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Engineer III - Civil

Cowlitz County
Kelso, Washington State
$90,936.00 - $113,664.00 Annually
Closing date
Jun 30, 2024

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Planning & Development, Utility Engineering, Other
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer
Contract Type
Organization Type

Job Details

Job Description

This is a professional civil engineering position that functions as a Civil Engineer for Cowlitz County. The position consists of two divisions that provide engineering and planning services for the Utilities and Stormwater Division, and the Diking and Development Division. This position also provides a broad range of engineering and planning services to all divisions of Public Works, such as road engineering, road maintenance, stormwater, water, sewer, diking, solid waste, parks, and other projects as assigned.  This position is responsible for managing engineering projects, addressing engineering and administrative duties, and following established procedures, policies and practices.  This position supervises the activities of other engineering and technical staff assigned to projects under their direction. If qualifications, experience, and longevity criteria are met, this position can be elevated to the Senior Engineer – Civil job classification.  

Benefits Information:

Cowlitz County offers a generous benefits package which includes:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision  (includes dependent coverage)
  • VEBA/Health Retirement Account for those who qualify
  • Retirement through Washington State Public Employees Retirement System
  • Life Insurance 
  • Deferred Compensation plans available (457b)
  • Vacation, Bonus and Leave Days Paid
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Reasonable work hours

The County

Cowlitz County is a great place to live and work.  Located along the Columbia River less than an hour from the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Cowlitz County provides an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and easy access to the Arts.  The I-5 corridor runs right through Cowlitz County providing quick access to the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon metropolitan areas. 


Job Duties

  1. Coordinate the design of various public works projects that may include roads, drainage and stormwater, water, sewer, diking, solid waste and parks, as well as other projects as assigned.  
  2. Perform or oversee activities for different aspects of a project including management, scoping, technical design, specifications, permitting, scheduling, and other duties necessary for the successful completion of assigned projects.  Ensure that projects remain within the established scope, budget and schedule.
  3. Supervise the daily work activities of engineering and technical staff assigned to the project(s).   
  4. Identify and coordinate multiple funding sources for the programs of the department.  Prepare grant applications and coordinate with federal, state, and local funding agencies.
  5. Collaborate in the preparation and update of comprehensive plans, policies, reports, budgets, and other documents.
  6. Perform general administrative duties to effectively administer and document the activities of engineering projects.
  7. Investigate, resolve and respond to citizen’s complaints in an effective and tactful manner.     
  8. Develop, recommend and implement engineering solutions and other technical procedures, and assist in the preparation of the annual budget.
  9. Attend and participate in department meetings.  Present recommendations and ideas to enhance the division’s performance and services it provides.  Organize and conduct project staff meetings to coordinate project efforts.  
  10. Prepare and present written and oral reports to multiple audiences including citizen groups, neighborhood associations, Boards and Commissions.
  11. Research and stay up to date on issues pertinent to the department.  
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.


Utilities and Stormwater Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the requirements of the NPDES Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit that may include writing reports, ordinances, and manuals; coordinating tasks with local jurisdictions; providing public involvement and educational opportunities; reviewing, inspecting, and enforcing illicit discharge, stormwater facility maintenance, and all other permit requirements; and collaborate with county staff.
  2. Coordinate water and sewer system capital planning and project development.
  3. Act as a liaison with the Utility Operators for utilities engineering related assistance.
  4. Provide oversight and supervision over water and sewer local, state, and federal permit requirements.
  5. Provide comprehensive water and sewer planning to ensure compliance with policy and standards; and coordination and updating the capital improvement programs.


Diking and Development Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Attend regular district meetings and provide overall management services and technical recommendations to district officials.
  2. Prepare and present annual budgets, develop capital improvement plans, develop and implement procedures for daily and emergency operations and maintenance of pump stations, levees, and other flood control facilities.
  3. Work with the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on the annual levee inspection program, levee encroachment review, and the development and updating of emergency response plans.
  4. Review and make recommendations on applications for permits to construct within or on any of the district dikes, drains, and ditches.  Follow up approved permits with on-site inspection to ensure that the construction is in compliance with the permit provisions.
  5. Organize storm and emergency services training for County employees, other agencies, and the public.
  6. Serve as the district representative in dealing with the public and other agencies and at public meetings.
  7. Prepare maps and legal descriptions and have recorded all legal documents.  Maintain maps, files, and equipment maintenance logs, and dike, ditch, and drain improvement records.
  8. Assist in the preparation of the annual budget for the diking, drainage, and flood control districts.
  9. Complete review of development applications for adherence to Public Works Standards.
  10. Coordinate with the Department of Building and Planning review of new development.
  11. Review and suggest changes to the Department’s design standards and standard plans.



  1. Bachelor’s degree with major course work in civil engineering or a related field, and four (4) years of broad-based experience in civil engineering that would ensure the knowledge required for the duties of the job.  Or, any combination of education, training and experience that would ensure the knowledge required to successfully perform the duties of this position.
  2. Possess and maintain a Professional Civil Engineer License from the state of Washington or a state having reciprocity with Washington and obtain reciprocity licensing within one year of employment.  
  3. Possess and maintain a valid unrestricted driver’s license (except for vision).
  4. Water Distribution Manager certification or ability to acquire certification preferred.


Supplemental Information

  1. Possess excellent advanced mathematical skills and knowledge of modern engineering methods, practices and techniques, and other fields as they relate to construction and maintenance of public works and public utilities.
  2. Effectively complete the essential job functions independently as well as being able to work well in a team environment.
  3. Skilled in modern supervision practices and techniques.  Effectively relay information/instructions, motivate and counsel.
  4. Follow established policies and procedures and attain rigorous high level quality controls.
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills.  Establish and maintain effective working relations with department employees, other county employees, other agencies staff, sub-contractors, and citizens.   Able to tactfully deal with the public.   Effectively relay instructions, explanations, and provide training.
  6. Able to organize and prioritize in order to effectively work in a multi-task and busy work environment with demands from multiple sources and projects.  
  7. Excellent oral and written communications skills to prepare technical and other reports and make effective presentations.   
  8. Possess research and data analysis skills, with the ability to arrive at appropriate conclusions, and make recommendations.  
  9. Exercise judgment and discretion with regards to sensitive or confidential matters.


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