Under general direction, plans, organizes and performs professional planning and research work related to water demand and conservation, groundwater management, water supply planning, and other water resource planning tasks; develops programs to promote water conservation; analyzes data and prepares reports on water resources issues; and performs related work as required.
- Using a variety of computer systems, databases and other tools, research, collects, receives, compiles, integrates and analyzes information and data in support of water resources planning, water supply development, environmental planning, capital improvement projects, growth projections, environmental studies, demographic analyses, and other water management programs.
- Develops methods and procedures for data collection of water resources information related to water use, water billing, water rates, water management programs, water quality, and water conservation; maintains and develops computerized databases on water resources planning information requirements
- Prepares comprehensive reports and technical research for presentation and/or publication; prepares maps, charts, graphs, diagrams and factsheets.
- Analyzes and tracks a variety of water resources programs; develops and maintains working relationships with staff of a variety of other local and regional agencies on water resource matters; keeps abreast of technologies and programs in water resource planning; recommends, develops, and coordinates implementation of such programs
- Analyzes availability and feasibility of grant funding for water resource planning programs and initiatives; completes grant applications to secure funding; ensures all reports and program budgets required by grant programs are completed as required.
- Develops and evaluates computer-generated statistical models of a variety of interdependent variables, using extrapolative and econometric methods to forecast water resource requirements in the district’s service area; develops future water resource utilization scenarios and forecasting and explanatory models of water demand.
- Provides technical expertise and advice on building or landscape projects, landscape plan review support and develops public information materials relative to the district’s water conservation program
- Makes recommendations for improving water use or irrigation efficiency at sites visited and assists in promoting good water management practices.
- Ensures that research and forecasting methodologies utilize optimum research techniques.
- Performs a wide range of professional level analyses in support of ongoing and ad?hoc reporting requirements, as assigned.
- Designs and develops report formats based on presentation style and to meet management information needs; works with Information Technology and other departments to develop or modify systems to analyze and develop required data.
- Presents technical project and policy information to internal and external stakeholders and to the public.
- Maintains necessary records; prepares oral and written reports.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- Principles, procedures, standards, practices, trends and information sources in the field of water resources planning and water conservation.
- Research and statistical methods and techniques, cost estimation, and budget administration.
- Application of ordinances, legislation, policies, standards, procedure and historical practices associated with water resources planning.
- Terminology, symbols and techniques used in water resource planning.
- Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
- Applicable state and regional organizations.
- GIS concepts and analytical techniques.
- Current techniques, practices, and institutional processes related to water conservation.
- Residential, commercial, industrial and institutional water conservation devices, materials and practices.
- Practices, methods, and techniques of researching water quality and conservation issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff and other reports.
- Principles and procedures of record-keeping, technical report writing, and preparation of correspondence and presentations.
- Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
- Occupational hazards and standard safety practices and equipment related to the work, including safe driving rules and practices.
- English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation
- Accurately collect, assemble and interpret data from multiple sources applicable to water resources planning, prepare accurate cost estimates, plans, budgets, schedules, specifications, and reports.
- Participate in technical projects and studies.
- Identify relevant issues and problems, develop alternatives and make sound recommendations.
- Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials.
- Understand, interpret, apply, and explain District policies, regulations and programs, federal, state and local laws applicable to water resources planning.
- Participate in the selection of consultants, review work products and coordinate consultant work.
- Understand legal and statistical data in technical reports.
- Perform water resource management and water quality analyses using computer models, GIS, and multiple databases.
- Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities and meet crucial time deadlines.
- Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications and programs, including specific spreadsheet and database programs at an intermediate to advanced level.
- Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
- Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in natural or physical sciences, environmental or civil engineering, economics, natural resources management, urban or regional planning, public or business administration, or a related field
Certificates Desired (Not Required):
AWWA Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certification Grade I or higher, Irrigation Association Landscape Irrigation Auditor and/or Landscape Manager Certification, SWRCB DDW Grade I Water Distribution Operator, Treatment I Operator certification and/or GIS/GPS certification