Municipal engineer | Planetizen Job Board


The Town of Sherwood is looking for an experienced and highly motivated professional Municipal engineer who will serve as a liaison, actively engage the community on projects while seeking opportunities to work collaboratively with other City divisions and departments. Under the direction of the Director of Public Works, the Municipal engineer plays a vital role in the management and execution of works and high level professional civil engineering personnel. The position provides solutions to complex issues that arise during the design, review and construction of City infrastructure to meet anticipated growth and development needs. The Municipal Engineer oversees approximately six (6) professional staff ranging from Engineering Technicians, Associates and Specialists.

Sherwood, OR is a welcoming community with residents who enjoy the quality of life offered by the scenic setting, economic opportunity and active community engagement. Sherwood spans 4.1 square miles and is located on the southern edge of the Portland metropolitan area. This community offers quaint shops and restaurants in Old Town, contains 67 acres of beautiful parkland, and offers high-quality schools and rich arts and cultural events throughout the year. The town of Sherwood is considered one of the safest communities in the state and is growing rapidly with a population of just over 20,000. Along with this growth comes a variety of successful businesses, modern amenities, and the small-town charm and friendliness that define Sherwood.

Sherwood is located in Washington County, which has a population of approximately 450,000 and is an excellent place to raise families for those working in Portland as well as nearby employment centers in the Silicon Forest that makes up the metro area.

The City of Sherwood is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Here are some sample tasks:

  • Acts as a municipal engineer performing all professional engineering functions required by law and city ordinances and codes.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of the division’s goals, objectives, policies, priorities and day-to-day functions; recommends, within the framework of departmental policy, appropriate levels of service and staffing; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Provides detailed technical assessment and civil engineering expertise of regional projects or programs impacting the City. Makes decisions authorized or required by municipal code or as enforced by permit approval conditions.
  • Provides detailed technical assessment and civil engineering expertise of regional projects or programs impacting the City.
  • Recommends and establishes engineering policy, practices and standards relating to the construction of public infrastructure.
  • Project revenues and expenses for the City budget related to construction activities. Prepares and monitors engineering budget and long-range financial plans, including long-range planning needs (sewer, street, storm sewer, etc.)
  • Perform professional engineering duties by preparing or reviewing technical documents, reports, plans and specifications, directing construction and planning activities, etc. Interpret technical documents for their impact on the city, e.g. mapping, regulatory agency requirements, etc.
  • Lead the development of the capital improvement plan. Maintain budgetary control by reviewing financial reports, setting expenditure authorizations and approving variances in expenditure items. Provide project status time, scope and cost reports.
  • Respond to the needs and requests of citizens and staff regarding the City’s transportation and utility systems. Provide technical support to City Council, Planning Commission, other committees and City staff as required.
  • Ensure adequate pre-planning for City infrastructure to meet anticipated growth and development needs. Oversee and participate in the identification and development of short-term needs and long-term master plans for major infrastructure systems.
  • Floodplain Administrator responsible for maintaining local floodplain management records for the City.
  • Attends City Council and Development Commission meetings and presents Engineering Division issues and recommendations for discussion and review. Represents the City at various hearings and meetings of external agencies
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with City staff, other organizations and the general public.
  • Follow all safety rules and procedures for work areas.

Minimum qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field from an accredited college; AND A minimum of six (6) years of experience in municipal engineering at progressively higher levels of responsibility, including a minimum of two (2) years as a supervisor; AND Possession of a valid license as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Oregon or registered as a Professional Civil Engineer in a reciprocal state with the ability to obtain Oregon registration within six (6 ) months following hiring.

Licenses/certifications required:

Possession of a valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record or must be obtained within 30 days of date of hire.

Possession of a professional civil and/or transportation engineering license to practice in the State of Oregon.

Application and review process

The City of Sherwood is committed to using a merit-based system in which the recruitment, selection and advancement of employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills and abilities.

Selection process
1. An education, training and work experience assessment of the submitted application materials, including a resume and cover letter, will be reviewed by Human Resources. The review deadline for the first round of applications will be approximately July 1, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

2. A panel of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will conduct an in-depth education, experience and training assessment from your application package to include your CV and cover letter and answers to questions additional (if applicable). This process will begin after July 5, 2022.

3. Our aim is to schedule oral interviews with candidates who have passed the SME assessment stage as soon as possible.

Please Note: Applicants who successfully complete the assessment process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification or job family.

Veterans Preference
If you are a veteran and wish to be considered for a veteran preference for this recruitment, be sure to upload the required documentation in your application and self-select your veteran status.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Reasonable accommodations are available for anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. For confidential assistance, please contact Human Resources at 503-625-4201 or email: [email protected] at least 48 hours before any stage of the recruitment and selection process for which you believe you need an accommodation.


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