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Project Specialist IV (Drainage Capital Group)

Snohomish County Surface Water Management
Everett, Washington State
Closing date
Mar 4, 2023

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The Surface Water Management (SWM) Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking a highly motivated and well qualified professional to support project delivery and program implementation in our SWM Drainage Capital section. The Capital section is a group of 19 engineers and technicians that take projects from concept through construction. This position offers involvement on a variety of local projects including urban drainage, fish passage culverts, water quality and habitat improvements, and replacement of failing infrastructure. The Capital group has an annual budget of $8-10M with a $5-6M annual construction program, delivering 10-15 capital projects. APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE SNOHOMISH COUNTY WEBSITE.

The successful candidate will have qualities in alignment with SWM’s core values: providing and demonstrating high quality service, leadership, stewardship, accountability, respect, and integrity.

Project management skills, strategic planning and coordination with others are key to making complex capital projects successful.

The Project Specialist IV position would work on a variety of project delivery elements while working closely with project managers. Duties would include managing survey, geotechnical, specification, cost estimate, consultant management, permitting, project schedule and budget tracking, and grant support tasks.

To help coordinate and manage the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the Capital program, the position would involve program level short (annual) and long range (6-year) project selection, mapping, programming, and tracking. The position will also be involved with design and project management processes and procedures.
Fostering working relationships is key to implementing the program and this position would involve coordination and collaboration with other County departments, disciplines, project stakeholders, partners, and the community.

If teaming on meaningful and challenging capital projects and contributing to the implementation of our Capital program sounds good to you, please consider applying for this Project Specialist IV position.
Your excellent communication skills and ability to work well with staff and stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds will make you stand out.   Apply for this position to positively contribute to the delivery of high-quality projects and service to the residents of Snohomish County.

SWM is a stormwater utility that provides services to unincorporated Snohomish County. These services are primarily funded by service charges paid by property owners in the unincorporated county. SWM is the largest division in Snohomish County’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. With an annual budget of $45 million, SWM maintains 108 full-time positions filled by dedicated professionals in their field. SWM works in partnership with other local and regional agencies to improve Snohomish County now and for future generations. SWM provides a variety of programs and services for reducing road and property flooding and preserving and improving the health of Snohomish County's water resources and natural systems. We focus on four core areas of service:

  • Drainage and road flooding
  • Clean water in rivers, streams and lakes;
  • Salmon and marine habitat; and 
  • River flooding 

You can find us responding to water-quality problems and complaints, monitoring river levels during flood season, maintaining drainage systems, managing habitat improvement projects and more. For further information on Snohomish County Surface Water Management's programs, please go to Our 2020 Highlights report is available on that site.

The Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) includes the Division of Surface Water Management, the Division of Parks & Recreation, the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Agriculture and aims to achieve high-priority environmental sustainability goals. Some of the greatest assets we have in Snohomish County are our unparalleled beauty and abundant natural resources. From the Puget Sound and five watersheds, to forestland, lakes, farms, ranches and parks, our quality of life, economic prosperity and future sustainability are dependent on protecting and improving our environmental resources. 

Snohomish County, north of Seattle, is located in northwest Washington between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. The county has rich scenery, numerous activities, and a thriving economy. Snohomish County is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. When joining the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, you will work in an environment where innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement are highly encouraged and supported. We are proud to offer an outstanding benefitt package to employees and their dependents. We are invested in your success and growth and offer competitive wages, job flexibility and stability, employer paid ORCA cards, and a friendly, diverse team atmosphere where employees are appreciated and make a real difference providing services for our citizens. We strive to not only provide a meaningful job, but a lifelong career.

Snohomish County will be invested in your success and growth. We demonstrate this by offering a generous compensation package to our employees. Your salary is only part of your Total Compensation Package. Our benefits include:    

  • Retirement:  County employees participate in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). 
  • Medical benefits: The County offers a choice of three comprehensive medical insurance plan with low deductibles. The county’s contribution to this benefit is significant.
  • Sick leave: You will accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month.
  • Vacation Leave: You will start out accruing two weeks of vacation a year. Your leave accruals increase based on your years of employment with the County.
  • Holiday Pay: The County observes eleven (11) paid legal holidays per year and provides employees with two floating holidays annually.
  • Other benefits include wellness, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, long term disability, and more.
  • Deferred Compensation:  If you choose to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP), the County will match your contributions up to 1 percent of your base monthly salary.
  • Pay Increases: Each year you will be eligible for a step increase until you reach the top step. 
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA): County employees typically receive yearly cost of living adjustments.  
  • Flexible work schedules. 
  • Career development training. 

