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Engineer IV – Water Resources

Yakima County
Yakima County
128 N 2nd Street Yakima, WA 98901 US
Salary Range
Open 06/04/2021 9:30 AM to 06/17/2021 11:30 PM
Job Description

There is one opening for an Engineer IV - Project Engineer in the Public Services Department – Water Resources Division. Serves as technical lead for complex Surface Water engineering projects providing senior level technical and professional expertise. Acts as the technical support person to Yakima County elected and senior staff officials on design of flood control and storm water facilities at varying levels of detail (preliminary to final); including Drainage Improvement District facilities; Levees, hydraulic, hydrologic and storm water modeling; and managing contracts for consultants and project construction.

Essential Duties:

Complete project designs, calculations and cost estimates related to hydrology, hydraulics, flood hazard reduction fish passage, storm water drainage, and water quality. Provide assistance to Public Services professionals. Prepare and run hydrologic/hydraulic models to help support Surface Water project designs. Provide assistance and QA/QC to Surface Water, Public Services engineers and others regarding storm water quantity and quality treatment designs and operation and maintenance requirements.

Manage contracts/consultants responsible for conducting multi-objective surface water related projects; reviews, conducts QA/QC, and accepts consultant products for County requirements. Projects may include flood mapping, flood mitigation, stream restoration and fish/wildlife enhancement, flood planning, levee construction, storm water facilities and field data collection studies. Prepare scope of work, budget, timeline, selection criteria, QA/QC requirements and BOCC agenda items.

Perform drainage plan review and comment on Public Services projects, public and private projects where review and approval by Public Services is required.

Perform GIS and Auto-CADD work related to Surface Water Management Division projects. Including: design drawings; preparing files for interface with hydrologic 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.

Perform Drainage Improvement District (DID) investigations, alteration review, and assist with strategic planning and operation. Assist with DID complaints and problem calls from the public including field investigations. Determine existing pipe sizes and materials for DIDs.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Experience and Training: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and 4 years of professional engineering experience including storm water and flood control; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Required: Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. Applications will be accepted from registered engineers residing in another state, and appointments of such individuals shall be contingent upon obtaining the Washington State registration. Possession of a valid Washington State Drivers’ License is required at time of appointment.

Note: This is a Yakima County Public Services Department Clerical, Technical & Professional Employees.

Equipment Used: Computer, tablet, field vehicle, calculator, telephone, fax, copier, camera, tape measuring equipment (tape or wheel). Use hydrologic and hydraulic computer software including HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, Geo-RAS, SRH-2D, MIKE11, MIKE21, MIKEFLOOD, QPEAK, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, ArcView, ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Pro TR-55 and WMM. Intermittent field equipment (water and soil sampling equipment, flow measurement equipment, survey equipment), GPS equipment and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems. Use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Access along with PDF viewers, editors and digital signatures.

Working Conditions: Environmental Demands: travel, multiple work locations, field work, may work outside of standard business hours. May be exposed to hostile / angry individuals. Physical Demands: reaching, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, hearing, climbing, reclining, talking, visual acuity, driving, wading, grasping, feeling, repetitive motions. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate communication in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction. Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects or work out in the field

Knowledge of: Methods and principals of storm system construction and drainage design, development standards, land use review; Methods and principals of river stabilization design, standards, and construction oversight; Methods and principals of sub-surface drainage system construction design, engineering standards, and drainage project oversight; Engineering theories and principles as practiced in the State of Washington; Related disciplines such as planning, soils analysis, hydraulics and hydrology; Materials and safety precautions used in engineering projects; Methods and techniques of meeting facilitation, project management, and customer service.

Skill in: Managing and coordinating complex engineering projects; Providing technical advice to professional level staff; Inspecting projects for compliance with rules and regulations; Writing contract specifications; Reading and interpreting maps, blueprints, schematics, plans and specifications; Designing engineering projects; Drafting designs and plans; Making complex mathematical calculations; Tracking and monitoring records for projects; Managing complex construction contracts; Conducting project inspections; Preparing pay estimates; 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.

Application Deadline: 06/17/2021 11:30 PM
How to Apply: Click Here to Apply