Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play!

Pend Oreille Country is located in Northeastern Washington, on the border of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery.

Open Position: County Engineer

Full Wage Range: $90,000 – $110,000 annual salary

Hiring Range: DOQ

Benefits include: Eligibility for medical, dental & vision insurance, HRA VEBA and/or HSA, PERS retirement plan options, life insurance, long-term disability, exempt position with 40-hour work week, paid holidays, paid vacation, and paid sick leave, time-based step increases. Paid twice per month on the 10th and the 25th of each month.

The Engineer, under the direction of the Public Works Director, supervises the establishment, laying out, construction, alteration, improvement, repair, and maintenance of all county roads. The Engineer shall manage and administer the county road department and other departments lawfully under their jurisdiction, in accordance with the spirit and intent of the appropriate statute, and in a professional manner suggested by professional training, continual professional improvement, and professional guidance from state and national groups and professional organizations.  The Engineer shall gather and prepare factual data and reports and make professional recommendations to their Board as engineering support for the Board’s policy making decisions. The Engineer shall stimulate professional attainment of qualified staff members and provide the opportunity for the advancement and development of every employee’s skills. The Engineer shall serve in the public interest and treat all citizens courteously, equitably and fairly.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Work requires managing and monitoring work performance by directing multiple groups of employees across more than one business function, including making decisions on hiring and disciplinary actions, evaluating program objectives and effectiveness, and realigning work and staffing assignments, as needed.


  1. Fulfill the duties of the County Engineer as assigned by the Director of Public Works and required of the Standards of Good Practice by the State of Washington.
  2. Participate in and support development, measurement and execution of the mission, goals, and objectives of the County, department, division, and individual work groups.
  3. Conceptualize and develop short and long-range strategic plans for infrastructure development; develop concepts and studies supporting the long-range planning of public infrastructure expansion and delivery of service to the County.
  4. Represent the County as a subject matter expert in litigation, provide support and coordination of legal resources and may evaluate and recommend appropriate course of action on litigation.
  5. Control budgets through frequent review and analysis of invoices, payroll, accounting reports and other data; prepare and/or review projections for cash flow needs and investment decisions; monitor programs to ensure that budgets and schedules are met.
  6. Coordinate development, application, and implementation of grants; oversee development of complex rate and cost-of-service analysis.
  7. Identify need for consultant or outside services, approve selection, and negotiate contracts with consultants for studies, design, and inspection.
  8. Prepare, negotiate, recommend, and administer contracts and inter-local agreements with other municipalities and private companies.
  9. Conduct reviews of the physical condition of County road infrastructure to ensure needed improvements are included in the department’s operating and capital budgets; develop concepts for long-range planning and programming of County facilities; perform capital construction programming, project development and construction of County transportation infrastructure.
  10. Meet with County Commissioners, the public or other interest groups to discuss issues surrounding County transportation infrastructure.
  11. Maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned worksite. Other Job Functions
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.
  13. Public relations activities include speaking before large groups, articulating department and division goals and project details.
  14. Use of independent judgment and effective decision-making in the application of a wide variety of engineering principles, laws, policies, and procedures and in effective problem-solving.
  15. Working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  16. Stay abreast of current literature, trends, and developments in the transportation field.
  17. Provide testimony at public hearings and trials.
  18. Effectively assign, evaluate, and supervise professional, technical, and administrative staff.
  19. Work under stress and pressure and respond to crisis or emergency situations.
  20. Understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  21. Work effectively and productively with others.
  22. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to audiences of various social, cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds.
  23. Effectively coordinate, perform, and complete multiple duties and assignments concurrently and in a timely manner.


  1. County Engineer responsibilities per Washington state law and knowledge of relevant legal requirements including federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
  2. Sound engineering principles necessary to plan, develop, finance, operate and maintain major County road infrastructure and capital projects.
  3. Management principles, practices and effective supervisory, personnel management, and office practices.
  4. Methods and procedures used in project management and control.
  5. Sound fiscal programs and budgeting processes necessary to manage assets to ensure that budget constraints and timelines are met.
  6. Methods and principles involved in setting County Road Standards and processes for deviations.
  7. Eminent domain and condemnation proceedings.
  8. Surveying principles and monumentation methods and practices.
  9. Structures to include bridges and retaining walls.


Bachelor’s degree in civil Engineering or related field, plus six (6) or more years of high-level management experience in transportation engineering is required. Licenses or Certifications

A valid Washington State driver’s license or the ability to otherwise meet the travel requirements of the position is required.

Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or the ability to obtain registration within six (6) months of employment.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL ABILITIES:  Work is performed in the office and in the field, with travel expected throughout the county. Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines, with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds. Must possess the physical ability to perform field work involving bending, lifting and twisting, and sitting or standing for extended time to perform essential job duties.  May be required to work in adverse weather conditions.