Principal Engineer | Lake County Stormwater Management Commission

Posted on Mar 13, 2023

This is a full-time, exempt position as a Principal Engineer with the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC).  This position is responsible for various engineering, project management and project support functions for SMC’s capital improvement program. This position performs work of considerable difficulty applying project management and civil engineering knowledge and skills to stormwater infrastructure projects.  The position includes technical and administrative work and involves the development of plans, studies and projects; the pursuit and administration of grants; and project management services for capital improvement projects. Under general direction from the Capital Improvement Program Manager, this Principal Engineer position is responsible for the following:

Essential Functions

  • Act as project lead/coordinator for studies, plans and projects to reduce and prevent flooding and manage stormwater quality.
  • Coordinate with and manage the activities of consulting engineers, inspectors, contractors, and local agencies including preliminary and final engineering design phases, field inspection, and construction management oversight.
  • Schedule and conduct stakeholder meetings, summarize technical information concisely for public consumption and makes presentations. 
  • Manage grant performance requirements, consultant, and construction contracts; includes proposal development, contract award, contract development and management of project documentation.
  • Organize, analyze, and compile program and project budgets, cost estimates, quantities, pay estimates, invoices, and grant compliance requirements.
  • Provide professional and technical assistance to project partners, citizens, communities, and staff.
  • Provide feasibility, constructability, and compliance review of plans, studies, specifications, calculations, and supporting materials; ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Provide outreach and communications to the SMC Board, the public, stakeholders, consultants, contractors and other government entities. 
  • Performs related work as required.

Knowledge Skills Abilities and Education Required

  • Requires considerable knowledge of site development, hydrology and hydraulics, and thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Previous work or knowledge related to surface water resources, infrastructure, underground construction, or consulting engineering in practices of stormwater management, watershed master planning and flood damage mitigation.
  • Engineering design experience for sewer and water infrastructure or similar utility, water resource, or environmental infrastructure projects. 
  • Knowledge of preparation, application and review of contract documents, bonding and insurance requirements, and lien waivers.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills with experience in leading discussions in a public forum.
  • Ability to initiate, manage and complete projects with minimal supervision with a high level of project management skills.
  • Ability to work well with staff, personnel, supervisors, public officials, advisory committees and members of the general public.
  • Desire to continue professional development.

Education and Other Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Environmental, Construction or Municipal Engineering or related field. 
  2. Six (6) years’ experience performing site engineering design or construction management with a professional engineering consulting company, earthwork/utility contractor, governmental agency, or similar employer.
  3. Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.
  4. Valid driver’s license, supplemented by a satisfactory driving record.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to traverse and observe all areas of jobsite in all types of weather; this may include walking through uneven wet terrain, climbing, reaching, bending, crawling, or stretching. 
  • Must be able  to lift 50 lbs at a time.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Supplemental Information

The primary responsibility of this position will be supporting all aspects of the Stormwater Management Commission’s Capital Improvement Program. Employment duration is subject to availability of program funding.

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program.  Visit our Prospective Employee page to get additional information on why you should work for Lake County!   Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

Lake County is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 


Salary: $78,909.19 - $94,316.02

Employees who meet eligibility requirements will have access to Lake County's competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, pension, deferred compensation plans, transportation, and so much more!
To learn more details, visit our Benefits Page


500 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
United States

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