Engineer III (Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services Unit)
King County - Seattle, WA

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WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all current King County Local 17A employees eligible for Lateral Transfer (this means that you cannot apply unless you are a County internal, in the same classification and off of probation).

Contact: or 206-477-4740 for questions related to this recruitment.

• A King County Application Form
• Resume and Cover Letter
• Answers to the attached supplemental questionnaire

WORK SCHEDULE: This full-time position is eligible for overtime. The typical work schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

The position is located within the Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services Unit. The primary work of the unit is to develop and implement habitat restoration projects, especially restoration projects identified in salmon recovery plans for the region. The position will be part of a team of engineers, ecologists and other scientists who develop and implement river, floodplain and stream restoration projects, as well as wetland restoration projects. Many projects are large, complex, multi-year and multi-objective river restoration projects requiring a thorough understanding of the riverine environment, riverine processes, and floodplain management. This position will perform lead engineer duties on assigned projects; conduct river and hydraulic engineering design and technical analyses; conduct field investigations and assessments of river, floodplain, stream, and wetland conditions; gather engineering data and related information necessary to scope and develop technical studies; and develop and monitor scopes of work, tasks and budgets for technical consulting contracts. The position may be assigned to projects located throughout the King County service area. There may also be opportunities to work on other related projects and programs within the Water and land Resources Division.

Job Duties:

• Serve as the project manager, lead engineer or key project team member to design and implement complex habitat restoration projects.
• Identify and conduct or oversee appropriate river engineering and technical analyses specific to each restoration project, including but not limited to, open channel hydraulic models, floodplain and river condition assessments, and flooding and erosion hazard analyses.
• Develop engineering plans and specifications, including bid packages.
• Determine detailed project quantities, project costs, construction techniques, construction scheduling and sequencing.
• Oversee construction of projects, including coordination of work by contractors or County forces.
• Conduct field investigations and engineering assessments of project sites, including evaluation of existing geomorphic and hydraulic conditions. The evaluation often includes assessment of the function, need, and/or impact of constructed elements, such as levees and revetments.
• Assist in developing and overseeing consultant contracts to support design, engineering analyses, permitting, and construction oversight of capital projects. Develop scopes of work, schedules and budgets and conduct technical review of contractor deliverables.
• Make presentations or write technical reports and issue papers for various technical and non-technical audiences to summarize and convey project findings.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

• Bachelor of Science degree in civil or environmental engineering, and at least five years of increasingly responsible engineering design work that is applicable to the primary job functions of this position.
• Minimum two years of open channel hydraulic engineering, river mechanics, and/or floodplain management project design.
• Experience serving as technical lead/expert, providing technical guidance to others and working successfully in interdisciplinary and inter-jurisdictional technical teams on highly visible floodplain management and natural resources projects.
• Licensed Washington State professional civil engineering (P.E.) or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain Washington State license through reciprocity.
• Proficiency in developing design plans, specifications, drawings, bid packages, and technical maps and documents.
• Experience in assessing flood hazard problems in a river-scale setting relative to habitat restoration designs and project proposals.
• Experience in conducting field investigations, and evaluating and documenting river, floodplain and stream conditions.
• Experience in standard survey methods and experience using field equipment, such as Total Station, GPS, clinometers, and range finders.
• Experience in the preparation of reports and presentations designed for a wide variety of audiences, e.g., engineers, scientists, management/policy makers, and community members. • Intermediate skill with MS-Excel and MS-Word, with the ability to demonstrate a working knowledge of the software.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills, including communicating technical information to a diverse audience.
• Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a diverse group of people.

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