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Engineer 1

King County
Seattle, Washington State
$78,104.00-$99,008.00 Annually
Closing date
Mar 5, 2023

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Water Resources Engineering
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Contract Type
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Engineer I - Capital Strike Team, River and Floodplain Management Section


$78,104.00 - $99,008.00 Annually


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week


DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks

Job Number



WLRD -Water & Land Resources


2/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

  • Summary

    Engineer I - Capital Strike Team, River and Floodplain Management Section description image
    This is an exciting opportunity for a person with the skills and interest to support the King County River and Floodplain Management Section as an Engineer I. Be part of a dynamic, diverse, driven team who step together towards challenges and are continually improving our processes and outcomes. We are a well-funded, mission driven, public service agency at the interface of risk reduction/infrastructure protection and habitat restoration along major rivers in King County. You will have a chance to work on challenging engineering projects in locations spanning from the steep rivers of the cascade mountains to the tidally influenced lowlands and with a diverse and technically challenging body of work.
    Our work is important, protecting built infrastructure and restoring natural processes to sustain aquatic ecosystems.  Our team is very diverse, and we work to build community that is welcoming and supportive of different perspectives and provide opportunities for growth and development.  We strive to collaborate, communicate, and continually improve our team processes and cohesion as we design, build, and maintain flood protection facilities across the landscape of King County.

    Job Duties


    • Provide engineering assistance to multidisciplinary project teams by conducting engineering and technical analysis of open channel hydraulics, floodplain and river conditions, river hazards and project design. 
    • Assist with preparation of design documents including engineering plans, specifications, estimates (costs, quantities, and schedules), permits and scopes of work.  
    • Support project management activities including development and maintenance of scopes of work, schedules, budgets, and contract requirements during design, procurement and implementation of capital projects.
    • Assist with field investigations and assessments of flood protection facilities, including gathering engineering data necessary for repair or levees and revetments, field survey, and spatial data collection.
    • Participate in flood warning and emergency response programs and activities, including investigating known problem-sites, evaluating debris jams, documenting flood damages, and developing recommendations for flood response actions.
    Telecommuting Requirement:
    The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking with some onsite work and meetings. The frequency of onsite work will be informed by business needs. Employees will have access to shared workspaces as needed at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

    Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

    King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.

    Work Location:  Predominately teleworking and work as needed at King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104.

    Work Schedule: This full-time position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. This position is based on a 40-hour work week. The typical work schedule is 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday– Friday. Attendance at evening meetings and weekend events may be required from time to time including for staffing of the Flood Warning Center or Flood Patrol during Flood emergencies.


    Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field, and/or equivalent combination of education and project work that provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties described in this job announcement. 
    • Demonstrated experience and desire to work collaboratively with a diverse, multidisciplinary technical team from different professional backgrounds and participate with perseverance, patience, and humor on high-paced projects with overlapping deadlines.
    • Ability to exercise proper tact and judgment in the field and in the virtual office environment, to work safely and effectively outdoors under adverse weather conditions year-round. 
    • Demonstrated ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively on technical issues with people of varying technical backgrounds and understanding. 
    • Some experience and skills conducting site reconnaissance, collecting land and in-water survey data, taking field notes, and/or transforming field data using survey calculations, including the knowledge and use of GPS field equipment, data dictionaries and software.
    • Some experience and proficiency with data file management and drafting techniques using manual methods or software such as AutoCAD Civil 3D or ArcGIS.

    Desired Qualifications:
    • Certification as an Engineer-In-Training.
    • Design and/or construction management experience in the disciplines of open channel hydraulics, river mechanics, and/or floodplain management.
    • Knowledge, understanding and experience with application of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles and geomorphic processes
    • Conducting field investigations, such as evaluating river conditions and assessing flood hazard problems and needs in a river-scale setting.
    • Developing, applying, and using contemporary hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling applications, including HEC-RAS.


    Supplemental Information

    Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.

    • King County application
    • Resume
    • Letter of Interest 
    • Response to supplemental questions
    Who is Eligible: This position is open to all qualified candidates, but first consideration for the career service position will be given to all current King County PROTEC Local 17A bargaining unit employees eligible for a lateral transfer (transferring within the Engineer I classification and having passed probation). This recruitment may also be used to create an eligibility pool to fill future career service positions.

    Union Membership:  This position is represented by PROTEC17, Local 17A.

    If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process, if you have questions related to this recruitment process, please contact at
    The King County Water and Land Resources Division protects, restores, and manages King County's water and land in collaboration with the community and our partners, and using the best available science and innovative practices.
    The River and Floodplain Management Section implements a diverse work program to reduce flood risks to the constituents of King County in a manner that restores river and floodplain processes, considers equitable outcomes and future conditions related to climate change, and provides a collaborative and engaged professional environment where RFMS staff can grow and thrive.
    King County was named "Best-in-State Employer" in the Forbes magazine 2019, ranking 16 on the list of best employers in Washington State, visit Awards given to King County to see more! King County's Investing in YOU initiative to build a workplace where ALL employees can thrive, and become the nation's Best Run Government. Enjoy a balanced life with benefits that support you!

    As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
    We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
    To learn more, please visit
    Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
    Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
    Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:  King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
    • submit proof of vaccination, or
    • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
    People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.
    King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
    No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.


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    500 4th Ave. Rm. 553
    Seattle, Washington, 98104 Phone 206-477-3404 Website

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