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Civil Engineer II - Permits

City of Evanston
Illinois City, Illinois
$40.308 - $51.262/hour
Closing date
Jun 17, 2023

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This is a professional position focused on the review, processing and monitoring of permits issued by the Public Works Agency, especially Right-Of-Way (ROW) permits.  This includes review of permit applications, site inspections, investigation of complaints and resolution of issues.  In addition, this position may perform a variety of engineering, traffic engineering and related technical assignments including, but not limited to, design, preparation of estimates, and construction supervision of a wide variety of City projects.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

  • Reviews public works permit applications for adherence to requirements and standards; communicates with applicant regarding concerns, deficiencies, process and the like; approves permit applications for a variety of private projects Reviews and interprets submitted civil plans and specifications in support of permit applications Tracks progress of permits in review, working to process all permit submittals in a timely fashion Coordinates with utility companies (such as ComEd) on larger projects involving multiple locations and taking several years or months to implement; serves as the primary City of Evanston contact for this type of work; monitors progress, compliance with City of Evanston standards, and community member complaints related to the construction. Coordinates permit review and monitoring with other City divisions, including, but not limited to: Distribution, Sewer Streets, Sanitation, Forestry and the Community Development Department. Coordinates ROW permits with associated building permits. Investigates complaints from citizens, contractors and the general public; responds and resolves situations in accordance with City standards and parameters. Monitors active permits out in the field.  Performs site inspection, both scheduled and unscheduled, to enforce City of Evanston standards for work, site safety and obstructions within the public right-of-way. Maintains required contact information and shall be able to respond to emergency situations involving permitted trenches, obstructions and traffic control. Determines if traffic control provided by contractors meets minimum safety standards for the location, type and duration of the ROW obstruction. Must be familiar with and may assist with the management and processing of other types of public works permits, including but not limited to dumpster permits, moving van permits, block party permits and tree preservation permits. Calculates permit fees based on City of Evanston code and policies. Sets bonding amounts in accordance with Public Works Agency guidelines; receives and tracks bonds. Utilizes permit tracking and processing software to review plans and process permits. Helps develops online permit application forms, and makes recommendations for application process improvements. May assist of planning, designing and construction observation of municipal transportation and utility infrastructure, including roads, alleys, fiber optic, water and sewer systems.  Performs technical research and utilizes computers as aids in developing solutions to engineering problems. Develops and recommends engineering solutions for problem locations and may assist in implementing corrective actions. May attend community and neighborhood meetings, including evenings and weekends, to listen to concerns, present plans, and resolve issues. Drives a vehicle to job sites in various locations around the City of Evanston. Uses Personal Protective Equipment as appropriate to the task and environment. Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent engineering degree, P.E. preferred. Three to five years of professional civil engineering experience, preferably in a municipal or county environment or, any combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Maintain a State of Illinois driver’s license and a safe driving record. Working knowledge of civil engineering theory, principles and practices. Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications. Understanding of various phases of municipal engineering, MUTCD and Highway Capacity manual. Knowledge of various computer hardware and software including AUTOCAD, Adobe Acrobat (and other software programs allowing markups of pdf files), and Microsoft Office,. Knowledge of construction techniques, methods and materials. Ability to coordinate with and give direction to other staff, including professional, technical and support staff; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, citizens, contractors, city officials and the general public. Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical material in mathematical and diagrammatic form; deal with several abstract and concrete variables at one time. Ability to use mathematics for calculations needed for civil engineering tasks. Ability to read scientific and technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, blueprints and specifications, contracts, proposals, legal documents, management information reports, safety manuals and rules, personnel rules, City code and related documents. Ability to prepare business letters, memoranda, summaries and reports using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style that are understandable to the audience to whom the written document is addressed.  Ability to speak effectively and persuasively, using appropriate diction, articulation, vocabulary and presence appropriate to the audience to whom the spoken word is addressed.


Light work: exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  Type of physical demands: stooping (bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist); kneeling (bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees); crouching (bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine); feeling (perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by means of receptors in the skin); fingering (picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers primarily); reaching (extending hands(s) and arm(s) in any direction); handling (seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hands); talking (expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word); hearing (perceiving the nature of sounds by ear); seeing (the ability to perceive the nature of objects by eye); far vision (clarity of vision at 20 feet or more); near vision (clarity of vision at 20 inches or less); depth perception (ability to judge distance and space relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are, including safety to oneself and others); field of vision (observing an area that can be seen up and in a given point, when required to see a large area while keeping the eyes fixed); accommodation (adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus, especially important when doing near-point work at varying distances from the eye); color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors).


Physical Surroundings - the worker is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. There are no environmental hazards indicated for this classification.


Possession of a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.


Work is performed under the general direction of a Senior Project Manager. Assignments may vary from day to day depending on the season and work requirements.  Assignments can be either verbal or written with the employee responsible for completing the work according to City work rules and safety regulations.  Work is subject to review by a supervisor through ongoing observation, written and verbal communications, meetings and feedback from the supervisor and from other department employees. Guidance is provided through rules and regulations, policies and procedures, Unified Work Rules, Union Contract, Personnel Rules and OSHA.  Additional guidance is provided by federal, state and City traffic sign and control regulations, safety regulations, and sign manufacturing equipment manuals.  Work is evaluated at least annually for the safe and skilled operation of equipment, quality of tasks, adherence to work rules, and performance in accordance with classification standard. 


The employee has contact with other City employees and Contractors on a regular basis.  The employee may have periodic contact with the general public when in the field and will be required to answer questions and respond to concerns in a professional manner.


Qualifications Assessment        Category List                                        Two (2) Years

Structured Oral Interview


To apply for this position, please apply online at on or before the closing date.

Chosen candidates will be subject to a qualifying pre-employment medical examination and drug/alcohol screen.

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