Senior Engineering Technician – Surface Water Quality

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


The City of Bellevue – Bellevue welcomes the world. The City of Bellevue is a dynamic, international and multicultural, future-focused, diversity driven, high performing City. There are five essential and enduring principles that guide our actions and our decision making: Exceptional Public Service, Stewardship, Commitment to Employees, Integrity and Innovation. We value all employees and their contributions. The City invests in its employees and encourages and rewards employee growth and development. We build on our commonalities and our differences. Bellevue is noted for its diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. The National League of Cities issued Bellevue its Cultural Diversity Award in 2015. ranked Bellevue number 14 on its 2015 Top 100 Best Places to Live.

The City of Bellevue, WA is currently accepting applications for a Senior Engineering Technician in the Utilities Department. This position requires both the technical knowledge and skills to administer programs in their areas of responsibility, as well as, the ability to conduct regular routine field inspections and compliance investigations. The primary areas of responsibility will include private utilities systems inspection and maintenance programs for surface water (Source Control, Fat’s Oil & Grease inspection, Private Drainage Inspection and Illicit Discharge response), and wastewater (industrial user permits and related water quality monitoring). An employee assigned to this position will work as part of a team both in the office and extensively in the field, and is responsible for making decisions requiring sound judgment and technical knowledge, including knowledge of a variety of codes, ordinances, and best management practices. The position is required to respond to designated emergencies on a 24 hour basis and have work hours of 7 am -3: 30 pm, including periodic paid weekly stand-by duty for evening and weekend call-outs if necessary.

Benefits include 10 paid holidays per year, 16 hours of personal time per year, 8 hours of paid sick leave per month and 8 hours of paid vacation per month. In addition to paid time off employees have many opportunities for paid overtime or conversion to comp time earned based on current policies. For more details about medical, dental, vision and multiple retirement options for benefits refer to the Benefits link when you apply.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Perform activities assisting with the Private Drainage Inspection (PDI) Program and Source Control Program, including scheduling and performing inspections; issue reports and create correspondence and enforcement notices; maintain databases.
  • Utilities support for the Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination Program (IDDE) including cross-departmental technical water quality IDDE Program support and ongoing IDDE and spill response.
  • Industrial User Permit Program Administration: meet local and regional pretreatment requirements related to industrial user discharge permits issued by King County Industrial Waste for City-owned operations.  Conduct industrial wastewater sampling at City facilities, manage analytical services, and prepare periodic reports. Ensure pretreatment systems are maintained as required.
  • Support on-going response to those illicit discharges that have reached (or have the potential to reach)  the stormwater system, streams, lakes, and wetlands, including mitigation, follow-up, enforcement and documentation.
  • Support management of surface water quality grants and grant administration.
  • Inform, educate, and provide outreach to industrial, commercial and residential customers. Assist with development of public information pertaining to the surface water quality of Bellevue's streams, lakes, and wetlands, Industrial waste systems, and drinking water.
  • Maintain files of inspection reports, sampling reports, notice of compliance, and other written correspondence.
  • Review design and construction drawings for compliance with regulations and engineering standards. Perform field review for consistency with construction standards.
  • Respond to, investigate, and resolve complex or emergency water quality events, either individually or collaboratively with Operations & Maintenance personnel.
  • Maintain familiarity with current and upcoming state and federal regulations. Conduct research and development projects to improve the quality and safety of program areas of responsibility.
  • Monitor surface water quality in lakes and streams.
  • Support operations and maintenance of lakes.
  • Provide ongoing support to other water quality programs.
  • Develop and provide public information pertaining to treatment and reduction of grease and other industrial discharges to the sanitary sewer system.




Education & Experience Requirements

  • 5 years of professional related experience in water quality or a related field preferred. BS in Water Quality-related majors is preferred, or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Experience in surface water or municipal regulatory compliance and enforcement is preferred.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain within six months a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) training certification.
  • Must possess ability to climb steep, rough terrain, and enter confined spaces in compliance with required safety regulations.
  • 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 Utility infrastructure (Storm, Sewer, Water) regulations, programs, program implementation and reporting requirements. Ability to track and report on regulatory changes and industry trends.
  • Knowledge of regulations governing the treatment, control and discharge of industrial waste into sanitary sewers or involving discharges into the storm water system.
  • Extensive knowledge of municipal distribution and conveyance systems; knowledge of mapping techniques including use of ArcGIS, knowledge of Utility programs design. Understanding of engineering principles, design and construction.
  • Ability to read and interpret civil, plumbing, and mechanical drawings for compliance with codes and regulations.
  • Ability to understand complex and difficult conveyance or treatment 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; research methods and sources of information related to water quality issues; recent developments; and pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • 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 take compliance samples and perform related tests; knowledge of laboratory practices and procedures, sampling techniques, processes, and interpretations.
  • Ability to communicate, document, coordinate, and perform code enforcement activities with the public, the building community, and other government entities. Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations and interact with the media.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate the work of various permanent and temporary employees.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a background investigation.




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.


To apply: Senior Engineering Technician - Surface Water Quality | Job Details tab | Career Pages (


For further information about this position, please contact John Sizemore via phone at (425) 452-2030 or via email at If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact the NEOGOV helpdesk at 855-524-5627.


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.

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