Civil Engineer

Thurston County
Full Time $6,756 - $8,887 Per year HI Hawaii, USA


**This employment opportunity has been reopened and will remain open until filled.  Thurston County Public Works reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. To ensure consideration for this position, please submit your application as soon as possible.**
We are recruiting for a to join our dynamic, energetic and innovative Technical Services Group (TSG) within Public Works’ Water Resources Division. The successful candidate will assist TSG with providing increased level of service for the Water Resources’ capital programs and development review efforts. Current stormwater capital project efforts primarily include stormwater projects pertaining to water quality, localized flooding, and legacy capital facilities retrofits or replacements. Current development review efforts include stormwater plan review for commercial, industrial, and residential subdivision applications. Some development review efforts may include application reviews for the connection to the County’s water and sewer utility systems.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Manages the design progression of water resources capital facilities from alternatives analysis through final design and construction phases. 
  • Prepares or oversees development of construction and maintenance plans. 
  • Oversees or prepares civil engineering design plans, reports, specifications, drainage and environmental assessments, cost estimates, and other related engineering documents necessary for project delivery. Affixes engineering seal if design is performed in-house.
  • Conducts development plan and report review to ensure compliance with Thurston County’s Drainage Design and Erosion Control Manual (DDECM) and Thurston County’s Water and Sewer Utility Development Standards. 
  • Reviews projects that include detailed calculations and computer models for hydrology and hydraulics, grading plans, utility plans, and Environmental Impact Statements or other documents. Approves plan changes.
  • Serves as a project manager for assigned capital projects. Assists in planning, scheduling, and implementing work, ensuring that projects meet required guidelines and regulations, and serves as the first point of contact to resolve engineering problems, conflicts, and questions.
  • Provides oversight and serves as technical support for other engineering support staff. Instructs the support staff regarding construction and any project modifications, and resolves conflicts with contractors, as necessary.
  • Performs complex site inspections for properties under development to verify design and check the surrounding area for impacts. Inspects completed developments ensuring the accuracy of the construction and verifying as-built drawings.
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The , located in Olympia, Washington is a national award-winning agency in delivering quality projects to our community. Our mission is to provide quality public services in all areas of our business. We actively help our staff develop and grow professionally, we bring together resources across divisions to achieve organizational goals, we are always ready to respond to community needs, and we are an American Public Works Association accredited agency, consistently meeting industry best practices benchmarks.  

Our Core Values:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes.
  • Customer Service – We provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality.
  • Innovation – We strive to continuously improve processes, performance, and results.
  • Safety – We demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Teamwork – We work together toward achieving a common recognized end.  
Thurston County Public Works values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Inclusion to us means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We are dedicated to recruiting and developing a talented workforce from various cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and perspectives who are committed to our vision and core values.

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. 
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit for more information.  
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry. We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules:Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:This is a federal program which allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid.

Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched in between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capitol city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at .


  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field.
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in civil engineering.
  • Possession of Professional Engineer (PE) License recognized by the State of Washington within six (6) months of hire date. (Note: no substitution will be allowed for the PE Certification requirement). 
  • Washington State Driver's License.
  • Ability to use computers and related software for construction, design, and other civil engineering work.

Desired Skills

  • Experience with stormwater engineering design principles, including water quality treatment, storage, and conveyance. 
  • Experience with Department of Ecology’s Stormwater Design Requirements for Western Washington is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of the application and interpretation of federal, state, and local rules, regulations, codes and ordinances as they relate to area of assignment.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas or project issues in a clear, comprehensive, effective, and professional manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Thorough knowledge of civil engineering practices and techniques, including knowledge of design methods.