Civil Engineer - Open Continuous *Updated*/*Extended*

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 8/11/2022

Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine .

The City of Portland is seeking Civil Engineers to join the team! This eligible list may be utilized to fill future vacancies along with current vacancies within the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation & Portland Water Bureau.

About the classification: Civil Engineers are utilized in a variety of bureaus including the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Parks and Recreation. If you apply & meet minimum qualifications, you will remain eligible for future opportunities within this classification for the duration of the eligible list. Please review the open vacancy information below, along with a general description of how each bureau utilizes Civil Engineers.

The Civil Engineer position provides engineering and technical expertise and is responsible for advancing assigned projects of a more complex nature, guiding and leading the work of professional and technical-level engineers, providing review and technical guidance for consultants and contractors necessary to achieve project goals and objectives. Civil Engineers perform advanced professional project management and specialized engineering for their assigned projects. A successful candidate will be a strong communicator, someone who values strong collaboration with stakeholders, and who seeks to build strong relationships.

Current Vacancies

Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) : The current vacancy is in the bureau’s Treatment and Pumping Systems Division (TPSD) located at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. The division provides engineering services for projects at approximately 100 wastewater pump stations and associated force mains throughout the city, as well as projects at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A successful candidate will

  • Serve as design manager and project manager for complex Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) related to pump stations, force mains, and wastewater treatment.
  • Directly provide engineering and technical analysis for improvements to the bureau's wastewater pumping system and treatment assets
  • Oversee the work of technicians and/or oversee and coordinate the work of consultants, along with providing engineering support to BES’ Operations and Maintenance Group (O&MG) staff.

Portland Bureau of Transportation: The current vacancy is within PBOT, Engineering Services, Civil Engineering Division. General responsibilities include project scoping, design, and construction management for multi-modal public infrastructure projects, including arterial and residential street improvements, transit improvements, bridges and structures, traffic calming, and pedestrian and bike enhancements.. Writing reports and making oral presentations. An ideal candidate will have experience developing plans, specifications and estimates, reviewing work products developed by consultants, leading design development and serving as construction managers for complex engineering work related to locally and Federally funded capital improvement projects.

An ideal candidate will have

  • Good knowledge of MicroStation & inroads
  • Experience with roadway design
  • Construction management experience
  • Design project management skills and experience working with and managing consultants

Portland Water Bureau: The Portland Water Bureau, PWB, is currently recruiting for an Engineer I in the Development Services Section of the Bureau. This section performs technical plan review for adequate water supply of proposed private development projects. This position is the team lead for commercial building permit and public works plan reviews as well as for developer built mains with private subdivisions. As the team lead, this position will perform peer reviews of varying complexity to ensure adequate separation distances are met from water mains, services/laterals, meters, and hydrants to street trees, sanitary sewer lines, electrical lines and vaults, gas and communication lines, and parking entrances in the right-of-way (public street and sidewalk areas).

The development services section is a dynamic workgroup that interacts daily with private developers, architects, engineers, the general public, and many colleagues from multiple other bureaus. We also work closely with the design, maintenance engineering, and planning sections of the engineering branch of the bureau as well as the maintenance and construction installation crew sections since we do our own installation work. Providing excellent customer service is our top priority for all of our customers, both internal and external to the bureau.

The Water Bureau anticipates multiple other vacancies in 2022. Opportunities are likely in the Design, Planning, Construction Management, and Technical Services Sections of the Engineering Services Group. The Water Bureau works on a diverse portfolio of projects including distribution mains, large conduit and transmission mains, reservoirs, tanks and pump stations and multiple other assets. Engineers have the opportunity to lead exciting projects in a supportive and innovative environment.

Potential Upcoming Vacancies:

Portland Bureau of Transportation: The Construction, Inspection & Pavement Management (CIPM) Division of PBOT expects to have a new Civil Engineer position within the next few months. Civil Engineers within the section perform Construction Contract Management for PBOT’s multi-modal capital improvement program.

