Engineer I/II/III - Stormwater

County of El Paso | El Paso, CO

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Posted Date 4/16/2020

***Engineer I - $55,000.00 Annually / Depends on Qualifications***
***Engineer II - $65,000.00 Annually / Depends on Qualifications***
***Engineer III -  $77,000.00 Annually / Depends on Qualifications***

Performs a variety of routine, technical, and professional engineering duties in the field of civil engineering to include planning, design, and project management for stormwater quality infrastructure, in accordance with civil engineering principles and practices.

  • Assists in reviewing private development applications and plans; coordinates to ensure proposed design characteristics of the stormwater quality infrastructure are compatible with the County's infrastructure and long-term plans.
  • Participates in civil engineering design, plan review, and production of plans with an emphasis in stormwater quality. Participates in data collection and analysis relating to the stormwater quality of projects.
  • Responsible for analyzing and ensuring that stormwater quality infrastructure, roads, capital improvements and construction studies, plans, and designs conform to County criteria.
  • Formulates and prepares departmental recommendations for conditions of approval for private land development projects such as subdivisions, planned developments, site plan reviews, and use permits as they relate to stormwater quality infrastructure, roads, and other public infrastructure.
  • Accomplishes plan check review and processing of stormwater quality plans and reports for private developments, commercial, and multi-family projects.
  • Confers with developers, engineers, architects, contractors, property owners, and others to provide information regarding county regulations and standards. Coordinates plan and project review with other departments and agencies including the plan checking process to ensure all applicable standards, criteria, and codes have been met; maintains accurate records.
  • Coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies during the planning, design, and construction phases of internally and externally designed projects or development review projects.
  • Works with senior level engineers to evaluate existing organizational, regulatory, and infrastructure to include road and drainage issues; makes recommendations for appropriate corrective measures.
  • Calculates quantities and cost estimates for engineering projects.
  • Determines project feasibility based on analysis of data collected and presents recommendations to others.
  • Supports the Planning and Community Development Department (PCD) and Department of Public Works (DPW) relating to stormwater quality infrastructure; assists with the presentation of projects to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners; assists in the preparation of staff reports and agendas for various boards and commissions.
  • Responds to questions and complaints from the public concerning engineering and public works issues.
  • Reviews and coordinates the processing of environmental documents pursuant to National Environmental Protection Act and State requirements.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • Provides input and technical assistance as necessary.
  • May plan, design, and manage projects or participate in data collection and analysis for parks and recreation, traffic/transportation, and development review as needed.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Additional Level II Functions:
  • Accomplishes complex engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems, interpreting general policies, and determining work schedules in stormwater infrastructure and civil engineering.
  • Reviews private development applications and plans and coordinates to ensure the proposed design characteristics the stormwater quality infrastructure components of land development projects are compatible with the County's infrastructure and long term plans.
  • Provides project management and engineering design in the planning and development of project plans, specifications, and estimates for the design of public capital and/or maintenance projects, including but not limited to parks and recreation, transportation, stormwater, site development, etc. Ensures that the planning, design and construction complies with environmental requirements, the project scope, schedule, budget and current design engineering criteria, standards, practices, theories and procedures.  Ensures that all project clearances are received for engineering, environmental, utility, and right-of-way offices to clear a project for advertisement.
  • Monitors and administers construction projects to certify that the construction is being performed in accordance with the plans and specifications under local and/or state and federal requirements. Reviews and recommends approval for design and construction modifications, including revisions to contract documents. Inspects project sites and features for stormwater permit compliance and safety including traffic control reviews/inspections. 
  • Resolves complex engineering problems to successfully complete projects. 
  • Provides PCD, DPW, Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) members, and the customer with feedback on project requirements for stormwater quality at Team Early Assistance, including approvals required, project feasibility, distribution needs, cost and timeline estimates.
  • Supports the Project Manager/Planner and serves as the primary point of contact for the customer and staff; keeps the Project Manager/Planner informed of discussions and decisions made in their absence.
  • Confers directly with other County Administrative Departments regarding project development, engineering design, and construction of infrastructure; may be responsible for management of related projects.
  • Attends and represents the County at various meetings with citizens, developers, contractors, consultants, utility providers, County departments, and other governmental agencies.
  • Recommends and assists in the preparation of procedural or ordinance changes.
  • Inputs accurate information into the project tracking system.
Additional Level III Functions:
  • Reviews and analyzes data and formulates recommendations regarding stormwater quality infrastructure for complex and controversial zoning applications, new subdivisions, land development, construction plans, and other engineering issues.
  • Identifies acceptable options for stormwater quality infrastructure design; provides clarification on code interpretations and specific code language.
  • Responsible for construction phase of development projects to ensure compliance with County land development regulations and project condition of approval; upon completion of improvements, coordinates the formal project acceptance.
  • Accomplishes or provides guidance on plan check review and processing of plans for private developments affecting County streets, drainage, transportation, and traffic engineering activities.
  • Oversees work of lower level engineers to include setting priorities and reviewing written reports and work products. Advises engineers, site planners, and others engaged in development on proper stormwater quality infrastructure requirements.
  • Prepares for project meetings by understanding the project, researching current and historical information, and evaluating codes, County policies, and other applicable regulations.
  • Prepares for public hearings by researching and assisting PCD and DPW with preparing written reports to be submitted to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. Provides expert testimony and responses at public hearings and other meetings in coordination with Project Managers.
  • Directs data collection and analysis in the fields of civil engineering, development engineering, or traffic/transportation engineering and planning.
  • Oversees the preparation and review of quantity calculations and cost estimates for engineering projects.
  • Assists in budget preparation.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for the division and department.
  • Responsible for the preparation of staff reports and agendas for various Boards and Commissions.




  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university required. Major study in Water Resources/Environmental or Civil Engineering preferred.
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of engineering and administration as applied to the design and methods, materials, techniques, planning, and construction of county infrastructure and development projects.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, and techniques of land surveying. Knowledge of plan checking methods and the ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines, including compliance with codes and regulations.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and explain technical plans and procedures, planning and zoning regulations, federal, state and county regulations, applicable laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical and scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, test data, aerial photographs, and other topographic and geologic data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to maintain effective working relationships. Ability to make formal presentations to groups or individuals.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the education and experience requirements above.
  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, and drug screen.
To qualify as an Engineer II:
  • Minimum six (6) years professional engineering experience, including two (2) years of supervisory or project management experience required.
  • Experience with MS Project, CAD, GIS and the ability to quickly learn other software systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of current development in legislation, literature, sources of information relative to public works, engineering, and development issues.
To qualify as an Engineer III:
  • Minimum eight (8) years progressive civil engineering experience, including three (3) years leadership experience of professional staff required.
  • Previous budgetary experience preferred.
  • Ability to apply statistical techniques such as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis preferred. 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. 
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical information, with abstract and concrete variables, in mathematical or diagram form.
  • Ability to create own data sets necessary for project analysis.
  • Ability to actively participate and make agreements, decisions, or commitments within the regulatory framework, in a complex, controversial, or highly political environment.




  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.
To qualify as an Engineer I:
  • Engineer Intern Certification is required.
To qualify as an Engineer II/Engineer III:
  • Professional Engineer's (PE) License required; possession of Colorado PE within six (6) months after appointment required.


Work Conditions

Work is primarily performed in an office setting. Some field work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. 

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT:     For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.
Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).              


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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