Engineer I - Capital Strike Team

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on March 2, 2020

WHO MAY APPLY: This is an internal posting open to all employees within the Department of Natural Resources and Parks. This recruitment is for three full time, career service positions. 


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.


  • A King County Application Form (applying online satisfies this)
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Answers to the Supplemental Questions
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures. We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies and policies that promote fairness, justice and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. The selected candidate will integrate King County's Equity and Social Justice principles into the daily functions of this position. King County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations, as needed.

Job Duties

These positions will be part of the Capital Strike Team of the River and Floodplain Management Section within the Water and Land Resources Division.  The Capital Strike Team is a team of river engineers, scientists and planners tasked with designing and implementing river and floodplain management projects on behalf of the King County Flood Control District.  


• Provide engineering assistance to multidisciplinary project teams by conducting engineering and technical analyzes involving open channel hydraulics, floodplain and river conditions, flooding, river hazards and project design.
• Assist with preparation of design documents including plans, specifications, estimates (costs, quantities, and schedules) and scopes of work.
• Support project management activities including project scopes of work, schedules, budgets and contract requirements during design, procurement and implementation phases.
• Assist with preparation of environmental documents and permit applications.
• Assist with field investigations and assessments for flood facilities, such as gathering engineering and related information necessary for damage repair of levees and revetments, including condition assessments, field survey and spatial data collection.
• Participate in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities, including investigating known problem-sites, evaluating debris jams, documenting flood damages, and developing recommendations for flood response actions. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

• 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. 
• Ability to collaboratively and work with multidisciplinary staff with diverse professional backgrounds and participate with perseverance, patience, and humor in high-paced projects with overlapping deadlines.
• Demonstrated experience working successfully in interdisciplinary technical teams in a high performance, collaborative team environment.
• Ability to exercise proper tact and judgment in the field and in the office, to work safely and effectively outdoors under adverse conditions. 
• Demonstrated ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively on technical issues with people of varying technical backgrounds and understanding.
• Some experience and skills conducting site reconnaissance, collecting land and in-water survey data, taking field notes, and/or transforming field data using survey calculations, including the knowledge and use of GPS field equipment, data dictionaries and software.
• Some experience and proficiency with data file management and drafting techniques using manual methods or software such as AutoCAD Civil 3D or Arc GIS.

Supplemental Information

• Certification as an Engineer-In-Training.
• Design and/or construction management experience in the disciplines of open channel hydraulics, river mechanics, and/or floodplain management.
• Knowledge, understanding and experience with application of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles and geomorphic processes.
• Experience:
o Responding to emergency situations such as post-flood disaster response actions, and knowledge and experience working in river and floodplain conditions.
o Conducting field investigations, such as evaluating river conditions, and assessing flood hazard problems and needs in a river-scale setting.
o Developing, applying and using contemporary hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling applications, including HEC-RAS.  
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.
Ability to complete Swiftwater Safety 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 contingent upon successfully passing a pre-employment physical examination. 
WORK SCHEDULE: This position works a 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday. This position is overtime eligible.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by PROTEC Local 17A.

CONTACT:  For questions about this recruitment, contact:
Michelle Kobuki

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS:  The attached questions must be completed and submitted with the application. These questions address important elements of these positions and the information you provide will help to determine your eligibility for further consideration. 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Describe your experience as a member of a multi-disciplinary project team that planned, designed and/or constructed a river facility (levee or revetment) repair, flood risk reduction, or similar project . What role did you play and how did you interact with other staff to develop a comprehensive solution?
Describe a time you had to quickly learn a new product/company/industry or describe the biggest technological challenge you ever had to overcome
Describe your experience communicating technical information (written and/or oral) to diverse audiences.
When working in a team environment, what are the qualities you feel are most important in order to be a productive and collaborative team player?

Required Question