About the City of Somerville

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout our hiring practices; these values are embedded in our mission and work environment—furthermore, we encourage applications from a diverse range of professional experiences and skillsets. We embrace and encourage 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, it is also a model employer.


  • Now Hiring: Senior Civil Engineer

Department of Infrastructure and Asset Management (IAM)

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
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Administer the City’s Site Plan Review and Inflow/Infiltration enforcement programs. Prepare and/or review engineering plans, specifications, and designs for compliance with engineering practices and City policies with the goals of modernizing the City’s related infrastructure and improving on-site stormwater management to reduce flooding impacts, improve water quality, and eliminate Combined Sewer Overflows.  
  • Support the development of City regulations, policies, design guidelines, and standard operating procedures to improve multi-modal transportation safety, support the Somerville Climate Forward Plan, reduce municipal vulnerability, and enhance the redevelopment of the urban environment. 
  • Review and approve the design and construction of any streets, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, stormwater management systems, water systems, sewer systems or other public utilities constructed by a private entity prior to acceptance by the City.   
  • Administer the City’s data-driven Pavement and Sidewalk Management Plan for prioritization of roadway reconstruction projects.
  • Supervise the construction of public works projects such as streets, sidewalks, green infrastructure, sewers, drains, and water systems to ensure compliance with City standards and state codes. 
  • Evaluate contractor’s requests for payment.
  • Direct engineering surveys, including records research and field investigations, to acquire data required for design, layout and/or construction of streets, parks, sewer and water systems, and traffic management.
  • 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. Furnish engineering advice to city boards, committees, commissions, and other city departments.
  • 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. 
  • Coordinate with other municipalities, state and federal agencies when joint engineering projects or state or federally funded engineering projects affect the City.
  • Coordinate work of private utilities including, but not limited to, Eversource Energy, National Grid, and various telecommunications utilities.  Facilitate their work in upgrading aging infrastructure, relocations for City-projects, and other private utility needs in the City. 
  • 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.
  • Ensure proper care and filing of all municipal plans. Manage the digital archiving of plans, and support effort to migrate to a mobile asset management system for improved operations and maintenance of the City’s public utility systems.  
  • Supervise engineering and other non-engineering personnel. 

This is a safety sensitive position. 


Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or Management with five to seven (5-7) 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. Professional Engineer’s (PE’s) License in Commonwealth of Massachusetts OR the ability to obtain PE’s License within 6 months of starting the position. (Must possess PE’s License within 6 months of starting the position.) Valid Class D driver’s license.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill
Knowledge: Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering, research methods and report presentation; knowledge of the  principles and practices of project management, work breakdown structures, communications planning, team management, scheduling, budgeting, accounting and finance methods; knowledge of environmental laws and regulations as they pertain to municipal water and sewer system design, construction and operation; knowledge of applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations related to engineering, environment, ADA compliance, infrastructure and procurement; knowledge and expertise with various local, state and federal funding mechanisms for infrastructure.

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; 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.

Skill: Proficient communication skills, both verbal and written as well as the ability to deal with the public in tense situations; proficiency with computers in all office software along with various engineering software applications like GIS or Arc View.

Work Environment                                 
The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices; field work will require exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.  Work may require some agility and physical strength, such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain, or standing or walking most of the work period.  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).  While performing field work, employee may be standing for periods longer than two to three (2-3) hours at a time 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: 

Send your resume and cover letter to

City Hall HR Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: employment_opportunities@somervillema.gov

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 Adrienne Pomeroy at (617)625-6600 x2059 or ADA@somervillema.gov

Full Time
$90,202.68 annual plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Friday, December 3, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

To better protect the health and safety of staff and the public, all City of Somerville employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of November 1, 2021. Exemptions and/or reasonable accommodations are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by the City of Somerville Human Resources Department on a case-by-case basis. Learn more at somervillema.gov/HR/COVID19.