Fish Passage Supervising Engineer IV

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on September 17, 2022
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King County Road Services Division has an excellent opportunity for you to be part of local government! We are looking for a dynamic Fish Passage Supervising Engineer IV.  Our successful candidate will help project managers manage highly visible and politically sensitive projects incorporating fish passage into the design of stream crossings.  This position is located in the Drainage Design Unit. The Engineer IV will support the Managing Engineer in providing technical oversight, quality control and certification of plans and documents for assigned Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects.  The position requires the ability to train and mentor less experienced project managers and engineers.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Road Services team and make a difference in our community!

Job Duties

  • Support the Managing Engineer in the daily project management of the assigned CIP projects including overseeing the selection and negotiation of consultant and construction contracts and monitoring compliance with consultant contract terms and conditions
  • Review, approve and prepare drainage design reports, constructions plans, specifications, and project estimates 
  • Prepare and/or approve project schedules, budgets, and work plans to complete assigned work programs and projects 
  • Prepare and/or manage the preparation of hydrologic reports, geomorphic assessment reports, hydraulic analyses, modeling reports, contract plans, specifications, special provisions, and cost estimates 
  • Make recommendations to the Managing Manager on workloads, assist in the hiring process, supervise assigned team members, recommend disciplinary actions and staff training
  • Ensure that project scopes, schedules and budgets are maintained, and project continuity is not jeopardized
  • Provide technical oversight, quality assurance and control of plans and documents for project teams
  • Provide advice and assistance to management and staff regarding the interpretation and application of professional standards and regulations
  • Provide oversight of cost control issues and earlier involvement in project development
  • Manage highly visible and politically sensitive projects
  • Support the Project Engineer and project team during the construction of projects
  • Participate in the resolution of project management and construction problems
  • Support the Managing Manager in developing and recommending long and short-term strategic plans
  • Train and mentor less experienced project managers and engineers
  • Assist in the building of work teams and fostering a culture that supports collaboration and communication and team engagement

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of engineering principles equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in design, stream flow modeling, project management and construction, including two (2) years supervising an engineering staff 
  • Expertise in the use of modeling software for flood plain modeling such as HEC-RAS and the ability to train Project Managers and Engineers in use and interpretation
  • Expertise and understanding of the King County Surface Water Design Manual
  • Experience in geomorphological analysis of streams and rivers
  • Two years experience in managing and coordinating the preparation and review of plans and contract preparation for road, bridge and drainage projects
  • Knowledge in project management techniques and principles to include budget, scope, schedule development and monitoring
  • Knowledge of technical disciplines required for implementation of roadway projects
  • Knowledge of construction techniques for civil projects
  • Knowledge of construction/maintenance activities, procedures, and/or methods
  • Working knowledge of applicable design standards for road design and construction
  • Working knowledge of proper drafting procedures for plan and profile sheets 
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD
  • Knowledge of human resource policies and procedures
  • Skill in developing road, bridge, and drainage design plans, specifications and cost estimates
  • Skill in Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and Access 
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Skill in responding to citizen inquiries and working with interest groups
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to make presentations/briefings to management, support teams, elected officials and the public
  • Ability to read engineering plans and specifications
  • Ability to read and write property descriptions and right-of-way documents 
  • Ability to maintain a professional working relationship with other agencies, the public, and support teams
  • Team building; ability to lead and work in team environment

Supplemental Information

  • This position is represented by PROTEC 17
  • This recruitment may be used to fill additional vacancies to include Full Time Employment and Term Limited Temporary positions for up to 6 months
  • This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible
Necessary Requirements:
  • Valid Washington Professional Engineer (PE) License or the ability to transfer license to Washington State within 90 days of hire
  • Valid Washington Driver’s License
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in
Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. The individual in this position will be meeting with community members and organizations and will be expected to engage in face-to-face interactions, as COVID-19 restrictions permit, throughout unincorporated King County.
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 may be required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. 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 that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.
King County has set a requirement that all county employees be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. To meet this requirement, employees must have received their second shot of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or first shot of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by October 4, 2021, and provide verified proof of vaccination. Information on where to get a shot and answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine can be found at

King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county; taken together, Unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office with a Community Service Area group, and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. Together, this department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all of unincorporated King County. 
The King County Road Services Division designs, builds, operates and maintains roads and bridges in unincorporated areas of King County in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner to protect the public's investment and facilitate safe travel. The division is committed to ensuring the county's transportation system is safe and efficient for all uses and modes of travel. The Division is responsible for 1,500 miles of road and 182 bridges, 5.7 million feet of drainage ditches, over 44,000 traffic control signs, 78 traffic signals, and 50 traffic cameras in unincorporated King County.
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
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If you have any questions, please contact Jerrell Hollis, Senior HR Analyst, by e-mail at, or by phone at 206-477-4318.

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.

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  • 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.
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