Polk County


Solid Waste Program Engineer

Winter Haven, Florida

Winter Haven, FL

Order: 75882

Order Type : Direct Hire

CODE 0746




(Waste and Recycling)

Pay Range: $32.07/hr. - $48.17/hr. ($66,705.60 - $100,193.60/annually)

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

Location: 10 Environment Loop S Winter Haven, FL 33880

Health Benefits Package, Including Paid Holidays

A qualified candidate must have the physical, developmental, and mental ability to perform job tasks, responsibilities, and duties of the position depicted below. The following descriptions illustrate the range of possible duties to be performed for this position. It is not intended to reflect all duties that are required within this position.


Performs highly responsible environmental/civil engineering design, analysis, and project management to support Division goals and objectives.

Functions as a member of multi-disciplinary project teams for design, bidding, construction, and operation of facilities. Assures that design and construction projects are completed in accordance with approved permits, defined scopes of work, project schedule, and within budget limitations, while meeting the expectations of the Division.


Performs engineering design, review and analysis for landfill operations including: active landfill, access roads, fill sequence plans, stormwater and leachate management, cover placement, site maintenance, gas and water quality monitoring. Provides in-house engineering analyses, designs, and assessments to include preparation of drawings and figures using AutoCAD.

Prepares and performs detailed reviews of the following engineering concepts and documents: engineering calculations, studies, designs, and cost estimates; construction specifications and plans; construction completion reports and certifications; surveys; conceptual designs; compliance and monitoring reports; and permit applications. Tracks permit due dates and schedules the preparation of applications for permits and permit related compliance documents to ensure required submittal deadlines are met.

Assists in data analyses and evaluations of groundwater, surface water, gas and air monitoring events. Makes recommendations to ensure compliance with permit conditions, local, state, and federal rules and regulations.

Assists in determining cover needs and long-term, cost-effective sources of material. Assists with implementing best management practices, maintaining site ingress and egress, increasing compaction, and minimizing both cover usage and production of leachate.

Prepares bid packages and scopes of work for purchase orders and contracts; evaluates quotations and bids and provides recommendations for Procurement approval of awards. Selects materials of construction and components and is responsible for developing specifications for materials and equipment procurement.

Estimates resource management, material, and time required to complete projects. Prepares capital cost estimates. Reviews and analyzes project progress data. Ensures that contracted services are meeting budgets, schedules, and executed contract specifications. Prepares and maintains a progress project file which includes schedule information and work activities.

Requests support documentation for change orders/requirements, receives bills/invoices for services, and determines that those services have been performed as required prior to submitting for payment


Receives, reviews, and approves reports, designs, permit applications, construction projects and other work efforts that are performed by consulting engineers and contractors. Manages projects under contracts with consultants and contractors. Evaluates engineering firms, vendors and contractors for competence, compliance with scopes of work, and quality of completed work products.

Conducts and documents inspections, including: operations, stormwater, construction, maintenance, and regulatory compliance.

Assists with the operation and maintenance of the Leachate Management System for collection, storage, and disposal. Optimizes the system to minimize the operating costs. Coordinates with Operations staff to maintain environmental compliance.

Assists with the environmental monitoring program to ensure compliance with operation, construction, and long term care permits issued by solid waste, air, and water management regulatory agencies.

Provides oversight of contractors for sample collection, laboratory testing, analyses, and timely reporting of groundwater, surface water, leachate, and landfill gas monitoring results.

Provides assistance to the fiscal and customer service sections of the Division. Assists with Management of Traffic and other scalehouse or customer service activities as needed.


Knowledge of engineering design, construction, and operation of solid waste management facilities.

Knowledge of concepts, terminology, principles, practices, and analytical techniques of environmental and civil engineering.

General knowledge of state and federal regulations for the design, operation, maintenance, monitoring, and closure of landfills and other solid waste facilities.

Ability to read and interpret complex engineering plans. Ability to prepare engineering plans and specifications, administrative reports, letters and memoranda.

Ability to work in the field in all weather conditions. Ability to see, talk, bend, stoop, sit, stand, and drive.

Ability to analyze and interpret engineering data. Ability to solve engineering problems. Ability to resolve problems in a timely manner and to plan work activities.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with staff, customers, consultants, contractors, and officials.

Ability to act professionally, respectfully and cooperatively with individuals and groups. Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with employees, officials and the public.

Ability to work independently, use good judgement and make sound decisions and recommendations.


  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite.

  • Knowledge of MS Project, Primavera, or similar planning and scheduling programs.

  • Working knowledge of computer aided drafting (CAD).

  • Ability to quickly learn other job related technical software as needed.


Graduate of an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited four (4) year college or university with a major course work in an environmental or civil engineering curriculum and have a minimum of four (4) years civil, sanitary, or environmental engineering experience.

Minimum of two (2) years of experience in Project Management in environmental engineering and/or civil engineering.

Experience and knowledge of state and federal environmental permitting and regulations.

Must have, or be able to secure, a valid Florida driver license at the time of employment.

A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications with the exception of the degree.


  • Masters degree with major course work in Environmental or Civil Engineering.

  • Experience in civil engineering site development, roads, utilities or stormwater management.


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

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