Engineer III

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on September 11, 2022
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The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is looking for an Engineer III.

The Engineer III position is in the River and Floodplain Management Section. The position will perform engineering design and technical analyses for river and floodplain management projects and programs. Job duties will include participating in field investigations and assessments of river conditions and flood facilities; collaborating with multi-disciplinary project teams for capital projects, leading development of project design and implementation for flood damage repair projects and river capital projects; staffing flood warning, emergency and disaster response activities; and evaluating flood damages to river facilities as part of post-flood documentation.

The position will be assigned to Green River Basin Team and there will be opportunities for training and professional development. There also will be opportunities to work across the County supporting the overall River and Floodplain Management Section. The River and Floodplain Management Section is dedicated to upholding the goals and vision in the King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan in our work, workplace, and in community outreach and education.

To learn more about some of the projects these teams are working on, please visit the following links:

Lower Russell Levee Setback Project
Gunter Levee Improvement

Duration: This is a Term-Limited Temporary position (TLT) or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) that is currently approved until June 2025.

Who is Eligible: This position is open to all King County employees and the general public. If the successful applicant is a King County Career Service employee, this position will be offered as a Special Duty Assignment (SDA). Employees must have their current supervisor’s approval to accept an SDA.

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. To learn more, please visit

Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as informed by business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.  Employees 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.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.

Work Location: Predominately teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104.

Work Schedule: This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.

Job Duties

  • Lead and oversee river engineering and technical analyses involving open channel hydraulics, floodplain and river conditions and flood hazard investigations.
  • Manage and lead the design and construction for capital projects aimed at reducing risks from river and floodplain hazards and improving environmental conditions.
  • Lead or serve as an integral member of multi-disciplinary project teams for capital projects ranging from relatively straightforward facility repairs to large, multi-benefit projects in environmentally sensitive areas requiring sustainable approaches that promote natural river processes.
  • Lead and/or support the preparation of studies, engineering analyses, alternatives development and analysis, project designs, engineering plans and specifications, detailed project schedules, cost estimates, permitting, construction bid document preparation, constructability review, and construction management and oversight.
  • Participate in flood warning and emergency response activities to assess problem sites, evaluate debris jams, evaluate flood damages to County flood protection facilities and develop recommendations for flood response actions and emergency repairs.
  • Conduct field investigations, spatial data collection and engineering assessments of levees, revetments, flood walls and other flood protection facilities on the county's major rivers.
  • Prepare and present information in a variety of settings and styles and to diverse audiences. Effectively synthesize complex information in written reports, technical memos and briefings for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Provide professional engineer stamp and signature on technical reports, specifications, and design documents in accordance with the requirements of the Washington State Department of Licensing.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have The Following Competencies:

  • Collaborating: Building and fostering relationships with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Motivating: Creating and maintaining a climate in which people want to do their best in a collaborative environment.
  • Directing Work: Providing clear direction and accountability; delegating and distributing assignments and decisions appropriately.
  • Technical Learning: Learning quickly and integrating new technical skills and knowledge.
  • Written Communication: Writing clearly and appropriately in a variety of communication settings, styles, and to a diverse set of audiences.
  • Perseverance in the Face of Obstacles: Maintains a positive attitude despite adversity and bounces back from setbacks.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience providing the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform all the described duties.
  • Licensed Washington State professional civil engineering (P.E.) or licensed in another state, or country, with the ability to obtain a Washington State license through reciprocity within one year.
  • Relevant experience showing responsibility for engineering or project management overseeing all phases of multi-disciplinary projects relevant to job duties described above, including design; and preparing and tracking scopes, schedules, and budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following areas:
    • Implementing projects including planning, design, and construction management.
    • Working successfully as a technical lead in multi-disciplinary technical teams in a high-performance, collaborative environment on highly visible projects.
    • Ability to engage tactfully and courteously with diverse groups, governmental officials, the public, community groups, and colleagues.
    • Experience reviewing technical studies and engineering reports for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with codes and procedures.
    • Experience managing and providing quality assurance of consultant contracts, project tasks and deliverables.
    • Experience using computer aided design and analysis tools such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS.
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in responding to flood emergency situations, post-flood disaster response actions, and knowledge and experience working in river and floodplain conditions.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • Valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work if selected for this position.
  • The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical.
  • Ability to complete King County provided Swiftwater Rescue Training course within six months of employment.
Work Environment: Work is primarily performed remotely, with occasional time spent performing field site inspections. Participation in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities is mandatory during the flood season and typically involves 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: This position requires the ability to conduct physical site inspections and evaluations during times of inclement weather. There is often a need to walk on uneven terrain for extended periods of time. Field conditions include brushy, forested environments; river, stream and wetland corridors; and slippery, uneven surfaces and dynamic conditions in the outdoors.

Supplemental Information

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. Applications 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
  • Responses to supplemental questions
Union Membership: This position is represented by PROTEC Local 17A.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Deena Prasad, Senior Human Resource Analyst

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.  

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No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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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