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Multnomah County Drainage District - Engineer (PE)

Posted: 10/13/2022
Salary: $83,896 - $134,233
Location: Hybrid (Portland, OR)

Application deadline:

Open until Filled; First Review 11/09/2022


The Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD) – (soon to launch Urban Flood Safety and Water Quality District) seek a motivated and organized engineer to help the greater Portland community remain safe from flooding along the Columbia River and from increasingly frequent climate-driven rain events along the Columbia River floodplain. In addition, the person in this position will also be part of the team helping find ways to plan and implement flood safety projects that contribute to improved water quality and landscape resilience.

The successful candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative environment, have the skill to mentor staff, and be able to develop best practices that influence the districts’ project delivery and infrastructure support program for years to come. The successful candidate will help make the public sector work better by being part of the team that consolidates multiple agencies, streamlines governance and by playing a key role in creating technical solutions that meet our community’s many flood safety, water quality, environmental, climate, and social justice needs.

Overview of Multnomah County Drainage District and the Urban Flood Safety and Water Quality District:

We are independent public agencies that improve flood safety while also seeking to respond to the impacts of climate change, advance racial and social justice, protect our environment, and contribute to water quality. The Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD) currently reduces flood risk in greater Portland along the Columbia River and the Columbia Slough. MCDD manages four public agencies, led by elected boards, that collectively operate and maintain 27 miles of flood levees, 12 pump stations, and 45 miles of sloughs, canals, and culverts. We reduce flood risk for residential communities, thousands of businesses, the Portland International Airport, sections of I-5, I-205, and I-84, Oregon’s second largest supply of drinking water, and critical electricity and natural gas hubs. In 2019, the Oregon Legislature established the Urban Flood Safety and Water Quality District (UFSWQD). It is the first new special district in Oregon in almost thirty years. The UFSWQD will replace the four existing drainage districts with a single, more modern agency. The Engineer will help lead that transition by continuing to modernize practices related to pump stations and other critical assets that are part of greater Portland’s flood safety system.


Position Summary:

The Engineer will provide technical guidance to help manage the flood risk reduction system including planning, design, construction, and O&M support of District’s internal drainage system. This position is member of the MCDD Engineering Team and reports directly to the Supervising Engineer.

The primary responsibility of this position is to serve as the district’s senior technical specialist related to pump stations and other internal drainage elements. While MCDD does maintain open channels and stormwater culverts as part of its drainage system, the primary assets are its pump stations. These pump stations range in capacity from 13,000 to 272,000 gallons per minute with vertical turbine and submersible pumping systems.

The Engineer will lead, or support projects and programs related to the internal drainage system. A 2021 report supporting the development of the UFSWQD identified over $70M and $23M in major capital improvements and on-going capital requirements respectively, with a majority devoted to internal drainage improvements. This is in addition to 3 major rehabilitation or replacement pump station projects identified and lead by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through its Portland Metro Levee System project. Collectively, the potential for capital improvements at the district over the next 10+ years is the biggest in generations. The MCDD Engineering Team works closely with the District’s Operations Team to identify problems, develop solutions, and support in-house construction of repairs or new capital improvements.

The Engineer will become an integral part of a cross-disciplinary team to modernize the district’s pump stations and drainage system management to better serve the community. Additionally, this position will work in partnership with other District engineers and other staff to develop an asset management program that supports ongoing maintenance and capital requirements for the internal drainage and levee system. Other responsibilities may include technical support for District projects, ongoing condition assessment, development reviews, project management, identification/adoption of programmatic best practices, or other work related to the internal drainage or levee systems.

The Engineer will also provide customer support to private and public agencies to help them meet their goals while maintaining the district’s mission, vision, standards, and regulatory obligations. This will require experience and skill in presenting technical information to a variety of audiences including the public and technical representatives from partner agencies. District staff interact with local, state, and national elected officials and agency leadership periodically to help advance our work. The ability to convey complex information in broadly understandable terms both in writing and through presentation is essential to this position. The ideal candidate will have comfort and excitement working at the intersection of policy, planning, and technical work.


Essential job duties:

This position will primarily serve as a technical resource and project manager within a 5-person engineering team. This position will lead pump station upgrades and replacements, both contributing to and executing projects from the district’s Capital Improvement Plan. This position will also serve as a technical resource to the district’s operation’s team and will have occasional need to consult with district boards and legal staff. Relevant technical experience and dynamic communication skills will be highly valued when evaluating candidates for this position.

