• Kitsap County
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Engineering Utilities
  • Salary: $78,520.00 - $110,947.20 Annually USD

Job Description


Kitsap County Public Works Department makes our communities better and safer places to live, work, and play.

Kitsap County is a beautiful place to live and work. The Public Works Department is recruiting a Senior Sewer Utility Engineer. The ideal candidate wants to lead the Sewer Utility engineering team into the future being innovative, empowering, and always striving to improve.

Position Overview The position has many facets but a strong engineering background in design and construction of sanitary sewer or stormwater collection and conveyance systems is the foundation. The incumbent actively provides direction to a team of professionals in design review and inspection of developers' sewer system extension projects, permitting, and asset management. Is competent to make quality decisions to assure that county sewer systems and connections are designed and constructed in compliance with Federal, State, and County regulations, codes, and standards.
The supervisor for the engineering group collaborates closely with all the operations, maintenance, and capital program supervisors to streamline processes between engineering and the other Sewer Utility work groups. Takes initiative developing or updating different programs to collect relevant data for monitoring flows, inspections, and cost projections. Strong verbal and written communication skills are a vital part of the position for managing staff, making occasional presentations, and interfacing directly with other departments, agencies, engineers, and the public. The incumbent desires to provide a positive work culture to fit in with the great work environment of Kitsap County.


Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering (civil, mechanical or environmental) and six years of engineering experience to include two years of supervisory/management experience; OR
  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) and two years of supervisory/management experience.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
Two years of experience working in sewer system design, maintenance engineering or sewer constructions.

Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy of a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as:
  • Category 1 Driver: operates County-owned vehicle, and
  • Category 2: Driver may operate a personal vehicle as an essential function for official County business. Any employee using a personal vehicle on official County business shall be required to maintain auto liability insurance, in addition to having a valid driver's license.
Criminal Conviction Standards:
The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
  • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position:
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit copies of valid certifications and/or official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Pass a criminal history background check through law enforcement agencies.
  • Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and standards of engineering design, repair, maintenance, and construction for underground piping, mechanical, and electrical systems, structural elements, and roads; Development and function of infrastructure asset management systems; Principles and practices of geographical information systems and use of spatial and geographic data; Methodologies of process improvement; Principle and practices of piping infrastructure monitoring, planning, analysis, and reporting; Application and interpretation of federal, state, and local regulations, permitting, codes, and standards as they relate to sanitary sewer systems; Use of instruments and equipment for pipe maintenance and inspection, flow monitoring, surveying, and locating infrastructure; Management and supervisory principles and practices including program planning, budgeting, process improvements, coordination, and performance evaluation.
  • Skilled in: Leadership, Supervision, and Personnel Management; Project and Program Management; Analyzing engineering plans, data reports, work performance and accomplishments, and staffing and budgetary needs; Developing and monitoring processes to identify deficiencies and options for improvements; Performing technical engineering and statistical mathematics; Technical research work and problem solving to provide reliable advice or recommendations on difficult engineering and process issues. Effective communication, both orally and written and to make professional public presentations of technical, complex, and, often controversial information; Using a variety of computer software and applications for engineering, tracking, monitoring, report writing, modeling, and database management.
  • Abilities to: Perform the essential functions of the position; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, contractors, engineers, the public, and other local, state and federal agencies; Schedule, organize, supervise and evaluate the work of assigned staff; Develop and manage programs for monitoring and analyzing infrastructure condition and make recommendations for short and long-term improvements; Review engineering plans, specifications and technical reports; Inspect field work sites; Apply judgment and discretion in resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations.
Working Conditions/Physical Activities
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Positions in this class typically require:
  • Primarily works in an office environment, with routine field inspections/activities on construction sites.
  • Position may require: walking and balancing (short or long distances), bending, stooping, twisting, reaching above and/or below shoulder, handling/grasping documents, Sitting and/or standing for short or extended periods of time, clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person and/or on the telephone; sufficient hearing and vision, repetitive motions for computer use
  • Requires exertion of force of 25 pounds occasionally, 10 pounds frequently, to lift/carry/move objects, files/documents, and other materials as required.


Manage the Sewer Utility engineering group:
  • Supervise staff (scheduling, performance evaluations, discipline, and training)
  • Evaluate staffing organization and needs
  • Make process adjustments to improve work efficiencies
  • Be innovative to explore and incorporate technology into daily operations
  • Establish and monitor employee performance expectations, provide feedback on goals, and support employee development opportunities
  • Coordinate work within the Sewer Utility and with other Public Works divisions and County departments
  • Instill a positive culture and a team environment
Supervise the sewer system plan review, inspection, and permitting on development projects:
  • Monitor workload and work progression to meet permitting time lines and requirements
  • Evaluate and change the Sewer Utility's processes to streamline the work and improve efficiencies where needed
  • Coordinate the Sewer Utility permitting process with Community Development's permitting procedures to eliminate redundancy and improve work progression
  • Provide professional written or verbal communication with staff, developers, engineers, contractors and customers
  • Evaluate the inspection duties and requirements and incorporate changes in technology to manage field documentation with sewer system records
  • Determine work group performance indicators for evaluating and reporting work progression, changes in workloads, and providing statistical data for establishing fees and budgeting
  • Perform engineering analysis and make recommendations on sewer system designs and constructability
  • Provide guidance or assist staff in addressing project issues, customer concerns, and billing questions.
Implement and maintain an asset management system:
  • Coordinate separate data systems and software capabilities into a complete asset management program
  • Determine how to track, assess, evaluate, and report assets for prioritizing in-house projects, capital projects, cost analysis, and budgeting
  • Track and review maintenance and repair activities on the sewer collection and conveyance systems
  • Involvement with regional wastewater utilities to exchange ideas on developing, assessing, and improving the Sewer Utility's asset management program.
  • Identify applications for collecting and using data to streamline other Sewer Utility processes
  • Standardize elements of the asset management program such as data collection, analysis methods, and report writing to produce consistent and reliable data.
Develop and maintain programs, activity plans, and working documents:
  • Review and update applicable policies and procedures
  • Maintain and update the County sewer standards to meet regulation changes and maintenance needs
  • Develop an inflow and infiltration program to track and report wet and dry weather flows
  • Update the fats, oils, and grease (FOG) program including inspection process, reporting, and outreach methods
  • Establish an annual budget and track and monitor costs regularly
  • Develop activity plans for maintaining work progression and tracking accomplishments
  • Make public presentations
Other duties as assigned.


  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This recruitment is being used to fill an existing open position, and may be used to fill future openings for up to six (6) months.
  • Flexible hours are available, as approved by management.
Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

Port Orchard, Washington United States View Map