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City of Bozeman City Engineer in Bozeman, Montana

City Engineer

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City Engineer


$98,278.18 - $107,998.00 Annually


Professional Building, 20 E. Olive

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5/30/2022 11:59 PM Mountain

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  • Benefits


The City Engineer plans, organizes, supervises, and directs the overall operation of the City’s Engineering Division, ensuring compliance with the requirements of federal and state regulations and permits. The City Engineer reports to the Director of Transportation and Engineering, but extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to:

Reference: BOZCE

Affion Public

PO Box 794

Hershey, PA 17033


Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Directs, supervises, plans and organizes the daily operations of the City's engineering division, including assigning daily work schedules, setting priorities, and the review and evaluation of all work completed and work in progress, to ensure all work is completed in a safe, timely and efficient manner;

  • Confers with the Director of Public Works to plan, develop and direct the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for all related division functions;

  • Enforces compliance of all City improvements with all Federal, State, and local codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations and established engineering standards;

  • Prepares, interprets, and administers policies, procedures, ordinances, and regulations to others;

  • Oversees division personnel functions, including analyzing personnel needs and making recommendations accordingly, including recruiting, selecting, hiring, training, motivating, evaluating, promoting, and disciplining assigned personnel in accordance with established city policies and procedures;

  • Addresses and resolves staff technical and job-related questions and concerns;

  • Prepares and administers the division's annual operational budget;

  • Reviews and coordinates the creation and implementation of Special Improvement Districts and infrastructure payback districts;

  • Serves as the City's chief engineer, which includes providing technical engineering services, advice, information, and recommendations to the Director of Public Works, Assistant City Manager, City Manager, City Commission, and City department and division heads; and making presentations at public meetings;

  • Advises, directs, and coordinates with consulting engineers, architects and other professionals, developers and contractors, government officials and agencies, news media, and the general public;

  • Prepares and makes presentations for the City Manager, City Commission, and others as necessary;

  • Completes and maintains records of all necessary reports, correspondence, and documentation;

  • Preserves maps and records, including record drawings of infrastructure plans;

  • Prepares and directs the preparation of plans, specifications, and bid documents for public infrastructure construction projects, including streets, traffic signs and signals, sanitary and storm sewer collection and treatment, water distribution and treatment, and solid waste facilities;

  • Prepares, updates, and implements the City's water, wastewater, storm water, solid waste, and transportation master plan documents; maintains and revises City infrastructure standards and specifications;

  • Annually updates the Public Works Department Capital Improvements Program, including the Impact Fee Capital Improvements Program, with assistance from other division superintendents and the Director of Public Works, and coordinates the expenditures from these programs with the goals and policies of the various City Plans and Commission adopted Work Initiatives;

  • Prepares and directs engineering design reports, technical specifications, and contract documents, including drafting plans, drawings, and cost estimates;

  • Administers construction contracts, including preparing bid documents, holding pre-bid conferences, soliciting and reviewing bids, awarding and executing contracts, projects, and budgeting schedules, processing payments, work claims, and change orders, inspections, finished projects acceptance, and one year warranty inspection;

  • Administers professional service agreements, including soliciting and procuring qualified consultants, negotiating and approving agreements, managing budgets, schedules, and payments, and reviewing final acceptance of work products;

  • Administers sidewalk installation and repair, weed abatement, snow removal, wastewater pretreatment, flood plain development permit, and Community Rating System (CRS) programs;

  • Manages the Public Rights-of-Way, including acquisition of public right-of-way and easements, street and alley vacation requests, addressing, and requests for sewer or water outside of City limits, and issuing encroachment and occupancy permits;

  • Communicates with all related personnel in efforts to encourage, motivate, promote leadership, and encourage teamwork in accomplishing set forth objectives;

  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;

  • Keeps Director and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;

  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas;

  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;

  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;

  • Performs other duties consistent with the role and function of this classification.


