Design Engineer (stormwater Infrastructure)

Arlington, Virginia
$57,387.20 - $114,004.80 Annually
May 10, 2019
Jun 14, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services is seeking an experienced Design Engineer to work in the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management as a member of the Stormwater Infrastructure Team. The Stormwater Infrastructure Team is responsible for the stormwater drainage infrastructure in Arlington County and provides concept, preliminary and final designs for capital improvement projects, capital maintenance projects, and private development projects. Additionally, the Stormwater Infrastructure Team also plans the County storm drainage network including ongoing updates and mapping of the storm sewer system; maintains, utilizes and creates hydraulic/hydrologic models of the storm sewer sheds; and reviews plans to ensure compliance with the County's Stormwater Master Plan and regulatory requirements specified in the County's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) permit.

As a member of the Stormwater Infrastructure Team, the Design Engineer selected for this position will be responsible for the design and implementation of a variety of stormwater capital projects that have budgets that range from $100,000 to $8 million, including significant improvements to the storm drainage system, projects that reduce localized drainage and flooding, water quality projects, and flood control projects.

Specific duties include:
  • Developing and analyzing new or existing models of stormwater drainage systems and components using Autodesk Civil3D and PCSWMM modeling software;
  • Preparing construction cost estimates, building documents, construction contracts, managing procurement for the bidding processes of projects, and managing project and program budgets;
  • Participating in project scoping meetings and preparing conceptual design plans;
  • Creating construction specifications and special conditions documents;
  • Preparing hydraulic and hydrologic analysis of storm drainage systems;
  • Developing drainage systems maintenance plans and schedules, and investigating drainage complaints;
  • Determining property acquisition and easement needs and collaborating with other engineers, program managers, surveyors, and real estate specialists by providing requested information;
  • Coordinating with County, State, and Federal regulatory agencies to obtain stormwater and land use permits;
  • Providing technical support and responding to Requests for Information during construction;
  • Reviewing work of outside consultants who provide design services on selected projects;
  • Working with designers, engineering plan reviewers, and inspectors to resolve issues and ensure effective long-term performance and maintenance of infrastructure; and
  • Organizing public meetings, individual meetings with homeowners, community groups, business owners, environmentalist groups, and elected officials on matters related to specific projects.
The ideal candidate will be experienced in managing multiple programs, projects, and contracts in an environment with tight deadlines and multiple stakeholders with competing interests, and has demonstrated previous success in stormwater project management and implementation.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Position may be filled at either the full-performance journey or senior level depending on the needs of the hiring manager.

Journey Level : Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering plus some experience in the design of public works improvement projects under the supervision of a Professional Engineer using Autodesk Civil3D or similar CAD software in the areas of site planning, storm water management, storm sewer design, or related areas.

Senior Level : Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering plus significant progressively responsible experience in the design of public works improvement projects using Autodesk Civil3D or similar CAD software in the areas of site planning, storm water management, storm sewer design, or related areas.

Substitution: Master's Degree in Civil Engineering may be substituted for up to one year of experience. Experience may not be substituted for the Engineering Degree requirement.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Preparing construction contract documents for bidding process;
  • Using PCSWMM software or other similar variants for stormwater, wastewater, watershed, and water distribution systems modeling; and/or
  • Conducting presentations to stakeholders, including citizens and government officials.

Special Requirements

This position will require travel around Arlington County for various meetings and field inspections. Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence, or be willing to use alternative means of transportation. The applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon favorable review of the applicants driving record.

Additional Information

Work hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Employees that are registered as a Professional Engineer will be eligible for a pay premium of $2,600 annually.

This position is part of a broadband, competency based pay plan which encompasses a variety of responsibility levels from junior through senior and for which the overall annual salary range is $56,243.20 - $111,758.40. Individuals appointed to positions in this pay plan will be appointed at a salary based on their experience and training and the nature of the work assigned. Within pay guidelines, pay plan participants are eligible for variable salary increases based on performance, growth in responsibilities, and employee development on a yearly basis.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Describe in detail a particularly large or complex public works improvement project that you have worked on using AutoDesk Civil3D or other similar drafting software. If you do not have this experience, type "N/A".


Are you registered as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia or a state with reciprocity?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you have experience using PCSWMM software or other similar variants for stormwater, wastewater, watershed, and water distribution systems modeling?
  • Yes
  • No


Describe your experience preparing construction contract documents for bidding process. If you do not have this experience, type "N/A".


Describe your experience conducting presentations to stakeholders, including citizens and government officials. If you do not have this experience, type "N/A".

Required Question

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