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Surface Water Management Project Engineer

Job Id: 
Public Works Department
$7,274 - $9,212/month
Job Description: 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:      Regular, Full-Time

SALARY RANGE:                $7,274 - $9,212/month

OPENS:                 March 30, 2018

CLOSES:                 When Filled; 1st review of applications on April 20, 2018



Under the direction of the Surface Water Manager, coordinate with other Public Works and City staff to manage contracted consultant services in the design, permitting, construction, and inspection of public surface and stormwater capital improvement projects. Provide coordination of both public and private surface and stormwater related projects with Public Works Streets, Traffic, and Development Services Divisions, other City departments, outside agencies, and the general public. Perform field investigations of surface and stormwater problems; coordinate with city staff, outside agencies, and property owners in the resolution of identified drainage problems. Present project recommendations and status orally and in writing to supervisory staff and City Council. Analyze and design surface and stormwater projects to provide flood reduction, water quality improvements, riparian, stream, and wetlands habitat restoration.



  • Provide project and contract management in the development, design, and construction of large surface water capital improvement projects..
  • Perform in-house design, including hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, cost estimates, specifications, technical reports for a wide variety of surface and stormwater projects.
  • Perform asset management data collection, management, and analysis for stormwater drainage, detention, and water quality treatment facilities.
  • Provide technical support to field maintenance crews, property owners, and other Public Works staff.
  • Prepare, submit, and manage various project grants.
  • Attend and represent the City at various meetings with citizens, developers, contractors, consultants, city departments, and outside agencies. Prepare and deliver presentations to various citizen and special interest groups, management staff, committees, and City Council.
  • Provide management, supervision, work direction, guidance, technical assistance, coordination, and review work of consultant service providers. Investigate and prepare recommended solutions to various identified surface water drainage problems.
  • Respond to questions and complaints from the public concerning surface water related problems, projects, and issues.
  • Assist in the update of existing and/or establishing new surface water management codes and regulations.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive surface water facility plan.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.



  • Principals, practices, methods and techniques of civil engineering.
  • Modern engineering methods and techniques as applied to the design, construction and maintenance of surface water engineering projects.
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic computer models including, but not limited to HEC, SCS, SBUH, HSPF, SWM, etc.
  • ArcGIS/CAD and/or other mapping and design software.
  • Growth Management Act legislation and associated surface water management requirements.
  • Municipal government operations.
  • City organizations, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Principles and practices of providing work direction and guidance.
  • Report writing and plan interpretation skills.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Record keeping techniques.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Telephone techniques and etiquette.



  • Analyze and develop complex engineering plans, specifications and estimates.
  • Interpret and explain City, State, Federal and APWA codes, ordinances, specifications policies, procedures and standards.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Work independently with little supervision.
  • Develop and conduct oral presentations.
  • Meet schedules, time lines and commitments.
  • Provide work direction, guidance and technical assistance to others.
  • Communicate effectively both orally in in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Physical ability to perform the essential job functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively and effectively interact with diverse individuals to accomplish a common goal.



Any combination equivalent to:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of five (5) years with increasing responsible surface and stormwater engineering experience.
  • Project Management experience preferred
  • Utility Asset Management, PACP and/or surface and Stormwater experience a plus
  • Experience with Professional Services, Public Works, Goods and Services contract a plus



  • Professional Registration in Civil Engineering with the Washington State Board of registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors or the ability to obtain registration within six (6) months of hire..
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license.


TO APPLY:  Please complete a required City of Federal Way application form and attach resume and cover letter.  Applications available at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, online at www.cityoffederalway.com, or by calling 253-835-2530.


The City of Federal way is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Applicants may request a copy of the City’s EEOP Utilization Report by contacting Human Resources at 253-835-2531. Any person requiring ADA accommodation should advise the City of the need. For telecommunications relay service for voice and text telephones call 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388/TTY or 1-800-833-6384/voice.