GENERAL JOB FUNCTION
Contra Costa Water District, an innovative leader in water management, has a new opening for Associate Water Resources Specialist in the Water Resources Department. The "Project Employee Position" is a full-time and temporary with benefits, for work on the Phase 2 Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project (LVE Project). The position is anticipated to last for a term of 3 to 5 years and possibly longer. The Project employee hired will work on specific projects of limited duration. The Individual selected for the project position is entitled to all terms and conditions of employment as specified in the IFPTE, Local 21 MOU Section 22. https://www.ccwater.com/DocumentCenter/View/71/MOU-For-Employees-Represented-By-Local-21-PDFThe California Water Commission recently awarded the LVE Project a maximum conditional eligibility determination of $459 million in Proposition 1 funding. The LVE Project also qualified to receive $13.65 million of the total award in early state funding for project planning activities.Contra Costa Water District provides employees with competitive wages and benefits and opportunities for growth and development. Because of its unique position as an urban water agency located within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta area, CCWD plays a major role in decision-making and technical analyses regarding California water. The candidate selected will perform work on the planning phase of the LVE Project, a project to enlarge CCWD's existing reservoir and operate it as a regional facility to provide water for wildlife refuges and on data analysis and computer simulations of project operations, and on project permitting, including securing changes to water rights permits held by CCWD and its partners that are necessary to enable LVREP operations.
This class is distinguished from the Senior Water Resources Specialist in that the latter performs highly specialized technical research and policy development duties and may exercise full first-line supervision over professional staff.
This position receives direction from supervisory staff and may exercise technical and functional supervision over professional technical or clerical staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Duties performed by employees in the Associate Water Resources Specialist classification may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Conduct research and perform complex analyses of immediate and long-term water supply and water quality relationships; develop analytical modeling tools; conduct complex mathematical/computer analyses of current and future water resource and proposed transfer facilities; prepare alternative and recommended solutions to provide a high quality source of supply.
Assemble, analyze and evaluate data on the effects of water diversions, pollutant discharges, water and land use development patterns, and other environmental issues; serve as engineering project manager as assigned.
Review and analyze environmental and other engineering documents, providing technical support to other Departments and projects; coordinate assigned activities with other District divisions and sections and outside agencies and groups as appropriate.
Conduct research and analyses and prepare related exhibits and testimony for various hearing bodies; present expert witness testimony of a technical nature as directed.
Represent the District, as directed, and participate in/make presentations at workshops, technical meetings and conferences with various public agencies, community groups, educational and research institutions, and consultant organizations.
Conduct special research and prepare studies, including alternative, feasibility and economic studies; prepare staff reports; prepare correspondence and establish and maintain appropriate records and files.
Research publications and information sources; maintain up-to-date knowledge of current technical, policy and legislation impacting District water resource concerns.
Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:EDUCATION: Equivalent to a Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, water resource planning, environmental management or a related field.EXPERIENCE: Three years of responsible professional experience in water resource planning or civil engineering related to water systems and facilities, including project management experience.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Knowledge of mathematical methods of analysis; open channel hydraulics, including complex tidal estuarine flow; computer programming and applications to water resource engineering; physical, chemical, and biological aspects of water quality; fundamental principles of economic theory, land use planning, and environmental science; legislative and regulatory requirements pertinent to water resource in the Western United States; English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar and report writing techniques; modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment; pertinent District rules and regulations pertaining to area of assignment; policies and procedures of Planning Department, especially as related to water resource planning activities; pertinent State and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to water quality, environmental and related standards; budgeting techniques and project management.Ability to use mathematical tools and computer analysis in evaluating impacts of Delta transfer facilities and water quality standards on water quality and supplies.
On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; and explain regulations and procedures to representatives of other public agencies, other district staff, community groups, and the general public.On a continuous basis, sit at desk or in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less.Understand and analyze scientific material relative to hydrodynamics and water quality in the Delta.Develop innovative methods to determine hydrodynamic quantities and water quality in the Delta.
Explain highly technical information and processes to less knowledgeable individuals.Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.Obtain information through interviews and deal firmly and courteously with the public.Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine the proper course of action.Use a computer and associated peripheral equipment, calculator, and photocopy machine.Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.Manipulate sophisticated mathematical tools and computer analysis in evaluating impacts of Delta transfer facilities and water quality standards on water quality and supplies.Understand, conceptualize and analyze complex scientific material relative to hydrodynamics and water quality in the Delta.Develop innovative methods to determine hydrodynamic quantities and water quality in the Delta.Prepare accurate estimates of costs, schedules, and personnel resources, and perform other similar activities related to project management.Provide project oversight.
Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to the next step in the selection process. All candidate materials will be carefully evaluated and only those considered best qualified will be invited to the next step in the selection process, the Oral Panel Interview. All candidates will be notified of their status via email by no later than Wednesday, August 7, 2019.The TENTATIVE Oral Panel Interview date is Wednesday, August 14, 2019.The Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.