Engineer II - Site Inspector

  • King County Department of Local Services, Permitting Division
  • 919 SW Grady way, Renton, WA 98057
  • Jan 13, 2023
Full time Construction

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 - Site Inspector.
The work will involve inspection and documentation to ensure that projects permitted by the Permitting division comply with the permit conditions and county code. The site inspector’s duties will primarily include ensuring that the permitted work complies with county code relating to stormwater mitigation requirements and county road standards. Typical permits assigned to the Engineer II will be grading permits, commercial development permits, and permits for road improvement Work is performed in both an office or field environment and involves daily contact with staff, public officials, developers, contractors, property owners, citizens, and interest groups.
Engineer II - Site Inspector are expected to work on as independent a basis as the incumbent's experience merits, with a commensurate level of guidance and direction from higher-level positions. The incumbent will need to make recommendations and engineering decisions to assure projects meet the requirements of adopted permit conditions, County regulations and best management practices. Engineer II - Site Inspector may also apply land development principles while reviewing submittals to ensure compliance with applicable codes and regulations.

Job Duties

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.

  • Inspect construction projects for conformance with the permit conditions and county code with an emphasis on county stormwater and road construction requirements.
  • Participate in the analysis, interpretation, and application of relevant federal, State, and local, laws and regulations.
  • Read, locate, and plot legal descriptions of property and easements.
  • Perform engineering calculations and identify calculation methodology.
  • Investigate field conditions for projects and determine appropriate codes and relevant project requirements.
  • Investigate complaints and inquiries.
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflect well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent.
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service.
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others
  • Ability to work effectively in the office and field with minimal supervision.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience either designing or reviewing civil engineering plans for code compliance.
  • Applied knowledge of a surface water design manual and road standards used by a government.
  • Ability to quickly relate codes, public rules and ordinances to observed building site conditions.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting engineering plans and reports, specifications, technical maps, and other engineering documents.
  • Demonstrated competence in applying project management principles and practices. 
  • Demonstrated skill in using common desktop workflow tools, including but not limited to the Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Ability to use engineering software to analyze proposals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including providing training and making presentations.
  • Proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving, resolving conflicts and bringing others to consensus.
  • 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. 

Desired Qualifications:    

  • Experience in local government permit processing and regulations.
  • Demonstrated skill in use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems.
  • Knowledge of electronic review of construction documents.

 Necessary Special Requirements:   

  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license and the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle throughout the county.
  • Ability to perform field work and negotiate rough terrain in all types of weather.

Supplemental Information

Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview the week of February 6, 2022.
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 and/or on weekends. 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
Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required

  • to: submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

Teleworking Requirement 
This is a hybrid position. The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking, field work, onsite work and meetings as needed. 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. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
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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