City of Modesto

Modesto is a community dedicated to growth, progress and the quality of community life. Proud of its vibrant citizenry, great traditions, educational opportunities and multi-cultural lifestyles, Modesto is twice-blessed with mild weather year-round and some of the world’s richest soil. Modesto is the 16th largest city in California with over 210,000 citizens and is the seat of  Stanislaus County.

Modesto offers the diversity and facilities of a metropolitan city, but still maintains an atmosphere of old-fashioned hospitality and small town charm. Modesto offers the full spectrum of arts and entertainment from talented local artists and resident companies to international touring stars – we are considered the culture hub of the Central Valley.

City of Modesto Modesto, CA, USA
Apr 20, 2018
Full time
THE POSITION The City of Modesto is currently accepting applications for Water Conservation Specialist. The Water Conservation Specialist is responsible to plan, coordinate and administer various day-to-day activities pertaining to the City's Water Conservation Program; to promote the efficient use of the City's water supply to residential, industrial, commercial public agencies and other customers to ensure sufficient pressure throughout the system for fire protection and other essential City services; to investigate and identify compliance issues; to communicate with regulatory agencies as required and serve as a water conservation liaison for the City. The ideal candidate should be a self-directed problem solver with an entrepreneurial spirit, high standards of excellence and a demonstrated commitment to public service and program development. The City of Modesto is looking for someone who is self-motivated, innovative and a people person. This position is responsible for educating the City on water conservation practices, making continuing education key as the City strives to implement best practices.    If you have an interest in working in a challenging and rewarding career and want to be part of a team that values your contributions, then we encourage you to explore this opportunity with the City of Modesto.   Application Process Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Due to the volume of applications received,   resumes will not be screened   for the purpose of determining who is most qualified to compete in the testing process. It is the applicant's responsibility to fill out the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application with complete information and adequate detail. Do not substitute any part of the application form with the words "see resume". The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool. Human Resources is   unable   to schedule make-up examinations. Applicants may be screened to the most qualified and invited to continue to the next phase of the testing process which may include and oral board interview. Tentative Schedule Writing Exercise and Oral Board Exam Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Human Resources Department reserves the right to revise the testing process to best meet the needs of the City. ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS Plan, coordinate and administer the City's Water Conservation needs with an emphasis on public education, outreach activities, and building both community and public relationships with internal and external organizations.   Provide water conservation education opportunities to schoolchildren and the general public; develop and present information in a positive way that encourages interest and participation, provide water conservation information to residents, commercial and local businesses, agencies, committees, city council and others.   Participate in the enforcement of State requirements pertaining to water conservation within the City of Modesto's water distribution system.   Proactively identify and evaluate options for ensuring efficient use of the City's water supply; develop conservation methods; identify methods of monitoring and measuring use; determine potential penalties and motivation techniques.   Coordinate and propose the development of uniform conservation policies and enforcement methods; evaluate and provide input to management regarding internal water conservation efforts such as metering, meter testing, system leak detection and management; develop and implement incentives to ensure best practices for water use.   Develop, recommend and maintain various media sources for providing conservation information to both internal and external customers.    Coordinate studies pertaining to water use; gather, analyze and interpret data; write and present technical reports and documents; and submission of conservation data reporting as needed.   Plan, develop and recommend customer incentives to alter water use; develop time schedules and implementation strategies.   Assist in the development and administration of the program budget.   Evaluate the efficiency of program activities; recommend changes and adjustments to better achieve goals and objectives, while demonstrating commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscal responsibility.   Prepare grant proposals and work with staff to ensure submission of grant applications and management of awarded grants.   Assign, train, direct and monitor the activities of subordinate staff assigned to water conservation functions.   Administer specialized computer software pertaining to irrigation control and other water conservation purposes.   Maintain accurate records.    Attend community and or public outreach events after hours and on weekends as needed.   If assigned, may assist in performing the duties of a Utilities Service Worker. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of Water conservation methods and best practices. Municipal water system and water service components. Pertinent state, federal and local laws, codes and regulations. Principles of communication and public speaking. Basic writing skills including proper grammar, punctuation and spelling. Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment. Basic mathematics, statistical methods and methods of graphic presentation. Computer applications including database, spreadsheet and word processing. Ability to Perform a variety of skilled and complex assignments in the water conservation area in accordance with state, county and city ordinances and regulations. Work independently. Maintain complex manual and computerized records and prepare reports. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Understand and carry out oral and written instructions. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Tactfully work l with the diverse members of the public. Enforce regulations relating to water conservation rules and practices. Perform medium manual labor, including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. Read and interpret blueprints. Use and operate a personal computer with a variety of software. Identify and respond to public issues and concerns. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including a variety of City and other government officials, regional and community groups, business owners, and the general public. Experience, Education and Training Guidelines Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience Two years of related experience involving water utility management, environmental management, conservation, public education, and or the application of municipal codes in an enforcement and/or inspection capacity. Experience with a municipal or private water utility is highly desirable. Training Equivalent to an Associate of Arts Degree from an accredited college in biological science, environmental studies, business administration, or a related field. Additional specialized training in the water management field is highly desirable. Licenses or Certificates Must possess and maintain a valid California driver's license. Possession of a certificate as a Water Use Efficiency Practitioner I, issued by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) is required within twelve (12) months. Possession of a Grade I Water Distribution Operator certificate is highly desirable. Possession of a Water Use Efficiency Practitioner II or higher is highly desirable. Failure to obtain the required certification may result from release in probation or termination. Additional Requirements During the course of employment, may be required to attend and successfully complete training courses as needed to perform assigned duties, including First Aid and CPR. Closing date and time: 5/10/2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time Remember to say you found this opportunity at Apply early because employers may close the job listing early.