Capital Engineer II

November 5, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type



Are you ready to make a real impact? Join our Countywide Capital Project team in the Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) and take the lead in planning, designing, and transforming river and floodplain management projects and programs.

About the Role: This exciting, predominately remote opportunity is at the heart of planning, analyzing, and designing innovative river and floodplain management projects and programs. Your role will involve in-depth field investigations and assessments of river conditions, flood defenses, and post-flood documentation. You'll gather essential engineering data, contribute to hydraulic design, and engage in technical analyses. Get involved in creating conceptual and final designs for cutting-edge flood facility repair and replacement projects. Join our collaborative, diverse project teams and play a vital role in capital projects while contributing to flood warning and emergency response activities. Your skills and passion can make a significant impact here!

Why It's a Great Team: As a part of our King County River and Floodplain Management Section (RFMS) team, you will be joining a dedicated group of professionals committed to managing flood risks and enhancing the environment while promoting equity and social justice. This environment offers a unique blend of opportunities: from field investigations and river assessments to flood damage inspections, you'll gather crucial engineering data and assist in hydraulic design and technical analyses. Working with a diverse team, you'll contribute to innovative flood facility repair and replacement projects like Fort Dent Levee Repair and Tabor-Crowall Brodell Revetment Repair . This is your chance to make a real difference, and to learn and grow within a supportive, dynamic environment that provides a great work-life balance and comprehensive benefits. Apply today!

Work Location: This is predominantly a remote position, with onsite work requirements as informed by business needs. This position reports onsite on the first day of employment for orientation and approximately one (1) day per month at various King County sites, subject to change based on business needs.

Employees must reside in Washington State and be within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to meet workplace reporting requirements.

The primary onsite location is King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104). This location offers excellent accessibility through multiple mass transit options ensuring convenient and sustainable commuting. This work arrangement promotes work-life-balance and reduces carbon footprint under the department's vision of Green Where We Work .

Commitment To Equity and Social Justice:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles (ESJ) that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

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Job Duties

  • Review and prepare plans, specifications, technical analyses and cost estimates for the repair and reconstruction of river facilities.
  • Support the preparation of environmental documents and perform field investigations to determine the need for permits and the extent of environmental review required.
  • Develop, implement or administer project scopes of work, budgets, schedules and contract requirements for the design and construction of assigned projects.
  • Participate in flood warning activities, emergency and disaster responses and evaluation of flood damages after severe flood events.
  • Oversee the construction of flood protection facility repairs and replacement projects, including coordination of work by contractors or County forces.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) qualification or the ability to obtain one within one year of hire.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible assignments participating in all phases of multi-disciplinary projects relevant to the core job duties, including project management, consultant contract development, engineering design, construction oversight, and quality assurance reviews of technical reports.
  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or a closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience providing the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the described duties.
  • Knowledge and understanding of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles in riverine environments.
  • Demonstrated experience using computer aided design and analysis tools such as AutoCAD and ArcGIS.
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly and tactfully to a variety of audiences and groups, including governmental officials, the public, community groups, and colleagues.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience responding to flood emergency situations, post-flood disaster response actions, and knowledge and experience working in river and floodplain conditions.
  • Certification as an Engineer in Training
  • Licensed Washington State professional civil engineering (P.E.) or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain Washington State license through reciprocity.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles and geomorphic processes.
  • Experience using hydrologic and hydraulic modeling applications such as HEC-RAS, RiverFlow2D, and SRH-2D.

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:

  • Communicates Effectively: Develops and effectively delivers clear communications to a variety of audiences, while encouraging the open expression of diverse ideas and opinions.
    Decision Quality: Balance decision making between speed and quality. Consider whom to engage, what information to gather and when to employ helpful tools.
    Values Differences: Work effectively with diverse cultures, perspectives and styles. Embrace the wealth and knowledge that diversity brings.
    Builds Networks: Learn who people are and what they do. Collaborate, share resources, and maintain productive relationships. Be willing to participate and ask for help.
    Nimble Learning: Adapt thinking to apply past experience in new contexts and in new ways. Display patience, persistence and a positive attitude. Ask good questions and try new things.
    Optimizes Work Processes: Learn the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.

Supplemental Information

Who Are We? The Water and Land Resources Division is at the forefront of King County's efforts to protect and restore clean water and healthy habitat and strengthen the resilience of communities, environment, and infrastructure in the face of climate change. We are a dedicated workforce of more than 400 supported by an annual budget of ~$250 million. WLRD has a strong track record of developing innovative strategies for protecting working farms and forests, restoring habitat, protecting water quality, and ensuring people have equitable access to green space. We reduce flood hazards, manage stormwater facilities, and reduce toxic threats. Our Environmental Lab and Science sections maintain high-quality data sets used in long term-water quality trend analysis and use Best Available Science to inform decision making. We house three salmon recovery forums and support the Land Conservation Initiative, which will preserve our last, most important natural lands and urban green spaces over the next 30 years. Our forestry and agricultural programs help people protect their lands and support local food production.

Work Schedule: This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week. The typical work schedule is 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday- Friday; with flexibility upon discussion. Occasional meetings outside of normal work hours may be required.

Union Membership: This position is represented by PROTEC Local 17A.

Application and Selection Process:

This position is open to the public, but first consideration will be given to all current King County PROTEC Local 17A bargaining unit employees eligible for a lateral transfer (transferring within the Engineer II classification and having passed probation).

Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.

  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position
  • Responses to supplemental questions

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Jamie Jensen-Young
Human Resource Analyst

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year plus twopersonal holidays
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental,family and medical, and volunteer leaves
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite activity centers
  • Employee Giving Program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs

For additional information about employee benefits, visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Closing Date/Time: 12/3/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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