Polk County


Utilities Development Engineer / Engineer Intern

Winter Haven, Florida

Winter Haven, FL

Order: 75999

Order Type : Direct Hire

CODE 0657





Pay Range: $29.94/hr. - $44.92/hr. ($62,275.20 - $93,433.60/annually)

Shift: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (40 hours/week)

Location: 1011 Jim Keene Blvd Winter Haven, FL 33880

Health Benefits Package, Including Paid Holidays

Must have the physical, developmental and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts, responsibilities and duties of the job illustrated below:


Highly responsible professional and technical civil engineering staff work performing residential and non-residential development plan(s) review for compliance with related elements of the Land Development Code, Comprehensive Plan, Utilities Standards and Specification Manual, Utilities master plans and other permitting programs/activities.


Reviews development construction plans, subdivision plats, as-built drawings, compliance of storm water management facilities with approved design, contract specifications and cost estimates. Performs on-site inspections to ensure that work meets construction drawings and design standards. Evaluates the testing and inspection operations of construction of subdivision projects to ensure compliance with engineering standards. Makes recommendations and resolves conflicts involving utility engineering plans and proposals for new development. Acts as utilities engineering advisor on engineering plans and proposals for new development.

Acts on behalf of Polk County Utilities as engineering advisor on engineering related matters to Land Development and Building Inspections divisions. Interprets and applies development regulations, ordinances and comprehensive plan to developers, homeowners, contractors, realtors, the general public and design engineers. Conducts and attends staff meetings and conferences to discuss development review and other technical matters. Receives inquiries and complaints regarding technical review of utility engineering plans for new construction. Prepares reports and letters as necessary on development plan projects as reviewed. Coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies regarding any development projects within their jurisdictional areas.

Assists the Capacity Engineer, County Engineer, and staff engineers in the review process of development plans from County consultants, private engineers, and in-house design staff for compliance with applicable County regulations. Reviews warranty and surety bonds as needed for proposed projects and ensures appropriate line item values. Prepares construction plans and obtains permitting for in-house design projects of the County. Plans, directs, supervises, and evaluates the work of personnel engaged in the testing and inspection of construction of development projects within the jurisdiction of Polk County Utilities. Verifies that as-builts, record drawings, site grading, utility alignment, and infrastructure work meet the intent of the approved design.

Participates in the review process of planned development, conditional uses, variances, and other land use cases. Process and review requests for approval of waivers. Attends Development Review Committee meetings. Provides engineering, technical, project management, and administrative support to the Utilities Environmental Affairs team, including field investigations regarding storm water management facility compliance.

May be required to sign and seal permit applications and engineering drawings as a Professional Engineer on behalf of Polk County.

Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as related to storm water management facilities, testing and inspection, engineering calculations and specifications.

Knowledge of land surveying, land use, water and sewer systems, other utility systems and ability to prepare feasibility study, engineering reports, letters, memorandums, etc., for various engineering work and activities.

Ability to use good judgement and make independent decisions.

Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work projects.

Ability to communicate engineering information effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain courteous and effective working relationship with employees, officials and the public.

Ability to use personal computers or remote computer terminals, desk and cell phones, typewriters and other office equipment of the assigned work unit.

Ability to learn and become knowledgeable and abide with county goals, procedures, practices, regulations, policies, and ordinances, including the Employee Handbook and related regulations.

Ability to walk, bend, stoop, sit, stand, crouch, and kneel.

Ability to see and distinguish colors and shapes.

Ability to lift, push and/or pull materials/equipment, which may weigh up to forty-five (45) pounds, for a short distance.

Ability to ambulate independently.

Ability to independently operate a motorized vehicle.


Utilities Development Engineer:

Graduate of an ABET accredited four (4) year college/university with major course work in Civil Engineering or a related field and have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in the field of Civil Engineering.

Must be a registered Professional Engineer or be able to obtain registration in the State of Florida within twelve (12) months of employment.

Must have a valid drivers license and be able to secure a valid Florida drivers license at the time of employment.

Engineer Intern:

Graduate of an ABET accredited four (4) year college/university with major course work in Civil Engineering or a related field, have taken and passed the Engineering Fundamentals examination (Engineer Intern).

Must be able to obtain registration in the State of Florida within twelve (12) months of employment.

Must have a valid drivers license and be able to secure a valid Florida drivers license at the time of employment.


Ability to develop and/or maintain hydraulic models of the Countys water, wastewater and reclaimed water systems with the modeling software currently in use by the Utilities Division. Currently: WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS.


This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.

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