Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville embraces and encourages an innovative, empowering, and collaborative workplace culture in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The City also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. Not only is Somerville a “Model City,” as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.

Statement of Duties

The Junior Civil Engineer will provide engineering services for city improvements and permitted activities to ensure conformance with city policies, permit conditions, applicable technical standards, plans and specifications to assure that private development, utility upgrades, and streetscape improvements are being properly executed to manage the urban environment and minimize constituent impacts. 


Essential Functions

  • Administer the City’s permit program for all work conducted with the public right-of-way and excavations throughout the City. Review applications for conformance with City standards and policies. Coordinate with other City staff to attach permit conditions such as traffic management plans to mitigate construction impacts.
  • Provide engineering and technical assistance to the Department of Public Works, Water & Sewer Department, and other City departments as needed to support ongoing operations and improve public utility asset management.
  • Review site plans and project specifications for private developments to ensure compliance with City standards and sound engineering practices, particularly improved stormwater management to reduce flooding impacts, improve water quality, and eliminate Combined Sewer Overflows.
  • Provide engineering and technical input to City-managed or reviewed Transit Oriented Development projects as part of SomerVision (Somerville’s Comprehensive plan) in locations including, but not limited to, those adjacent to Green Line Extension (GLX) stations.
  • Conduct field investigations or inspections and document research as needed to support the planning, design, construction, and operation of public infrastructure.
  • Manage requests for public infrastructure (water, sewer, drain, roadway, etc) records requests.
  • Review and prepare of grants of location for private utilities within the public right of way.
  • Understand water, sewer, and drainage infrastructure improvement projects.
  • Act as Resident Engineer and quality inspector on minor construction projects to ensure conformance with plans, specifications, and long term reliability of utility, roadway, and sidewalk infrastructure.
  • Understand and interpret City Ordinances and Engineering Department policies.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and to conduct design reviews with applicants, and to respond to service requests, questions and concerns from constituents.
  • Utilize Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and other computer programs and portals such as Citizen Serve and Utility Cloud.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

This is a safety sensitive position.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                                


Education and Experience:

Minimum of  bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited program with one to three (1-3) years of related work experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Special Requirements

Successful pre-employment physical examination

Valid Class D driver’s license

OSHA 10-hour Construction Site Safety

OSHA Confined Space Entry Training

Certified Construction Manager


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: thorough knowledge of engineering standards. Knowledgeable in record keeping and report writing. General knowledge of the principles and practices of project management, work breakdown structures, communications planning, and work load management.


Abilities: Ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar; use and interpret graphical information such as construction plans, schematic drawings, flow charts, layouts and other visual aids, and electronic project management applications; ability to interpret information accurately and make decisions according to existing laws, regulations and policies; ability to manage multiple projects of various complexities with competing interest and multiple funding sources; ability to manage and coordinate contractors and outside vendors effectively on a construction site.


Skill: Proficient communication skills, both verbal and written as well as the ability to deal with the public in tense situations; proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office platform.


Work Environment                                                                                                  

The work environment is a mix of field and office work. The office work involves everyday discomforts typical of offices. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. The field work requires moderate intermittent physical strength and effort around navigating and assisting construction and repair sites with exposure to the elements. Additionally, the employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments.


Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Skills

Employee will spend time in the office and in the field during construction projects.  Work effort involves an equal mix of sitting, standing and walking to perform work tasks. Work requires some agility such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as books, office equipment, and computer paper (up to 30 lbs).  During construction season, employee may be standing for periods longer than two to three (2-3) hours at a time, may entering and exit confined spaces, and may encounter inclement weather.


Motor Skills

Duties may involve assignments requiring application of hand and eye coordination with finger dexterity and motor coordination. Examples include operating a motor vehicle, using a personal computer, or climbing a ladder.


Visual Skills

Visual demands include constantly reading documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes, making detailed visual observations, and routinely reviewing non-written materials such as maps and blueprints for analytical purposes; the employee is required to determine color differences.




Application Procedure: 

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time
$61,200.00 a year plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019