Engineer V – Water Resources
There is one opening with the Yakima County Public Services, Water Resource Division. This position is responsible for managing and coordinating the budgeting, cost estimating, design, permitting, construction and monitoring of the County’s flood control works and flood risk reduction projects. This position trains Water Resources Engineers, assists in new project development, leads projects with larger scope and financial accountability and assigns and monitors technical work of other Water Resources Engineers.
Prioritizes, assigns, reviews, and directs engineering projects or programs; programs; provides direction, training, guidance and feedback to technical and professional staff, consultants, contractors and architects.
Provides engineering standards, procedures, and process for the water resources group. Takes leading role in resolving complex engineering questions. Provides technical advice and counsel related to engineering questions and programs.
Develops and promotes engineering growth and understanding among technical and professional staff within Water Resources.
Prepares, coordinates and monitors preparation of project designs, plans, drawings, specifications, estimates, spreadsheets and graphic information material. Gathers and interprets engineering data for projects with a broad scope and high level of financial responsibility.
Performs GIS, Auto-CAD, and Civil 3D work related to Water Resources Division projects. Prepares Contract Documents and specifications for projects. Obtains necessary environmental permits for projects.
Reviews, drafts and processes engineering documents, resolutions and ordinances; conducts engineering investigations and studies.
Prepares and completes complex plans, designs, calculations and cost estimates related to hydrologic, hydraulic, flood hazard reduction, fish passage, surface water, stormwater drainage, and water quality projects and programs.
Prepares and runs hydrologic/hydraulic surface and groundwater models to help support Water Resources project designs.
Provide assistance and QA/QC to Water Resources engineers, consultants and others on Water Resources projects.
Manages projects and construction related activities such as recommending or approving materials, schedules, pay estimates and contract awards; negotiates change orders and provides quality control.
Coordinates project construction maintenance and inspection.
Attends or facilitates meetings related to construction projects.
Coordinates work and provides direction, training, guidance and feedback to technical and professional level staff, consultants, contractors and architects. Ensure plan, drawing, specification and project compliance. Coordinates projects with other departments, regulating agencies and utility companies.
Manage contracts/consultants responsible for conducting multi-objective water resources 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, and field data collection studies. Prepare scope of work, budget, timeline, selection criteria, QA/QC requirements and BOCC agenda items.
Responds to questions/concerns of the general public and property owners. Respond to complaints and problem calls from the public including field investigations.
Conduct flood investigation and respond to flooding complaints. Counsels on emergency response activities to Division managers.
Conduct engineering investigations and studies/prepares technical reports related to hydrology, hydraulics, riverine structures and levees, flood hazard reduction fish passage, stormwater drainage, stormwater facilities and water quality.
Prepares funding applications for state and federal grants and loans.
Other duties required.Required Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or related field and six years engineering experience including two years in surface water analysis and/or design; 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: Current 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.
Preferred: Proficiency in use of required computer software for assigned area of work. Lead worker experience.
This is a Yakima County Clerical, Trades and Professional Bargaining Unit position.
Equipment Used: Computer, tablet, field vehicle, calculator, telephone, copier, camera, tape measuring equipment (tape or wheel). Proficiency with 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 SWMM. 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/ Physical Requirements: Sedentary Work: Environmental Demands: travel, field work, walking on sometimes-uneven terrain. Physical Demands: reaching, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, hearing, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate communication in conversations, 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. Work requires both office and field work and may involve interaction with hostile individuals. Requires driving, climbing, reaching, standing, walking on sometimes-uneven terrain, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Knowledge: 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. Methods and principals of riparian habitat restoration.
Engineering theories and principles as practiced in the State of Washington. Related disciplines such as planning, soils analysis, hydraulics and hydrology. Methods and principals of prioritizing, assigning, directing and monitoring work of others. Permitting pathways for local, state and federal requirements including ESA, NEPA, SEPA, cultural resources, Clean Water Act, etc. Materials and safety precautions used in engineering projects. Methods and techniques of meeting facilitation, project development, project management, and customer service. Common materials and placement techniques used in engineering projects. Methods and principals of storm system construction and drainage design, development standards, land use review. Safety precautions; and Customer service techniques
Monitoring and reviewing the work of contractors and architects; Prioritizing, monitoring and supervising engineering projects; Coordinating complex engineering projects; Providing technical advice to professional level staff; 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; Using computers and related software applications; Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public; and Oral and written communication sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction. Managing and coordinating complex engineering projects; Inspecting projects for compliance with rules and regulations; 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.