Development Services Engineer
City of Helena
Job Purpose: The purpose of this position is to plan, organize and supervise professional engineering programs in the review and inspection of private land development proposals in the City. The position provides highly responsible assistance to the City Engineer. Essential Duties: These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties the incumbent may be assigned. This position reviews and approves private development engineering plans and documents for conformance to City design and construction standards, codes and ordinances; performs overall supervision and review of detailed and complex engineering calculations, plans, specifications, and required submittals for private development projects, such as street, water distribution, sewer collection, and storm drainage systems. The incumbent conducts inspections of work-in-progress and ensures projects are completed in compliance with applicable codes, regulations and standards. The position evaluates storm, road, drainage, and other utilities as well as general site work for private construction projects and work performed in City right-of-way for compliance with applicable City codes, ordinances and regulations. The incumbent meets with citizens, developers, contractors, other agencies, and City departments. The position responds to questions and complaints from the public concerning drainage, private construction, and other related issues. The position reviews building permit applications to ensure that developers’ obligations as required by City regulations are clearly defined and identified, relative to street improvements, on-site traffic circulation, water, wastewater , storm drainage, and dedication of street rights-of-way. The incumbent reviews private development applications and coordinates with other City departments and, as necessary, outside agencies and/or districts to ensure the proposed designs of private development projects are compatible and consistent with City standards and regulations and State and Federal laws. The position interacts with private developers, engineers, other City departments, public agencies and private utility companies on matters related to development processing Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Related to this Position: Knowledge of: • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive engineering, surveying, mapping, design, construction and inspection programs. • Engineering, surveying, mapping, design, construction and inspection principles and practices. • Civil engineering principles, concepts, standards, and practices associated with general public works and community development programs and projects. • Principles, practices, and methods utilized in preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports, and recommendations relating to municipal utilities and proposed public works facilities. • Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary in the area of engineering construction. • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations. • Principles and implementation techniques related to customer service, group and interpersonal dynamics, and public relations. • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment. • Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting. Skill or ability to: • Operate a motor vehicle safely. • Manage and coordinate the work of professional and technical personnel and consultants involved in various engineering, surveying, mapping, design, construction, and inspection activities. • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. • Interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions. • Read, interpret, and apply technical information from manuals, drawings, specifications, layouts, blueprints, and schematics. • Prepare and maintain accurate and complete records. • Prepare clear and concise reports. • Skillfully engage and seek positive outcomes with the public and developers in win-win scenarios that improve the City of Helena in line with the community vision and priorities. • Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public. • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work Physical Demands & Work Environment Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, reach, crawl, twist, climb and lift 50 pounds; exposure to cold, heat, noise, outdoors, chemicals, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards; ability to travel to different sites and locations Safety Performs all functions in the safest possible manner and according to policies and procedures. Participates fully with safety trainings. Reports unsafe work conditions and practices, work-related injuries, illnesses, and near-misses as soon as possible to assigned supervisor. Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience and Training): This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with major coursework in civil engineering or a related field AND five years of responsible civil engineering experience, preferably in the area of private land development . Other relevant combinations of education and work experience may be evaluated on an individual basis. The specific statementsshown in each section of this position description are not intended to be all inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to perform the job successfully. License or Certificate: Possession of current license as a Professional Engineer and must maintain during employment. If license is out of state, a Montana license must be obtained within 6 months of hire. Must possess a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record at the time of hire and have the ability to obtain a valid MT driver’s license within six months of hire.