Irvine Ranch Water District

  • 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618, United States

Established in 1961 as a California Water District under the provisions of the state of California Water Code, the Irvine Ranch Water District is an independent special district serving Central Orange County, California. IRWD provides high-quality drinking water, reliable wastewater collection and treatment, ground-breaking recycled water programs, and environmentally sound urban runoff treatment to more than 340,000 residents. As an independent, not-for-profit public agency, IRWD is governed by a five-member publicly elected Board of Directors. Board members are elected at-large for four-year terms. The Board is responsible for the District's policies and decision-making. Day-to-day operations are supervised by the General Manager.

Irvine Ranch Water District Irvine, CA, USA
Jun 20, 2018
General Description Irvine Ranch Water District is accepting applications for a Wetlands Specialist.  Under general direction of the Natural Resources Manager, operates, monitors, provides analysis for, and maintains the District's natural wetland treatment systems, urban runoff diversions, including the San Joaquin Marsh.   Summary of Duties Participate in the treatment of surface water using natural and constructed wetlands and biofilter treatment facilities. Assist in the preparation of reports on the status of the District's wetland operations and prepare proposals for changes and improvements in those operations. Interpret regulatory requirements and apply them to the natural treatment of surface water and associated habitats. Coordinate the District's wetland operations with various regulatory agency staff, including but not limited to the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  Coordinate vector control activities with the Orange County Vector Control District and oversee the operation of the District's wetlands in a manner that minimizes vector production or related problems.  Participate in the management of a comprehensive environmental compliance and monitoring program.  Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws and regulations.  Assist in the establishment or restoration of various habitat types associated with the District's wetland operations. Assist in any mitigation work and related monitoring of environmental projects associated with the District's wetlands operations.  Assist in the design and establishment of new natural treatment wetland sites throughout the District's service area. Conduct regularly scheduled site inspections of District wetland locations. Develop various forms and filing systems to document the operation and maintenance of the District's wetlands.  Read and interpret construction plans. Perform various manual field labor tasks, including but not limited to raking, shoveling, lifting and adjustment of weir boards. Operate various pieces of field equipment, including but not limited to water valves, pumps, powered hand tools, generators and specialty vehicles.  Operate various pieces of scientific equipment, including but not limited to field test kits, automated samplers, GPS units and analyzers. Provide input on the preparation of the annual capital and operating budgets associated with the operation and maintenance of the District's wetlands.  Understand and review specifications and contract documents associated with the operation and maintenance of the District's wetlands. Coordinate work with other District departments, in particular various Operations groups. Assist in the inspection of the work of contractors and others related to habitat establishment and wetlands construction/maintenance.  Assist in the identification of various plants, animals and other biota in Southern California natural habitats. Differentiate non-native species from native species. Assist in plant and animal surveys and assess the viability/health of various habitats associated with Southern California wetland and upland environments.  Prepare purchase requisitions and review invoices prior to approval.  Comply with District safety work-related practices and attend relevant safety training.  Perform other related duties as assigned. Qualifications A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Civil/Environmental Engineering or related field.  License/Certifications Required   Valid Class 'C' California Driver's License. Additional Information For a complete job description, please visit: Remember to say you found this opportunity at