Engineering Technician

Central Klickitat Conservation District

Goldendale, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $22.00 - $35.00 / hour DOE
Deadline May 31, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Central Klickitat Conservation District

Engineering Technician

Central Klickitat Conservation District is seeking a qualified individual to fill a permanent Engineering Technician position. The primary role of this position is to perform drafting, mapping, surveying and field services to support a regional engineering program that implements agricultural and natural resource conservation projects.

The Engineering Technician position is part of a team of resource professionals working to implement the vision of the Central Klickitat Conservation District. Our vision is to be recognized by all private landowners as a source of financial, technical and educational assistance in Klickitat County; and by local, state and federal authorities as the organization ofchoice to implement on-the-ground stewardship activities. We serve the citizens of our community to ensure the long-term use of natural resources in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner using non-regulatory, voluntary approaches.

The person in this position works proactively to assist the regional engineer to design and implement conservation practices on public and private lands throughout Klickitat and Yakima County. Typical tasks include surveying, drafting, mapping and construction oversight.

Primary Job Responsibilities 

The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• AutoCAD Civil 3D drafting of project designs 
o Production of construction sheet sets from model space design drawings
o Incorporation of survey data and surface creation
• ArcGIS mapping
• Assembly of construction specifications
• Environmental permit applications
• Surveying for design, stakeout, and as-built purposes
• Bidding and contract management
• Construction oversight
• Conducting field visits to collect data, evaluate design alternatives and lead project walk throughs for grant funders and potential construction bidders


Candidate must be a US citizen or eligible to legally work in the US. This position requires an individual with drafting, mapping and surveying knowledge/experience. The desired candidate must also have the ability to work on multiple projects and adjust priorities as necessary based on program needs; must be self-directed and motivated with an aptitude for troubleshooting and problem solving; and must have the ability to work closely, cooperatively, and in a nonconfrontational manner with others in a public office environment. Candidates will preferably have:

  • An associates or bachelor’s degree with academic training and/or experience with drafting, mapping and surveying. Job experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree. 
  • Experience with Civil 3D drafting software.
  • Experience with ArcGIS.
  • Ability to collect, manage, and analyze natural resource field data including planning, implementing and reporting components.
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication techniques to prepare and explain conservation plans, prepare informational articles, and to prepare summary work reports.
  • Advanced computer software skills. Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel in an efficient and effective manner to write reports, keep track of work progress, prepare 
    educational and informational materials and record field data.
  • Ability to effectively use a variety of tools (e.g. tablet, GPS, stream flow meter, camera, etc.) to collect, disseminate, and record natural resource data.
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with others in a public office environment
  • Ability to organize and plan own schedule of activities to accomplished defined project goals and objectives. 
  • Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses. 
  • Service-oriented attitude and constructive problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle in varied conditions. 

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
Office and outdoor environment with regular travel to a variety of locations to conduct work and may be exposed to typical hazards encountered at such work sites. Field visits and field work at project sites requires ability to safely traverse uneven ground in varied weather conditions; occasionally carrying up to 45 pounds of equipment and/or materials. This is a full-time, non-exempt position consisting of 40 hours/week. Position may require some occasional work after regularly scheduled work hours. 

Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements
Valid State Driver’s License at time of hiring with maintenance thereafter.

Compensation & Benefits 
This position’s starting wage range is $22-$35/hour ($45,760 to $72,800 annually) DOQ. This position receives enrollment in Washington State retirement and health insurance programs, annual leave, family/medical leave, and holiday pay. Part-time employees receive prorated benefits based on scheduled hours and personnel policy. Terms of compensation and benefits are set by the District Manager and Board of Supervisors and may be amended at any time. This position reports direct to the District Engineer. The position is subject to an “employee at will” doctrine. The omission of specific statements of duties and responsibilities does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position


How to apply: 

• Review the attached Position Description. 
• Complete the CKCD Job Application Form. 
• Attach a current resume (not to exceed 2 pages)
• Submit a cover letter (not to exceed 1 page) describing your interest in the position and highlighting your skills and abilities. 

Submit your completed Job Application form, resume and cover letter via US Mail or in person to: 
Loren Meagher, PE
Executive Director
Central Klickitat Conservation District 
1107 South Columbus Avenue 
Goldendale, WA 98620 

Electronic submissions are acceptable to the e-mail address below, however individuals 
submitting via e-mail are solely responsible to ensure that their completed application, resume and cover letter are received timely. Fax submissions are not acceptable.


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Category General / Stewardship
Tags GIS , Environmental Planning