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Surface Water Quality Senior Engineering Technician - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0102)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $5,116.22 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,059.73 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Utilities
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Bellevue, WA is currently accepting applications for a Senior Engineering Technician in the Utilities Department.  The primary areas of responsibility will include private utilities systems inspection and maintenance programs for surface water (illicit discharge detection and private drainage inspection), and wastewater (Industrial Waste, Fats, Oils, and Grease). The candidate selected for this position is required to have 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.

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 emergencies on a 24 hour basis and have work hours of 7am - 3:30pm.

Essential Functions of the Job

  • Perform activities to maintain the Private Drainage Inspection (PDI) Program.
  • Industrial Waste Program Administration: an inspection, certification and record keeping program to ensure that industrial discharges (discharges that can damage, prematurely degrade or cause blockages) to the sanitary sewer system meet local and regional pretreatment requirements prior to discharge, and that pretreatment systems are maintained as required.
  • Contribute to management of the Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination Program (IDDE) including cross-departmental technical water quality IDDE Program support.
  • Augment existing illicit discharge response by supporting on-going response to those illicit discharges that have discharged or have the potential to discharge into streams, lake, and wetlands, including mitigation, follow-up, enforcement and documentation.
  • Monitor surface water quality in lakes and streams.
  • Provide lakes operations and maintenance support.
  • 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.
  • Keep 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.
  • Provide ongoing support to other water quality programs.
  • Administer and develop programs to mitigate degradation of or blockages in the public sewer system from grease and other industrial discharges.
  • Develop and provide public information pertaining to treatment and reduction of grease and other industrial discharges to the sanitary sewer system.
  • Schedules and performs private utility system inspections; issues reports and creates correspondence and enforcement notices; maintain data bases.


Education & Experience Requirements

  • BS in engineering, chemistry, biology or related field preferred, 5 years of professional related experience in water quality, chemistry, or a related field 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 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.
  • Required job hours 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and positions must be available to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.


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, 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 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.


How to Apply

Click “Apply Now” to complete the application for this position.  For further information about this position, please contact Mike Graves at 425.452.2030.  If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425.452.4340.


Payroll Title: Senior Engineering Technician                               Position ID# 0717


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