Water Conservation Specialist I/II (2 positions)

Valley Water | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: See Position Description
Open Date: 08/16/2021
Close Date: 08/23/2021

Position Description

Water Conservation Specialist I/II (2 positions)

Valley Water

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01328-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Water Supply

Closing: 8/23/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Water Supply Planning and Conservation Unit (Position Codes 0945 and 0344)

Water Conservation Specialist I: $8,172.67 – $10,462.40 monthly
Water Conservation Specialist II: $8,805.33 – $11,264.93 monthly
Do you want to make a difference in your community by helping Santa Clara County residents conserve water during this historic drought? Do you have a college degree and at least one year of experience working on water conservation programs?

Valley Water is looking for a passionate Water Conservation Specialist to join the Water Supply Planning and Conservation team.

Under the direction of the Senior Water Conservation specialist, the selected candidate will be responsible for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of Valley Water’s water conservation programs. This includes the development of new programs, collection and analysis of program data and information, and preparation of reports and program evaluations. The selected candidate will assist in water supply planning efforts by researching alternative sources and performing reliability analyses. This position will also have various outreach responsibilities, including planning and staffing events and workshops and will collaborate with multiple local, state, and/or federal agencies.

About Valley Water:
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.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Research, evaluate, and design new water conservation and demand management programs; this includes developing and implementing work plans, administering program budgets, preparing reports and lead temporary employees and/or student interns to implement and evaluate programs.
• Conduct studies including scientific research, data analysis involving environmental, financial, socioeconomic, feasibility studies, cost benefits, and assess water yields of several different scenarios to assist water supply planning.
• Analyze and provide recommendations for water resources related policies, legislation, and ordinances, utilizing policy research, and participating in committees and community outreach.
• Develop and execute program-marketing plans including evaluation of effectiveness of marketing strategies, reviewing, proposing, and developing program literature and outreach material.
• Present to the Board of Directors and board committees; respond to Board of Director requests and correspondence, assist with development of board agenda items. Represent Valley Water on various internal and external committees.
• Prepare request for proposals, negotiate contracts including vendor selection, and administer contractor agreements.
• Maintain awareness of new developments in the field of water conservation and demand management.

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.

Ideal Experience:

• Water Conservation Specialist I – One (1) year administering or implementing water conservation and/or demand management programs.
• Water Conservation Specialist II – Three (3) years administering or implementing water conservation and/or demand management programs.
• Experience with community outreach and event planning.
• Past interns or temporary staff of Valley Water’s water conservation program: please apply!

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

• Team player; inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust.
• Knowledge of and the ability to apply the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, California Plumbing Code, Storm Water Permit Requirements, and state water-related executive orders.
• Collaboration skills to coordinate program effectively with public and private agencies and stakeholders.
• Develop, implement, and continuously improve all aspects of water conservation and demand management programs.
• Working knowledge of databases and database design, and strong analytical skills with databases.
• Takes pride in their work: able to juggle competing priorities while delivering high quality products on time with strong attention to detail.
• Strong customer service skills.

Ideal Knowledge:

• Knowledge of the methods and techniques of evaluating water conservation and demand management programs.
• Methods, techniques, and principles of public speaking and report writing.
• Principles and practices of contract and budget administration.

Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in environmental studies, physical or biological sciences, horticulture, public administration, or a related field.

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 Classification Specification, please click http://apps2.valleywater.org/About_Us/_Jobs/Salary_and_classification/_Spec_PDFs/Water Conservation Specialist I-II-III – 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 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 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 are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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