Civil Engineer II/III

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Job Summary

Engineering work related to stormwater master planning, floodplain regulations and administration and small capital projects. Administers (Civil Engineer III) or assists (Civil Engineer II) or assists with (Civil Engineer II) the City-wide floodplain management program for both federally and locally designated floodplains to ensure compliance with City Code, State, and Federal regulations.  Manages and/or prepares Stormwater Master Plans.  Performs design and construction engineering for stormwater projects. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

     Administers (Civil Engineer III) or assists (Civil Engineer II) in administering the City’s floodplain regulations in consultation with the SEDR Director, the Master Planning / Floodplain Manager and other floodplain administrative staff.
·       Provides technical support under the supervision of the Master Planning / Floodplain Manager (Civil Engineer III) and/or performs (Civil Engineer II) review of development submittals for compliance with local, state, and federal floodplain regulations and City Code requirements.
·       Manages and/or prepares stormwater master plan updates. 
·       Under the supervision of the Master Planning / Floodplain Manager, conducts and oversees (Civil Engineer III) or conducts (Civil Engineer II) the review and approval of technical hydrological and hydraulic models (i.e., CLOMRs/LOMRs and floodplain analyses). 
·       Ensures completion of floodplain submittals, reviews, and assigned projects and programs within established time frames and budgets.
·       Performs and/or manages the design and construction of small stormwater capital improvement projects such as storm sewers, culverts, detention facilities, stream rehabilitation, and river bank stabilization from conceptual ideas through final design and construction.
·       Coordinates projects and work activities with City departments, divisions, or the public as needed in order to sustain or enhance service levels to the public.
·       Develops pre-conceptual, preliminary, and final cost estimates.
·       Directs preparation and modification of reports, specifications, plans, construction schedules, and/or designs for project or program.
·       Performs review and final approval of infrastructure replacement or improvement projects.
·       Performs site inspection and construction engineering services to monitor progress and ensure conformance to engineering plans, specifications, and construction and safety standards.
·       Assists with emergency preparedness and response activities related to flooding, including serving as an on-call person for the City’s flood warning system.
·       Represents the department and serves as a technical information resource for the public, consultants and developers, City boards and departments, City Council, and other organizations regarding specific projects or general engineering questions; may prepare presentations and written materials.
·       Conducts public outreach related to infrastructure replacement projects. Includes preparation of brochures, handouts, website, presentations, etc.

Management Responsibilities:
Civil Engineer III only – Provides technical support and guidance to master planning and floodplain staff.

City Competencies

·       Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.

·       Capable of systems thinking to see interdependent relationships and recognize multiple causes and effects of community issues, predict or anticipate the consequences of policy decisions, and to community and organizational resources.

·       Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.

·       A desire and ability to understand internal and external customers' diverse needs, create experiences, and deliver services that exceed their expectations.

·       A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

 ·    Advanced knowledge of stormwater engineering and floodplain management practices and principles.

 ·    Ability to administer floodplain regulations and make interpretations.

 ·    Knowledge of and work experience with hydrologic and hydraulic engineering software including


 ·    Ability to read and interpret engineering reports and plans, floodplain and floodway mapping, including determining flood elevations.

 ·    Civil Engineer III Only – Technical support, guidance, and mentoring skills to other staff members.

 ·    Advanced knowledge of applicable city, county and federal codes, laws and standards.

 ·    Skilled in the use of engineering, computer-aided design (CAD), GIS, spreadsheet, word processing and statistical software.

 ·    Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and technical writing skills. Ability to communicate at executive level and influence effectively.

 ·    Accomplished and proven in ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts.

 ·    Uses strategic critical thinking in approach to problem solving, issue resolution and solution development.

The City of Fort Collins Utilities organization values engineers with a strong background in technical proficiency and a focus on the safety, health, and welfare of the public.  We encourage skills development and training to advance one’s knowledge and pursue professional licensing.



 Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university or a combination of education and experience to meet the state minimum requirements to pursue engineering licensure.  For more information, please see Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (
4 to 7 years of applied engineering experience (Civil Engineer II)
6 to 9 years of applied engineering experience (Civil Engineer III)
Colorado Licensed Engineer Intern, EI (Civil Engineer II)
Colorado Licensed Professional Engineer, PE (Civil Engineer III)

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university
Master's degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university
6+ years engineering experience (Civil Engineer II)
10+ years engineering experience (Civil Engineer III) 

Certifications/Licenses/Specialized Training

·       Valid driver’s license

·       Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the State of Colorado (required for Civil Engineer III)

  Engineering Intern (E.I.) registered in the State of Colorado (required for Civil Engineer II)

·       Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification from the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) or ability to obtain within 6 months

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance

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