success and growth and offer competitive wages, job flexibility and stability, employer paid ORCA cards, and a friendly, diverse team atmosphere where employees are appreciated and make a real difference providing services for our citizens. We strive to not only provide a meaningful job, but a lifelong career.
Public Works is the largest department in the Snohomish County government with approximately 600 employees.  Snohomish County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  This growth presents many challenges for the Public Works department in maintaining and improving critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges, managing the solid waste and recycling needs of county residents, and monitoring surface water issues. Visit the Public Works webpage to learn more.

 Job Duties


     This position works as a member of a team within Surface Water Management to investigate and solve drainage problems and inspect storm water facilities. Duties include office research, field analysis, surveying, and small project design, and construction inspection, storm water facility inspection, engineering computations, drafting and report writing.


  1. Researches records in the offices of all county departments for plats, easements, surveys, drainage plans, construction plans, wetland delineation's, or any other documents pertinent to field investigation and analysis.
  2. Conducts field investigations at the site; analyzes the local hydrology and determines the effect of topography, geology, soils, vegetation and development on the hydraulic performance of existing structures; interviews local residents and compiles a historical record; takes photographs of salient features; draws a detailed sketch of existing conditions and structures and documents problems and code violations prepares a preliminary written report in the field including immediate referral actions to be taken and possible future long term solutions.
  3. Writes a final analysis report of drainage problems informing citizens what actions were taken, what referrals were made, including preliminary field findings; offers technical advice on possible solutions; proposes possible county projects; and discusses citizen responsibilities and liabilities.
  4. Conducts topographic surveys and reduces survey field notes to create a map for design purposes; locates utilities and coordinates test borings; sets benchmarks and stationing for horizontal and vertical control.
  5. Performs hydraulic/hydrologic calculations and analysis; designs small projects to solve drainage problems; drafts plans; coordinates ordering of materials and material quality control.
  6. Performs construction inspection to verify that plans are followed, work is up to standard, and materials are specified; provides field engineering for plan changes due to field conditions; maintains project records; provides technical support for construction crews.
  7. Calculates and verifies calculations of quantities, acreage and right of way acquisition for design engineers.
  8. Educates the public about the watershed they live in and explains their responsibilities and obligations as citizens; offers alternatives to activities that cause pollution, salutation, increased runoff, or other detrimental effects to the watershed.
  9. Helps to resolve conflicts between citizens, or between citizens and public agencies.
  10. Inspects pubilc and private storm water facilities to ensure that they function properly; identifies deficiencies and determines course of action to rectify deficiencies.


  1. Performs related duties as required.

 Minimum Qualifications

      Graduation from a two year accredited program in civil engineering technology, construction management, or related field; AND two (2) years of on the job field experience in civil engineering, construction, or related field; OR, any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.  Must pass job related tests.

   A valid Washington State Driver's License is required for employment.

 Additional Information


Knowledge of:

  • hydrology, hydraulics, surveying, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and general environmental awareness
  • principles and practices of engineering and surveying
  • principles, practices, techniques and instruments related to area of assignment
  • mathematics, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; codes, regulations and standards applicable to area of assignment; current literature, trends, materials and issues in the area of specialization
  • computer programs, including database and spreadsheets

Ability to:

  • interpret engineering plans and specification
  • communicate effectively with engineers, contractors, developers, staff members and the general public orally and in writing with, and be clearly understood in English
  • work independently and organize work load
  • prepare clear concise written reports
  • prepare complex technical calculations
  • independently perform detailed drafting, surveying inspection or related technical engineering assignment


     Must be able to lift catch basin lids in excess of fifty (50) pounds.

    Employees report to a technical or professional supervisor as assigned. Employee may serve as a lead worker and be responsible for coordinating the work of other employees. Work is performed independently or as a member of a crew. Work is reviewed in progress or upon completion for accuracy and adherence to division engineering standards.

    Work is performed in the office or in the field in varying weather conditions. Physical hazard from traffic and construction equipment at the work site may be present.

Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request. 
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Salary61401.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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