The Senior Engineer will provide technical leadership to help manage the flood risk reduction system including construction, engineering, operations, and maintenance in the district as required for continued improvement of the levee system. The position will fall in either the Engineer or Supervising Engineer classification depending on the applicant’s qualifications. This position reports directly to the Flood Control Director/Chief Engineer.
The primary responsibility of this position is to serve as the District’s expert on geotechnical engineering topics in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) general investigation feasibility study of the Columbia Corridor levee system (link here). This system extends from Sandy River to the east to the railroad bridge just west of Interstate 5 along the Columbia River, totally 27 miles of levees. This $3 million study is funded for three years and will focus on identifying solutions to address the areas vulnerable to flood damage. This position will support this study by coordinating and reviewing potential alternatives proposed by USACE and supporting the development of alternatives from the local stakeholders. This position will help support the development of an advanced levee program at MCDD and will be integrated in the Levee Ready Columbia project team and partnership. This will require experience and skill in presenting technical information to a variety of audiences including the public and technical representatives from partner agencies. The ability to convey complex information in broadly understandable terms both in writing and through presentation is essential to this position. The ideal candidate will have comfort and excitement working at the intersection of policy, planning, and technical work.
While this position will enjoy an experienced and professional staff and an innovative team of colleagues, MCDD is a small enough agency that the day-to-day work associated with this position will vary. Other responsibilities may include geotechnical support for District projects (including trenchless technology applications), sediment management, development reviews, project management, or other technical support related to the internal drainage or levee systems. The Senior Engineer will also provide customer support to private and public agencies to help them meet their goals while maintaining the District’s mission, vision, standards, and regulatory obligations. District staff interact with local, state, and national elected officials and agency leadership periodically to help advance our work.
Performs geotechnical engineering for routine to the most complex projects;
Provides conceptual and final geotechnical design recommendations and related cost estimates;
Provides oversight and review of consultant work;
Assists with engineering resourcing and work planning assignments;
Retains and improves MCDD’s standing in the USACE Rehabilitation and Inspection Program with the Flood Control Director;
Oversees construction requirements with project managers and engineers, operating departments and local agencies;
Evaluate and complete development review proposals in a timely manner;
Conduct project management duties for planning, design, and construction project phases; special emphasis needed to track project status regarding budget, schedule, and staff availability;
Comply with public procurement rules related to contract administration;
Read and interpret various kinds of maps, architectural and engineering drawings, construction plans, and other technical materials and documents;
Complete proper permits and documents are completed and filed with appropriate authorities;
Communicate effectively in writing and orally with contractors and other project stakeholders;
Provide construction management duties to ensure District staff or contractors successfully complete work;
Represent the engineering team in District-wide initiatives or committees;
Have reasonable knowledge and professional network in the local region;
Mentor and develop engineering staff; and
Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
Duties Applying to All Employees:
It is the duty of all employees to:
Perform other duties as assigned.
Strive to achieve the Mission, Vision, and Values of the District.
Complete required Incident Command System training within 90 days of hire.
Train and prepare for emergency response role within the Incident Command System.
Perform the duties assigned during an emergency.
Remain within a 10-hour response time during the District’s Partial Emergency Activation or as specified by the Executive Director.
Adhere to workplace safety rules and regulations.
Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.
Some travel may be required to attend conferences and events.
4+ years of directly related engineering experience
Requires a Professional Engineer (PE) license from the State of Oregon;
USACE design standards and practices regarding levee systems;
Formal contracting and project management processes;
Familiarity with local, state, and federal laws related to floodplain management and levee protection.
Computer programs such as Microsoft Office and other engineering software such as seepage and slope stability programs (e.g. GeoStudio, Plaxis, OptumG2, or similar), AutoCAD, or ArcGIS.
Work in a team environment;
Perform detailed work thoroughly, neatly, accurately, and efficiently;
Thrive in a fast-paced work environment.
Education, Experience, and Special Requirements:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field; a master’s degree with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering is preferred.
This position is the third step in this series and is intended for those with a Professional Engineer license. Project assignments vary but are generally more complex than those lead by an Engineering Associate. Communication efforts involve stakeholders beyond those at individual projects: District partners, District Boards, and the general public.
This is the fourth step in this series and is intended for PEs with supervisory responsibilities. These include providing senior technical expertise, conducting project management, supervising engineering staff, and leading programmatic improvements that advances the services the engineering team provides. Minimum qualifications for this position mirror those of an Engineer but must demonstrate 1-2 years of supervisory responsibilities.
To enhance community safety and support the region’s vitality, MCDD reduces flood risk by maintaining our levee system, managing drainage, and responding to flood emergencies. We help protect lives and property from flooding by operating and maintaining stormwater and flood management systems for nearly 13,000 acres of land along the Columbia Slough and the lower Columbia River. These systems include: 27 miles of levee, 12 pump stations, and 45 miles of ditches, sloughs, streams, and culverts.
MCDD has evolved substantially over the past decade to become a solutions-oriented leader with our partners in the region. A small, agile, mission-driven team with a passion for customer service and supporting community values define the culture of the organization.