Water Resources Program Manager (Research & Innovation)

Clean Water Services

Hillsboro, OR, US

The Position

The Research & Innovation Program is seeking a Water Resources Program Manager. This position provides programmatic planning, oversight, and technical research and innovation for the management of the water resources within the Tualatin Watershed. This position coordinates programs that support regulatory compliance, ecosystem improvement, and the health and safety of the resident population including infrastructure planning, natural resources enhancement, and water quality and quantity management. This position also initiates and strengthens key partnerships within the District, throughout the watershed to ensure regulatory compliance and achievement of District goals and with national organizations promoting the District’s goals.

Essential Functions

(The essential functions listed below are not intended to reflect all duties that may be assigned to this classification. The District may augment duties and/or essential functions at its discretion. Additionally, some incumbents may not perform all Essential Functions.)

  1. Provides technical and programmatic leadership for mission, goals, and objectives of the Research & Innovation program.   
  2. Assists the Research & Innovation Director with general oversight of the research program for the District including input on selections of projects, documentation of projects and progress, review of publications, and oversight of financial coding and reporting.
  3. Manages a suite of specific research and innovation projects as assigned.
  4. Manages the collection of data related to the NTS start-up and compliance with discharge requirements. Conducts appropriate research related to the operation and effectiveness of the NTS for removal of conventional pollutants, pathogens, and chemical of emerging concern (CECs).
  5. Provides general oversight of the intern program and directs those interns associated with assigned research project.
  6. Provides leadership and direction to the microbiological aspects of the District’s NPDES permit and laboratory measurements of bacteria, pathogens, and viruses. Oversees the microbiological laboratory to be developed in the Fernhill Research and Innovation Center.   
  7. Develops new research ideas and proposals based upon input of the District’s needs, the objectives of the Research & Innovation program, and national research trends. Presents research results at appropriate conferences and publishes in appropriate journals.
  8. Acts as a facilitator with all District departments related to research and innovation. Convenes and plans cooperative research projects within District; with local, state, and federal agencies; and non-governmental organizations.
  9. Serves as a technical resource for District staff, watershed partners, and other governmental agencies related to a variety of environmental engineering and science issues.
  10. Supports preparation of budgets and manages contracts for various professional and technical services employed for identified research projects. 



  • Operational characteristics, services and activities of a water resources management program or a regulatory affairs program
  • Principles and practices of complex program and project management
  • Theory and principles of environmental protection
  • Principles and practices of water resources management, water quality monitoring and interpretation
  • Principles and practices of natural treatment systems, reuse systems, watershed management and reporting
  • Principles and practices of pollution measurement and control
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and control
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including the Federal Clean Water Act requirements and state water quality requirements.


  • Planning, project management, monitoring, and budgeting pertaining to water resources management to meet District’s objectives and regulatory requirements
  • Operating, maintaining, and monitoring natural system facilities, watershed based activities and aquatic resources
  • Making oral presentations to in-house and public audiences
  • Developing innovative solutions within available resources
  • Use of computers and computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and geographic information systems


  • Understand and interpret pertinent policies, procedures, laws, and regulations pertaining to the program areas
  • Establish and maintain effective working partnerships with those contacted in the course of work including a variety of District and other government officials, community groups, and the general public
  • Interact with and influence individuals and groups with diverse backgrounds
  • Operate effectively in a team environment
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the KSAs would be:

  • Extensive experience in one or a combination of the following areas; environmental engineering or environmental science consulting or research; water resources planning, or surface water management program.
  • College level coursework in environmental science, environmental or civil engineering, environmental science, water resources management, or a related field. Master’s Degree or higher preferred.


Upon selection, candidate must possess and maintain a valid State issued driver’s license.

Additional Information

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any phase of the application process should contact Human Resources at 503.681.3600 or TDD 503.681.3601.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Clean Water Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, age, uniformed service, sexual orientation or disability in the admission or access to the recruitment process or any aspect of employment.

Clean Water Services

2550 SW Hillsboro Highway
Hillsboro, Oregon, 97123







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