Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder 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! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

Public Works – Engineering Department Manager Job Description

Salary: $7,342.47 – $8,250.00 per month DOE. 

Eligibility for health, HRA Veba, voluntary dental, and vision coverage, PERS retirement plan options, subject to plan terms. Eligibility for company-paid benefits such as life insurance, short and long-term disability, subject to applicable waiting periods. 11 County paid holidays.


Under general supervision of the County Engineer, Public Works Director Engineering Department Manager is responsible for assisting in the preparation of the County’s Road Department and preparing the Parks & Recreation Department design and construction projects.  This position manages and completes all the surveying duties for the Public Works Department.  This position is responsible for the computer-aided-drafting of civil engineering related to Parks & Recreation, surveying, transportation, and facilities within the county.  This position is responsible for following applicable design standards in the computer-aided-drafting.  Must be able to perform work with limited supervision, be a self-starter, and can assess and prioritize workload to accomplish project completion.


  •  Directs, monitors the work, and work performance, of the Engineering Staff, Survey, and summer interns.
  • Hiring of employees; ensures that department hiring, and promotion practices are consistent with Union Contracts.
  • Counsel and discipline and discharge Engineering Staff, Survey, and summer interns.
  • Evaluates the work of the Engineering Staff, Survey, and summer interns.
  • Complete yearly evaluations for each Engineering Staff, Survey, and summer interns.
  • Train Engineering Techs in the field of surveying and drone usage.
  • Train Engineering Techs to use design software such as Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Carlson Survey, and Design Suite.
  • Must maintain employee confidentiality
  • Demonstrate interpersonal relationship and conflict management skills.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement in applying work guidelines to work situations.



  1. Knowledge of and ability to use Autodesk AEC Collection, Carlson Civil Suite, and ArcGIS.
  2. Have the ability to train engineering techs in the Field of Surveying and drone usage.
  3. Oversee and coordinate construction field inspection and documentation including project closeout and as-builts.
  4. Assists in preparation for Project Review and Audit on State and Federal Projects.
  5. Collaborates with the Public Works Director, County Engineer, Assistant County Engineer, and Public Works Accountant in developing, presenting, administering, and overseeing the department’s budget, revenues, and expenditures in a proficient manner.
  6. Leads county construction projects with Sediment and Erosion Control Compliance. (A certification in Erosion and Sediment Control from the Washington State Department of Ecology or Environmental Protection Agency is desired.)
  7. Reviews, analyzes, and interprets policies, guidelines, and legislation to assure the County’s compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances related to surveying practices.
  8. Oversee and manage the Public Works Department survey record system.
  9. Responsible for monumentation of county facilities, roads, and missing PLSS corners.
  10. Determine the type, quality, and amount of survey data required for projects.
  11. Oversee the maintenance of survey equipment and supplies.
  12. Ensure the implementation of proper survey procedures, documentation, and recording.
  13. Prepare legal surveys and write legal descriptions.
  14. Prepare and review survey agreements with other agencies and jurisdictions
  15. Assists private surveyors, engineers, and the public in land surveying related problems.
  16. Download survey field data, analyze, and make survey adjustments.
  17. Taking survey data and current AASHTO design standard geometrics to create alignments and cross sections to complete designs for complex roads and bridges.
  18. Takes direction from the Public Works Director and County Engineer in the preparation of bid packages, requests for proposals, requests for qualifications, including scope of services, specifications, contract documents, maps and plans, etc.; responds to requests for additional data and/or clarification; reviews bids and proposals and makes recommendations for award to the  Public Works Director and County Engineer.
  19. Assists in the preparation of cost estimates and budgets for State and Federal Road and Bridge Projects.
  20. Prepares and manages small works roster RFP’s or RFQ’s, material procurement, engineering, and surveying consultant RFP’s or RFQ’s.
  21. Working with regulatory agencies to secure all permits and approvals for project compliance.
  22. Coordination of obtaining environmental documentation and permits, related to SEPA, NEPA, JARPA, and HPA, from jurisdictional agencies as needed for construction and maintenance activities.
  23. Understanding and implementing State and Federal Laws pertaining to project contracts and specifications including Title VI, Davis Bacon Act, EEO compliance.


  1. Ability to performs contract administration and management after award of contracts which includes monitoring work performance and progress; directing contractors and consultants; coordinating work between various agencies involved with the projects; and reviewing and processing contractor/consultant invoices.
  2. Ability to review short plats, long plats, boundary line adjustments and other survey documents submitted for compliance with local and state codes.
  3. Responsible for the development, review, and approval of new and revised right of way plans for construction projects.
  4. Ability to maintain, develops, automates, and implements systems, guidelines, policies, and procedures for the operation of the surveying functions within the Public Works Department; creates technical guidelines to ensure uniformity and provide a professional standard.
  1. Ability to direct work of field staff in conducting field surveys, preparation of maps, legal descriptions, development review, and right of way research. Sets performance standards.
  1. Ability to train Engineering Techs with Design Software such as Civil 3D / AutoCAD, Carlson Survey and design suite.
  1. Ability to Communicate, both oral and written to exchange or convey information and give and receive work direction.
  2. Ability to performs complex mathematical calculations pertaining to engineering and surveying.



  1. An associate degree in Civil Engineering or Surveying Substitution may be made in any combination of experience, education, or training.
  2. five (5) years of experience performing skilled technical engineering and surveying.




  1. Possession of a valid Professional Engineer’s or Professional Land Surveyors License in the State of Washington is desired.
  2. Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  3. Possession of a FAA Part 107 (Remote Pilot airman with Small UAS rating) certification is desired.


Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. Routinely stands, bends, walks, sits, kneels and / or squats in awkward positions on hard surfaces for extended time periods; walks, climbs, and or crawls up or down inclines, stairs, ladders, etc. Sometimes this position requires carrying, pulling, pushing and/or lifting objects in excess of 50 pounds.  Exposure to noise, fumes, chemicals and/or extreme weather conditions can be expected.  This position requires good human relations skills and punctual attendance. Because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular hours within the department or as designated by the Public Works Director, no telecommuting.  Regular and punctual attendance is required and because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular working hours within the department (no telecommuting).