Typical projects may include: road rehabilitation, sidewalk and curb ramp replacement, pavement preservation, construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, stormwater runoff, retaining walls and bridge structures, traffic signals and illumination, signing and pavement markings, landscaping and tree planting.

The Civil Engineer may perform as project engineer-of-record and/or project manager on public works construction projects; plan and direct the work of professional and technical staff, consultants and contractors. Strong communication and organizational skills along with the ability to prioritize work within a dynamic work environment are essential.

Portland Parks & Recreation

Civil Engineers at Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) serve as project managers for critical major maintenance projects and as the Bureau's subject matter expert for civil engineering services. Their work allows parks, natural areas, and park facilities to remain open to the public and, when needed, to identify necessary closures or other safety measures that may need to be taken. Project work can include a wide range of projects such as replacement and repair of bridges, roofs, structures, trails, and culverts. Civil Engineers at PP&R can be called upon to support emergency and urgent work including storm damage response.

This classification is represented by the Professional and Technical Employees (PTE) To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

City of Portland Core Values: Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID. In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” will: 1) become a remote/onsite mix or 2) revert to full-time at a city work location.

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Experience with civil engineering design and project management, and/or contract administration and project management.
  2. Knowledge of legal guidelines for public work engineering and experience reviewing, preparing or directing the preparation of complex plans, specifications and legal contracts.
  3. Experience in planning and managing difficult engineering-related projects including performing technical research & analyzing complex engineering/mathematical problems; evaluating alternatives, and adopting effective courses of action.
  4. Experience communicating effectively to diverse internal and external stakeholders and ability to work collectively to promote an equitable workplace environment.

Applicants must also possess:

  • A Certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer by the time of hire.
  • Oregon Professional Engineer certificate within 6 months of hire.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate. If unvaccinated, exception process must be completed by date of hire. Exception guidelines/process can be accessed here: Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine.

Some assignments may require a valid state’s driver’s license and acceptable driving record at the time of appointment

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their résumé and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline:
Round 1: Closes 3/28/2022
Eligible List Round 1: Week of 4/4/2022
Interviews: mid April
Offer: Late April/Early May
Round 2: Closes 4/11/2022
Eligible List Round 2: week of 4/18/2022
Interviews: late April
Offer: Early May
Ongoing Rounds: Every 2 weeks, or when eligible candidates are available.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé online, as well as answer the supplemental questions specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:
  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

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About the Bureaus:

Bureau of Environmental Services (BES)

This is an exciting time to join the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). Together we are re-imagining the work we do to ensure it aligns with Our Values:
  • We implement equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery.
  • We value our customers and partners.
  • We carefully manage our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources.
  • We encourage leadership among our employees in our City and community.
  • We support a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce.
  • We urge respectful communication and transparency.
  • We advance innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.
At BES, we value our customers and partners; Portlanders’ sense of connection to their waterways; conscientious stewardship of our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources; a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce; leadership among our employees and in our city and community; equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery; clear communication and transparency; innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. PBOT envisions transportation facilities that are designed and managed to improve walking, biking and universal accessibility, and Portland stands as a national leader in innovative transportation solutions.

Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau's 600 employees work together to serve almost a million people in the Portland area. The bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public.

Our mission: We serve excellent water every minute of every day.

Our vision: The water our community loves is safe and abundant for generations to come.

Our equity commitment: We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We commit to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities.

Portland Parks and Recreation
The mission of Portland Parks & Recreation is to help Portlanders play - providing safe places, facilities, and programs that promote physical, mental, and social activity. We get people, especially kids, outside, active, and connected to the community. As we do this, there will be an increase in the wellness of our residents and the livability of our city. We accomplish this through:

  • Establishing, safeguarding and restoring the parks, natural areas, public places, and urban forest of the city, ensuring that these are accessible to all;
  • Developing and maintaining excellent facilities and places for public recreation and community building;
  • Providing dynamic recreation programs and services that promote health and well-being for all;
  • Partnering with the community we serve.

Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Engineering | Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$49.41 - $60.06 Hourly
Salary Type

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