Associate Engineer (Engineer II)

King County Department of Human Resources | Auburn, WA

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Posted: August 03, 2019 2019-08-03T16:10:13.441260+00:00


The Department of Local Services, Permitting Division is seeking an Associate Engineer (Engineer II).  The person in this position works under the supervision of a Product Line Manager to produce or help produce timely, accurate, quality reviews and approvals of building and land use development projects, including County-initiated comprehensive reviews of mining operations.  Working in a collaborative manner, Engineers work with a higher degree of independence.  They apply their engineering and project management experience to review a variety of permit types ranging from small site projects to complex commercial projects. This position may include review of ancillary permits such as conditional use permits, variances, adjustments, right-of-way use permits, boundary line adjustments, legal lot reviews and grading permits.  This position is responsible for carefully reviewing permit application plans and technical documents, working cooperatively with others in the department and other agencies, and writing technical permit, approval documents that are concise and accurate.   An essential part of the job is to work in a positively solution-oriented manner with customers, their design/engineering professionals, other members of the public, and co-workers. Some presentations to the public, and other agencies may be required on a periodic basis.

As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

King County employees provide more than 2 million residents with essential services that make this one of the nation's best places to live, work, play, and raise a family. We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income.

King County is the local service provider for roughly a quarter-million people who live in unincorporated parts of the county. If all of these residents lived together in a single city, it would be the second-largest city in the state. The population of our urban unincorporated areas is three-to-four times more diverse than those of our rural unincorporated areas in terms of race, language spoken, and income. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office, a Community Service Areas group, a Road Services Division, and a Permitting Division. It provides a single point of accountability for delivery of local services to all unincorporated areas in King County.

Job Duties

  • Act as review engineer for assigned projects, to assure compliance with applicable engineering standards. These may include; surface water design, roadway design, flood plain analysis and related site development standards; conduct related research and prepare staff reports/decisions.
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflect well upon King County, the department, and the incumbent.
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service; to the extent possible, help customers find the correct pathway to achieve their goals.
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.
  • Work cooperatively with others in the department and other agencies to resolve permit- and process-related issues, including those related to compliance with King County Road Standards and the King County Surface Water Design Manual.
  • Review /approve storm water and transportation engineering designs for assigned work projects.
  • Review and, as needed, author concise and accurate permit language, technical documents and staff reports that are consistent with applicable codes, laws and policies as assigned by the Product Line Manager.
  • Research and evaluate environmental data and/or environmental remediation reports prepared by external sources to determine compliance with County requirements; approve plans and specifications for construction.
  • Inspect the construction, maintenance, and compliance of specific projects.
  • Participate in the review and evaluation of complicated plans and specifications.
  • Be responsible for the technical quality assurance of policies, procedures and standards for assigned technical discipline.
  • Make presentations to community groups and the general public on projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering; or any equivalent combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge of engineering principles and site design such as surface water hydrology, soils, traffic, survey, and road geometrics.
  • Applied knowledge of a surface water design manual used by a government.
  • Applied knowledge of road standards used by a government.
  • Demonstrated skill in researching and making recommendations, conclusions, and decisions.
  • Experience in using common desktop workflow tools, including but not limited to the Microsoft Office Suite:  Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving, resolving conflicts and bringing others to consensus.
  • Demonstrated competence in applying project management principles and practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentations to Hearing Examiners, legislative bodies, and the public.
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities and producing quality detailed working within tight timeframes.
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Desirable Qualifications: 
  • Experience in local government permit processing and regulations, or experience in roadway and storm water design and construction.
  • Knowledge of geotechnical engineering principles.
  • Knowledge of electronic review of construction documents.
  • Ability to use permit processing software.

Supplemental Information

First Interviews are scheduled for Monday, August 26, 2019.  If you are invited back for a second interview they are scheduled for Thursday, August 29, 2019.  Please make yourself available to interview on these days.



  • An offer of employment will be contingent upon the success of a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely throughout the County.
  • Physically able to traverse development, mining, and/or construction sites.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.  First consideration will be given to current Local 17 PROTEC members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.
This recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies.   
WORK SCHEDULE:  The work week is typically Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This full-time position is overtime eligible.  The position is paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour work week.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply for this career opportunity, you must provide three application components: 1) your resume, 2) a cover letter, and 3) a completed King County application form, which is available online.  You may attach your resume, and cover letter to the on-line application. To apply, go to then click the "Current King County Employment Opportunities" link. From there, click the Associate Engineer (Engineer II) position for the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review. Finally, click the "Apply" link on the far right to initiate the application.
If you do not have access to a computer or are unable to apply on line, please call the department's human resources office at 206-477-0380.
RECRUITMENT PROCESS: Applicants who are found to meet the minimum qualifications will be further reviewed for competitive quality. Those applicants who possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training may be contacted for interviews. Job-related reference checks will be conducted prior to any offer of employment.
UNION MEMBERSHIP:  This position is represented by Local 17A, PROTEC
CONTACT INFORMATION:  Please direct questions about this recruitment to Theresa Reynolds at 206-477-0380 or


King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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