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Civil Engineer I

City of Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
$86,257.60 - $109,324.80 per year plus benefits
Closing date
Oct 27, 2022

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Closing Date: 10/26/22 at 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Salary: $86,257.60 - $109,324.80 Annually

Occupational Group: Civil Service

Job Type: Regular Full-Time

Recruitment: Entrance

Vacancy Location: Wastewater Facility  



Develops designs and supervises public improvement projects; performs directly related work as required.

The City of Des Moines promotes a healthy work life balance and offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Residency Incentive
  • Alternative Work Arrangements
  • Volunteer Time
  • Parental Leave
  • Vacation and Sick Leave Accruals
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Health/Dental/Life Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Benefit
  • Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan matching up to 2.5%
  • Employee Discounts


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Construction, Environmental, Civil) or related field; and
  • Some experience in construction contract management preferred.
  • Employees in this classification who obtain a Professional Engineering License in Iowa and exhibit exemplary service may be considered for promotion to a Civil Engineer II classification.

Transcripts verifying degree conferred need to be submitted to the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department to receive credit.  Please send electronically to, by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 by the application deadline.    


  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen;
  • Possession of a valid Iowa driver's license;
  • Certification in the State of Iowa as an Engineer in Training; with
  • License in the State of Iowa, as a Professional Engineer preferred.


  • Develops concepts, designs, plans and budgets for all types of civic projects undertaken by the City of Des Moines;
  • Analyzes reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, tests and related information to plan and design projects;
  • Calculates costs and determines project feasibility based upon analysis;
  • Prepares plans, estimates and specifications to develop modifications and enhancements to existing streets and highways;
  • Prepares property descriptions and right-of-way maps;
  • Provides engineering and technical direction for the planning and design of paving and sewer projects;
  • Prepares site plans, working drawings, specifications and cost estimates for land development;
  • Assists in the supervision and administration of activities within the Sanitation Division of the Public Works Department;
  • Reviews consultant plans, specifications and estimates, departmental design plans, road, drainage and sewer plans for private developers;
  • Coordinates with contractors, consulting engineers, surveyors, inspectors, utility representatives and other officials to gather and disseminate information and maintain records necessary to satisfy public improvement requirements;
  • Assembles information from contractors, surveyors, other engineers, technical bulletins and other sources to create plans and special provisions for public improvements;
  • Administers public works contracts, including scheduling and holding pre-construction conferences, coordinating relocation of utilities, and furnishing data;
  • Generates correspondence and maintains files of public improvements from capital improvements cost estimates through contract final-out and as-built drawings;
  • Maintains three-party contract files and coordinates with the land developer and his engineer, contractor, and the City's inspectors;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.


An education and experience review will be completed on all qualified applicants. Those applicants deemed most qualified based on the education and experience rating will be considered for certification to an eligibility list for appointment. Applicants who need a reasonable accommodation must inform this office at (515) 283-4213 or TTY at Iowa Relay at 711 or 1-800-735-2942 prior to the closing date.


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