The Water Resources Specialist participates in the development and implementation of water conservation strategies to achieve Landscape Architecture and Water Conservation (LAWC) Branch water resource management and conservation related goals and program objectives.
Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor's degree in Sustainability, Natural Resources Management, Water Resources Management, Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Hydrology, or a closely related field and one (1) year of professional experience in the fields of sustainability, natural resource management, urban planning, environmental planning, watershed based land planning, and/or water conservation.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- principles and practices of water resource planning, alternative stormwater management (green infrastructure, low impact development, etc.), and water conservation for implementation in the Arid Desert Southwest.
- principles and practices of public administration.
- principles and practices of project management, including cost accounting, budgeting, strategic planning and contract administration; especially for public works projects.
- surface and ground water rights and hydrology in the Arid Desert Southwest.
- personal computers and associated software applications, including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
- integrating sustainable design principles, multi-benefit philosophies, and natural resource management/restoration techniques into planning and design projects.
- analyzing complex issues and making logical recommendations based on findings.
- organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks and projects.
- preparing reports, correspondence and memorandums.
- establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with citizen groups, internal staff, County departments, and other governmental agencies.
- communicate effectively in both written and verbal formats, with individuals and groups.
- analyze, interpret, and report on quantitative and qualitative data about research findings and overall program effectiveness.
- work cooperatively with internal District staff, project partner staff, external consultants, and the general public.
- prepare and administer presentations to internal and external audiences, including large groups.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Master's Degree; Three (3) or more years of professional experience in the fields of sustainability, natural resource management, urban planning, environmental planning, watershed based land planning, and/or water conservation, to include: the planning and design of public works projects, water conservation and alternative stormwater management (green infrastructure, low impact development, watershed planning) implementation. Experience in project management.
Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Green infrastructure/low impact development training; Water resource management or water conservation training.
Essential Job Tasks
- Develops and implements specific water conservation and natural resource management strategies and programmatic goals/objectives.
- Provides technical direction to District staff and consultant teams in understanding the principles and practices of water conservation, alternative stormwater management, and integrated water resource management in the planning, design, and construction of District projects.
- Provides information and assists District engineers, project managers, planners, construction managers, other internal staff, and external design team members in implementing the District's water conservation related goals and objectives.
- Assists LAWC Branch and Public Information Office staff on water conservation and stormwater management education and outreach activities for internal and external customers, including: internal bi-weekly water resources newsletter, District website updates and revisions, public outreach events, educational sessions, and training opportunities.
- Analyzes water use patterns on District facilities and conducts studies and cost/benefit analyses for water conservation and alternative stormwater management strategies.
- Reviews District/County policies, procedures, and regulations affecting water use and stormwater and floodwater management to support integrated water resource objectives and water conservation goals.
- Assists in the development of water conservation design guidelines, policies, standards, and evaluation criteria for use in the planning, evaluation, design, construction, and maintenance of existing and future District projects.
- LAWC Branch programs and projects with County departments and other agencies, organizations, and municipalities to accomplish program goals.
- Negotiates, resolves conflicts, and achieves balance in conflicting objectives with other agencies.
- Provides formal reviews of project plans, designs, and other deliverables prepared by consultant and District staff for consistency within the project's design intent and scope of work, including advancing water conservation program goals and objectives.
- Participates in project coordination meetings, design comment resolution meetings, weekly construction meetings, project partnering meetings, field/site inspection meetings, and other meetings as needed and directed by the LAWC Branch manager.
- Assists in the identification of grants and funding opportunities from other agencies as sources for funding water conservation integration and alternative stormwater management efforts.
- Confers with the general public and other public and private sector representatives on water conservation and project planning, design, and construction issues.
- Prepares and delivers presentations as directed.
- Participates in both formal and informal public meetings as needed to achieve project success.
- Develops scopes of work and work assignments for consultant professional services contracts, related to water resource inventories, existing facility evaluations, policy reviews, and alternative stormwater management design integration, as directed by the LAWC Branch manager.
- Performs other duties, as assigned or required.
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