Snohomish Conservation District
528 91st Ave NE Suite A, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Phone: 360-722-2679 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skagit Conservation District
2021 East College Way, Suite 203, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-2373
Phone: 360-428-4313 E-mail: email@example.com
Skagit and Snohomish Conservation Districts
Full time position
This position involves the application of engineering principles to protect and enhance
natural resources primarily within Skagit and Snohomish Conservation Districts and under
the supervision of a Professional Engineer. The position could be based out of either office,
which will be discussed during interviews.
The desired level of education is a 4-year engineering degree, though a 2- or 4-year degree
in agriculture, agronomy, natural resource management, environmental science, or a
closely related field may be acceptable if combined with additional relevant technical
experience. Also beneficial is experience in surveying, CAD, project management,
construction monitoring, successfully navigating city and/or county codes, and working with
private landowners to protect and enhance natural resources and agriculture. Experience
designing projects to meet Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and
specifications is desirable.
The Engineer-In-Training will assist conservation district planners and engineers in the field
and in the office. This position will directly support the work of staff at Skagit and
Snohomish Conservation Districts. Professional Engineers in each of these two offices
provide engineering support to multiple nearby conservation districts, so tasks may extend
into surrounding conservation districts within the greater Puget Sound area. This position
will aid conservation district staff to develop project designs and work with landowners to
implement various projects. Funding for this position is currently provided by a grant
awarded to Snohomish Conservation District for the purpose of implementing Best
Management Practices (BMPs) on private properties.
The primary responsibility for this position is to prepare project designs that meet NRCS
funding and technical criteria. The measurement of success is completed work products,
including project site assessments, designs, permit applications, and installed BMPs. The
BMPs typically address resource concerns that include water quality problems, erosion,
degraded salmon and wildlife habitat, and meet all appropriate standards and
specifications, while meeting the landowner’s goals. The chosen person will be responsible
to manage project workload and deadlines, keep lines of communication open with their
supervisor and fellow staff, and provide regular status updates. NRCS standards and
specifications provide the technical backbone for BMPs implemented through their cost
share programs. This position will support staff with various program requirements,
including assembling designs, NRCS standards and specifications, documenting design
calculations, and inspecting construction activities for regulatory and program compliance.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
A. Conduct field investigations and surveys and assemble data needed in the design of
conservation practices for structural and non-structural solutions to problems with water
quality, erosion, drainage, fish and wildlife habitat, flooding and threats to agriculture.
B. Develop designs that meet objectives of the landowner and improve natural resources.
C. Provide support to farm planners to design and implement BMPs identified in farm
D. Provide technical assistance in the field with the use of surveying equipment,
spreadsheets, modeling software, manual calculations, and field sketches. Prepare GIS
maps, CAD drawings, and permit applications.
E. Assist professional engineers in preparing preliminary designs, final designs,
construction drawings, construction standards and specifications, and construction
records for BMPs of varying complexity. Assist with lay out work for construction,
inspect work under construction, and provide necessary interpretations of the drawings
and specifications needed to determine conformance with the design, standards,
specifications, and permits.
F. Coordinate with other staff to respond to project inquiries from regulators and others.
G. Assist staff in creating educational materials for land users and organizations.
H. Support staff in developing landowner agreements, tracking budgets, reviewing
reimbursement requests, and following cost-share guidelines.
I. Prepare documents to support new project applications and track existing projects.
J. Attend conservation district staff and board meetings and other local, area and state
meetings as needed. Attend training sessions and workshops, mainly to improve your
understanding of NRCS Field Office Technical Guides (FOTG).
K. Serve as an incidental motor vehicle operator, requiring operation of a motor vehicle on
both public and private roads during daylight and occasionally after dark. A valid WA
State driver’s license is required.
L. Provide project-level information to staff for entry in to the Washington State
Conservation Commission database and prepare reports on activities, including
progress toward project goals.
M. Other duties as assigned.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
This position requires a solid understanding of engineering in the context of agriculture and
natural resource management. Experience is desirable in field inventories and
assessments, design, project management, construction inspections, topographic surveys,
geotechnical assessments, construction staking, and permitting. We are looking for
someone with a combination of education and experience that possesses and can further
develop these qualities:
A. Knowledge of a broad range of soil and water conservation principles, techniques,
methods and practices to apply and install conservation systems in a variety of settings.
B. Knowledge and skill in topographic surveying.
C. Experience in categorizing soils using the Unified Classification System.
D. Knowledge of CAD and GIS software for mapping, data collection, creating exhibits for
plans and presentations, and creating designs.
E. Knowledge and experience in applying engineering principles to improve natural
resources and ecosystem processes.
F. Knowledge of NRCS guidance, including Field Office Technical Guide, engineering
design processes, technical standards, and specifications, to investigate, plan, and
G. Ability to assist staff to motivate landowners to adopt and implement BMPs on their
properties. This may include presenting to public groups, students, organizations, or
H. Knowledge and skills in Microsoft Office products, database entry, email, and calendar
I. Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
J. Ability to work in the field on various terrains and under various conditions.
K. Ability to work alone or closely with others in the field or in a public office environment.
L. Ability to organize and plan own schedule of activities related to requests from staff and
M. Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses.
Training and Evaluation:
Goals and performance standards will be developed early on to assist in evaluating work
performance and work products.
Compensation and Benefits:
This position is funded for one year. Position may be extended as funding allows. Salary
range is $4,100 – $5,200 monthly depending on qualifications. The districts offer a
comprehensive benefits package which includes paid holidays and leave time, low
premium medical, dental, life and LTD insurance through Washington State PEBB, and
participation in the State of Washington Retirement System (PERS).
Applicants will be subject to a background check. Applicants must provide a cover letter, a
resume, and three professional references.
Please send application materials in pdf format to: Sarah Jones at
Priority will be given to applications received by 8:00 am, September 21, 2020
For all inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skagit and Snohomish Conservation Districts are equal opportunity employers. All
programs and services are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race,
color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status or disability.