Transportation Technical Specialist 

Transportation Technical Specialist Job Description

Salary: $3,632.80 – $4,081.16

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.


This is a specialist level position that preforms professional, technical, and administrative duties in the Public Works Department, with emphasis in transportation planning, design, construction, and road maintenance including but not limited to the following specializations: State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Washington State Hydraulic Code, National Environmental Protection Act, NEPA, Geographic Information Systems, Customer Service and Response to Public Inquires. This position is responsible for assisting and supporting all aspects of highly complex projects and initiatives, which have high visibility and may be politically sensitive.  Projects may involve complex permitting processes, coordinating with multiple sponsors, and require complex inter-organizational coordination. This position will provide a high level of customer service to all stakeholders. The person filling this position must have the personality traits to deal with multiple agencies and differing approaches to complex project situations and must be able to get along with differing personalities. Works cooperatively and effectively with the public and other employees.  This position is non-exempt, and subject to a collective bargaining agreement.  


  • related field and three years’ experience required; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform this position.
  • The ability to use computer applications for word processing, data base applications, spreadsheets, GIS mapping, and engineering design software required.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of Environmental Law including, NEPA, SEPA, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act, and the Rivers and Harbors Act.
  • Knowledge of Federal, Tribal, State and Local environmental laws and regulations.
  • Ability to review and interpret environmental regulations, policies, and permit provisions and apply them to project work.
  • Ability to prepare environmental review documents and permit applications for maintenance projects.
  • Must obtain FAA Part 107 (Remote Pilot airman with small UAS rating) certification within 1 year of employment.
  • The ability to operate roadway engineering and surveying equipment
  • The ability to work independently with a wide range of projects.
  • The ability to solve problems, resolve conflict, and communicate effectively both orally and in writing under stressful situations is essential in this position.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must successfully pass a background check, driving record check, and pre-employment physical.


  1. Provide written and oral staff reports, including the competition of technical papers, projections, statistical summaries, fiscal analysis or other pertinent information to the Public Works Director, County Engineer, The Board of County Commissioners, and/or other legislative, quasi-judicial or advisory bodies.
  2. Attend and conduct public hearings and meetings.
  3. Respond to public inquiries regarding permits to work in County right of way.
  4. Review applications to work in County right of way for completeness and assist in internal project review.
  5. Evaluate maintenance processes and procedures that affect the overall transportation system to determine methods and practices that ensures the agency remains in the compliance with applicable federal, state, and tribal laws.
  6. Conduct site visits to evaluate conditions and assist maintenance personnel in identifying and solving problems in the field; develop and recommend project solutions, best management practices for projects and mitigating measures for unavoidable impacts.
  7. Review complex regulatory revisions or new regulatory mandates and assess the potential impacts of County road maintenance operations and methods. Provide interpretation and applicability of the regulations and procedures.
  8. Liaison with all resource agencies in the region to assure compliance, consistency, and coordinated application of environmental requirements.
  9. Coordinate the environmental documentation for SEPA and NEPA and obtain permits form jurisdictional agencies as needed for maintenance activities.
  10. Determine and document environmental permit needs and compliance for a all maintenance activities.
  11. Monitor, track and report all regulatory provisions and policy directives associated with maintenance activities.
  12. Advise staff on how to comply with all applicable environmental laws, rules, regulations, and policies for the Maintenance Program and select operations activities; provide environmental compliance oversight during construction.
  13. Prepare training materials and conduct formal and informal training on relevant environmental issues for region’s maintenance personnel.
  14. Research and write technical reports.
  15. Provide professional planning and administrative support to the Public Works Director and the County Engineer.
  16. Preform any other duties as assigned to maintain an even workflow within the Public Works Department including, but not limited to mapping, drafting, inspection, and data gathering.


Work is performed both indoors and outdoors with periods of standing, sitting, kneeling, and walking over uneven terrain. Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines. This position also requires good listening skills and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds. Exposure to noise, fumes, chemical and/or extreme weather conditions can be expected. Regular and punctual attendance is required. Because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular hours within the department. ( no telecommuting)


Respectful, courteous, and friendly to customers, other County employees, and County leadership. A team player that helps the organization meets its objectives. Takes initiative to meet work objectives. Effectively communicates with customers and other County employees. Gets along with co-workers and managers. Positively represents the County, maintaining the trust County residents have placed in each of us. Demonstrates honest and ethical behaviors.

Pend Oreille County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.