Engineer I - Design (Surface Water Management) + Eligibility Register

Snohomish County | Everett, WA

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Posted Date 12/03/2019

 We are filling one position and
creating an eligibility register to fill future
Engineer I vacant positions in the next six (6) months

Snohomish County Public Works is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and talented individual to fill a key Engineer I position in the Capital section of the Surface Water Management (SWM) division.  This position will be part of a team of engineers and technicians that take projects from concept through construction.  SWM implements a wide variety of stormwater improvement projects (fish passage improvements, neighborhood drainage improvements, water quality treatment, road flooding reduction, etc.).

Application must be made via the Snohomish County website:
SWM delivers a robust design and construction program, delivering 15-20 capital projects per year.  If working on meaningful and challenging capital projects from identification through construction sounds good to you, please consider applying for this Engineer I position.
The successful 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 successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in analyzing and designing fish passage, drainage, and water quality projects; conducting hydraulic and hydrologic computer modeling; preparing engineering studies, plans, specifications, and cost estimates; the use of spreadsheets, databases, GIS software, and AutoCAD; and overseeing project construction.  The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, will demonstrate the ability to work well with staff and stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds, and will be able to positively contribute to the delivery of high quality projects and service to the citizens of Snohomish County.

For further information on Snohomish County Surface Water Management's programs, please go to

Some highlights of the generous benefits we offer to our employees:

  • Flexible work schedules
  • 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 additionally 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, dental, vision, life insurance, LTD, deferred compensation and more.
  • Pay Increases: The salary range for this position is $5,497.61 - $6,688.45 per month. Each year you will be eligible for a 5% step increase until you reach the top step. An annual cost of living adjustment may also be included, as negotiated by AFSCME.

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


     To perform entry-level professional engineering assignments in design, which require the application of basic engineering princi­ples and methods. Assists Engineers II, III or IV, or manages smaller projects or project components
  1. Conducts or directs the preparation of studies and preliminary field surveys in preparation for design and construction of pub­lic works facilities such as roadways, bridges, surface water facilities, solid waste sites, county parks or community facilities. 
  2. Coordinates design projects, with other divisions of Public Works, other county departments or outside agencies. 
  3. Provides project management of public works projects, including preparing or overseeing the preparation of specifications, cost and quantity estimates, the design of projects such as road and bridge improvements, and the oversight of the construction proc­ess. 
  4. Performs site inspections of construction work to verify quality of installations and coordinate timely and quality completion for acceptance. 
  5. Conducts periodic inspections of existing bridge structures for condition; prepares appropriate inspection and documentation reports; prepares load rating calculations from this inspection data and makes recommendations to superiors for bridge mainte­nance or new construction techniques; may also assist in prepa­ration of Annual Bridge Report. 
  6. Serves as office engineer responsible for project adminis­tration, preparation of plans, specifications and estimates, field engineering design changes, and document review. 
  7. Prepares design reports and design memos for various road and bridge projects. 
  8. Reviews studies and environmental impact statements as submit­ted.
  9. Assists other engineers in researching, analyzing and resolving engineering problems on county construction projects. 
  10. Attends public meetings and formal public hearings on proposed county construction projects; prepares or supervises the prepa­ration of maps, exhibits, drawings, charts and graphs and pro­vides technical testimony as required. 
  11. Coordinates and reviews the work of other engineering staff as it relates to assigned construction projects; provides training in related work as required. 
  12. Prepares and reviews technical reports to engineering assign­ments. 
  13. Organizes, coordinates and conducts pre-construction conferences of contractors, utilities and county staff to plan project schedules.
  14. Analyzes drainage, habitat, and water quality problems; develops, drafts, and designs solutions that can be successfully and cost-effectively implemented.  

Minimum Qualifications

     A Bachelor of Science degree in civil or related engineering field; OR a combination of four years of education and experience in the fundamental knowledge of engineering theory and practice, gained under the direct supervision of a professional engineer. The criteria for appropriate education and work experience is further defined in WAC 196-12-020 as being in a position of making independent judgments and decisions in the following areas:
         a. Formulating conclusions and recommendations;
         b. Identifying design and /or project objectives;
         c. Identifying alternatives;
         d. Solving engineering problems.
     Any experience gained without the supervision of a professional engineer would not be counted. Must pass job related tests.
      A valid Washington State Driver's License is required for em­ployment.

 Additional Information


 Knowledge of:
  • principles, practices and techniques of engineering related to area of assignment
  • engineering mathematics as applied to area of assignment
  • surveying principles and practices
  • engineering plans, specifications and drafting procedures applied to area of assignment

Ability to:

  • perform hydraulic and hydrologic studies; utilize various roadway and bridge engineering software
  • interpret and assess field data used for the maintenance and design of construction projects
  • prepare engineering plans, specifications and estimates, maps, documents and legal descriptions
  • perform AutoCAD and Land Desktop assignments
  • inspect and appraise the condition of public works structures
  • use and care for instruments and equipment employed in the area of assignment
  • understand and execute oral and written instructions
  • establish and maintain effective working relations as necessitated by work assignments
  • plan,schedule and coordinate work assignments

     Assignments are generally broad in scope with opportunity for the use of experience, initiative, and independent judgment in solv­ing most problems, although assistance from professional superiors is available when especially difficult problems are encountered. Work is periodically evaluated by a professional supervisor.

     Work is performed in an office environment or in the field in all kinds of weather conditions.

Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request. 
EEO policy and ADA notice


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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