Senior Engineer

City of Kelso | Kelso, WA

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Posted Date 8/04/2022

Salary: $83,184-$101,196 yearly

Position Description

  • Under general supervision, performs professional level engineering work in a lead capacity on a variety of Public Works projects in such areas as utilities, transportation, and stormwater.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for engineering and planning work necessary to plan and complete assigned municipal projects.
  • Consistently completes projects within scope, schedule and budget constraints and in compliance and coordination with various Federal, State and local agencies.
  • Responsible for planning, research and preparation of major reports under general direction.
  • Determine the appropriate project design and methodology for all assigned projects.
  • Perform complex engineering research in support of recommendations and project review.
  • Responsible for collecting and analyzing a variety of engineering data.
  • Prepare maps, statistical information, plans, specifications and cost estimates, including identifying and applying for funding sources pertaining to assigned projects.
  • Act as Lead for interdisciplinary teams managing the most complex projects.
  • Responsible for consultant selection and management; including contract negotiation, progress monitoring and project delivery.
  • Punctual, regular, and reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.

Stormwater Management Emphasis:

  • Responsible for the compliance with NPDES Permit.
  • Act as the primary liaison between the City and the Washington Department of Ecology.
  • Represents the City at regional stormwater manager meetings.
  • Develops engineering standards and policies to support the City's stormwater management program.
  • Reviews development applications for conformance with City stormwater requirements.
  • Indentifies and defines stormwater projects for the capital improvement program.

Position Requirements

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Three years' experience in municipal engineering design preferred.
  • Additional experience in related civil engineering may be substituted for the college degree with one-year experience being equal to one year of college education.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Speciai Requirements

  • Knowledge of current principles, practices, methods and techniques of civil engineering, transportation engineering, natural resource management, water resource engineering, environmental sciences or related disciplines.
  • Knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, computer modeling, soils, chemistry and environmental sciences.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to transportation, environmental, water resource or natural resource issues.
  • Knowledge of both project and municipal budget preparation.
  • Knowledge of current municipal construction standards, methods, processes, materials, costs, and cost estimating.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to municipal activities, including rules applicable to the formation and closeout of a Local Improvement District (LID).
  • Skill in analyzing, assessing, and recommending solutions to complex and challenging public works/municipal utility engineering problems.
  • Skill in the use of spreadsheets, graphic editors, databases, word processors, project management software and in the operation of various engineering specific computer programs.
  • Ability to work from general written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to interpret engineering plans, survey notes and legal descriptions.
  • Ability to perform research, analysis and advanced computer modeling on complex civil engineering, transportation, environmental or water resource issues, problems, and data.
  • Ability to create and present technical information in a data or graphic format.
  • Ability to accurately complete assigned projects within time lines.
  • Ability to communicate with groups of varying levels of technical sophistication in a courteous, tactful manner.
  • Ability to read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to perform complex engineering computations either manually or with the aid of a computer or calculator.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, productively, effectively, and successfully with others in a public service dedicated, customer centered, team-oriented environment, where open communication is the norm.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of others.


  • Successfully pass a modified background investigation.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or registration from another state with the ability to obtain Washington registration within six months.
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • Appointees not possessing a valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire must obtain one within the currently effective statutory time limit.


  • The Senior Engineer position has varied contacts, including City employees, private consultants, contractors, public officials, property owners and citizens.
  • Contacts are for the purpose of listening to various concerns and issues and to provide explanations of current city projects and/or practices.
  • Contacts will also be for the purpose of gathering and disseminating information. Issues and/or projects may be controversial in nature, where the ability to explain the City's position at a level equal to the audiences level of technical sophistication is vital to success.


  • In a lead capacity, the Senior Engineer may supervise and/or direct the work of assigned professional and technical staff.


  • The Senior Engineer is accountable for the quality, accuracy and timely completion of assigned projects and tasks.

Working Conditions:

  • The Senior Engineer typically spends the majority of the workday in an office.
  • Some projects and tasks will require fieldwork to gather information and review existing conditions.
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Local Government
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