Rural development specialist (Agua4All)

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)
CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Founded in 1978, RCAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so low-income rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. Our dedicated staff and active board work to make our vision of vibrant, healthy and enduring rural communities a reality across the West.

Community and Environment Department

RCAC’s environmental staff works with rural water, wastewater and solid waste systems to make them sustainable. Staff works with the volunteer boards of directors and staff of the small systems to make sure they comply with state and federal regulations and understand the finances and operations of the systems. Outcomes of RCAC’s work include: system regulatory compliance; access of resources for capital improvement projects; as well as, capacity building of boards and staff on technical, financial and managerial best practices.

Position Description

The Rural Development Specialist (RDS) will work in the Agua4All program, assisting schools to provide access to safe drinking water and encouraging consumption of water among school-aged children. The RDS will perform site assessments, prepare recommendations for solutions to water access and water quality challenges, and assist schools with drinking water project implementation. The RDS will deliver presentations and trainings on the importance of water as a healthy beverage option to both adults and children.

Specific job goals, objectives and tasks are established for each employee as part of the annual evaluation and work plan process. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assess the needs of our local partners and recommend solutions to the needs identified
  • Build technical, managerial, and/or financial capacity
  • Access financial resources to address local needs
  • Implement solutions
  • Promote and facilitate partnerships to maximize limited resources
  • Develop, prepare, and deliver group and one-on-one trainings
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Prepare activity and outcome reports as required
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to manage technical aspects of field work related to water and/or wastewater
  • Facilitation, mediation and meeting management skills
  • Familiarity with rural and tribal community dynamics
  • Ability to troubleshoot, innovate, and problem-solve
  • Proficiency with personal computers including Microsoft Office
  • Ability to complete administrative and reporting requirements related to work responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Ability to listen effectively and communicate, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently as well as in team environments

Physical Job Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Work performed in an office requires ability to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment, including telephone. Use may be moderate (average 2 hours per day) to heavy (4 or more hours per day)

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand and/or sit for prolonged periods of time; walk; talk; hear; use hand to finger; handle; feel or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee may occasionally lift and or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

This position also requires moderate (up to 2 days per month) to heavy (up to 10 days per month) automobile and airline travel, including overnight travel

Preferred Education and Experience:

A combination of experience and education is required to qualify for the position.

A typical qualifying combination would be:


Three years of applicable experience in water, wastewater, environmental project management, or other closely related field (if a higher level of related education is possessed than is required, this education may be substituted for the experience requirement up to a maximum of one year). Experience in training, facilitating and mediating community programs/projects is highly desirable.


Bachelor’s degree (additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education).

Special Requirements:

Complete course work and pass associated test(s) for 11 core competency courses and achieve internal trainer certification within two years of the date of hire, as required by RCAC’s environmental staff competencies program

Possession of a valid drivers' license and proof of insurance that meets the minimum requirements of RCAC corporate liability policy will be required when traveling for business purposes.