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Civil Engineer

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Application Deadline:

May 14, 2024


Hiring Range:

$81,744.00 - $99,840.00

This is a full-time salaried position.


Scheduled Weekly Hours:



Benefit Eligibility Group:

Non Union (30+ Hours)


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Job Description Summary:

Under general supervision, to perform public works development review activities, to work with the public on water, wastewater, drainage, flood management, transportation and right-of-way issues, and to perform related duties as required.


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Job Description:



Relationship builder – Is confident and professional in working with others. Puts people at ease, builds bridges and facilitates productive teams. Recognizes the importance of collaboration and can build lasting relationships and connections with other city employees and community members. Works to grow and continually foster a high-trust, high-teamwork environment.  


Technically proficient – Highly skilled, proficient, and desire for ongoing professional growth at performing engineering analyses, planning, design, and construction for a wide variety and size of utility projects.  Can proactively, independently, and effectively plan and execute work in a timely fashion, meet deadlines associated with capital projects, and closely manage project budgets. Bias for action and strong ability to be independent. 


Strong Communicator – Can distill detailed technical information and provide written and verbal presentations and can adapt style and level of detail to fit the needs of a variety of audiences.   


Collaborative Partner – Partners effectively with team and internal and external partners to facilitate communication and collaboration required for advancement of projects and programs. Understands the interests and concerns of others and is willing to share and receive information. 


Flexible, Creative and Courageous – Can quickly adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, can identify and suggest creative solutions to unique problems while also demonstrating courage and objectivity in evaluating project recommendations in relation to city policy/goals and broader department business needs.   


Servant Leadership Style – Motivated by and strong desire for community service, enhancing public health, and protecting the economic vitality of the City.  


Focus on Operational Excellence Culture – Behavior excellence with focus on teamwork and customer service, process excellence using City and industry best practices, leadership excellence supporting a culture of being a mentor and mentee. 




Reviews development applications, building, right-of-way and access permits, subdivisions, site plans, engineering construction drawings, hydrologic, hydraulic and transportation studies, floodplain development and state highway access permits, and traffic control plans to ensure compliance with City codes, ordinances, design criteria, standard specifications, policies, and master plans.

  • Analyzes engineering studies to determine whether studies are accurate and based on appropriate assumptions, and to determine if design is adequate, and code requirements are met.
  • Reviews engineering construction drawings and site plans for conformance with City design standards, code requirements, and standard engineering practices.
  • Performs complex engineering calculations, consults reference materials (codes, design manuals, computer software programs) and sketches designs to determine accuracy of engineering and offer recommendations for revisions.
  • Reviews and assists in preparing development agreements, easement and right-of-way dedications, and vacation requests.
  • Assesses and evaluates fees and financial guarantees.
  • Interacts with professional engineers and planners to discuss and resolve design related problems.
  • Prepares development review comments, reports, drawings and information packets concerning development applications for applicants, consultants, developers, citizens, City staff, Planning Board, City Council, and other public entities as required.  Modifies information as requested.
  • Maintains related files and records for individual development applications.


Interacts with the public including applicants, citizens, developers, and engineering consultants on public works issues.

  • Resolves conflicts and revisions with development review applications.
  • Investigates complaints, performs field visits, and resolves problems related to design and public works infrastructure.
  • Responds to public inquiries.
  • Provides information, determines requirements and makes recommendations regarding fees, ordinances, codes, design standards, policies, and specifications for public works.


Research legal documents, surveys, construction drawings and as-builts, grants or dedications, development agreements and historical development/project records for information related to easements, ordinances, property ownership, public improvements, and reimbursements.  Maintains related records.


Updates job knowledge regarding development review and engineering design methods, standards, City land use and public works regulations, and the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and associated master plans on an ongoing basis.  Remains aware of and is sensitive to community issues impacting the development review process.


Recommends public works related revisions to the City's code, design criteria, standard specifications manuals, policies, and master plans.


Assists other staff as necessary in approving building, right-of-way and access permits, and assessing and evaluating fees and financial guarantees.


Other tasks: 

  • Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
  • Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures.  Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.



  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited engineering university and a minimum of one (1) year of experience in civil engineering demonstrating knowledge, understanding, and performance of civil engineering related technical functions including hydrologic, hydraulic, transportation, and traffic analysis and design.
  • Certification as an Engineering Intern (EI).
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret engineering construction drawings, surveys, plats, engineering studies and technical reports, design manuals, codes, and regulations.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills including the ability to prepare clear and concise written correspondence.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including demonstrated ability to interface with consultants, contractors and the public.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task and manage multiple projects and priorities at the same time.
  • Have and maintain acceptable background information, including criminal conviction history, motor vehicle record and credit history.



  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)
  • Advanced studies or degree in Civil Engineering or related field.
  • Experience in public works infrastructure engineering and development review.
  • Experience working with city codes, design and construction standards.
  • Demonstrated mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills including the ability to read, interpret and develop engineering plans and specifications.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and regional programs, regulations and policies dealing with stormwater, flood management, water quality, and wetlands.
  • Experience managing projects impacting the public and interacting with an engaged and educated public.


Additional Job Description:

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