Senior Water Resources Engineer

City of Gresham
1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, Oregon, OR
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The City of Gresham seeks an innovative thinker with stormwater/water resources engineering experience in urban watershed, a vision for helping grow a public utility, and an interest in both traditional and green infrastructure to serve as the City’s Senior Water Resources Engineer in the Watershed Division. An ideal candidate will have program and/or staff management experience.  Under the management and support of the Watershed Division Manager, you will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on engineering role, manage special projects, mentor a growing engineering team, and play a leading role in developing new community infrastructure.

This position oversees an entry-level water resources engineer, two engineering technicians, and CAD technicians, and leads the stormwater utility’s Capital Improvement Program in collaboration with Watershed Operations, Water Quality, and Natural Resources programs.  This is a great career opportunity for a civil or environmental engineer with vision and critical thinking skills, interest in public service and the development of sustainable cost-effective solutions in diverse settings, including large new community areas and retrofit projects that allow for implementation of innovative urban watershed and stormwater management approaches.  Gresham’s Department of Environmental Services presents a unique opportunity to join an engaging, long-tenured, supportive team of Transportation, Parks, Solid Waste, Water, Wastewater, and Watershed professionals in an environment where collaboration is encouraged.

For more information and to apply:  Senior Water Resources Engineer | Job Details tab | Career Pages (

This job announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.  First review of applications will take place the week of March 27, 2023.

As Oregon's fourth-largest city, Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition and heritage meet innovation and opportunity. Gresham is a dynamic and rapidly growing city where families and businesses have a mutual desire and drive to thrive. City of Gresham employees care deeply about the community they serve, and go 'one step beyond' to deliver services in collaborative, inventive, practical, and nimble ways. Our work is challenging, fast-paced and rewarding.

We believe that to deliver the highest level of service to all Gresham community members, it is crucial we employ a diverse workforce, foster an inclusive working environment, and ensure our policies and systems result in equitable outcomes. The City seeks candidates who will support these values by continuously incorporating equity in their daily work and actively contributing to a workplace culture that respects unique viewpoints, life experiences and cultural perspectives. Come build the future with us.

Position Description

What you will get to do:

  • Provide management and oversight to the Watershed Engineering team
  • Work in close partnership with Operations, Regulatory, and inter-departmental peers
  • Coordinate with both Operations and Maintenance, Water Quality, and Natural Resources teams to develop the Capital Improvement Programs for the watershed group
  • Manage studies including Master Plans and System Development Charge methodologies
  • Support floodplain management decisions either directly or through management of on-call consultants
  • Manage the development of complex water resources engineering projects
  • Benefit from Gresham’s lack of “work silos” as you work closely with other internal City divisions and departments, including Transportation, Drinking Water, Wastewater, Water Quality and Natural Resources teams in developing creative solutions
  • Provide subject matter expertise in watershed management (including urban drainage issues) to various stakeholders
  • Collaborate with outside agencies and developers on a regular basis

What we are looking for:

  • A relationship builder who initiates effective working relationships and consistently works on developing and maintaining those relationships
  • A highly collaborative leader to work cooperatively with other individuals and teams to coordinate contributions that result in mutually favorable outcomes
  • A critical thinker and problem solver who analyzes all information available and uses sound judgement and expertise to provide solutions and made decisions on the best course of action
  • A skilled project manager to provide oversight and planning on projects, scheduled tasks, resource allocation, time scales and timelines, and budgeting to deliver projects on time, within cost and at the required quality level
  • An excellent written and verbal communicator to correspond with other municipalities, government agencies, developers, construction contractors and regulatory agencies
  • Someone who effectively manages the performance of their teams by taking responsibility for their own and their team member's performance by setting clear goals and expectation, tracking progress, ensuring feedback and addressing performance problems and issues promptly
  • An individual who uses a variety of approaches to manage and resolve concerns, disagreement, and conflict
  • Interest in urban ecosystem science or engineering and for restoration of urban watershed systems
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively both as part of a team as well as independently
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion

City's core values: Collaborative - We work together; Practical - We get it done; Inventive - We seize opportunities; Nimble - We roll with it; and Equitable - We remove barriers.


Refer to the Engineer Senior Class Specification for complete list of qualifications


  • Oregon Professional Engineer (PE) registration or able to obtain it within 60 days of employment
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (i.e., Civil, Environmental, or related field)
  • Three (3) to six (6) years of related experience with project management in water resources, urban stormwater design projects, and an understanding of the budget process for funding Capital Improvement Projects or related work

Any combination of seven (7) to ten (10) years of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

Additional Requirement:

  • A valid driver license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) to ten (10) years of project management experience in stormwater design
  • Two (2) to five (5) years of experience leading a team of professional engineers and/or engineering technicians
  • Two (2) to five (5) years of experience developing a program Capital Improvement Project budget
  • Professional experience with urban stormwater system
  • Experience with hydraulic analysis and modeling
  • Construction oversight or management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with the public and diverse stakeholder groups
Salary: $90,971.00 - $118,234.00 Annually

Total Compensation for the Senior Engineer classification is estimated in the range of $140,854.22 - $174,038.74.       
This range includes salary, medical and dental coverage (City's core plan EE+1), long-term disability insurance, life insurance, HRA plan, and PERS 6% contribution.  This estimate does not include the additional leave benefits that the City provides such as vacation, sick, and floating holidays.  For more information about Employee Benefits | City of Gresham (  

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