Location: Portland

Kittelson has an immediate opening for a talented and energetic drainage engineer in our Portland, Oregon office to support our established design practice and help lead it into the future.

Position Summary

We are looking for a talented professional to join the team in our Portland, Oregon office. The focus of this position is designing transportation roadway and drainage engineering projects that range from road/street segment and intersection concept to final design including the development of bid-ready construction documents.

As a mid-level engineer, the Transportation Drainage Engineer will be primarily responsible for:

  • Effectively designing roadway and storm conveyance/treatment design projects for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), as well as local agencies and regional clients,
  • Assisting with business development activities,
  • Conducting quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) review of project deliverables,
  • Developing scope, budget, and schedule for projects, as well as providing internal project management and coordination,
  • Coordinating with public agency staff, private consultants, stakeholder outreach teams, and other disciplines for project delivery, and
  • Providing on-the-job training through coaching and mentoring to junior-level staff.

Our desire for our employees is to grow and look for opportunities to take on additional responsibilities as they build and manage meaningful career paths within our firm.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field.
  • 5 or more years of transportation and drainage engineering design that includes increasing responsibility in the preparation of reports, plans, specifications and special provisions, and engineering & construction estimates for multidiscipline roadway design projects.
  • Familiarity with ODOT Hydraulics Manual and Army Corps of Engineers Slopes V standards.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license in Oregon, or the ability to obtain it within six months.
  • Past experience in internal task management, with a track record of organizing and training junior-level staff on project components.
  • Software: High degree of functionality in Microstation/InRoads/OpenRoads and/or AutoCAD/Civil3D and hydraulic modeling software (i.e., HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, or XPSWMM).
  • Track-record of coordinating effectively with public agency staff and teaming partners on multidiscipline engineering project teams for project delivery.

Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the procedures and methodologies published in major national guidelines (e.g., American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials [AASHTO] and Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices [MUTCD]) and department of transportation design standards and guidelines (ODOT preferred).
  • Familiarity with Clean Water Services, City of Portland BES, and/or Water Environment Services drainage design and Low Impact Development Approaches (LIDAs) manuals.
  • Experience in project delivery through publicly delivered plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) processes.
  • Experience as a Field Engineer/inspector on public infrastructure projects.
  • LEED AP ND certification or Greenroads STP Level 2 certification.
  • Confidence in public speaking before audiences of laypersons, stakeholders, teaming partners, and owners.
  • Interest in working on an array of projects led by other Kittelson offices.

Preferred Soft Skills

  • Entrepreneurial and consulting spirit and motivation to serve internal and external clients.
  • Passion for the transportation industry.
  • Ability to teach and mentor other staff.
  • A strong desire to learn.
  • Possess the desire and interpersonal skills to interface with clients, internal staff and teaming partners (and will receive mentoring and support to become successful in this role).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trusting relationships.
  • Ability to think and respond with strong communication skills.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits that include comprehensive employer-paid health insurance, a generous and flexible PTO program (in addition to parental leave), an outstanding retirement program, and a culture that seeks and values diversity and inclusion.

Base salary plus retirement range for this position (place in range determined by candidate’s experience): $80,000-120,000.

We also recognize the performance of all staff through a performance bonus program based upon each individual’s contributions to key areas that lead to the achievement of our collective goals.

Flexible Work Environments

Kittelson supports flexible work environments, including providing stipends for cell phone and to offset the cost of setting up a remote or mobile office.


If you have a passion for what you do and want to work with a great team that is making a difference in transportation today, we want to hear from you! Please express interest for this position by using the “Apply Now” button below. During the application process you will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume.

Kittelson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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