Associate Water Resources Specialist

  • Valley Water
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • Dec 04, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description


Imported Water Unit (Position Code 0624) Overview:
Are you interested in working at the intersection of science and policy? Do you enjoy working in a team environment? Do you thrive on trying to solve tough challenges? If so, we have the job for you. Valley Water is looking for a highly-motivated individual to join its imported water team to work on Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta issues. This position will provide support to the Senior Water Resources Specialist in the Imported Water Unit specializing on science, adaptive management, fisheries and habitat restoration issues and the intersection of these technical issues with policy as it relates to securing reliable imported water supplies for Valley Water. This position will also provide support on long term water supply projects, such as Delta Conveyance Facility and new storage projects, as well as provide support on annual operations, including development of transfer and exchange agreements, as needed. This position will ideally develop a knowledge base to provide long term expertise on Bay Delta Issues.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical support to Senior Water Resources Specialist on Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta science, adaptive management, fisheries and habitat restoration issues, including reviewing and commenting on documents, preparing memos and analyses, and attending conferences and meetings.
  • Provide technical support to senior staff on long term water supply projects, including reviewing and commenting on documents, performing technical analyses, and attending meetings.
  • Conduct studies, investigations, and analyses, such as scientific syntheses, water supply planning, numerical modeling and other technical analyses.
  • Analyze proposed and current legislation and government policies, rules, standards, and regulations and develop recommendations; serve on various technical advisory committees; review environmental and regulatory reports.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of and interpret new scientific studies, laws, regulations, and innovations in the related field of fisheries, ecosystem, and restoration science and/or water resources, and their impact on Valley Water; develop and recommend management strategies.
  • Provide support to senior staff on development of water supply management agreements to support annual operations.
  • Develop and review staff reports related to Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta science matters, water resources projects and programs; present to various commissions, committees, and boards; may present information to the Board of Directors.

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:

  • Four (4) years of professional-level experience serving as a technical resource in fisheries, ecosystem and/or restoration management including analyzing a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective technical and management/policy-level reports.
  • Experience in anadromous and estuarine fisheries, aquatic ecosystem and/or wetland restoration science, preferably in the Central Valley of California and/or San Francisco Bay Estuary.
  • Experience working with external agencies (governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations).
  • Experience reviewing/commenting on water supply contracts, water supply planning documents, environmental review documents, legal documents, and/or legislation.
  • Experience working with a public water utility.
  • Experience or ability to run and/or evaluate computer models.

Ideal Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of methods, and techniques of scientific research, statistics, analysis, and reporting used in the discipline of fisheries biology, ecology, or related life sciences field.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of adaptive management and structured decision making related to natural resources management.
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including state and federal Endangered Species Acts, Clean Water Act, Porter-Cologne Act, California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Understanding of/experience in water resources management or planning.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Effectively analyze, interpret, summarize, and present (both verbally and in written form) complex scientific investigations, water supply planning documents, and environmental documents.
  • Listen to other perspectives/points of view and maintain a flexible and agreeable approach yet remain firm on the mandatory needs of the project.
  • Prioritize and conduct work with limited time/resources.
  • Work well with other people and demonstrate leadership and initiative.
  • Has demonstrated strong analytical, technical, and creative thinking skills.
  • Has excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in biology, ecology, natural resources management, environmental planning, or a related discipline (i.e., water resources).

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.

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Government- Local/Regional


$9,895.60 - $12,668.93 Monthly