Principal Water Resource Specialist

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Sacramento, CA, US

The Office of the General Manager, Bay Delta Initiatives Section currently has one (1) opening for a Principal Water Resource Specialist position, located at our office in Sacramento, CA.

This position is responsible for managing multiple complex water resource planning, development, and implementation projects. Areas of responsibility include providing project management, resource coordination, technical advice and analysis, identification of resource issues or impact factors, analysis of impacts, and policy development and analysis.

1. Provides technical assistance to work teams, committees, managers, and negotiating teams; conducts studies and research to obtain information to analyze proposals, factors, and options; develops assumptions and scenarios for analytical purposes; conducts cost benefit analysis; prepares summaries of findings, reports, and recommendations; and recommends and develops water policy.

2. Provides technical assistance and support in the development and implementation of new models and the evaluation of established models to analyze proposed projects, exchanges, transfers, draws, and storage; and determines impact to water quality issues, environmental issues, water distribution, and availability issues.

3. Scopes and develops computer planning and statistical models to simulate water system and the quality and movement of water through the system; applies factors and variables to models, assists in developing and applies assumptions and scenarios for analytical purposes; runs models; analyzes results; performs quality assurance and quality control on modeling outcomes; and prepares technical reports and recommendations.

4. Participates in and leads internal and interagency technical work groups to gather information for policy and decision making; represents Metropolitan’s interests on Bay Delta, State Water Project, and other matters; and negotiates agreements and drafts contracts language.

5. Manages the development and implementation of water resource policy and technical strategies to achieve supply goals; and negotiates, develops, and implements water management contracts.

6. Represents Metropolitan in hearings, committees, meetings, and other proceedings.

7. Initiates specified correspondence independently for signature by appropriate project management staff; and reviews finished materials for completeness, accuracy, format, and compliance with project quality standards and procedures.

8. Prepares and presents reports on project status to the Board, management staff, stakeholders, outside agencies, and the public.

9. Performs other related duties as required.

Work Schedule: 9/80; Monday – Friday (alternate Fridays off)



Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, majoring in engineering or related field and eight years of related progressively responsible experience in managing large and moderately complex projects, of which two years must have been at the supervisory or project management level; or a master’s degree from an accredited college or university majoring in engineering or related field and six years of related progressively responsible experience in managing large and moderately complex projects, of which two years must have been at the supervisory or project management level.

Related field of study is defined as:
Business Administration, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Urban Planning, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Hydrology, or other directly related field.

Related Experience is defined as:
Basic principles and practices of water resource planning, development, and implementation; cost and benefit analysis; statistical analysis; risk management; basic management concepts and techniques; budgetary concepts and procedures; relevant federal, state, and local laws; basic principles of project management; and contract administration.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Manage multi-discipline project teams; conduct studies and research of water related problems and projects; analyze results and prepare conclusions and recommendations; lead project teams; review work products for detail and adherence to guidelines; encourage and facilitate cooperation; exercise judgment and discretion; interpret and analyze results; communicate orally and in writing on administrative and technical topics; represent Metropolitan to public agencies, regulatory bodies, special interest groups, and members of the public; represent Metropolitan in development of joint projects with external organizations; establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all levels within the organization, other agencies, regulatory agencies, special interest groups, and the public; use software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, scientific and database, and presentations; and prepare presentations for executive management, Board of Directors, member agencies, regulatory agencies, and other external audiences.

• Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent from your state of residency that allows you to drive in the course of your employment

Knowledge, skills, or abilities in: resource planning; principles and practices in water supply; planning level expertise, Delta infrastructure emergency preparedness, infrastructure reliability including Delta levees, regulatory permitting, water supply operations planning and interpreting modeling results, water rights protection and issue resolution; runoff and supply forecasting; managing water resource and exchange projects; coordination of science activities; team building; budgetary concepts and procedures; relevant federal, state, and local laws; trends and emerging technologies in water resource development and management; public speaking; negotiation skills; diplomacy; water quality impact analysis and solutions; environmental issues and project mitigation; and water rights.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands: Light

Work Environment: Primarily an indoor work environment typical of an office setting. The work environment may include some exposure to outside elements. May travel to various sites requiring overnight stay.

. Competitive compensation
. Excellent Medical, Dental, Life, Vision
. Retirement plans including Pension plan and 401k (with matching employer contribution)
. Training and advancement opportunities
. Excellent working environment
. Public transportation reimbursements and van pools
. Tuition reimbursement, paid holidays, and more.

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to [email protected]

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email [email protected] 

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.