Seattle Public Utilities is seeking a Watershed Engineer (Civil Engineering Specialist, Senior) to work out of our Watershed located in North Bend, WA. Ideal candidates will be entrepreneurial, display a strong ability to act independently and manage projects from inception to completion. The position reports to the Watershed Operations Manager and works closely with a variety of skilled professional staff including Forest Maintenance Workers, Heavy Equipment Operators, Hydrologists, Foresters, Biologists, Consultants, Managers, Engineers, computer Analysts and City, County, State and Federal agencies.
The Watershed Engineer serves to prepare forest road work planning for annual and long-term improvements, decommissioning and maintenance. Central to this work is coordinated field investigation, the design and layout for a variety of road projects. The Watershed Engineer is accountable for managing the Watershed Bridge Program, involving monitoring and assisting in bridge inspections, maintenance and the coordination of bridge replacement projects.
About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.
Manage the Watershed's rock source development plans and rock pit surveys, coordinate material collection and analysis, and develop pit rehabilitation plans
Prepare Road Use permits for external users of the City's Municipal Forested Watershed Road Systems
Provide advice on timber harvest prescriptions and layout upon request Take field measurements and prepare quantity and cost estimates
Participate and lead inter-disciplinary teams on a project by project basis
Provide Project Management by compiling scopes of work, drafting business cases, coordinating project investigations, conducting options analysis, consultant contract administration, contract administration, budget programming, etc.
Presents engineering projects, issues and problems at internal meetings, community meetings and before the Board of Public Works.
Coordinates and cooperates with other engineers, supervisors, agencies, departments, divisions and private utilities involved in or affected by project(s).
Draft bids, contract specifications and purchasing requests
Prepare cost, materials and time estimates
Prepare, submit and monitor permits from various State, County and Federal Agencies
Assist and advise other City Departments as needed in forest, road, hydraulic and civil engineering as needed
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Requires four years of civil engineering experience and an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology or two years of college level coursework in engineering and construction technology (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
License, Certification and Other Requirements:
Valid Washington State Driver's License
A background check will be required for candidates selected for employment who are not currently working for the City of Seattle.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
This position involves working long hours alone conducting field work in remote forested areas with rough terrain in all types of weather, and in or near construction sites and heavy equipment.
Will be required to safely drive low volume, low maintained forest roads with rough surfaces and varying widths.
Must be able to analyze stability risks around steep slopes and flowing water.
May be required to lift up to 50 pounds. May be required to travel, work nights, weekends and holidays.
This job is located at Cedar River Watershed in North Bend, WA.
The ideal candidate:
Strong ability to act independently and manage projects from inception to completion, with a strong ability to communicate at critical milestones
Strong candidates will display an interest in multiple engineering fields of Civil and Forest engineering with a desire to work on one-off "special projects"
Experience in Forest Road Engineering design and applications, transportation network planning, right-of-way management, cost sharing reconciliation and haul permit management
Familiarity with State Forest Practice laws, Surface Water Quality Standards and other applicable laws and regulations
Experience with Microsoft Office Suit, GIS, CAD and other engineering and land management software systems
At Seattle Public Utilities, our job is to protect the area's quality of life. We pledge to meet community and environmental needs by:
Maintaining some of the nation's best drinking water
Preventing sewer backups, flooding, and landslides
Helping Seattle residents and businesses be recycling leaders
Protecting local waterways and the Sound from sewage overflows and polluted stormwater runoff.
We do this while always keeping in mind that we need to spend customers' money wisely.
We are also making sure that as Seattle grows, it's even better for future generations. A place where:
Less garbage is shipped to the landfill
The drinking water is protected
Utility infrastructure is well-built and maintained
And where salmon thrive in healthy waterways.
Seattle is known as a progressive leader in technology, innovation, and the environment.
As an employer, the City of Seattle is a leading local government in environmental stewardship, green building and social justice, making our City what it is today and shaping our future. Our employees play an important role in making this possible.
Internal Number: 2019-01125
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