Water and Energy Educator - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  • Jun 07, 2019
Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Faculty/Instructor Sustainability Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Position Information

Interested in Education and Sustainability?

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water)
seeks educators for their Water Education Program! 
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Sonoma Water is hiring a Water and Energy Educator - Extra-Help (intermittent) to join the Water Education team. This position will be responsible for:  

  • Teaching students in classrooms and outdoor field study sites
  • Assisting with the implementation of education programs focused on water conservation, climate change, watershed awareness, fisheries, water quality, wastewater treatment, storm drain pollution, and energy efficiency
  • Supporting creek clean-up and restoration activities with students and the public
  • Performing light maintenance on facilities and interpretive displays

The ideal candidate is:

  • Experienced in providing environmental and natural resource education to school-age children and/or the public, including facilitating lessons, and developing education programs and/or curriculum
  • A team player who can work independently at schools and outdoor field locations
  • Able to effectively and tactfully work with students, teachers, and the general public

Bilingual Spanish or multilingual skills are desirable.

Sonoma Water

The Sonoma County Water Agency is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. The Agency also maintains flood control channels and provides sanitation services. The Agency employs approximately 220 employees and consists of five divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources and Public Affairs, Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. The Agency supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve-month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage. 
Note: Employees of the Sonoma County Water Agency are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.

The official title for this job classification is Water Agency Resource Programs Technician I.


Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include some course work in planning, engineering, water-related science, environmental studies, environmental law, natural resource or watershed management, education, political science, communications, public relations, or a closely related field; and some experience working with water-related programs in one or more of the following areas: community relations, public outreach, media, water transmission systems, water treatment systems, water reclamation and recycling, wastewater sanitation, water use efficiency, biological monitoring or surveying, teaching methods consistent with state-wide educational standards, and/or legislative processes at the federal and state level.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Some knowledge of: principles, practices, and methods of water and natural resources management; methods of water use efficiency program implementation, and savings verification and monitoring; environmental principles and operation of water supply facilities and distribution systems; methods of water treatment and recycling, landscape and restoration design and installation practices; California Water Codes and related laws; basic statistics and their application in analysis; group dynamics as it relates to public organizations; communication theory and environmental education concepts; principles of graphic design and production; establishing and maintaining effective public relations; fundamentals of public speaking; techniques and methods of research; English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and composition; and office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to: collect and analyze data; speak effectively and persuasively before diverse groups; establish effective working relationships with persons possessing a wide variety of divergent views; write and edit written materials; compile reports, letters, newsletters and other outreach materials; help coordinate educational and informational seminars and workshops; prepare and disseminate information to media and others; operate office equipment including computers, copiers, and fax machines.

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Government- Local/Regional


$23.63 - $28.72 Hourl