Civil Engineer (Public Works)


Job title: Civil Engineer (Public Works)

Company: Douglas County (NV)

Job description: DESCRIPTION

Hiring manager has authority to offer up to 10% above minimum. The full salary range is provided as a means of communicating to prospective applicants their growth potential over time for this position.

About Douglas County:

Responsible for providing engineering duties related to a variety of assignments such as the design and construction of new development/construction projects; reviews plans and inspects projects; collects and presents data and prepares reports; provides information and advice to the public in person and over the telephone. Within Public Works, design and construction of municipal water facilities (water lines, pumping stations, storage tanks, wells and treatment plants) and wastewater facilities (collection systems, lift stations, sequencing batch reactor treatment plants).



  • Designs, prepares and evaluates preliminary and final plans and specifications for a variety of public works, County and local agency building, facility roadway, traffic and wastewater/water plant design, maintenance and retrofitting projects.
  • Conducts reviews of plans, cost estimates and reports for development/construction projects; ensures adequacy and conformance to applicable codes and regulations; coordinates efforts with other County staff and outside agencies; administers permits and change orders.
  • Performs field inspections to ensure proper construction management; performs final inspections with contractor; prepares correction punch lists; reviews as-built drawings.
  • Prepares and assembles plans, specifications and contract documents; prepares construction cost estimates.
  • Reviews proposed development/construction plans, traffic, and title reports and provides engineering conditions/recommendations to County staff to prepare presentations for commissions, boards, committees, etc.
  • Reviews utilities and landscape/irrigation plans for residential and commercial projects; prepares connection permits.
  • Responds to inquiries from property owners, developers, real estate agents, engineers, surveyors, contractors and County staff in regard to existing properties and proposed development projects; reviews citizen complaints, performs research and responds in a timely manner.
  • Reviews projects, title reports and legal descriptions associated with the division of land; reviews certificates of amendments to the recorded plats.
  • Administers permit files; purges files for scanning; prepares Notices of Completion; prepares Excel spreadsheets for capital assets to be capitalized and forward to Finance Department.
  • Reviews and provides feedback on proposed revisions to existing ordinances and design standards.
  • Makes presentations and prepares materials for boards, commissions and community groups.
  • Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a team.
  • Represents the County with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.


Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, or a related field; four (4) years of civil engineering experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Required Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of:

  • Engineering objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices and information sources.
  • Public works design and construction principles, methods and materials.
  • Applicable laws, codes and regulations. Project design and management principles and techniques.
  • Statistical analysis and mathematical concepts related to the engineering process.
  • Terminology, symbols, methods, techniques and instruments used in engineering graphics and drafting.
  • Principles and practices of materials and soils analysis and grading.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Record keeping principles and practices.
  • Safety principles and practices related to the work.
  • Correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Techniques for dealing with the public, in person and over the telephone.

For Public Works – Additional Knowledge of:

  • Public works design and construction principles, methods and materials. Specifically in public transportation projects.
  • Principles and practices of materials and soils analysis, grading and pavement design.
  • Computer applications related to water and wastewater infrastructure such as AutoCAD, and hydraulic modeling software such as WaterCAD, SewerCAD, and Innovyze InfoWater.

Skill in:

  • Understanding and applying federal, state and local laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards pertaining to engineering and construction.
  • Performing technical, detailed engineering design, computer modeling and related project development.
  • Researching, analyzing, and summarizing engineering data both manually and with computer applications.
  • Interpreting maps, plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data.
  • Making complex engineering calculations quickly and accurately.
  • Preparing clear, concise and complete technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Exercising sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Working without close supervision in standard work situations.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Current Nevada Professional Engineer license (PE) required OR able to obtain within one (1) year from date of employment.

A person that is a licensed Professional Engineer in another state must become licensed as a Professional Engineer in Nevada within one (1) year of appointment as a condition of employment.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mobility to work in typical office and field construction settings and use standard office equipment; stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; agility to traverse terrain and construction sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in over the telephone and radio systems.


  • Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background/screening.
  • Douglas County participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS, with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered employment must complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documentation as soon as possible after the job offer is made.

This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Expected salary: $65894.4 – 98862.4 per year

Location: Minden, NV

Job date: Tue, 10 Nov 2020 07:01:23 GMT

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