Civil Engineer I or II (Municipal)

Dubuque, Iowa
$64,750.40 to $96,574.40 (Salary will be commensurate with experience and capabilities)
Oct 06, 2021
Oct 17, 2021
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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:  Civil Engineer I or II (Municipal Engineer)

Your Opportunity:

The City of Dubuque Engineering Department is currently welcoming applications for the position of Civil Engineer (I or II).  We are seeking a self-starting, motivated professional who desires challenging work.  The ideal candidate will aspire to make a positive impact in their community by helping to create livable, equitable, sustainable Dubuque.

This is a great opportunity if you are well organized, love helping other, can set priorities and maintain focus on them, build stakeholder buy-in, and thrive at pushing your skills to the next level.  The City fosters an entrepreneurial environment that allows individuals to develop and implement new ideas for the good of our residents and employees.

Why Us:

At the City of Dubuque Engineering Department, you will get to work with dedicated, humble, hard-working professionals who value teamwork, respect, creativity, learning, laughing, and long-lasting relationships.  We believe that the work we do has meaning and value to the residents of the City of Dubuque.  If you are motivated by the ability to enable positive change within your community, the City of Dubuque is the place for you.

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Primary Responsibilities: As a civil engineer you will be involved in in planning, budgeting, designing, and overseeing construction, maintenance, and management of city infrastructure in compliance with state and federal regulations, focused primarily on the sanitary sewer collection system. The City of Dubuque has a track record of utilizing new technology and open to new ways of doing things to better serve its citizens. Plan your work and work your plan. Expand your knowledge base. As a civil engineer for the City, you will also be involved with stormwater management, potable water distribution, streets, and fiber optic communication projects.    

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Required Qualifications for Civil Engineer I:

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil, Municipal, Water Resource, Environmental Engineering or related field.
  • Possession of an Engineering-In-Training (EIT) Certificate or ability to obtain within six months of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid state driver’s license and automobile insurance consistent with City requirements by first day of appointment.

Required Qualifications for Civil Engineer II:

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil, Municipal, Water Resource, Environmental Engineering or related field.
  • Five years of experience performing municipal engineering work.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer by time of appointment.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer with the Iowa State Board of Engineering Examiners within six months of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid state driver’s license and automobile insurance consistent with City requirements by first day of appointment.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and construction of public improvements.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of public infrastructure such as highways and roads, sewer, drainage, and water distribution systems, and broadband communications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and agency rules.
  • Critical Thinking, Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways or options to solve a problem, and picking the best one.
  • Time Management - Managing your time and the time of other people.
  • Deductive and Inductive Reasoning - Using or making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information to solve problems.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.
  • Visualization - Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
  • Originality - Creating new and unique solutions.

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time/Overtime Exempt

Pay Range:

  • Civil Engineer I: $64,750.40 - $84,572.80
  • Civil Engineer II: $73,860.80 - $96,574.40

(Salary will be commensurate with experience and capabilities.) 


Work Schedule: Normal city business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The successful candidate will primarily work a day shift and will periodically flex their schedule to coordinate with assigned employees working second shift and will occasionally need to respond to critical situations outside of normal working hours.

Primary Work Location and Work Environment: City hall (50 W. 13th Street) is the home office location.  Some travel to project locations, to visit various city infrastructure, and for meetings with other city staff and citizens.

Travel: In-town only, except for voluntary paid training.

Management Responsibilities: Administrative and Functional Supervisor

City of Dubuque Equity Statement: We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility, and creativity, as well as a culture that champions inclusion, diversity, equity, and overall employee well-being through programs supported by city leadership. Women, minorities, veterans, and qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and complete an online employment application at  The Human Resources Department may be contacted at 563-589-4125 or

Travel assistance to interview candidates may be offered by the City to those who live outside the area in the form of airfare, hotel, and transportation to and from for the interview.