King County Seeks Senior Engineer

Posted on November 29, 2022
King County Seeks Senior Engineer
Position Title:
Senior Engineer (Engineer III)



Position Summary
This is an exciting opportunity for a person with the skills and interest to support the King County River and Floodplain Management Section as an Engineer III. Join our team of committed and talented professionals dedicated to being stewards of public resources! Become a subject matter expert on the water resources within the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish River Basin, King County’s largest watershed which contains a wide variety of river environments and presents diverse floodplain management challenges.
The ideal candidate will apply professional experience and find fulfillment leading multi-disciplinary project teams and serving as the lead engineer for projects aimed at reducing risks from river and floodplain hazards and improving environmental conditions. This is a great role for someone who loves to learn and enjoys the challenge of balancing a diverse and complex workload. Learn from and collaborate with other professionals in the Water and Land Resources Division and River and Floodplain Management Section, while also participating in a range of learning and development opportunities available to King County employees in areas such as project management, facilitation, public speaking, and time management. Levee improvement and floodplain reconnection projects identified in the South Fork and Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Capital Investment Strategies are just some of the major projects you can expect to be involved in.
DEPARTMENT: DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks
DIVISION: WLRD -Water & Land Resources
SALARY: $45.77 - $58.02 Hourly
$3,661.60 - $4,641.60 Biweekly
LOCATION: Seattle - Regional area
JOB TYPE: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week
CLOSING DATE: 12/04/22 11:59 PM
Who is Eligible:
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 III classification and having passed probation).
Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Work Location: Predominately teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104.

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. Attendance at evening and weekend events is occasionally required. Participation in flood emergency situations as required.

  • Oversee field investigations and assessments of river conditions and flood facilities.
  • Gather engineering data and related information necessary to scope technical studies.
  • Lead the development of designs for flood risk reduction and floodplain reconnection projects.
  • Oversee project implementation, including contract and construction management.
  • Other duties as assigned within the classification.
The Successful Candidate Will Have the Following Competencies:
Collaborating: Building and fostering relationships with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Motivating: Creating and maintaining a climate in which people want to do their best in a collaborative environment.
  • Directing Work: Providing clear direction and accountability
  • delegating and distributing assignments and decisions appropriately.
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness: Uses a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Communicates Effectively: Develops and delivers communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience providing the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the describe duties.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of increasingly responsible assignments for engineering or project management overseeing all phases of multi-disciplinary projects relevant to job duties described above, including design, preparing and tracking scopes, schedules and budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following areas:
  • Working as a technical lead in multi-disciplinary technical teams in a high-performance, collaborative environment on highly visible projects.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with diverse groups, governmental officials, the public, community groups, and colleagues.
  • Conducting field investigations and evaluating physical river conditions and hazards.
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally, to a wide variety of audiences, including engineers, scientists, planners, and community members.
  • Experience reviewing technical studies and engineering reports for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with codes and procedures.
  • Experience authoring, managing, and providing quality assurance of consultant contracts, project tasks and deliverables.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles and geomorphic processes.
  • Experience in responding to flood emergency situations, post-flood disaster response actions, and knowledge and experience working in river and floodplain conditions.
  • Experience persevering in the face of obstacles and navigating highly political environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following areas:
  • Implementing flood risk reduction projects including planning, design, and construction management.
  • Assessing and developing recommendations addressing river and floodplain hazards through the application of open-channel hydraulics, sediment transport, and modeling skills.
  • Overseeing, developing, or using hydrologic and hydraulic modeling applications such as HEC-RAS, RiverFLow2D, or SRH-2D.
  • Experience using standard survey methods and field equipment such as total station, GPS receivers (e.g., Trimble), range finder, pressure transducers and stream gages.
  • Demonstrated skill using computer aided design and analysis tools such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • Licensed Washington State professional civil engineering (P.E.) or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain Washington State license through reciprocity.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work if selected for these positions.
  • The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical.
  • Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in a home office environment, with occasional time at County offices and spent performing field site inspections. Participation in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities may involve work up to 12 hours per day and during all hours of the day that may include evenings, weekends and holidays. Heavy workloads, deadline pressure and interruptions due to changing priorities are not uncommon.
Physical Requirements:
This position requires the ability to conduct physical site inspections and evaluation, including times of inclement weather conditions. There is often a need to walk on uneven terrain, for extended periods of time. Field conditions include brushy, forested environments, river, stream and wetland corridors, and slippery, uneven surfaces and adverse outdoor weather conditions. Work tasks also may include in-water situations involving wading and the use of rafts. Ability to work long hours outside conducting field work and occasionally in inclement weather is necessary.
Application and Selection Process: 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
  • Response to supplemental questions.
Union Membership: This position is represented by PROTEC Local 17A.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Chanté Sims, Human Resource Analyst
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.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. To learn more, please visit
Forbes recently 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
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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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
submit proof of vaccination, or
have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.
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 Administration Bldg.
500 4th Ave. Rm. 553
Seattle, WA 98104
An Equal Opportunity Employer Job #2022CS17287
Senior Engineer (Engineer III) Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
Checkbox Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
Checkbox No.
2. If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
* 3. Describe your experience participating in a multi-disciplinary project team that planned, designed and implemented a river facility (levee or revetment) repair, flood risk reduction, or comparable project. What role did you play and how did you interact with team members to develop a comprehensive solution? (Limit your response to 250 words)
* 4. Describe a work assignment where you applied a complex analytical process (e.g. hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling or GIS analysis) and how you used the results to inform a project proposal or design. (Limit your response to 250 words)
* Required Question