Closing Date/Time: Open until filled; First review on January 15, 2020
Anticipated Start Date: February 2020
The Engineer will provide technical guidance to help manage the flood risk reduction system including planning, design, construction, and O&M support of District’s internal drainage system. This position is member of the MCDD Engineering Team and reports directly to the Supervising Engineer.
The primary responsibility of this position is to serve as the District’s senior technical specialist related to pump stations and other internal drainage elements. While MCDD does maintain open channels and stormwater culverts as part of its drainage system, the primary assets are its pump stations. These pump stations range in capacity from 13,000 to 272,000 gallons per minute (gpm) with vertical turbine and submersible pumping systems.
The Engineer will lead or support projects and programs related to the internal drainage system. The June 2019 MCDD and PEN2 Drainage Master Plans developed preliminary scopes and cost estimates for much of this work. Respectively, these plans identified $31 million and $16 million of capital and programmatic needs. Additionally, this position will work in partnership with other District engineers, its Operations Team, and other staff to develop an asset management program that supports ongoing maintenance and capital requirements for the internal drainage and levee systems.
The MCDD Engineering Team works closely with the District’s Operations Team to identify problems, develop solutions, and support in-house construction of many repairs or new capital improvements. The Engineer will become an integral part of a cross-disciplinary team to modernize the District’s pump stations and drainage system management to better serve the community.
Other responsibilities may include technical support for District projects (including $4 million pump replacement and trash rake upgrade), ongoing condition assessment, development reviews, project management, or other work related to the internal drainage or levee systems. The Engineer will also provide customer support to private and public agencies to help them meet their goals while maintaining the District’s mission, vision, standards, and regulatory obligations. District staff interact with local, state, and national elected officials and agency leadership periodically to help advance our work.
This will require experience and skill in presenting technical information to a variety of audiences including the public and technical representatives from partner agencies. The ability to convey complex information in broadly understandable terms both in writing and through presentation is essential to this position. The ideal candidate will have comfort and excitement working at the intersection of policy, planning, and technical work.
Essential job duties:
Specifically, this position will:
Perform planning, design, and construction management tasks;
Provide technical information related to internal drainage (pump stations, culverts, etc.) and levee systems;
Support development review process to ensure continuity of District services;
Provide engineering support for other District programs;
Provide documentation that supports project objectives and District mission;
Communicate effectively in writing and orally with other District staff.
Duties Applying to All Employees:
It is the duty of all employees to:
Perform other duties as assigned.
Strive to achieve the Mission, Vision, and Values of the organization.
Perform the duties assigned during an emergency.
Complete required Incident Command System training within 90 days of hire.
Ensure and encourage a safe workplace environment.
Working Environment: Primarily working in an office environment. However, there are projects that may require time in the field. Employees will be required to utilize the appropriate PPE for their time in the field. During flood fighting season, October 15th – May 15th, employees may be asked to perform levee and drainage inspections.
Pump station design and operations including mechanical, hydraulics, electrical, I/C systems, structural, and other pertinent elements;
Formal contracting and project management processes;
Familiarity with local, state, and federal laws related to floodplain management and design practices;
Computer programs such as Microsoft Office, project management (e.g. MS Project, Smartsheet) and other engineering software such as hydraulic modeling (e.g. xp-swmm), AutoCAD or ArcGIS.
Conduct project management duties for planning, design, and construction project phases; special emphasis needed to track project status regarding budget, schedule, and staff availability;
Provide construction management duties to ensure District staff or contractors successfully complete work;
Participate as a member of multi-disciplinary teams to support the District’s mission;
Remain adaptable to address unexpected needs or other District priorities;
Comply with public procurement rules related to contract administration;
Read and interpret various kinds of maps, architectural and engineering drawings, construction plans, and other technical materials and documents;
Complete proper permits and documents are completed and filed with appropriate authorities;
Evaluate and complete development review proposals in a timely manner;
Communicate effectively in writing and orally with contractors and other project stakeholders;
Represent the engineering team in District-wide initiatives or committees.
Education, Experience, and Special Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in civil, mechanical, or related engineering field
4+ years of directly related engineering experience
Requires a Professional Engineer (PE) license from the State of Oregon, or ability to obtain one within 6 months of hire.
Valid state driver’s license
Preferred skills & qualifications:
Master’s degree in civil, mechanical, or related engineering field
Knowledge of open channel flow hydraulics and design
Training or experience with emergency response protocols (e.g. Incident Command System)
How to apply: Please submit, in PDF form, a cover letter and resume addressing the responsibilities listed in the job description via our smartsheet link on https://mcdd.org/employment/.
Please do not include your social security number or other sensitive information in your application package. Applications will also be accepted via first class mail or by hand delivery to: 1880 NE Elrod Dr., Portland, OR 97211.
Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities. Please contact Tracy Olmedo at (503) 281-5675 for any questions on accessibility or accommodation during the hiring process.
Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process.
Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference when applying for MCDD positions. If you are a veteran and would like to request Veterans’ Preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents (Copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 or 215; Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s Disability Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) with your application submittal. Documentation must be received by the closing date and time of this recruitment for the applicant to receive Veterans’ Preference.
Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law.
This position is not represented.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits: MCDD provides a generous and competitive benefits package – which includes, but is not limited to; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, MCDD participates in the State of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). MCDD prides itself in promoting a healthy work-life balance for its employees and offers benefits to support that goal.
About Multnomah County Drainage Dist.
About Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD):
To enhance community safety and support the region’s vitality, MCDD reduces flood risk by maintaining our levee system, managing drainage, and responding to emergencies. We help protect lives and property from flooding by operating and maintaining stormwater and flood management systems for nearly 13,000 acres of land along the Columbia Slough and the lower Columbia River. These systems include: 27 miles of levee, 12 pump stations, and 45 miles of ditches, sloughs, streams, and culverts.
MCDD also serves three other districts along the south shore of the Columbia River: Peninsula Drainage District #1 (PEN1), Peninsula Drainage District #2 (PEN2), and the Sandy Drainage Improvement Company (SDIC). The four districts collectively extend from the edge of Smith and Bybee Lakes on the west, to the Sandy River on the east.
MCDD has evolved substantially over the past decade to become a solutions-oriented leader with our partners in the region. A small, agile mission-driven team with a passion for customer service and supporting community values define the culture of the organization. More information about the District is found o...n its web site: www.mcdd.org.
MCDD is located in Portland, Oregon, a city known for its diversity of restaurants, breweries, and easy access to both the coast and mountains. The area offers a variety of neighborhoods, bike-friendly streets, and amenities of a large city.