Senior Civil Engineer

City of Seattle
Seattle, Washington State
$57.96 - $67.49 Hourly
Closing date
Feb 16, 2023

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Are you a talented Senior Civil Engineer interested in working on exciting projects utilizing innovative and cutting-edge technologies? Are you looking to make a difference towards the City’s drainage and wastewater lines of business projects? Are you motivated and looking for a challenge? If so, then this might be the right job for you! 

The Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) modeling group consists of engineering professionals focused on the development, maintenance, and application of Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) models in support of SPU DWW planning, design, and operations. The modeling group activities include, but are not limited to, updating and calibrating H&H models, serving as subject matter experts for modeling-related projects and programs, communicating modeling results to decision makers, coordinating joint modeling activities with other drainage and wastewater agencies, and managing consultants performing modeling for SPU DWW. Modeling tools most used by the group are PCSWMM and MIKE URBAN MOUSE, but the ability to understand and use other software is needed.


This position will contribute to the continued success of SPU DWW projects and programs by serving as a technical modeling expert, and employing advanced organization, time management, communication, and collaboration skills. This will involve using technical knowledge and experience to efficiently develop, update, calibrate, and run H&H models; clearly communicating modeling principles and concepts to the general public and management; being productive in team environments; coordinating modeling work with and by others; and, managing time and resources to deliver results according to defined scopes, schedules, and budgets.

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.

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), please visit: 

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: 

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • 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


  • Support the development of our on-going system-wide hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) modeling effort; a multi-million-dollar capital improvement project for wastewater, stormwater, water quality and stream enhancement projects.  
  • Review completed models for studies, preliminary engineering and design efforts led by other divisions and external agencies. 
  • Monitor consultant work to ensure compliance with scopes of work.   Oversee and review developed H&H models for technically complex or controversial projects, including pipelines, detention facilities, pump stations, stream improvements, natural drainage systems, flow control facilities, and other civil engineering projects. Develop a modeling specific scope, schedule, and cost estimate for each identified special project. 
  • Review calibrated hydraulic computer models of existing and proposed sewer, drainage and stream infrastructure. 
  • Lead the coordination with other agencies, consultants, and utilities on external-modeling projects that impact SPU infrastructures. 
  • Perform hydrologic/hydraulic calculations for drainage, wastewater and water supply and distribution system network analyses including difficult to complex computer modeling.
  • Compile and present technical information to community, staff, and leadership, as needed.
  • Perform calculations to verify the accuracy of analysis, prepare written corrections sheets and approves revisions to models. 
  • Identifies and advises consultants, design professionals, owners, and other parties of areas of non-compliance, and recommend solutions.
  • Perform statistical analysis and recommend solutions for system optimization including preparation of technical reports.
  • Respond to developers/public inquiries about modeling standards and guidelines. 
  • Assist and advise other staff with the technically more difficult aspects of modeling. May participate in training other staff in computer modeling. 
  • Meet with the public and representatives of other agencies, departments, and community groups to discuss current or proposed projects.  
  • Coordinate with staff in other SPU divisions to obtain support services needed for project development and evaluation, including survey, GIS, sampling, flow monitoring, computer modeling, and permitting.

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.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires five (5) years professional civil engineering experience.


  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology.


  • Combinations of education and/or training and/or experience, which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class. 

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment. 
  • Field assignments entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances and work in or near construction sites. 
  • May be required to lift over 50 pounds. 
  • May be required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time. 
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. 
  • Overnight travel may be required.

License, Certification and Other Requirements


The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following experience:

  • Strong background in hydrologic/hydraulic analysis. 
  • Skill in at least three (3) of the following computer modeling software such as EPA’s SWMM5, PCSWMM, MOUSE/MIKE URBAN Plus, InfoWorks, WWHM, MGSFlood, HEC-RAS, SewerGEM, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS/ArcInfo interface with modeling software packages. 
  • Experience working with NPDES and other regulatory issues related to combined sewer overflow, urban drainage and wastewater infrastructure operations and management.
  • A thorough understanding of statistical analysis. 
  • Expertise in water quality and environmental aspects of project planning and design.



Additional Information


Application Requirement(s):

  • An online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed for consideration.
  • Resume, & Cover letter addressing your knowledge and experience, related to this position.

City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.


Workplace Environment (Telework Expectation):

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.


This position allows for the flexibility of a flexible work schedule. Beginning November 1, 2022, employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

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.


 Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page

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