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4 Apr 2023

Full-Time Engineer II

King County DLS, Permitting Division – Posted by vswai Renton, Washington, United States

Job Description


In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the position of 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, Plats, 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.


Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

  • Act as review engineer for assigned projects, to ensure compliance with applicable engineering standards. These may include surface water design, roadway design, flood plain analysis, survey review of boundary line adjustments or final plats 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 while exhibiting and supporting 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, survey review of final plats or boundary line adjustments 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, survey documents pertaining to Plat reviews and boundary line adjustments.
  • Be responsible for the technical quality assurance of policies, procedures and standards for assigned technical discipline.
  • Make presentations to community groups and the public on projects.
  • Plan, develop and implement survey methodology for plats, short plats, and boundary line adjustments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Applied knowledge of survey standards for plats, short plats, and boundary line adjustments
  • Demonstrated skill in researching survey documents and making recommendations, conclusions, and decisions on these documents.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of survey techniques.

Desired 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. 

Necessary Requirements:

  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Physically able to traverse by foot through densely wooded terrain and steep inclines in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift 20lbs.
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Must operate a motor vehicle safely throughout the County in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to use office equipment and software.


Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview the week of April 24th, 2023.

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including career service, special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants. First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.

WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours. This full-time position is overtime eligible.

FORMS AND MATERIALS: A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the position.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Interviews will be conducted via Teams. Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.


For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Vivienne Swai
Human Resources Analyst

Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking, field work, onsite work and meetings as needed. The responsibilities of this position may include regular and ongoing in-office work involving in person customer service in accordance with the division’s available customer service options.

Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department’s hybrid environment.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State’s best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we’re changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation’s best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our “True North“, we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles–we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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