ASSISTANT WATER RESOURCES SPECIALIST I/II (Surface Water Quality) (PE Not Required)

VALLEY WATER | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $8,042.67 - $10,290.80 monthly
Open Date: 02/23/2021
Close Date: 03/02/2021

Position Description

ASSISTANT WATER RESOURCES SPECIALIST I/II (Surface Water Quality) (PE Not Required)

Valley Water

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01244-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Watershed Stewardship and Planning

Closing: 3/2/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Description

Environmental Planning Unit 2 (Position Code 0995)
Assistant Water Resources Specialist I: $8,042.67 – $10,290.80
Assistant Water Resources Specialist II: $8,874.67 – $11,362.00

Duties:Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying safe, clean water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.

The Assistant Water Resources Specialist is part of a team of committed public service specialists supporting the Environmental Planning Unit in the Watershed Stewardship and Planning Division. This individual will perform scientific and administrative assignments in support of two important Safe Clean Water programs: The Impaired Water Bodies Improvement program (B1), and the Interagency Urban Runoff Program (B2).

In support of B1, the position will participate in coordinating the operation, maintenance, and data tracking for four hypolimnetic oxygenation systems, and participate in sampling and measurement equipment management, water quality sample and data collection, monitoring, and reporting activities. For B2, this position will support creek trash assessments and cleanups, collaborate with fellow stormwater program participants and other outside partners, assist with various stormwater compliance efforts, and assist in annual stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) report production.

The Assistant Water Resources Specialist will also attend South County storm water meetings and assist South County cities with storm water and pollution prevention activities and participate in the development and implementation of pollution prevention projects.

*Please note that this position may require work in rugged, remote locations, sometimes with limited access to communications. The selected candidate must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Conduct water quality sampling at reservoirs and creeks using small outboard boats and canoes.
• With training, perform monitoring and occasional light maintenance of Hypolimnetic Oxygenation Systems.
• Participate in special water quality studies, trash raft mapping and cleanups, and other pollution prevention activities.
• Assist in ensuring compliance with Valley Water’s NPDES stormwater permit.
• Collaborate with Santa Clara County municipalities on stormwater, trash, and pollution prevention activities.
• Assist with production of various stormwater and TMDL reports and with annual and quarterly Safe Clean Water reporting and updates.
• Prepare sample containers, labels, and forms for sampling events and maintain chains of custody.
• Operate, maintain, and calibrate sampling equipment and water quality sondes.
• Collect, analyze, and represent spatial data using GPS and GIS.
• Enter, statistically analyze, and present data using database, data management, and data analysis software tools.
• Use graphic, spreadsheet, and word-processing software tools to produce reports.
• Effectively and professionally engage with partner agencies and Valley Water staff.
• Assist with and conduct stormwater BMP inspections at Valley Water facilities.

Ideal Candidate’s Background Includes: Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.

Ideal Experience:

• Ideal Experience for an Assistant Water Resources Specialist I: No minimum experience required but some experience in field surface water quality including, watershed management, water quality improvement, storm water pollution prevention, compliance with water-related environmental regulations, limnology, or hydrogeology preferred.
• Ideal Experience for Assistant Water Resources Specialist II: Two (2) or more years of professional level experience in field surface water quality including, watershed management, water quality improvement, storm water pollution prevention, compliance with water-related environmental regulations, limnology, or hydrogeology.
• Field experience with surface water quality, monitoring, nonpoint source pollution prevention, or stormwater compliance projects and programs.
• Experience conducting field studies in rugged terrain ideal but not required.
• Experience collaborating with a diversity of stakeholders.
• Experience contributing to complex reports.
• Small boat experience ideal but not required.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

• Support comprehensive water resources studies, investigations, and analyses.
• Apply water resources principles, practices, concepts, and standards to surface water quality monitoring, management, and protection.
• Perform arithmetic and statistical calculations.
• Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data in an effective manner.
• Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and District water resources policies and procedures.
• Conduct water resources and natural resource research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports.
• Conduct water resources research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports.
• Effectively represent Valley Water in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, regulatory organizations, and the public.
• Able to lift 50 pounds and work in rugged terrain.

Ideal Knowledge:

• Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of water resources management, water quality regulation, natural resource management, environmental planning, engineering, hydrogeology, geology, hydrology, hydraulics, aquatic biology, and/or environmental sciences.
• Principles and practices of basic field safety, water safety, and safety communications.
• Principles and practices of data management and statistical analysis.
• Principles of mathematics and its application to water resources projects and programs.
• Practices of researching water resources issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.
• Techniques for effectively representing Valley Water in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
• Office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
• English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
• Principles and techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Valley Water staff.
• Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
• Recent and on-going water resources related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in water resources management, natural resources management, environmental planning, biology, environmental studies, geology, physical sciences, earth sciences, natural sciences, biology, limnology, or a related field.

Required License or Certificate

Special Requirement:
Some II level positions may require registration with the State of California as a Professional Geologist (PG) or Professional Engineer (PE). This position does not require registration (if registered, a 2.5% differential will apply).
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Selected candidate will be required to successfully pass a medical examination.

To review the Classification Specification, please click http://apps2.valleywater.org/About_Us/_Jobs/Salary_and_classification/_Spec_PDFs/CS Assistant WRS I-II 5-2019.pdf https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance test, written test and/or oral interview examination.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated for minimum qualifications. Resumes are recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff is not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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Position Qualifications

• Ideal Experience for an Assistant Water Resources Specialist I: No minimum experience required but some experience in field surface water quality including, watershed management, water quality improvement, storm water pollution prevention, compliance with water-related environmental regulations, limnology, or hydrogeology preferred.
• Ideal Experience for Assistant Water Resources Specialist II: Two (2) or more years of professional level experience in field surface water quality including, watershed management, water quality improvement, storm water pollution prevention, compliance with water-related environmental regulations, limnology, or hydrogeology.
• Field experience with surface water quality, monitoring, nonpoint source pollution prevention, or stormwater compliance projects and programs.
• Experience conducting field studies in rugged terrain ideal but not required.
• Experience collaborating with a diversity of stakeholders.
• Experience contributing to complex reports.
• Small boat experience ideal but not required.

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