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Engineer I – Water Resources

Yakima County
Yakima County
128 N 2nd Street, Rm B27, Yakima, WA 98901 US
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Open 04/07/2021 12:00 AM to 04/21/2021 11:30 PM
Job Description

Job Closing Date: April 27, 2021
Compensation: $25.64 per hour, plus benefits

There is one opening with Yakima County Public Services, Water Resources Department. This position is responsible for providing entry level engineering design and project management for assigned Water Resources projects.

Essential Duties:

  • Manages assigned projects and performs engineering design and analysis of multiple flood control, water quality, stormwater and river engineering projects.
  • Collects, gathers and interprets engineering data, field data, and applies engineering judgement to solve complex problems.
  • Prepares project specifications by gathering information, analysis, advising technicians.
  • Prepares estimates of materials to be used and drafts final report for review and approval.
  • Prepares Environmental permit documents and ensures supporting data is made available for review by permitting agencies. Assists with project designs and calculations related to water resources.
  • Performs GIS, HEC-RAS, AutoCAD, and Civil 3D work related to Water Resources Division projects. Including: design drawings; preparing files for interface with hydrologic and hydrogeologic models; preliminary mapping in GIS; mapping of storm drainage components; mapping of stream inventory data. Work closely with County GIS Department on standards, methods, and final mapping and placement onto the County GIS.
  • Assists with construction contract administration by solving field problems, reviewing change orders and providing Engineering support and advice to Construction Division Staff. Identifies how the field problem affects design principle, determines what changes to make to resolve the problem and the estimates costs involved.
  • Performs Stormwater Facility investigations, mapping, and assist with strategic planning and operation.
  • Perform drainage plan review and comment under the direction of the Natural Resource Specialist, or the Project Engineer. Review and comment on public works projects and private projects where review and approval by Public Services has been mandated.
  • Meets with contractors, public agencies and officials, or general public and answers questions regarding policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Assigns work and monitors work performed by subordinate technical staff.
  • Facilitates meetings related to project management.
  • Researches funding sources; writes proposals, determines needs and administers grants and/or funds raised. Prepares, negotiates and tracks contracts and budgets.
  • Provide stormwater permitting assistance on Water Resources projects.
  • Work with permit agencies concerning permitting steps and required documentation.
  • Prepare permit documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position is a Yakima County Clerical, Technical and Professional Employees Group position.

Equipment Used: Computer and engineering software, field vehicle, calculator, telephone, fax, copier, camera, tape measuring equipment (tape or wheel).


Working Conditions:

Environmental Demands: exposure to weather, extreme temperatures, travel, field work. Physical Demands: carrying, handling, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, hearing, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual Demands: ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations and ability to follow written and verbal instruction. Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.



  • Construction Techniques and Designs;
  • GIS, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and surface water software such as HEC-RAS;
  • Basic river and creek restoration principals;
  • Basic understanding of floods, flood risks and flood management strategies;
  • State and federal flood management programs and regulations;
  • Federal, state and local laws, standards and regulations governing engineering projects;
  • Common materials used in engineering projects;
  • Safety precautions;
  • Customer Service techniques


  • Reading and interpreting maps, blueprints, schematics, plans and specifications;
  • Designing stormwater drainage and treatment facilities
  • GIS software
  • Field techniques for surface water studies
  • Skill in working as part of and facilitating team efforts
  • Computer aided drafting designs and plans;
  • Making complex mathematical calculations;
  • Using computers and related software applications;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communication, both oral and written, sufficient to give and receive information and to facilitate meetings and project work

Education and Experience:

Associates of Arts Degree, NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) Engineer in Training Certificate AND 6 years of engineering experience working under the direction of a Licensed Professional Engineer; OR

Associates of Arts Degree AND 8 years of engineering experience working under the direction of a Licensed Professional Engineer; OR a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering


Valid WA State Driver’s License and proof of insurance, if requested

Successful completion of a general employment verification

Preferred Skills


Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering

Engineer in Training (EIT) Certification from a National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) compliant State


Medical, Dental, Vision, RX and Retirement Plan

Application Deadline: 04/21/2021 11:30 PM
How to Apply: Click Here to Apply