Civil Engineering Specialist, Senior

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, Washington State
$51.65 - $57.87 Hourly
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022

Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is recruiting for an experienced, productive, detail-oriented Senior Civil Engineer Specialist. The successful candidate will play a key role in specialized field support and provide direction on operations, maintenance, inspection, and the rehab or replacement of green stormwater systems and conveyance for both new and existing assets.  This support helps lead development of future and existing projects within SPU’s Drainage & Wastewater line of business.
About Seattle Public Utilities: 
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. 
SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.
Why join us?
We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities


Job Responsibilities


  • Performs complex and difficult civil engineering and stormwater related duties including performing design review.
  • Interpret engineering plans and specifications to ensure standards are met.
  • Manages annual spending plan of 1 million and developing long range budgets.
  • Reports on maintenance activities for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulatory reporting.
  • Perform new construction field checks to ensure final drawings are accurate.
  • Acts as technical expert and provides engineering field support to Operations and Maintenance staff and guides crews to perform work.
  • Serve as a project manager or support engineer for Operations and Maintenance rehab or retrofit work to ensure adherence to project scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Coordinate with other agencies, departments, divisions, and private partners.
  • Coordinate complaints and provide excellent customer service for public property and facilities.
  • Field assignments entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, and work in or near construction sites.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 



Experience: Two (2) years’ experience equivalent to a Civil Engineering Specialist, Associate (4 years total)
Education: Associates degree in Civil Engineering Technology or two years of college level coursework in engineering and construction technology, or related field. Or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class.
Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Work is performed in a normal City work/office environment and in the field.
  • Field assignments entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, and work in or near construction sites. 

License, Certification and Other Requirements:
Current State of Washington driver's License or evidence of equivalent mobility.

The Ideal Candidate Should Possess some or all the following qualities and competencies: 

  • Strong knowledge of the principles and practices of civil and stormwater engineering.
  • Strong, motivated, self-starter who is willing to lead others and work independently.
  • Read and interpret design plans, job specifications, property descriptions, and manage contracts.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population.


Additional Information

How to Apply: In addition to fully completing the online application, please attach your cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should address your interest and how you meet the qualifications for the position.
COVID 19 Vaccination Mandate: City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your employment start date. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 
Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations. 
Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  

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