Right of Way Engineer

West Palm Beach, Florida
Salary Minimum: $65,977.60; Salary Midpoint: $89,065.60
Sep 08, 2021
Oct 08, 2021
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Right of Way Engineer 2955BR

West Palm Beach Administrative Headquarters (B1)

West Palm Beach, FL


The District seeks an experienced professional engineer (P.E.) with supervisory experience for the newly created position of Right of Way Engineer (ROW Engineer).  The ROW Engineer will lead the permitting group of the Right of Way (ROW) Section (currently consisting of four reviewers), assist the Section Administrator with special projects and delegated assignments, and serve as second-in-command in the ROW Section.  The entire ROW Section consists of 25 staff who process applications and issue permits for use of the District’s right of way, perform inspections of work underway, ensure permit compliance, and initiate enforcement action for unauthorized activities.  More information about the ROW Section, its processes, and important documents can be found at www.sfwmd.gov/rowpermits.

Primary duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

Supervising and monitoring the performance of the permitting group:

  • Providing technical support for both the permitting and field groups consistent with the type of support and guidance that would be provided by a P.E. (e.g., reviewing and analyzing documents submitted by outside P.E.s, preparing cost estimates for work; etc.);
  • Reviewing all draft permits for compliance with District criteria and needs prior to issuance by the Section Administrator;
  • Processing complex ROW Permit applications using the District’s ROW e-permitting system, including, but not limited to, applications for bridge and highway construction, canal modifications, linear parks, utility projects, and recreational facilities proposed in the right of way;
  • Recommending and implementing processes and system changes necessary to enhance public outreach, customer service, Section efficiency and performance; and
  • Preparing written reports for the District’s Governing Board, including Powerpoint presentations.  Limited public speaking may be required.

The position will be housed at the District’s West Palm Beach headquarters. 

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to ensure that permit reviewers are properly trained and meet expectations in the performance of their duties which must comply with standard operating procedures, District policies, and the rules and regulations set forth in Chapter 40E-6, Florida Administrative Code and the District’s Criteria Manual for use of the right of way.

The successful candidate will have experience performing regulatory, permitting or project management duties.  He/she should have experience supervising staff, reading and interpreting complex site plans and surveys (including FDOT construction plans, utility plans and civil engineering plans), administering rules and regulations, understanding materials and methods used in construction, and solving problems.  The ability to effectively communicate with the public and design/construction professionals will be essential to success in this position, including both spoken and written communications.  Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Office Suite is required, and proficiency in the use of tablet applications is highly desirable.  Candidates with experience in government or with a large organization will be given preference.


Employment Guidelines

Bachelor's Degree from an ABET/EAC accredited program and 8+ years of experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within engineering discipline that can be applied to support the District's strategic goals and objectives. Disciplines for engineering education and experience requirements include Civil, Construction, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering.  Supervisory experience demonstrating an ability to lead others in non-routine and complex projects is also required.



Valid State of Florida Driver's License.

Florida Professional Engineer.


Physical Requirements/ Working Environment

Due to the District's response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role.

Duties consist of both office and field time, with the latter subject to regular exposure to a hot and humid environment in remote and heavy vegetative areas.


Veteran’s Preference

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  All documentation is due by the close of the job posting.


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Salary Minimum: $65,977.60; Salary Midpoint: $89,065.60

Organization OM5305330 Right of Way


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