  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering Technology, or a closely related field; and

  • Extensive (7 or more years) experience in civil engineering, surveying/drafting, and public works and utilities planning, design, and construction; and

  • Considerable (4 years) supervisory experience; and

  • Licensed in Montana as a Professional Engineer for the State of Montana, (Equivalent certification will be accepted. However, as a condition of continued employment, Montana certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment); and

  • Any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and ordinances,

  • Comprehensive knowledge of modern construction contract provisions and standards, contract terms, and construction methods, materials, techniques, design, practice, and procedures;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of standard professional services contract provisions and accepted industry standard work methods, practices, procedures, and standards of care in completing work;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the modern principles and practices of civil engineering including an in-depth understanding of municipal engineering, construction, and building codes;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of all relevant construction safety rules and regulations;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of plan development and the use of all necessary drawing equipment and software;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of legal issues involved in Public Works Department operations and programs;

  • Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of personnel administration, and organization management practices and principles;

  • Comprehensive skill and knowledge in coordinating and developing capital improvement plans and priorities;

  • Substantial knowledge of subdivision platting processes;

  • Thorough knowledge of budget administration;

  • Thorough knowledge of relevant surveying and drafting skills;

  • Some knowledge of City or related purchasing and finance policies, procedures, and processes;

  • Some knowledge of, or the ability to quickly learn, the Bozeman Unified Development Ordinance, Montana Codes Annotated, and Administrative Rules of Montana;

  • Some knowledge in GIS, topographic information, Arc Map, and computer usage;

  • Some knowledge of cartography;

  • Ability to quickly learn City and department operations, policies, and procedures.

  • Ability to effectively manage the resources and projects of the Engineering Department;

  • Ability to effectively and accurately interpret and enforce all relevant codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations;

  • Ability to effectively train, lead, motivate, supervise, direct, and evaluate the work of assigned personnel;

  • Ability to effectively resolve employee problems in a fair and diplomatic manner;

  • Ability to effectively organize work, maintain organizational structures, and delegate authority;

  • Ability to effectively present and promote department projects to the general public and media;

  • Ability to develop complete and accurate plans, specifications, and construction notes,

  • Ability to effectively read and interpret blueprints, construction plans, and specifications;

  • Ability to effectively serve as a liaison to and review and oversee the work of contractors;

  • Ability to effectively detect discrepancies or deficiencies in project construction work and plans;

  • Ability to exercise sound, independent judgment;

  • Ability to make sound decisions and recommendations with respect to the cost-effectiveness and timeliness of construction;

  • Ability to make quick and accurate computations;

  • Ability to effectively manage and coordinate division services with other agencies and departments;

  • Ability to manage and coordinate a variety of department projects and programs;

  • Ability to effectively administer public works contracts and prepare accurate cost estimates and bid documents;

  • Ability to effectively complete all necessary reports and documentation;

  • Ability to effectively operate and utilize all relevant equipment;

  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;

  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;

  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;

  • Ability to operate or quickly learn to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;

  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;

  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;

  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;

  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;

  • Consistently performs assignments in accordance with the City's Core Values of Integrity, Leadership, Service and Teamwork.


  • If not already licensed in Montana as a Professional Engineer, certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment;

  • Possession of a Valid Driver's License and possession of a valid Montana Class D Driver's license within 60 days of employment;

  • Offers for employment are conditional upon satisfactory response to appropriate post conditional offer process;

  • Upon entry into employment, must complete a Financial Disclosure form.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to:

Reference: BOZCE

Affion Public

PO Box 794

Hershey, PA 17033


As a City of Bozeman employee, you will be part of a team that is committed to impacting and serving the community.

1 FTE (40 hours per week)

This great opportunity also provides enrollment in an established retirement system with significant employer contribution, ability to accrue 15 vacation days and 12 sick days per year, and excellent medical, dental and vision benefits!

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Working for the City of Bozeman has the ability to qualify to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.


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121 N. Rouse Ave. Bozeman, Montana, 59715




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