Working at Snohomish Conservation District

Working for a Conservation District is a great experience! We get to work with motivated landowners, dedicated professionals, well-respected leaders in conservation, and with students just starting their careers.

The District offers a supportive and vibrant work environment with opportunities to grow in your career and state benefits for permanent positions. We hope you will consider joining our team!


Job Openings

Natural Resources Engineer - Lake Stevens, WA

Terms: Permanent exempt regular full-time position (40 hours per week), with benefits

Salary:   $65,000 to $85,000 depending on experience

Deadline to apply:  April 25th, 2018 at 4:00pm

  • Manages the engineering aspects of projects. Typical scope includes designing projects, preparing and tracking budgets, construction management, evaluating and assessing the outcome/results of the projects, and preparing final as-builts or technical reports.
  • Conducts construction layout and inspections to ensure project specifications are met and construction is in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • Performs field assessments and surveys for district water quality protection and enhancement projects, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement projects, drainage management projects, and structural projects, such as livestock waste storage facilities, sub-surface drains, livestock crossings, and clean water diversion and dispersion;
  • Performs topographical surveys

Job Description:

The primary responsibility of the Natural Resource Engineer is to provide natural resource engineering services to landowners and staff to the four Conservation Districts within the engineering cluster. The District seeks a candidate who is or can be licensed in Washington State as a Professional Engineer and is expected to participate in continuing education opportunities. This position is expected to be in the field between 10% and 25% of the time.

The Natural Resource Engineer will design projects on rural and farmland that protect water quality and habitat from potential impacts of land management. The engineer will be expected to use NRCS standards and specifications identified in the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG). Agricultural practices such as composting and manure storage facilities, confinement areas, collection, diversion and dispersion of roof water runoff, sub-surface drains, livestock crossings, manure lagoons, culverts, concrete slabs, concrete and gravity block retaining walls, irrigation, tide gates. The preferred candidate will also have the ability to design smaller salmon habitat restoration projects such as stream crossing replacements (culverts, bridges), wood placement, and erosion control. 

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and professional engineering license with knowledge and experience in natural resource, agricultural, hydrological, and/or geological engineering is preferred. Minimum of eight years of experience engineering projects specific to natural resource management, agricultural practices, forestry practices, and/or fisheries habitat enhancement preferred. Alternative combinations of education and experience will be considered. Previous experience in a governmental agency is beneficial.

Benefits: The District offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid vacation and holidays, medical and dental, support for trainings, and participation in the State of Washington Retirement System (PERS).

To apply for this position: Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, application and a list of three professional references (references may be provided after the interview). Application materials must be received on or before April 25th, 2018, 4:00 pm. Emailed applications are preferred. Faxed or mailed applications received by the deadline will be accepted. Post-marked applications shall not be considered a substitute for the above deadline requirement.

For more information, contact Ryan Williams, Program Integration Manager, at 425-377-7002 or

Please submit the application materials to or: Snohomish Conservation District Attention: Ryan Williams 528 – 91st Ave NE, Ste A Lake Stevens, WA 98258

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