Teleworking Options
The work associated with this position can be performed with a hybrid of remote work and in-office work as needed and assigned. For employees who prefer to work in the office full time, that option is also available.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a home workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Snohomish County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. A Snohomish County Telework agreement is required for employees assigned to telework.
Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their Snohomish County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  

Job Duties


  1. Assumes lead role in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of solid waste or surface water programs and projects; has lead responsibility for identifying information required, choosing data collection methods and collecting data; assumes lead role in developing program and project options; leads efforts to analyze proposals and cost estimates; leads efforts to solicit input and involvement from department staff and citizens.
  2. Assumes lead role in the management of multiple, complex pro­grams and projects as assigned. May direct and coordinate the activities of Project Specialist I's, II's and III's, or Associate Planners and Senior Planners, public involvement staff and/or technical staff in the planning and implementation of programs and projects as assigned: insures that the completed work complies with applicable laws, regulations, ordinances and grant requirements.
  3. Responsible for development and administration of program/project team's budget, work plan, and schedule to ensure cost effective and timely project completion.
  4. Responsible for and may lead team in preparing bids, requests for proposals, and contract documents; is responsible for shepherding contracts and inter-local agreements through the approval process; monitors the performance of various contractors, consultants, and cooperating local agencies; approves work in progress and upon completion; approves billings for services received; prepares status reports as required.
  5. Prepares and submits various grant and loan proposals; implements or leads team which implements the various grant tasks; drafts and negotiates subcontracts under grants; coordinates, monitors and approves work completed by grant funded subcontractors and recipients; administers non-accounting aspects of major and minor grants.
  6. Serves as principal staff representative on various advisory committees, commissions, and interest groups; coordinates the formation of various groups as necessary; develops agendas and keeps the group informed about problems, needs, pending changes and various topics of interest; moderates discussions, mediates disputes, and resolves conflicts among numerous diverse groups both in-house and outside; arranges for presentations by other staff and agencies; as needed delegates tasks and work assignments to team members; leads the effort to develop group policies, documents and reports. 


  1. Acts as prime contact when questions about programs and projects arise from the public, government officials, business leaders, the media and interest groups; resolves conflicts between various individuals and interest groups; researches files and re­cords and provides information over the phone, in person, and in writing.
  2. Acts as the program or project's prime spokesperson; principal representative of the county for project or program-related presentations; attends meetings and participates in, or leads discussions.
  3. Responsible for and may lead team in developing strategic approaches for presenting sensitive issues and information to a variety of audiences; leads group that arranges for, sets up, and/or participates in public meeting, hearings, and council sessions; supervises the preparation of graphics, displays, brochures, leaflets, and slide/tape shows; prepares oral and writ­ten presentations including findings and reports; acts as the department's key representative by responding to questions; solicits input at public meetings as appropriate.
  4. Prepares or leads team which develops and revises various county codes and policies addressing solid waste management issues or land and water resources.
  5. Prepares or leads team which formulates, prepares and circulates SEPA documents including checklists and environmental impact statements; reviews and comments on environmental assessments, threshold determinations and statements prepared by other departments and agencies; provides written and oral interpretations of applicable environmental ordinances and policies as necessary.
  6. Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in environmental sciences/studies, engineering, public administration, political science, economics, geography, urban planning, sociology or a related field; AND, three (3) years' experience in work specific to the specific requirements of the position; OR, any combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. A Master's degree may be substituted for one (1) year of experience. Must pass job related tests.


A valid Washington State Driver's License may be required for employment. 


Knowledge of: 

  • the principles and practices of solid waste issues or surface water management;
  • research and data collection techniques;
  • current literature, trends, regulations and developments in the solid waste, recycling, moderate risk water or surface water and water resources fields;
  • the use of personal computers. 

Ability to: 

  • serve as team leader and direct the activities of subordinate employees;
  • gather, evaluate and document technical data;
  • read, interpret and apply legal documents;
  • independently prepare and implement comprehensive programs;
  • independently organize tasks, delegate responsibility and coordinate a team effort under deadlines;
  • synthesize research results and use these results as a basis for recommendations;
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • make effective group presentations;
  • establish and maintain effective work relationships with all levels of county management and staff, representatives of other agencies and the general public;
  • read, interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations governing assigned duties;
  • Communicate effectively with people of all ages and from a variety of cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds;
  • negotiate contracts and oversee contractors;
  • resolve conflicts.


     Employees in this class receive direction from a Project Specialist Manager, or administrative superior. The work is performed with considerable independence and is reviewed through meetings, periodic status reports and results obtained.


     The work is performed in the usual office environment with field trips to locations throughout the county for the purpose of attending community meetings and public hearings and making site visits.

Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request. 
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