Senior Engineering Technician – Storm and Surface Water

The City of Bellevue
450 110th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98009, Bellevue, WA
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Job Summary


Bellevue Utilities has an exciting opportunity for a full time, regular status Storm and Surface Water Senior Engineering Technician to join our Operations and Maintenance Section. This position requires both technical knowledge and skills to administer programs in Stormwater Management, as well as the ability to conduct regular routine field inspections.


Bellevue Utilities is comprised of three divisions: Operations & Maintenance, Engineering and Resource Management & Customer Service.  This position resides in our Operations and Maintenance division, specifically within the Storm and Surface Water section that manages Bellevue’s municipally owned and operated storm and surface water system.


Bellevue’s Storm and Surface Water Utility was one of the first founded within the nation and strives to continue to be a leader in the field of stormwater management and operations. The Senior Engineering Technician plays a critical role as the team expert for new and upcoming technologies, works closely with engineering and other City staff on upcoming projects, coordinates with regulators for permitting needs, has oversight of complex contracts and projects as well as serving as the team leader in the absence of the Superintendent.

Expectations for this position are to be able to work both as part of a team and as a sole performer in the office and the field.   This position is responsible for making decisions requiring sound judgment and technical knowledge.

Bellevue Utilities Operations and Maintenance core work hours are 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.  The Senior Engineering Technician role is an unrepresented, overtime eligible position with the ability to work a hybrid and/or flexible schedule.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Prepares local, state, and federal permit submittals and follow-up reports by researching and identifying requirements, writing, editing and preparing technical data, to ensure the City’s stormwater operations and maintenance practices are in compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and other regulatory requirements.
  • Prepares project plans and manages contracts to support maintenance and operation of the City’s stormwater system by analyzing system data, developing work scope, administering the competitive bidding process, overseeing contractors, coordinating with other City departments, authorizing payment and ensuring work is complete and in compliance with regulatory requirements and standards.
  • Analyzes technical requirements for development proposals regarding storm drainage system designs. Interprets complex engineering design documents and computer analyses for reviews of storm drainage infrastructure to ensure compliance with applicable City Codes and Standards, and State and Federal requirements.
  • Oversees stormwater programs, researches and interprets easement rights, analyzes data and historical records; creates reports; prepare correspondence and make recommendations for system maintenance and improvements.
  • Conducts facility and asset analysis for long-range strategic planning that includes selecting and overseeing consultants, coordinating with other departments, local, state, and federal agencies, and residents.
  • Responds to customer requests and concerns; research issues, collects test data; proposes solutions; make recommendations to mitigate drainage issues.
  • Responsible for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) at city facilities that includes inspections, data collection, monitoring and reporting to ensure compliance with Federal, State and local regulatory requirements.
  • Provides technical engineering support for hydraulic modeling, statistical system condition assessment, comprehensive plan updates and physical feature inventory.
  • Inspects projects installed in the public right-of-way that are scheduled for conveyance to the City to ensure standards are met
  • Conducts field investigation, data collection and monitoring for various projects, programs and assessments.
  • Collaborates with city staff and neighboring jurisdictions on water quality, stream standard, storm water and salmon habitat issues.
  • Conducts facility and asset analysis for long-range strategic planning that includes selecting and overseeing consultants, coordinating with other departments, local, state, and federal agencies, and residents.
  • Fills in for Superintendent when the Superintendent is out of the office.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Works under the general supervision of the Storm and Surface Water Superintendent.
  • Supervise employees and interns as assigned and fills the role of Surface Water Superintendent anytime the Superintendent is out of the office.





Education & Experience Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited two-year college or university with a degree in engineering or environmental sciences or related field and/or three years professional related experience in utilities operations, with knowledge of system design, analysis and operations. Or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Surface Water experience preferred.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain within six months a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) training certification.
  • The position requires the use of a City vehicle on City business. Individuals must have current Washington State Driver’s license, be physically capable of operating the vehicle and have an acceptable driving record (see city standard).  Proof required at the time of interview.

Additional Qualification Criteria

  • Extensive knowledge of local, state and federal surface water regulations and programs. Ability to track and report on regulatory changes and industry trends.
  • Ability to enforce, document, coordinate and perform code and engineering standards compliance.
  • Extensive knowledge of municipal surface water systems; knowledge of mapping techniques.
  • Basic understanding of engineering practices and design principles, construction practices and field data collection techniques.
  • Project management training and experience in executing.
  • Ability to understand complex and difficult drainage problems accurately and consistently; ability to accurately interpret data, report data, develop and present data and recommendations.
  • Practices of public administration; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • Knowledge of commonly used software programs and databases for data retrieval, storage, and record keeping. Ability to develop and retrieve reports and perform data entry.
  • Ability to interpret policies and procedures and to respond to inquiries for information.
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret easement research data in accordance with City policies.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of utilities project design and plan review process.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate the work of various permanent and temporary employees.





Physical Demands 

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 60 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.  However, outdoor work is done in all types of weather conditions. Common hazards include traffic, equipment, and exposure to a variety of noise levels.
  • Work may routinely require the employee to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl, and work in water.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and stairs, up to 100 steps or more. Walk/climb steep natural areas and stream channels.
  • Work in extreme and adverse weather conditions.
  • There will be a physical agility test as part of the selection process for individuals selected to participate beyond the interview process.

Bellevue Service Center (BSC)
2901 115th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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For further information about this position, please contact Casey Peterson at 425-452-2823.  If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425.452.4340.


*Note: The City of Bellevue does not participate in Social Security, which means employees do not contribute to or earn Social Security credit while employed with the City. Further, the Social Security Administration applies a formula containing an offset to take into account employment with a nonparticipating employer. The Social Security offsets are explained in the Municipal Employee Benefits Trust – City of Bellevue Retirement Benefit Plan Summary Plan Description. They are also described in the Social Security Administration Publications 05-10045 for the Windfall Elimination Provision and 0510007 for the Government pension Offset which can be found on the Social Security website  However, as a City of Bellevue employee, you may be eligible to participate in the Municipal Employee Benefit Trust (MEBT) plan; and depending on eligibility, there is also mandatory participation in the State Retirement Plan (PERS).


At the City of Bellevue, you'll be part of a team committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and advancing the community vision. The five essential and enduring principles that guide our individual actions, our interactions, and our decision making in the City of Bellevue organization is: exceptional public service, stewardship, committee to employees, integrity, and innovation. You'll work in an environment that is innovative, collaborative, future focused, and committed to excellence. Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. We embrace the future while respecting our past. It's what makes the City of Bellevue an exciting place to work, live, and explore.
Have we piqued your interest yet? Come join our team! The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other protected status. Persons needing assistance with the application process may call the Human Resources Office at 425-452-6838 or bellevuehr@bellevuewa.govIf you are invited to participate in the selection process and need ADA accommodations, please notify HR before you are scheduled for an interview or testing.

In an ongoing effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and our commitment to the health and safety of our employees, some positions at the City of Bellevue may be performed remotely on a part- or full-time basis temporarily, in compliance with the Governor’s Safe Start guidance and department’s telework agreement, while other positions are required to report onsite regularly. Any option to work remotely must be performed from Washington State. Positions that report to work onsite need to follow safety precautions and procedures as required by the City.  

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