Assistant Water Resources Specialist I/II
Salary: See Position Description
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 01337-E
Location: CA, CA
Department: Raw Water
Closing: 9/10/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
Groundwater Management Unit (Position Code 0406)
Assistant Water Resources Specialist I: $8,365.07 – $10,701.60
Assistant Water Resources Specialist II: $9,230.00 – $11,816.13
Duties:Do you want to be part of a dynamic team that helps ensure sustainable groundwater supplies? We are seeking an Assistant Water Resources Specialist I/II to join Valley Water’s Groundwater Management Unit. The Assistant Water Resources Specialist will support Valley Water’s sustainable groundwater management programs by analyzing hydrogeologic data, conducting related studies, and supporting assigned projects. This position will evaluate current and projected groundwater conditions to support water supply operations and planning. Related analysis and interpretation may include using statistics, forecasting, numerical models, or other methods to prepare or review hydrogeologic reports and studies. The position will support Valley Water’s continued compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and will also review proposed projects, land use changes, regulations, and policies related to groundwater resources. This Assistant Water Resources Specialist may also conduct field monitoring of groundwater quality, levels, and land subsidence.
* Practical exercise may be a part of the interview process.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Conduct hydrogeologic analyses, studies, and investigations using statistics, numerical models, or other methods to support water supply operations and planning.
• Prepare and review reports regarding issues such as groundwater monitoring and conditions, groundwater protection, and surface water/groundwater interaction.
• Support Valley Water’s continued compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
• Analyze proposed projects, land use, regulations and policies related to groundwater and develop recommendations for groundwater protection.
• Collect, validate, and interpret hydrogeologic data related to groundwater levels, groundwater quality, surface water, and land subsidence.
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 listed below.
Assistant Water Resources Specialist I
No experience is required. Preferred academic/research focus includes:
• Academic projects or research in groundwater management and hydrogeology including issues like groundwater/surface water interaction and/or seawater intrusion.
• Use of Microsoft Excel, GIS, statistics, and/or groundwater flow models to support academic or research projects.
Assistant Water Resources Specialist II
Two (2) years of professional level experience with responsibility for groundwater management or hydrogeology.
• Project based work experience in groundwater management and hydrogeology including issues like groundwater/surface water interaction and/or seawater intrusion.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, including experience with functions, graphs, and pivot tables in Excel.
• Experience using GIS and groundwater flow models.
• Experience performing statistical analysis (e.g., trend test) and use of software like Minitab, R or VSP is a plus.
Ideal Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Assistant Water Resources Specialist I
• Effectively analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data.
• Organize and prioritize multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; set priorities and meet critical time deadlines.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, external agencies, the public, vendors, and contractors.
• Some knowledge of principles, practices, concepts, and standards of water resources management, hydrogeology, geology, and hydrology.
• Principles, practices, theories, and methods of groundwater monitoring, contamination, and protection, water quality, and long-term water supply modeling and 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.
• Principles and techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Valley Water staff.
Ideal Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Assistant Water Resources Specialist II (in addition to level I)
• Evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, concepts, and standards of water resources management, hydrogeology, geology, and hydrology.
• 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.
• Independently conduct comprehensive water resources studies, investigations, and analyses.
• Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and Valley Water water resources policies and procedures.
• Effectively represent the unit and Valley Water in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, and regulatory organizations and in meetings with individuals.
Ideal Training and Education for Level I & II:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in hydrogeology, hydrology, water resources management, civil or other field of engineering, geology, physical sciences, earth sciences, natural sciences or a field related to assigned functional area(s).
Required License or Certificate
This position does not require registration as a Professional Engineer/Geologist (PE/PG) (for the II level, 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/
(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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