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Resource Center Engineer 3 - FIELD 

Non-Union Position
Field Engineering; Portland, Oregon (US-OR) -Exley
Regular FT 
Posting # 4696  


At NW Natural, we offer more than rewarding career opportunities and a vibrant work culture; we invite you to join us in making a difference in the biggest challenge the world faces today: climate change.

Today we are working with communities on their climate action plans and demonstrating the important role our system plays in reducing the effects of climate change. NW Natural embraces the change that’s needed. Our vision is to champion new technologies and innovative policies that enable a carbon-neutral energy system by 2050. When you come to work at NW Natural, you join a company that's actively working to leave our planet cleaner and healthier for future generations.

The Role:


Responsible for the design engineering, planning and coordination of system improvement and replacement projects in the distribution and transmission systems within defined areas of the NW Natural service territory. Provide Project Management for projects. Coordinate work with other engineers and departments to ensure continuity of service and fulfillment of installation commitments, cost objectives, governmental requirements, and safety and engineering standards.

Day to Day:


  • Provides design engineering, planning, coordination, and monitoring of large construction jobs. Provides on-site gas operations procedures to ensure safe and efficient work methods are used. 
  • Maintains ongoing communication with local and state permit and regulatory agencies and contractors to protect the Company’s interest and coordinate construction activities. Responds to a variety of inquiries/concerns from customer, Company personnel or the general public; resolves by coordinating necessary resources. 
  • Develop project scope and manage schedule and budget. Provides oversight of consultants for design support as needed.
  • Reviews and approves construction drawings within the territory to ensure engineering standards are followed. Coordinates with office and field personnel to optimize the use of resources. 
  • Provides cost analysis of alternatives to determine cost effective installation practices. Plans and coordinates crew and equipment resources to ensure installations are timely and within budget. 
  • Demonstrates appropriate leadership and decision-making behaviors; maintains technical job knowledge and personal skill development.  
  • Supervise Field Support Bargaining Unit direct reports. 
  • Committed to coaching and developing employees. Develops, trains, and mentor’s individual and team members with documentation and ongoing performance feedback; recognizes accomplishments and provides cross-training opportunities when applicable.
  • Participate as a subject matter expert for external audit preparation, data gathering in order to demonstrate compliance. 
  • Participates in investigations of damage to the systems and reports findings to other departments. 
  • Develops new construction techniques and procedures to enhance field operations. Evaluates new tools and equipment. 
  • Supports Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices. 
  • Adheres to and promotes the philosophies and directives of the Collaborative Bargaining Agreement.

Come on your first day with:


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably in civil, mechanical, or gas engineering, or equivalent combination of related education and experience.
  • Ability to register as a Professional Engineer (PE) is highly desired.   
  • 7+ years of experience in construction-related work or utility construction/installation including a minimum of 3 years in a leadership role.
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role overseeing direct reports and outside consultants and contractors in order to coordinate multiple functions to complete projects. 
  • Ability to plan and effectively manage a wide variety of construction projects. 
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of Project Management principles. 
  • Demonstrated skill in organizing multiple tasks and managing time effectively to meet deadlines and balance priorities.
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of the following: federal pipeline safety rules, American Public Works Association, construction standards, and OSHA regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with employees, government representatives and contractor personnel on technical matters governing construction projects.
  • Ability to analyze budget reports and construction summaries. 
  • Ability to develop new construction approaches and procedures.
  • Ability to visit and access construction and other worksite locations as required.
  • Possess/maintain a valid Oregon or Washington driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Subject to random drug testing.

What we offer:

Health & Wellness –

  • Rich health insurance benefits with competitive employer contribution
  • Free access to an online wellness resources platform 


Work Life Balance -

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 80 Hours of Sick Time 
  • 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network and many other Employee Resource Groups
  • 1500 sq foot exercise facility and secure bike room  


Financial -

  • Meaningful annual incentive bonus opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Competitive 401K company contribution and match 
  • 15% discount on NW Natural stock through Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement  
  • Wellness incentive program  


Discounts -

  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TriMet Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless  


Base salary range: $104,250.00 - $148,550.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Level 3, 12.0% target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions. 

Deadline: 3/17/24


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or  (971) 979-6341.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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