City of Boston

Green Infrastructure Principal Engineer

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Office of Streets
Regular Full-Time
Pwd Central Off. Admin.Rm714
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This is a provisional appointment.


Brief job description (essential functions of the job)


The City of Boston’s Office of Green Infrastructure (OGI) is seeking a Green Infrastructure Principal Engineer.  The OGI is located within the City of Boston’s Streets Cabinet and is tasked with coordination, implementation and management of green infrastructure (GI) throughout the City.  The Office performs various activities including planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, monitoring and repair of City GI.  The OGI also administers the City’s GI Working Group, GI Job Program and other GI-related cross-departmental initiatives.

The Green Infrastructure Engineer will be responsible for performing engineering duties that support the OGI’s mission of implementing, maintaining, and enhancing GI in the City of Boston.  The GI Engineer will undertake the assigned design engineering work required for or related to the preparation and completion of all preliminary and final engineering designs, plans, detail designs, calculations, estimates, and public bids for the construction, or reconstruction of GI in the City of Boston.  The GI Engineer will also participate in consultant procurement and oversight, including project scoping, plan and cost estimate review and comment, and managing project timelines, budgets and submittals.


  • Designs construction or reconstruction plans for GI and related OGI improvements. 
  • Designs and reviews GI features.
  • Interprets existing condition reports and site surveys.
  • Prepares or supervises the preparation of concise, accurate engineering estimates for projects reviewed, constructed, or advertised by the OGI.
  • Keeps continuously updated cost information (average bids) related to GI construction.
  • Assembles documents for advertisements of public bids.
  • Reviews and provides comments on plans from other City Departments and entities (e.g. PIC, BPDA, etc.) and outside engineering firms to ensure compliance with City standards and meet construction standards.
  • Manages staff. 
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least five (5) years of experience required (full-time, or equivalent part-time), technical or professional experience in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering work. At least one (1) Supervisory of managerial experience is required. 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in Engineering may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of required experience. A Masters with a major in Engineering may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of required experience.  A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (e.g. environmental science, planning, landscape architecture, or other related field) may be considered.
  • PE License is preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of design engineering principles, standards, and practices applicable to the layout, detail design, and specifications required for the construction and maintenance of GI in the City of Boston. 
  • Knowledge of methods and materials used in City of Boston Construction Standards and the ability to review and comment on new products that are developed.
  • Knowledge in development of specifications in the desired format for advertised contracts.
  • Familiarity with City of Boston Standard Specification, Boston Water and Sewer Commission Standards, and other relevant Standards. 
  • Familiar with processing prevailing wage scale requests, funding and procurement options, and has a working knowledge of contract boilerplate and forms.
  • Ability to interpret reports.
  • Plans and supervises the work of others.
  • Demonstrates vision, strategic thinking, initiative, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability; and willingness to embrace change.
  • Works collaboratively and proactively with various levels of staff in a team environment.
  • Independently able to initiate proposals for implementation.
  • Translates conceptual goals into realistic and actionable tasks and timelines.
  • Multitasks, sets priorities and manages institutional priorities.
  • Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and video conferencing software (e.g. Google Meet, Zoom) is required. 
  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to coordinate the work efforts of a diverse staff and to communicate well with the public, via phone, in-person and electronically.
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter who can balance multiple projects and deadlines, and who enjoys working with members of the public.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese and Vietnamese is preferred.
  • Must have and maintain a current and valid Massachusetts Driver’s License.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

Boston Residency Required



Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  AFSCME/RA-20A

Hours per week:  35



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