Environmental Services Civil Engineer, PE – Job Number T0150-23B

Website City of Tacoma's Environmental Services Department


$112,278.40 – $158,080.00 Annually


Tacoma, WA

Job Type


Remote Employment


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Environmental Services

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Closing Date


Position Description

    **This position is open until filled. Applications received by September 18, 2023, will receive first consideration. **        

The City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Department has an exciting opportunity for an experienced and talented Professional Civil Engineer. The Science and Engineering Division is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual who is interested in working on diverse and challenging programs and projects to join their dynamic award-winning team.

Environmental Services Department
“We believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.”

We provide stormwater, wastewater, and solid waste services to the citizens of Tacoma.   We operate and maintain over 700 miles of wastewater pipes and 500 miles of stormwater pipes, along with 50 pump stations, two wastewater treatment plants and several stormwater treatment systems.  The wastewater treatment plants clean approximately 25 million gallons of wastewater each day, ensuring that only clean water is released into Commencement Bay.
The building of our wastewater collection system began in the 1890s with the largest portion of the system developed based on land use policies of the 1950s and 60s.  The City is currently developing land use policies that will result in a significant increase in density for residential development.  To ensure our collection system will continue to meet the growing needs of our community, we need you to help us update and expand our capacity management program.

Your Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop a Capacity Management program to identify current and future capacity deficiencies and develop a phased plan to resolve identified issues.
  • Perform hydraulic modeling analysis to identify and develop mitigation strategies to address capacity deficiencies in the wastewater and stormwater collection systems.  Some level of modeling may be performed by a consultant.
  • Develop mitigation strategies through a holistic and phased approach into defined capital improvement projects.
  • Define project scope, perform cost estimates and coordinate with other departments to establish project partnership agreements.
  • Assist in the development of the department’s Capital Improvement Plan, including developing long-range funding strategies related to the maintenance and replacement of the wastewater and stormwater collection system and supporting facilities (e.g., pump stations).
  • Evaluate system impacts related to new development.
  • Procure and administer contracts with consultants providing engineering and professional services.  Coordinate and review the work of the outside consultant.  Manage the contract scope and budget to control costs and ensure delivered work is acceptable.
  • Provide technical expertise to maintenance and operations staff.
  • Communicate Environmental Services’ interests with internal and external stakeholders, including on projects led by other municipalities, agencies, or entities.

Who you will be working with:

Our Science and Engineering (S&E) Division provides engineering, planning, program management and laboratory services to the City’s wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste utilities.  S&E primarily works on:

  • Design and construction of capital improvement projects related to the wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste utilities’ infrastructure.
  • Stormwater related programs including management of NPDES permit and open space.
  • Asset management and application development
  • Environmental remediation projects
  • Stormwater and wastewater sampling and analyses utilizing our in-house laboratory.

Your Team: 
You will be part of the Asset Management Group (AMG) within the S&E Division which is responsible for asset management related activities for the collection systems, pump stations and treatment plants.  This includes performing condition assessment, treatment process studies, long range planning, scoping of capital improvement projects and the management of the Capital Improvement Plan.  In addition, the group maintains the department’s GIS system and performs application development to support the business needs of the department.


Minimum Education*
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or directly related field.

Minimum Experience*
4 years of professional level engineering experience

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements

  • Washington State Licensed Professional Engineer or ability to obtain within 6 months.
  • Washington State Driver’s License or ability to obtain within 6 months.

Desired Qualifications

  • Engineering background related to wastewater and stormwater utilities.
  • Experience performing hydraulic modeling for wastewater and stormwater collection systems.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Position may require driving, sitting, standing, walking, or climbing for long periods of time.
  • Work performed in office, field, and other environments.

Telework/Remote Work

  • The City of Tacoma is committed to fostering a workplace that is innovative and flexible, and which attracts, supports, and retains a diverse and talented workforce. This position is hybrid eligible. The successful candidate may apply for and request approval for a Telework Arrangement (up to three days per week off-site) or may work from our offices located at 326 East D Street in Tacoma, WA.


Selection Process & Supplemental Information
City of Tacoma’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma’s diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma’s entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: 
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from cityoftacoma.org and/or neogov.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before 4pm on the closing date.

City of Tacoma
Human Resources Department
747 Market Street
Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

For more information, please contact ABurgos@cityoftacoma.org