Associate Engineer

Job Type: Non-exempt; Limited Duration for 5 years. May be extended or made permanent pending District Board decision.


Benefits: MCDD provides a generous and competitive benefits package which includes, but is not limited to, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, MCDD participates in the State of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).


How to apply: Please submit, in PDF form, a cover letter and resume addressing the responsibilities listed in the job description to with the subject line: “Engineering Associate” by the closing date. Please do not include your social security number or other sensitive information in your application package. Applications will also be accepted via first class mail or by hand delivery to: 1880 NE Elrod Dr., Portland, OR 97211. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities. Please contact Tracy Olmedo for any questions on accessibility or accommodation during the hiring process (503-281-5675).


About Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD): To enhance community safety and support the region’s vitality, MCDD reduces flood risk by maintaining our levee system, managing drainage, and responding to emergencies. We help protect lives and property from flooding by operating and maintaining stormwater and flood management systems for nearly 13,000 acres of land along the Columbia Slough and the lower Columbia River. These systems include: 27 miles of levee, 12 pump stations, and 45 miles of ditches, sloughs, streams, and culverts. MCDD has evolved substantially over the past decade to become a solutions-oriented leader with our partners in the region. A small, agile mission-driven team with a passion for customer service and supporting community values define the culture of the organization.


More information is available on the District’s web site:


Position Summary: An Engineering Associate at MCDD provides engineering support for projects, planning activities, operations & maintenance needs, and other tasks as assigned. As a member of the engineering team, the position helps develop collaborative solutions for system improvements, agency improvements, and special projects. MCDD is a small agency, such that the day to day work associated with this position will range from desktop to field tasks.


The position requires moderate supervision and reports to either the Supervising Engineer or Chief Engineer. Project assignments vary in size and complexity. Duties include stormwater and geotechnical support for District projects, pump station management, development reviews, project management, construction management, or other technical support related to the internal drainage or levee systems. District staff interact with local, state, and national elected officials and agency leadership periodically to help advance our work.


Essential job duties:

• Provide technical information related to levee and internal drainage systems such as earthen embankments, stormwater pump stations, open channels, and pipe networks.

• Evaluate and complete development review proposals in a timely manner.

• Conduct project management duties for planning, design, and construction project phases; special emphasis needed to track project status regarding budget, schedule, and staff availability.

• Comply with public procurement rules related to contract administration.

• Ensure proper permits and documents are completed and filed with appropriate authorities.

• Provide construction management duties to ensure District staff or contractors successfully complete work.

• Coordinate with District operations & maintenance staff regarding project management, construction support, and general engineering assistance.

• Develop engineering drawings based on field work and other data sources.

• Track and support condition assessment of internal drainage and levee assets.

• Provide engineering support for other District programs.

• As needed, the position requires availability during evening and weekend periods to support community events sponsored by MCDD or flood-fighting situations.

• Travel may be required to attend conferences and events.


Duties Applying to All Employees:

• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Strive to achieve the Mission, Vision, and Values of the organization.

• Perform the duties assigned during an emergency.

• Complete required Incident Command System training within 90 days of hire.

• Ensure and encourage a safe workplace environment.


Working Environment: Primarily working in an office environment. However, there are projects that may require time in the field. Employees will be required to utilize the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for their time in the field. During flood fighting season, October 15th – May 15th, employees may be asked to perform levee and drainage inspections.


Minimum Qualifications:


Knowledge of:

• Civil engineering theory and practices related hydrology, hydraulics, geotechnical, and/or environmental specialties.

• Computer programs such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and technical software such as AutoCAD, hydraulic modeling (e.g. XP SWMM), GeoStudio or ArcGIS. Ability to:

• Read and interpret various kinds of maps, architectural and engineering drawings, construction plans, and other technical materials and documents.

• Communicate effectively in writing and orally with other MCDD staff and other District partners (e.g. local cities, Port of Portland, etc.).

• Work in a team environment.

• Perform detailed work thoroughly, neatly, accurately, and efficiently.

• Thrive in a fast-paced work environment.


Education, Experience, and Special Requirements:

• Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field;

• 1-2 years of directly related engineering experience;

• Engineer-in-Training Certificate by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination;

• Valid state driver’s license. Preferred skills & qualifications:

• Formal contracting and project management processes;

• Familiarity with local, state, and federal laws related to floodplain management and/or levee protection;

• Experience working in a public agency.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this 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 be considered for a veterans’ preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents with your application submittal. 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.


Company/Location of Job: Portland, OR

Link to Job Posting:

Salary Range: Grade 8; $69,310 – $110,896

Contact: Tracy Olmedo at