Specifically, this position will:

  • Perform planning, design, and construction management tasks;
  • Provide technical information related to internal drainage (pump stations, culverts, etc.) and levee systems;
  • Support development review process to ensure continuity of District services;
  • Provide engineering support for other District programs;
  • Provide documentation that supports project objectives and District mission;
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally with other District staff. Duties Applying to All Employees: It is the duty of all employees to:
  • Perform other duties as assigned;
  • Strive to achieve the Mission, Vision, and Values of the organization;
  • Perform the duties assigned during an emergency;
  • Maintain confidentiality of work-related issues, client records, and District’s information;
  • Complete required Incident Command System training within 90 days of hire;
  • Remain within a 10-hour response time during Partial Emergency Activation or as specified by the Executive Director;
  • Adhere to workplace safety rules and regulations;
  • Occasional weekend and evening shifts may be required;
  • Some travel may be required to attend conferences and events;
  • Ensure and encourage a safe workplace environment.


Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge of:

  • Pump station design and operations including mechanical, hydraulics, electrical, I/C systems, structural, and other pertinent elements;
  • Formal contracting and project management processes;
  • Familiarity with local, state, and federal laws related to floodplain management and design practices;
  • Computer programs such as Microsoft Office, project management (e.g., MS Project, Smartsheet) and other engineering software such as hydraulic modeling (e.g. xp-swmm, HEC-RAS), AutoCAD or ArcGIS. Ability to:
  • Conduct project management duties for planning, design, and construction project phases; special emphasis needed to track project status regarding budget, schedule, and staff availability.
  • Provide construction management duties to ensure District staff or contractors’ successfully complete work.
  • Participate as a member of multi-disciplinary teams to support the district’s mission.
  • Remain adaptable to address unexpected needs or other District priorities.
  • Comply with public procurement rules related to contract administration.
  • Read and interpret various kinds of maps, architectural and engineering drawings, construction plans, and other technical materials and documents.
  • Complete proper permits and documents are completed and filed with appropriate authorities.
  • Evaluate and complete development review proposals in a timely manner.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally with contractors and other project stakeholders.
  • Represent the engineering team in District-wide initiatives or committees. Education, Experience, and Special Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil, mechanical, or related engineering field
  • 4+ years of directly related engineering experience
  • Requires a Professional Engineer (PE) license from the State of Oregon, or ability to obtain one within 6 months of hire
  • Valid state driver’s license Preferred skills & qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in civil, mechanical, or related engineering field
  • Experience leading multi-disciplined projects involving pump station improvements
  • Experience managing engineering consultants to support a project and/or on-call services.
  • Training or experience with emergency response protocols (e.g., Incident Command System) Working Environment:

At this time, this position is able to work a hybrid telework schedule, meaning you will be able to work remotely (from home) most of the time; with a requirement to report to the office once a month, the specific day will be determined by the department manager, in addition all staff are expected to attend a quarterly in-person all-staff event. As with all telework positions, employees may be required to come into the office more frequently as needed. Hybrid Telework schedules may be subject to change at a future time. Benefits: This is a full-time, exempt position.

Our benefits Include:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • State of Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Participant
  • Deferred Compensation Plan via the Oregon Savings Growth Plan (OSGP)
  • Paid holidays, flex, vacation, sick, and family leave
  • Transportation and Wellness Incentives
  • Healthy work-life balance
  • Casual dress code

Office Perks:

  • We believe in snacking! Our breakroom is always properly stocked.
  • Frequent visits from our 4-legged team members
  • Beautiful views of the Columbia Slough Watershed o Access to open outdoor spaces
  • Showers and access to bike parking


  • Open access to leadership
  • Collaborative environment
  • Supportive of families with children


MCDD is in the Sunderland neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, a city known for its diversity of restaurants, breweries, and easy access to both the coast and mountains. The area offers a variety of neighborhoods, bike-friendly streets, and amenities of a large city.



Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities. Please contact Tracy Olmedo at (503) 281-5675 or for any questions on accessibility or accommodation during the hiring process

Veterans’ Preference:

Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference when applying for MCDD positions. If you are a veteran and would like to request Veterans’ Preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents (Copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 or 215; Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s Disability Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) with your application submittal. Documentation must be received by the closing date and time of this recruitment for the applicant to receive Veterans’ Preference. Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made, or any other status protected by law. This position is not represented.

How to apply:

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit the following, in PDF form, via the link found here: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A complete packet will include: 1) Cover letter (Your cover letter should address your ability to meet the minimum requirements) 2) Résumé 3) Reference sheet (3 professional references)