Capital Engineer Iii

King County
Full Time $102,980 - $130,540 Per year WA Seattle, WA 98112, United States Apply before 5/22/2024 11:59


Are you ready to dive into the exciting world of floodplain management and make a splash in your career? Look no further than the River and Floodplain Capital Team within King County, Washington's Water and Land Resources Division. We have an opportunity for a standout candidate to join our dynamic team that is dedicated to innovation and growth.  
 About the Role:
 This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the skills and interest to support the King County River and Floodplain Capital Team as a Capital Engineer III (Engineer III). Join our team of committed and talented professionals dedicated to being stewards of public resources! Become a subject matter expert on the water resources within King County’s River environment. The ideal candidate will apply professional experience and find fulfillment leading multi-disciplinary project teams and serving as the lead engineer for projects aimed at reducing risks from river and floodplain hazards and improving environmental conditions. Learn from and collaborate with other professionals in the Water and Land Resources Division while participating in a range of learning and development opportunities available to King County employees in areas such as project management, facilitation, public speaking, and time management. Levee improvement and floodplain reconnection projects are just some of the major projects you can expect to be in involved in.  
 This position performs work remotely and onsite.
 About the Team: 
 The Water and Land Resources Division of King County is a nationwide leader in integrated floodplain management and development of innovative flood risk reduction strategies and improved river and environmental conditions across King County’s six major river systems (White, Green, Cedar, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish) using best available science. The River and Floodplain Capital Team  implement 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 staff can grow and thrive. The Team develops strategies, prioritizes projects, manages capital investments, engages tribes and stakeholders, and ensures successful execution of flood risk reduction and habitat restoration initiatives, while fostering collaboration, data-driven decision-making, and regulatory compliance.
 Commitment To Equity and Social Justice: 
 King County, named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a diverse and vibrant community that represents cultures from around the world. Our True North is to create a welcoming community where everyone can thrive.  We prioritize equity, racial and social justice, making it a foundational and daily expectation for all employees. As a Capital Engineer III, you will actively apply these principles in all aspects of your work. Learn more about our commitment at .
 Apply now for a rewarding career at the Water and Land Resource Division of King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks (DNRP). Join our talented workforce in protecting and restoring the natural environment and promoting more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Enjoy training, , and growth opportunities.

Job Duties

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Act as the design engineer for a variety of capital river projects which may include producing design reports, cost estimates, specifications, design plans, and the review of designs and technical reports and estimates produced by others.
  • Act as the project manager for assigned projects from conception to implementation, including defining project scope and schedule through construction and estimating costs of professional design services and construction implementation.
  • Analyze, interpret and apply state, local and federal requirements to the planning and design of flood risk reduction and floodplain reconnection projects.
  • Manage and coordinate construction contracting processes including bid document preparation, contractor qualification and negotiation of construction contract and construction management.
  • Other duties as assigned within the classification.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Qualifications You Bring:

  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience providing the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties described.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of increasingly responsible assignments for engineering or project management overseeing all phases of multi-disciplinary projects relevant to job duties described above, including design, preparing and tracking scopes, schedules and budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following areas: Working as a technical lead in multi-disciplinary technical teams in a high-performance, collaborative environment on highly visible projects.
  • Demonstrated experience and desire to work collaboratively with a diverse, multidisciplinary technical teams, diverse groups, government officials, community groups, and colleagues from different professional backgrounds and participate with perseverance, patience, and humor on high-paced projects with overlapping deadlines.
  • Ability to conduct field investigations and evaluate physical river conditions and hazards.
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally, to a wide variety of audiences. 

Competencies You Bring:

  • Collaborates:  Builds and fosters relationships with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Plans and Aligns:  Defines project overall goals and objectives and identifies design task relationships to meet project schedule.
  • Directs Work:  Provides clear direction and accountability; delegates, reviews and distributes assignments appropriately. 
  • Communicates Effectively:  Develops and delivers communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences. 
  • Manages Complexity:  Acquires data from multiple sources, analyzes and breaks down into parts where necessary, evaluates solutions.
Required Licenses:
  • Licensed Washington State professional civil engineer (P.E.) or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain a Washington State license through reciprocity. 
  • Valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work if selected for this position.  

It Would Be Great if You Also Bring: 
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles and geomorphic processes. 
  • Experience implementing flood risk reduction projects including planning, design, and construction management. 
  • Overseeing, developing, or using hydrologic and hydraulic modeling applications such as HEC-RAS, RiverFLow2D, or SRH-2D.  
  • Demonstrated skill using computer aided design and analysis tools such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS. 

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions:

  • Remote and Onsite Work Details: Employees in this role work remotely from a home location, with onsite reporting requirements typically 4-8 times per month. The frequency of onsite work is determined by business needs and may be adjusted accordingly. Onsite reporting locations may be at various King County worksites including the collaboration space at King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104). This work arrangement promotes work-life-balance and reduces carbon footprint under the department’s vision of .
  • Remote Work Location Requirement: Employees must reside in Washington State and be within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to meet workplace reporting requirements.
  • Work Schedule: This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. 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.
  • Union Representation: This position is represented by PROTEC Local 17A.  
  • Physical Requirements: 
    1. Ability to lift 30lbs to eye level.
    2. Ability to traverse uneven slopes and terrain.
Application and Selection Process: 

This position is open to all qualified candidates, but first consideration will be given to all current King County PROTEC Local 17A bargaining unit employees eligible for a lateral transfer (transferring within the Engineer III classification and having passed probation).  This posting may be used to create an eligibility list for future vacancies in similar positions over the next six months.

Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness and alignment with the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills essential for this role to determine which candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical.

 Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.

To apply, submit a:

  • Complete application.
  • Resume.
  • Cover Letter, highlighting your background with specific attention given to your ability to deal tactfully and courteously with diverse groups, governmental officials, the public, community groups, and colleagues. 
Who to Contact: 

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact Isaac Good at (206) 848-0576 or


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