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City of Tacoma WA Environmental Services Civil Engineer in Tacoma, Washington

Environmental Services Civil Engineer


$86,382.40 - $162,427.20 Annually


Tacoma, WA

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Remote Employment


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Environmental Services

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Position Description

*This position is open until filled. Applications received by March 25, 2024, will receive first consideration *

The City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Department has exciting opportunities for entry level and experienced civil engineers to join our Capital Delivery Team designing and delivering diverse and challenging engineering projects. We are a dynamic and fun engineering group that supports a wide variety of projects for the wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste utilities with an annual $30M average capital budget. Environmental Services currently has two openings which may be filled with Associate Civil Engineers, Senior Associate Civil Engineers, Principal Associate Civil Engineers, or Civil Engineer, PE, positions, depending on experience, certifications, and licensure.

The Capital Delivery Group provides a unique opportunity for engineers to work on a wide variety of complex projects covering the full spectrum of municipal infrastructure improvements. Our capital projects may include wastewater treatment process improvements, storm and wastewater sewer pipe improvements, pump station upgrades, building upgrades, and stormwater green infrastructure projects.

The below video links provide an overview of the award winning, exciting, and diverse engineering projects we often work on:

Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Flood Project:

Process Control System Upgrade:

The applicants selected for these positions will work in the Center for Urban Waters ( facility located adjacent to Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma with a variety of dynamic and creative engineers, scientists, and technicians.

Primary Responsibilities:

(may vary in complexity and responsibility depending on hired classification level):

  • Perform full cycle project management for multi-million-dollar capital projects from planning through construction.

  • Prepare technical specifications, calculations, engineering designs, and plans for engineering projects.

  • Coordinate closely with stakeholders, including public and private agencies, internal City stakeholders, and team members to ensure successful and efficient project delivery.

  • Monitor scope, schedule, budget and workload of team members during design and construction.

  • Manage the work of specialty engineering consultants as needed to supplement in-house engineering knowledge and expertise.

  • Perform engineering quality control reviews of work products, technical reports, letters, plans, specifications, cost estimates, and as-built drawings.


Associate Civil Engineer Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or directly related field*

Senior Associate Civil Engineer Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or directly related field*

  • 2 years of engineering-related experience; or possession of Washington State EIT*

Principal Associate Civil Engineer Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or directly related field*

  • 4 years of progressively responsible professional level engineering experience*

Civil Engineer, PE Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil engineering or directly related field*

  • 4 years of professional level engineering experience*

  • Washington State Licensed Professional Engineer

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

    Desired Qualifications:

  • Education or experience with civil engineering design and project management, specifically in the disciplines of stormwater and wastewater collection systems, wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, green stormwater infrastructure, roadway design, and solid waste facility management.

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge & Skills (may vary in complexity and responsibility depending on hired classification level):

  • Analysis: use data and information in a clear and rational process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.

  • Research: Effectively identify, collect, organize, and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current software and techniques. Compile and maintain reports, records, and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.

  • Leadership: Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public, and other municipalities and federal agencies. Ability to lead small to large working teams. Establish, coordinate, and direct work teams to accomplish assigned tasks to a successful completion. Ability to work as a team member in a managing role. Ability to coordinate multi-disciplined project teams.

  • Problem Solving: Use intelligence, common sense, hard work and tenacity to solve particularly difficult or complicated challenges. Employ expertise and credibility, evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues and problems.

  • Communications Effectiveness: Effective communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Makes excellent customer service the standard, responding to changing customer needs, and helping customers implement complete solutions.

  • Professionalism: Conduct all assignments in a professional and timely manner. Maintain strong work ethic and reliability. Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training. Model effective group behavior such as listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivating. Maintain current knowledge of industry by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, practices, policies and procedures.

  • Technical: Proficient in engineering practices and principles within the field of expertise. Experience in complex project design and the preparation of engineering plans, technical specifications, cost estimates and bid documents. Ability to negotiate the means to attain regulatory compliance with agencies. Ability to be innovative and make independent decisions.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

City of Tacoma 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.

Environmental Services

Environmental Services protects and restores natural resources, keeping our city clean, safe, and livable through garbage and recycling pickup, wastewater treatment, household hazardous waste disposal, protection from stormwater pollution and much more. We believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.

Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management provides garbage, recycling and yard/food waste services for about 43,000 single-family homes and numerous multifamily, business, and industrial customers. The utility also operates a full-service transfer station with a recycling center, household hazardous waste collection facility, as well as a residential bulk item disposal service, Call-2-Haul.

Stormwater Management

The water that leaves our streets, yards, and driveways flows directly – untreated – to lakes, rivers, and the Puget Sound. Stormwater Management concentrates on preventing pollution before it reaches our waters and restoring sites already affected by industry and urbanization. The utility maintains more than 500 miles of public stormwater pipe, over 22,0000 storm drains (catch basins), several miles of pervious pavement roadways, four pump stations, and numerous detention ponds and structures.

Wastewater Management

The Environmental Services Department operates and maintains two wastewater treatment plants, 45 pump stations, and more than 700 miles of sewer pipe. The treatment plants clean about 10 billion gallons of wastewater each year, ensuring that only clean water is released into Commencement Bay. The utility works with Stormwater Management and property owners to reduce sewer backups and flooding. Biosolids from the treatment process are transformed into TAGRO premium soil products.

City of Tacoma’s Principles that Guide Us

Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented, and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

Our City

With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional.

When you work for the City of Tacoma, you’ll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives, and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny.

*This position is open until filled. Applications received by March 25, 2024, will receive first consideration *


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 and/or 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.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before 4pm on the closing date of this posting.


City of Tacoma


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




The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


The Supplemental Questionnaire is part of the examination process; accordingly, it should be completed carefully. It must be submitted with your application. Responses to supplemental questions must be original content created by the applicant using their own words. The use of online tools or resources to create responses, such as Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT, etc), Google, Bing, etc., or plagiarism in any form, is considered cheating and falsification of the application. Do not indicate "see resume" or copy unrelated content from your resume when answering these questions. Answer all information requested in each question. Failure to do so may result in rejection of your application. I certify that the information provided is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification may cancel any terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

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    Do you have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or directly related field?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have the following experience and/or training? Please check all that apply.

  • 4 or more years of professional level engineering experience

  • Washington State Professional Engineer License

  • 2 years of engineering-related experience

  • Washington State EIT Certificate

  • None of the above


    Please describe your experience designing capital projects related to wastewater treatment, pump stations, solid waste facilities, stormwater and wastewater pipe design, roadway design, or other relevant experience.


    Please describe your experience managing engineering capital projects, including experience with developing scope, schedule, and budget and managing team members. What was your specific role and responsibilities?


    One of the City's Principles that guides us is Equity. Describe what equity means to you and describe any experience you have working with diverse groups of people.


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City of Tacoma


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





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