Friday, March 13, 2015

Civil Engineering Technician - Snoqualmie National Forest (North Bend, WA)


Pacific Northwest Region

Are you excited about working in a challenging, highly diverse, dynamic, urban environment? Are you looking for opportunities to engage a variety of people and partners to explore creative ways of accomplishing and communicating the mission of the Forest Service? Are you looking for challenges across a complex and diverse landscape? If yes, then we have the job for you!

The MBS is searching for an experienced Civil Engineering Technician willing to be a part of taking the existing Engineering team to the next level.

We are looking for a team player to bring their experience and knowledge to our preconstruction and construction programs with an ability and desire to be part of a strong team.

The ideal candidate would be experienced, motivated, and have a proven track record in transportation systems contract preparation, administration, inspection, design, as well as communication and collaboration.

Located in stunning Northwest Washington, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) places a high value on its relationships with our employees, public and visitors/users, other government agencies, Tribal governments, partners, and local communities. We are looking for an individual with technical abilities and experience that can apply engineering methods, procedures, agency policies and programs, as well as good oral and written communication skills to the Forest Service mission. This person should be interested in building relationships and generating individual and Forest success through a team environment emphasizing a collaborative engagement process.

Along with other certified Engineering Representatives (ER) and Contracting Officer Representatives (COR), the Civil Engineering Technician position would share responsibilities for ER/COR duties on the forest. The MBS has a diverse program of work including timber sales, recreation and trails, watershed restoration, and roads related projects.

The position is located on one of two engineering zones (South Zone) within the engineering organization and works closely with other engineers, timber sale administrators, and contracting officers as well as other Forest staff. The Preconstruction/Construction program is under the direction of the North Zone Project Team Leader/Road Manager (located in Sedro-Woolley, WA) and the incumbent is responsible for the contract administration of engineering projects and assistance/lead on other engineering duties as developed by the North Zone Project Team Leader/Road Manager.

Major Duties of the Position:
This non-supervisory position is a key part of a team that is providing engineering services and support across the forest in the management of the transportation infrastructure. This is a permanent, full-time position. Interested individuals should possess valid Engineering Representative (ER) and Contracting Officer Representative (COR; NCCP and FAITAS) certifications to perform the duties of the position. The position will be supervised by the South Zone Project Team Leader/Road Manager and the duty location will be at the Snoqualmie Ranger District Office in North Bend, Washington.

This position is a key part of the Engineering staff group. Duties include:
* Field investigations and data collection; design/preparation of contract packages and cost estimates for roads and recreation projects; and contract administration
* Serves as subject matter expert in contract preparation and administration, providing the South Zone engineering group with technical leadership, advice, and guidance concerning those areas of work.
* Peer review of engineering documents.
* Review and guidance of inspectors and ER/CORs-in training.
* Coordination with Forest personnel, state, and other regulatory agencies and partners.

Candidates should be skilled in Civil Engineering Technician duties, have good knowledge of contract preparation/contract administration, and be proactive in sharing that knowledge and skill with the engineering staff and others.

About the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest:

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State extends over 140 miles along the western slope of the Cascade Mountains, from the Canadian border to the northern boundary of Mt. Rainier National Park. The forest contains about 1.7 million acres of National Forest System lands. The MBS is considered an “urban forest.” The Forest lies within five counties (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, and Pierce) which contain over 55 percent of the State’s total population. Over five million people live in or near the Puget Sound metropolitan area and are within a one to two-hour drive of the Forest boundary, making the Forest one of the most visible in the country.

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie is a Forest rich in natural diversity, with a complex ecosystem that includes glacier-covered peaks, volcanoes, alpine lakes and many, many rivers and streams, old-growth stands of timber, and a multitude of plant, animal, and fish species. About 42 percent of the MBS is designated wilderness; the Skagit Wild and Scenic River includes about 158 miles of portions of four rivers; and large areas of the forest are allocated to Late Successional Reserve and Riparian Reserve (under the 1994 Forest Plan Amendment commonly known as the Northwest Forest Plan). The MBS provides habitat for a number of federally-listed threatened and endangered fish and wildlife species, including grizzly bear, the northern spotted owl, Chinook salmon, steelhead, bull trout, and more. Recreation opportunities abound, including winter sports at four major ski areas.

This position is located at the Snoqualmie Ranger District in North Bend, WA, a community in East King County, about 30 miles east of downtown Seattle.

Area Information:
North Bend, Washington

DISTRICT OFFICE: The duty station is located in North Bend, Washington, population estimated to be around 5700 (2010), which is located along Interstate 90, approximately 30 miles east of Seattle. The city offers full services and the surrounding suburbs offer the amenities of a large metro area, yet the benefits of rural settings. Recreational opportunities are plentiful, including hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, skiing, hunting and fishing. The cost of living in the area is high; however employees receive a locality pay adjustment (2015 is 21.81%).

HOUSING: No government housing is available, but there is a wide variety of housing available in towns along the Interstate 90 corridor from Seattle/Bellevue metro area (30 miles west), Issaquah area (14 miles west) to the Renton area (30 miles southwest). Current real estate listings for single family homes start at $220,000 and go up from there; Condos and town homes start at $120,000 and go up from there. Rentals are available in many of the local communities. Recent listings within the surrounding areas show monthly rates in the $700 and up range.

WEATHER: The area experiences four distinct seasons but is moderated by the maritime influence of the Puget Sound, with mild summers, annual average precipitation of 38 inches, with occasional winter snowfall in the metro area. The North Cascades receive significant snowpack (Mt. Baker holds the world snowfall record at 1,120 inches in 1999-2000) that contributes to the many glaciers and outstanding fisheries across the landscape.

SCHOOLS, HEALTH CARE & OTHER SERVICES: There is an abundance of schools, colleges, hospitals, health care providers, specialists, shopping, churches, entertainment and services throughout the surrounding areas. For additional information on the area, please consult the following links:

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City of North Bend Wikipedia:,_Washington

Response: If you are interested in this position or need additional information, please contact Santino Pascua, South Zone Project Team Leader/Road Manager at (425) 888-8784 or by e-mail at, or Felix Nishida, Assistant Forest Engineer at (425) 783-6081 or by e-mail at Please complete the attached form and send it to, by March 20, 2015. Responses to this outreach will assist with determining how the position will be announced in USA Jobs.

Civil Engineering Technician, Snoqualmie Ranger District
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, North Bend, WA
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