Sumner, WA Full Time 2 weeks ago

Hiring Range: $6,658 - $7,443 per month with growth to $8,320

First review of applications: 5/25/2022

This position is a full-time, Fair Labor Standards Act non-exempt position. The regular work schedule for the Engineering Assistant position is Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Alternative and hybrid work schedules may be available. Attendance at evening meetings or other off-duty events may be necessary on rare occasions. This is not a Civil Service position.

The Engineering Assistant position is an entry-level position completing professional and administrative work. Under the general direction of the City Engineer or designee, this position assists with planning, designing, organizing, coordinating and maintaining project and maintenance work for the Engineering division. This position does not supervise staff.

About the City of Sumner Public Works Department:

The Sumner Public Works Department is responsible for maintenance, operations, and capital improvement projects for the City of Sumner facilities, rights-of-way, and water, sewer and stormwater utilities. Through the hard work and efforts of over 40 FTE’s, the Department simultaneously manages tens of millions of dollars of capital projects; 120 lane-miles of roadways and adjoining sidewalks, hundreds of miles of wet utilities, well and spring water sources, over 50 stormwater outfalls; and operates the City’s 6.1 MGD (Maximum Month Design Flow) Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Check out all of the exciting projects that Public Works and other departments are working on by visiting:

About Sumner:
The City of Sumner's vision is to set the standard of excellence for a progressive small city. Sumner remains a traditional city of just over 10,000 residents with agricultural roots, known for decades as the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World. At the same time, its compact, walkable layout aligns perfectly with progressive planning trends, as its classic Main Street becomes repurposed for boutiques, independent restaurants and daily services such as legal offices, financial advisors and doctors. While Sumner retains historic neighborhoods of Craftsman houses and an active high school right on Main Street, it also offers over 16,000 manufacturing and distribution jobs for companies such as REI, Keurig Dr. Pepper,, and Dillanos Coffee Roasters. With a downtown Sound Transit station with buses and trains, it is well connected to the Puget Sound region while striving to be a full service city with the largest YMCA facility in the state of Washington as well as a link trail system that will connect the Foothills and Interurban trails. Like the community, the city government is large enough to be professional but small enough to be creative. The City has won a variety of awards from the Governor's Smart Planning Award to recognition at the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its groundbreaking police work on victims' assistance. With a strong mayor format, the City has just over 100 employees who operate a cemetery, wastewater treatment facility, accredited police department, animal shelter, parks, full service public works and administration.

Examples of Duties

The job duties and responsibilities represented in this job description in no way imply that these are the only duties to be performed. Employees occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by a supervisor. While requirements may be representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty with proficiency.

Listed below are examples of typical duties:

  • Conducts a variety of organizational studies as directed.
  • Assists in the preparation and review of public works plans, specifications, and contracts for various construction projects.
  • Administers projects from initiation through project completion.
  • Coordinates engineering support and projects performed by other City departments.
  • Assists in coordinating the activities of the division.
  • Meets and works with engineering consultants, contractors, state and federal agency representatives, developers and the general public.
  • Performs on-site inspection of public works construction projects.
  • Attends public meetings to receive and provide information.
  • Provides input for the development and administration of the department budgets, monitor, prepare and submit periodic budget updates, and monitor assigned performance measures.
  • Seeks grants for Public Works and other activities, writes grant applications and performs proper follow-up.
  • Manages administrative reporting of CIP Grants.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the listed necessary knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering field is required.
  • Civil engineering work experience of a municipal nature is preferred.

Special Requirements:

  • Possession of, or ability to acquire, a valid Washington State driver's license with record free from serious or frequent violations.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of Civil Engineering.
  • Correct English language usage, including grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, report preparation and presentation.

Ability to:

  • Complete field visits of construction projects and existing municipal infrastructure.
  • Perform engineering effort of a municipal nature.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Follow policies and procedures.
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain rules, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Use interpersonal skills with tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Prioritize and schedule work.
  • Work independently with direction and oversight.
  • Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with all City departments.
  • Perform a variety of administrative duties in support of assigned activities.
  • Ensure compliance with City ordinances with consistency and impartiality.
  • Analyze situations accurately and recommend an effective course of action.
  • Provide excellent customer service by using a friendly, professional, and accurate and customer orientated approach to a wide variety of customers, including but not limited to contractors, architects, business owners, government officials, general public and other staff.
  • Maintain reliable and dependable attendance.
  • Contribute to achieving the City's mission, vision and values.

Supplemental Information

Selection Guidelines Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interviews and reference checks; job related testing may be required.
Background checks may include:
  • Prior Employment Verification: confirms applicant's employment with the listed companies, including dates of employment, position held and additional information available pertaining to performance rating, reason for departure and eligibility for rehire. This verification will be run on the past three employers or the previous five years, whichever comes first.
  • Personal and Professional References: calls will be placed to individuals listed as references by the applicant.
  • Employment Eligibility Verification: Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.
  • Educational Verification: confirms the applicant's claimed educational institution, including the years attended and the degree/diploma received.
  • Criminal History: includes review of criminal convictions and probation. The following factors will be considered for applicants with a criminal history:
  • The nature of the crime and its relationship to the position.
  • The time since the conviction.
  • The number (if more than one) of convictions.
  • Whether hiring, transferring or promoting the applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees or its customers and vendors.
The following additional background searches will be required if applicable to the position:
  • Motor Vehicle Records: provides a report on an individual's driving history in the state requested. This search will be run when driving is an essential requirement of the position.
  • Credit History: confirms candidate's credit history. This search will be run for positions that involve management of City of Sumner funds and/or handling of cash or credit cards.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Physical Requirements
Requirements outline d in this job description may be modified to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for employment in this position. However, some requirements may exclude individuals who pos e a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.
Description of Work Environment:
While performing duties of this job, the employee works primarily in an office environment, however, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level of the construction sites are typical of most construction sites and environments. Fieldwork includes the exposure to noise, nuisance dust, noxious and toxic gases and vapors, traffic, active utility lines and other related construction-type job hazards.

Positions in this class typically require stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, mobility, fingering, grasping, talking, seeing, hearing, walking, climbing, and crawling.

Medium work: Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The City is an equal employment opportunity employer. The City employs, retains, promotes, terminates and otherwise treats all employees and job applicants on the basis of job-related qualifications and competence. These policies shall be applied without regard to any individual's sex, race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, sensory, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation including gender expression and identity, genetic information, domestic violence victim or other basis prohibited by law. Candidates needing assistance in the application process may call the Human Resources Office, at 253-299-5595 or email If you are invited to participate in the selection process and need ADA accommodations, please notify HR before you are scheduled for an interview or testing.

  • Company:
    The City of Sumner
  • Job Type:
  • Posting Date:
    11th May 2022
  • Valid through:
    11th Jun 2022
  • Location:
  • Est. Salary:
    $6,658-8,320 / MONTH
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