The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services is actively seeking a Geotechnical Engineer to join their Engineering Plan Review team. In this role, you will perform advanced professional project management, specialized engineering or developer/building plan reviews; serve as a project engineer on difficult, complex projects; apply advanced geotechnical engineering knowledge to the solution of design, maintenance, improvement and construction problems pertaining to the City's infrastructure and private development; may seal Engineering plans with manager authorization.
The current Geotechnical Engineer vacancy is in the in the Bureau of Development Services. The eligible list generated from this recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies in Bureau of Development Service (BDS) and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).
The Geotechnical Engineer in the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) works as part of the Engineering Plan Review Team. They are responsible for the review of proposed developments including construction plans, specifications and engineering calculations for structures, grading and other aspects for conformance with construction codes, regulations and engineering standards of practice. A significant portion of the work involves: reviewing complex civil and/or geotechnical engineering features of development including steep slope hazards; flood, earthquake and erosion hazards; deep foundations; retaining walls and excavation shoring.
The work also includes:
reviewing geotechnical engineering, engineering geology and site-specific seismic hazard reports;
performing reconnaissance level investigations of proposed development properties; and
analyzing site conditions and performing engineering calculations.
The BDS Geotechnical Engineer uses independent judgment, while also working collaboratively with architects, engineers, contractors, developers and citizens to resolve development issues, and assist in the development of policies, standards and codes related to the civil and/or geotechnical aspects of development. All Bureau of Development Services staff will also meet the Bureau's expectations of providing excellent customer service in an equitable manner to meet the needs of the City of Portland's community.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.
This classification is represented by the City of Portland Professional Employees Association (COPPEA). To view this labor agreement, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/27840 and click on the appropriate link.
To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer Optional Information Sessionsthat will provide you with details about this position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job, but attending will help you with the application process. You are welcome to join us for one of these optional sessions:
Ch2M Center Lincoln Room 2020 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201
At the corner of 4th Ave & Lincoln Street
Friday, June 16, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm or Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
For instructions on how to participate remotely, please contact Lorena Ramirez by 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time within two business days of the informational session date by email,Lorena.Ramirez@PortlandOregon.Gov,or by phone at 503-823-5333.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
Knowledge of civil engineering theory, concepts, principles, practices, materials, construction techniques, current industry trends; City, State and Federal regulations and standards related to geotechnical engineering.
Knowledge of principles of design, construction and maintenance of the geotechnical features of construction as they relate to present-day building codes and professional standards of practice.
Knowledge of geotechnical principles and practices and soil mechanics applicable to earthquake engineering.
Ability to review and interpret complex and technical plans, specifications, reports and calculations; perform difficult technical research;
Ability to communicate scientific and technical matters, both orally and in writing, to non-technical individuals, including policy makers and the public; to engage in problem solving and conflict resolution; to represent the City; and to partner effectively with citizens, community groups and development professionals.
About The City of Portland, Oregon's Bureau of Development Services
The City of Portland, Oregon has 33 bureaus, over 5000 FTEs and nearly 2000 temporary employees. There are eight bargaining units that represent nearly 4000 employees. Benefits include Public Employee Retiremebnt System (PERS)paid by the City, Excellent health, dental and life insuurance, 2 1/2 weeks of paid vacation at entry, 13 days of Sick leave, and 9 paid holidays.