Engineer III - Capital Services

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on September 3, 2022
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Would you like to be a part of a multi-discipline team, applying state-of-the-art techniques to design and build facilities to manage surface water?   Do you enjoy working on a variety of projects and being a member of multidisciplinary teams?  As a senior level engineer, you will lead the design and implementation of surface water capital improvement projects within the Water and Land Resources Division.  You will apply engineering principles and project management techniques to retrofit stormwater facilities, improve water quality, and reduce flooding across King County.

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Who is Eligible:  This position is open to all qualified candidates, but first consideration for the career service position will be given to all current King County PROTEC Local 17A bargaining unit employees eligible for a lateral transfer (transferring within the Engineer III classification and having passed probation).

Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking with some onsite work and meetings.  The frequency of onsite work will be informed by business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces as needed at various King County facilities. Employee must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note, that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
Work Location: Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104.

Work Schedule: These positions are covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and are overtime eligible. These full-time positions work a 40-hour work week. The work schedule is typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

Job Duties

  • Serve as the lead engineer, project manager, or key project team member through all phases of the design and construction of surface water projects.
  • Lead the efforts to plan and deliver design packages (engineering reports, plans, specifications and engineering estimates) and needed documents for project construction.
  • Develop and analyze engineering alternatives; formulate clear cost-effective recommendations for management which meet project goals and in compliance with local, state and federal requirements.
  • Apply project management techniques and tools to manage multidisciplinary project teams, consultants and contractors to deliver successful capital improvement projects.
  • Lead the development of consultant and construction contracts and work orders.
  • Coordinate with permitting agencies and property owners to obtain permits and property access for construction.
  • Communicate complex project issues to technical and non-technical audiences.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies: 

  • Collaborates – Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others from diverse backgrounds to meet shared objectives. 
  • Optimizes work processes – Works to find the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement. 
  • Demonstrates self-awareness – Uses a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances. 
  • Communicates Effectively – Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences. [JP1] 
  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field, and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform all the duties described in this job announcement.
  • At least four years of increasingly responsible work that is applicable to the primary job functions of this position.
  • Minimum of four years of engineering experience in preparing and reviewing bid documents (Plans, Specifications and Estimates) for construction of stormwater/surface water projects, habitat, restoration projects and/or flood control projects.
  • Minimum of two years performing hydrologic and hydraulic analyses or reviewing technical hydrologic and hydraulic studies and engineering reports.
  • Minimum of one year managing and providing quality assurance of consultant project tasks and deliverables
  • Knowledge of the WDFW Water Crossing Design guidelines
  • Knowledge of Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) techniques and guidelines
  • Knowledge of stormwater facility retrofit and asset preservation
  • Advanced project management training and/or certification
  • Knowledge of Water and Land Resources Division Project Management Manual

  • 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.

Supplemental Information

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to conduct occasional physical site inspections and evaluation. There is an intermittent need to walk on uneven terrain, for limited periods of time. Field locations include existing stormwater facilities and roads, forested environments, including ravines, and possibly agricultural lands and may expose the employee to inclement weather, slippery, uneven surfaces and other dynamic conditions typically found in rural and undeveloped portions of King County.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Heavy workloads, deadline pressure and interruptions are not uncommon. Work is performed primarily in an office environment, with occasional time spent in the field. Projects may occasionally require evening, weekend or holiday work and extended work days.
 Licensed Washington State professional civil engineer (P.E.) or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain Washington State license through reciprocity.
Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities.  The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.  Application without the following required materials may not be considered for this position. 

  • King County Application 
  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position 
UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by PROTEC Local 17A.
 CONTACT:  For questions about this recruitment, contact:
 Calvin Rivers

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

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To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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