King County - Engineer II Posted 6/19/2018 Apply Now

OPENING DATE/TIME: 06/14/18 12:00 AM (GMT -8:00)
CLOSING DATE/TIME: 06/28/18 11:59 PM (GMT -8:00)

SALARY: $35.16 - $44.56 Hourly
LOCATION: King Street Center - 201 S Jackson St, Seattle
JOB TYPE: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)
DIVISION: Department of Natural Resources & Parks - Water and Land Resources Division
JOB NUMBER: 2018MK08258

King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. The Water and Land Resources Division encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.

This is open to the general public. If the successful applicant is a King County Career Service employee, this position will be offered as a special duty assignment. Employees must have their current supervisor's approval to accept a Special Duty Assignment.

Duration: This opportunity is currently expected to last until the end of December 2019.

Contact: For questions about this recruitment, please contact Michelle Kobuki, Human Resource Analyst at or at 206-477-4740.

Job Description: The Water and Land Resources Division of King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks is looking for an Engineer II. This is a Special Duty opportunity for King County Career Service employees and a Term Limited Temporary (TLT) opportunity for external candidates.

This Engineer II position will be located in the Snoqualmie/South Fork Skykomish Basin Team of the River and Floodplain Management Section within the Water and Land Resources Division and will work as part of a team of engineers, scientists and planners supporting the design and implementation of projects for the King County Flood Control District. The work program for this position will focus on the Snoqualmie, Tolt, Raging, and South Fork Skykomish Rivers.

This position will support design and analyses for river and floodplain management projects and programs. This will include conducting field investigations and assessments of river conditions and flood facilities; gathering engineering data and related information necessary to prepare scopes of work; developing conceptual and final designs, providing support to construction management and inspection; identifying flood damages, maintenance, or repair needs to river facilities as part of post-flood documentations; contributing to flood warning, emergency and disaster response activities. This position will be assigned to the Snoqualmie/South Fork Skykomish Basin Team, however there will be opportunities to work across the County supporting the overall Rivers program.

Primary Job Duties:
  • Serve as an engineer on multidisciplinary project teams and assist with and conduct technical analyzes involving open channel hydraulics, floodplain and river conditions, and flood hazards and risks.
  • Prepare, or assist in the preparation of, plans, specifications, estimates (costs, quantities, and schedules) or scope of work for flood hazard management project designs including the development of conceptual designs, application of hydrologic and hydraulic computer models.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation or administration of project scopes of work, schedules and budgets, contract requirements and the execution of plans for the design, procurement and construction phase of assigned projects.
  • Provide oversight for the construction of flood protection facility repairs and flood hazard reduction projects, including coordination of work by contractors or County forces.
  • Support efforts to prepare environmental documents and secure environmental permits.
  • Conduct field investigations and engineering assessments of flood facilities, such as levees and revetments, on the county's major rivers including condition assessments, field survey and spatial data collection.
  • Participate in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities. Support senior engineering and technical staff in flood emergency response actions, such as conducting problem site investigations, evaluating debris jams, documenting flood damages to County flood protection facilities and developing recommendations for flood response actions.
Competitive Candidates Will Have:
  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field (and/or equivalent combination of education and project work that provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties described in this job announcement) and at least three years of increasingly responsible engineering experience that is applicable to the primary job duties of this position.
  • Experience working successfully within interdisciplinary technical teams in a high performance, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to take verbal and written direction to perform tasks independently on assigned projects, while keeping senior and supervisory staff apprised of technical issues and schedule commitments.
  • Knowledge of and experience planning, designing, and implementing capital projects.
  • Ability to exercise proper tact and judgment in the field and in the office, to work effectively outdoors under adverse conditions, and to successfully resolve conflicts in the conduct of work activities with coworkers and stakeholders.
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively on technical issues with citizens and landowners, varied levels of staff from local jurisdictions, consultants, Tribes, business and professional groups.
Desirable Qualifications, Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:
  • Certification as an Engineer-In-Training (E.I.T), or licensed Washington State professional civil engineering (P.E.), or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain Washington State license through reciprocity.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles and/or geomorphic processes.
Demonstrated Experience:
  • conducting field investigations, evaluating river conditions, and assessing flood hazard problems and needs in a river-scale setting including standard terrestrial and riverinesurvey methods.
  • applying riverine design and construction techniques including producing, interpreting, and reviewing design drawings, specifications, technical maps and documents, and providing construction oversight.
  • developing, applying and using contemporary hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling applications, such as HEC-RAS.
  • reviewing hydrologic and hydraulic studies and engineering reports for completeness and accuracy.
  • producing design packages using AutoCAD Civil3D and managing and presenting geospatial data using Arc-View GIS.
  • responding to flood emergency situations, post-flood disaster response actions, and knowledge and experience working in river and floodplain conditions.
Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in an office environment, with occasional time spent performing field site inspections. Participation in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities typically involve short-term work in excess of 12 hours per day and during all hours of the day that may include evenings, weekends and holidays. Heavy workloads, deadline pressure and interruptions due to changing priorities are not uncommon.

Physical Requirements: Ability to complete King County provided Swiftwater Rescue Training course within 6 months of employment.

Necessary Special Requirements: A valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner. A final offer of employment will be contingentupon successfully passing a pre-employment physical examination.

Union Membership: Positions in this classification are represented by Local 17A, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. Union membership andaccompanying monthly dues will be required within 30 days of employment.

Work Schedule: This full time Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT) position works a 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday. This position is overtime eligible.

Forms and Materials Required:
  • A King County application form.
  • Resume.
  • Letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Answers to the supplemental questions.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.
If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or the department's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.

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