Integrated Vegetation Manager

Valley Water | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $12,594.40 - $16,083.60 Monthly
Open Date: 07/28/2021
Close Date: 08/16/2021

Position Description

Integrated Vegetation Manager

Valley Water

Salary: $12,594.40 – $16,083.60 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01318-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Watersheds Operations and Maintenance

Closing: 8/16/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Vegetation Field Operations Unit (Position Code 0137)

With headquarters in San Jose, Valley Water provides water supply, enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection, provides flood protection for homes, schools, businesses and roadways, and partners with other agencies to provide trails and open space for the community.

Valley Water manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and more than 275 miles of streams. Valley Water provides wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to nearly 2 million people in Santa Clara County that stretches 1,300 square miles and encompasses 15 cities and unincorporated areas.

The Integrated Vegetation Manager reports to the Deputy Operating Officer within the Watersheds Operations & Maintenance Division and manages the Vegetation Field Operations Unit.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Plan, manage, and oversee the daily functions, operations, and activities of the vegetation field operations unit, including developing and directing vegetation management services, projects, and activities for fire suppression, winter flood preparedness, and flood fighting capabilities, as well as mitigation maintenance efforts as prescribed by Capital Projects and Stream Maintenance Program permit requirements.
• Oversee Safe Clean Water Priorities D1: Management of Riparian Planting and Invasive Plant Removal; F1: Vegetation Control for Capacity; and F4: Vegetation Management for Access & Fire Safety.
• Manage and oversee Valley Water’s pesticide program, including acquiring permits, reporting pesticide use, responding to concerns, and ensuring compliance with regulations.
• Oversee the preparation and approval of monitoring reports, work notifications and pesticide use reports.
• Oversee the work of vegetation management consultants and contractors; manage contracts, review work, provide input on plans, designs, and schedules, and provide technical input on reports.
• Lead and guide project teams in execution of projects, including developing strategies to complete work and ensuring compliance with acceptable integrated vegetation management program standards and Valley Water procedures.
• Represent Valley Water to city and county officials and staff; regulatory agencies, such as the State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Department of Pesticide Regulation; vegetation management colleagues from other organizations; and the public.
• Ensure all Department of Transportation regulations for class A and B drivers are enforced.
• Manage and oversee Valley Water Hazard Tree Program, including acquiring permits, responding to concerns, and ensuring regulatory compliance.

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:

• Five (5) years of experience in vegetation control, revegetation/mitigation projects, ecological restoration, horticulture, or arboriculture management.
• Two (2) years of direct supervisory experience.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

• Administer complex, technical, and sensitive integrated vegetation programs and projects in an independent and cooperative manner.
• Evaluate and develop improvements to integrated vegetation program operations, procedures, policies, or methods.
• Conduct complex integrated vegetation research, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
• Establish and maintain a variety of integrated vegetation program filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
• Organize and prioritize a variety of integrated vegetation programs, projects, and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner.

Ideal Knowledge:

• Principles of horticulture, botany, and plant identification.
• Methods and techniques of environmental assessment, mitigation, integrated vegetation management, and equipment used in various applications.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations applicable to the use of pesticides.
• Organization and quality management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of projects, policies, and operational needs of integrated vegetation program management.
• Principles and practices of integrated vegetation management project and program budget development and administration, contract negotiation and management, and sound financial management policies and procedures.
• Practices of researching integrated vegetation issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
• Computer software applications, such as MS Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, Outlook, Geographic Information System (GIS), ArcView, Metroscan, Maximo or similar Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Budget tool and reports, and other specialized software and databases.

Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in biology, agricultural sciences, or a related field. Directly related experience may be substituted for the college requirement on the basis of one and one half (1.5) years of experience for one (1) year of education to a maximum of four (4) years.

Required License or Certificate:

• Valid Agricultural Pest Control Adviser License in Category E issued by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
• Valid Qualified Applicator Certificate in Categories B, C, and F issued by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Required License or Certificate

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.

To review the Job Description, please click Integrated Vegetation Manager 2-2021.pdf

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly 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 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 are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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