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Civil Engineer II or III (Development Review) – Hybrid Work Schedule Option

Arapahoe County Government
Centennial, Colorado
$69,835.74 - $134,983.68 Annually plus great benefits and retirement plans
Closing date
Jun 14, 2023

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Arapahoe County's Public Works and Development Department is an American Public Works Association Accredited Agency, the first County in Colorado to obtain this status.  Within the Department of Public Works and Development (PWD), we are seeking a Civil Engineer to join our team in the Engineering Services Division.  This is a great opportunity for an experienced engineer who wants to make a positive contribution to the Arapahoe County community.  We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a commitment to excellence and a desire to contribute as a member of our high-performing team.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, meaningful work, and a flexible and supportive work environment.  Some of the benefits of working for PWD include:

  • 15 days (120 hours) of paid vacation per year
  • 13 paid holidays (104 hours) and 1 additional floating holiday (8 hours) per year
  • 12 days (96 hours) of paid sick leave per year
  • Flexible work schedules available
  • Training and development opportunities to help you grow in your professional career
  • Comprehensive health insurance and retirement plans – see benefits tab for more detail

This position performs professional engineering work in development review, applying knowledge of engineering principles and practices in the areas of roadway design, pavement design, traffic engineering, stormwater design, floodplain management, utilities, subdivision and zoning regulations, and construction standards.
For recruiting purposes, this position is being posted as a Civil Engineer II and III.  Candidates will be considered for the highest level for which they are determined to be qualified.  The salary range for the Civil Engineer II is $69,836 to $111,557 and for the Civil Engineer III is $84,502 to $134,984.    


 Duties: The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. The County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.
The primary responsibilities of the Civil Engineer II and III are as follows, with the Engineer III serving as a subject matter expert, being assigned projects at the highest level of complexity, and operating with a higher level of independence than the Engineer II.

  • Performs engineering work with a focus on development review.   Applies knowledge of engineering principles and practices in the areas of roadway design, pavement design, traffic engineering, utilities, stormwater design, floodplain management, subdivision and zoning regulations, and construction standards.  
  • Reviews engineering construction drawings/plans, engineering reports, and submittal information for conformance with submittal requirements, engineering standards, specifications, regulatory requirements, and other County standards. Provides engineering review comments and works with applicants to resolve comments and engineering issues.   
  • Administers and enforces County codes and coordinates development requirements with comprehensive plans and capital projects. Reviews development proposals for conformance with planning documents (comprehensive plan, transportation master plan, master drainage plans, major drainage way plans, transportation operations and procedures manual, bike and pedestrian master plan, etc.).
  • Coordinates development projects with other internal divisions (transportation, traffic, planning, parks, inspection, etc.) and external agencies (SEMSWA, CDOT, Cities, Counties, Metro Districts, Fire, etc.).
  • Coordinates and oversees stormwater, general erosion and sediment control (GESC), and floodplain development permit review by outside partner agency, Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA), within the SEMSWA service area. Provide stormwater and floodplain management review for areas within County that are outside SEMSWA service area.  
  • Provides applicants, developers, and the public with information regarding engineering related development requirements.
  • Reviews, coordinates, and approves engineering estimates for accuracy and assures collection of securities/collateral/fees for public improvements (subdivision improvement agreements, traffic signal escrow agreements, traffic impact fees, system development fees, recovery fees, etc.)
  • Reviews, coordinates, and specifies required Right of Way Dedication, easements, and maintenance agreements.
  • Rotates with other division case engineers to provide engineer-on-call services during work hours. Responds to development and citizen questions, inquiries, and complaints to resolve engineering issues and customer service requests.
  • Responds to engineering review requests from building and zoning departments (flood reviews, special use permits, agricultural affidavits, and other requested peer reviews).    
  • Represents County or Department at various design and construction review meetings.
  • Serves as staff engineering liaison to Board of County Commissioners, County Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Technical Review Committee (TRC), local agencies, professional groups, developers, and the public with respect to public works and/or engineering matters. Prepare engineering staff reports and Board of County Commissioners’ resolutions for land use approvals.
  • Performs engineering case document management and control. Uses engineering permitting system (Accela) to manage case submittals, manage deadlines, and document referrals.  
  • Performs engineering review of applications for Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS), Solar facilities, and Oil & Gas.
  • Assists in the development of process improvements and organizational process assets.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, means, methods, and materials of civil engineering as applied to land development, utility, and public works capital improvement projects.
  • Knowledge of plan review and review of engineering reports for compliance with standards and regulatory requirements.  
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local engineering standards and regulatory requirements.    
  • Knowledge of Stormwater management / stormwater design and water quality standards.
  • Knowledge and/or familiarity with Floodplain Management processes, procedures, and regulations.  
  • Knowledge of Land Development processes and procedures. 
  • Ability to conceptualize project/assignment goals and develop strategies to achieve goals.
  • Ability to work independently, manage time, meet deadlines, and stay organized. 
  • Ability to identify problems at the project/assignment level, propose solutions, and work with design teams to resolve engineering issues.
  • Ability to use computers and standard office equipment.
  • Ability to use and learn a variety of computer software, applications, and systems and drafting and engineer apparatus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Behavioral Competencies (required for all positions within Arapahoe County Government):

  • Accountability
  • Accessibility
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity


 Requirements: Education:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a closely related field.

Experience and Professional Licensure:

  • Civil Engineer II: Minimum of four (4) years of professional-level engineering experience is required. Possession of an Engineer-in-Training Certificate from the State of Colorado or ability to obtain within six months of employment is required.
  • Civil Engineer III:  Minimum of eight (8) years of professional-level engineering experience is required.  Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado or the ability to obtain within six months of employment is required.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) is preferred.
  • Experience using Accela, BlueBeam, and ArcGIS software is preferred.

An equivalent combination of education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job may be considered. All candidates are encouraged to apply who are interested in this position and who meet the above-listed requirements or a combination thereof.  Having the “preferred” experience or certification is not required in order to be eligible for the position, so please don’t let that discourage you from applying.


 Supplemental Information: Additional Requirements:

  • Possession of a Colorado Class "R" driver's license or ability to obtain within two weeks of appointment.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background and motor vehicle checks.

Work Environment:

  • After the first 90 days of employment, this position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule (combination of remote and in-office work) under current department policy.
  • In-office work is within a standard office environment. Occasional travel is required for meetings, hearings, and site (field) visits. Travel and site visits may require occasional exposure to hazardous road conditions, weather elements, and construction operations.

Physical Demands:
The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position.

  • No unusual physical demands are associated with this position.
  • Spends 90% of the time sitting and 10% of the time either standing or walking while in the field or office.
  • Occasionally lifts, carries, pulls or pushes up to 20 lbs.
  • Uses cart, dolly, or other equipment to carry in excess of 25 lbs.
  • Occasionally climbs, stoops, kneels, balances, reaches, crawls and crouches while performing office or field work duties.
  • Verbal and auditory capacity enabling interpersonal communication through automated devices, such as telephones, radios, etc.
  • Constant use of eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the use of automated office machinery or equipment.
  • Visual capacity enabling constant use of computer or other work related equipment.

Occasionally: Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently  : Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly  : Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time.

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