Restoration Engineer/Scientist (Associate Water Resources Specialist)
Salary: $136,240.00 – $174,428.80 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 01668-E
Location: CA, CA
Department: Watersheds Stewardship and Planning
Closing: 9/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Valley Water is seeking an experienced restoration engineer/scientist to support creek and aquatic habitat restoration efforts in Santa Clara County. The Associate Water Resources Specialist in the Office of Watershed Stewardship and Planning will lead feasibility and planning studies for critical stream stewardship and habitat restoration projects. Working with a team of highly experienced watershed planners, engineers, and biologists, and integrating water supply requirements and interests, this position will contribute to some of the most complex projects at Valley Water.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Conduct technical analyses and planning studies in support of hydrogeomorphic restoration, fish barrier removal, floodplain reconnection, and watershed planning.
• Build and lead teams of internal experts and/or consultants to deliver work products within schedule and budget.
• Report progress to various Board, advisory, and stakeholder committees, including the Safe, Clean Water, and Natural Flood Protection Program Independent Monitoring Committee.
• Act as a liaison with community groups, partners, and other local agencies.
• Support the Watershed Stewardship and Planning Office initiatives including implementation of Valley Water’s Climate Change Action Plan and the One Water Integrated Master Plan.
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 as listed below.
Ideal Experience: Qualified candidates will have training and experience in restoration engineering or design, watershed science, planning, and management, landscape architecture, and/or fishery conservation and management with a focus on salmonids.
Our ideal candidate will be inspired by challenges, a collaborative team player, and an established water resources professional with broad technical expertise, and a holistic, unifying viewpoint of watershed management.
• Four (4) years of professional-level experience with responsibility for salmonid restoration engineering, planning, and/or design.
• Hands-on experience working on fish passage or creek restoration projects, including in an urban or highly managed/regulated system.
• Experience developing watershed management or restoration plans.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
• Independently conduct comprehensive water resources studies and natural resource studies, investigations, and analyses, including use of modeling software (HEC-RAS, Fish Xing), topographic survey, sediment sampling, and flow measurement.
• Perform arithmetic and statistical calculations.
• Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data in an effective manner.
• Apply water resources principles, practices, concepts, and standards to planning, operations, and management.
• Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
• Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and District water resources policies and procedures.
• Recommend and implement work plans and effectively manage water resources projects/programs and assigned teams/staff.
• Effectively represent the unit and the District in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals.
• Principles of fluvial geomorphology, stream hydrology, and hydraulics, fish habitat management and passage, ecological restoration, and watershed planning.
• Knowledge of natural resource regulatory requirements as drivers of project planning and design.
Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in water resources management, natural resources management, planning, civil or other fields of engineering, geology, physical sciences, earth sciences, natural sciences, or a field related to an assigned functional area(s).
At least a 4-year degree with major coursework in fluvial geomorphology, hydraulic engineering, watershed management, or fishery conservation, a graduate degree in a related field is preferred.
Required 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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Watersheds Stewardship and Planning Division (Position Code 1006)
Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date. This position is eligible for a hybrid telework schedule, typically working 40% remote and 60% onsite
(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.
NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:
* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California’s July 26, 2021, Public Health Officer Order.
**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine’s manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.
Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.
Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
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