Water Resources Specialist

City of Hillsboro
Hillsboro, OR, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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The principal function of an employee in this class is to provide technical support and program assistance related to City water resource programs and projects.
Examples of Essential Work
This class specification represents only the core areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.
  • Provides technical support and assistance in the planning, development and implementation of water quality monitoring, conservation programs and water resource projects.
  • Assists in the development and presentation of public education materials, training and outreach programs.
  • Collects water samples from a variety of sources and monitors sample collections and related equipment maintenance; provides updates on test results; uses results to demonstrate compliance with federal and state drinking water standards.
  • Gathers, researches and analyzes data; prepares documentation, maps, drawings, estimates, reports, plans and correspondence for internal benchmarking, regulatory compliance, and informing governing boards.
  • Assists in developing and updating databases for tracking and forecasting water demands and laboratory results.
  • Responds to public information requests, inquiries and complaints; researches records and documents and provides information.
  • Manages records and information in any format, in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations and City policy, guidance and records retention schedule.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.
     
Acceptable Experience and Training
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Hydrology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geography, Engineering Science, Geology or a closely related field and two years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

LICENSING/CERTIFICATIONS:
Depending on assignment, some positions may require:

  • Valid Driver's License and safe driving record;
  • Oregon Boater Education Card from the Oregon State Marine Board.

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Applicable Federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations and/or ordinances;
  • Water industry and conservation practices including environmental science concepts including earth processes;
  • Positive and effective customer service principles;
  • Educational outreach principles and methods;
  • Water sampling, testing protocol and methods;
  • Mathematical concepts and research and analysis methods;
  • Applicable technology;
  • Modern office equipment.

SKILL IN:

  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards;
  • Providing lead work direction and evaluation (based on assignment);
  • Prioritizing and assigning work activities and projects (based on assignment) including coordinating and implementing projects and programs;
  • Monitoring water sampling and test results;
  • Researching methodology, forecasts and analyzing data;
  • Preparing technical reports, educational materials, maps, drawings and related documentation;
  • Maintaining and updating database systems;
  • Identifying and analyzing issues and providing recommended solutions;
  • Providing positive and effective customer service;
  • Preparing and presenting educational presentations (based on assignment);
  • Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications;
  • Working independently with minimum direction while also working as part of a team and collaborating with others;
  • Promoting a culture of teamwork and communication by working in collaboration and treating coworkers with respect and dignity and maintaining an open mind to diverse voices and ideas.
     
Additional Information
CITY OF HILLSBORO'S CORE VALUES:
Employees at the City of Hillsboro are expected to exemplify the behaviors set forth in our Core Values as follows:
• Excellence in Public Service
• Respect for Diverse Voices and Ideas
• Responsiveness in Customer Service
• Tradition of Reliability
• Stewardship of the Public Trust
• Leadership with Ethics and Integrity
• Culture of Teamwork and Communication
• Emphasis on Innovation

Employees are also expected to promote a positive work environment and to be effective and collaborative team members, while providing responsive municipal services to the citizens of the City of Hillsboro.

ADA AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Positions in this class typically require: standing, walking, talking, grasping, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions with or without reasonable accommodation. Depending on assignment, position may require climbing, occasional standing, walking, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching and exerting up to 50 pounds of force.
 
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/ or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
 
Incumbents may be subjected to occasional travel and environmental conditions such as hazardous materials and weather conditions.

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Water Resources Specialist
Water Department — HP# 2021-14

Human Resources Department Phone 503-681-6455 Fax 503-615-3459 Web Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Jobs

The City of Hillsboro’s Water Department provides water to over 88,000 customers and is a partner and the managing agency for the Joint Water Commission, which serves over 365,000 customers! With this responsibility to our community, it is essential we have the highest performing and most diverse team possible: That’s where you come in!

Strong candidates for Water Resources Specialist will have the ability to tell the story and convey the meaning behind the numbers. This clarity assists the Water Department and the Joint Water Commission to make sound, data-based decisions and recommendations while maintaining a high-level of drinking water reliability. This ability will be expressed through a mixed skill set that includes recognizing trends in data, supporting watershed protection projects, creating graphics and reports on findings, and presenting technical information to a range of audiences including the public. Proficient data analysis and writing skills will be necessary for success.

The Water Resource Specialist will work closely with a wide-variety of people including: water distribution and treatment operators, staff in other City Departments, JWC partner agencies, non-profits, and the public to solve every day problems and create environmentally-sound, data-driven solutions.

The City of Hillsboro is growing great things,
including people and meaningful careers!

Pay Range
$53,569 – $70,494/year
Starting Salary
$53,569 – $65,175/year
Depending on qualifications

Terms
Full-time, non-exempt position with benefits

Close
11:59 pm, August 24, 2020

Benefits
For extensive Benefit Package: Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Benefits

To Apply
Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Jobs

Hiring a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.

Current/Upcoming Projects:
• Creating summary reports and data dashboards in Seeq.
• Mapping customer’s that have received conservation rebates.
• Assisting on a grant-funded project to update a source water protection plan and reduce the potential of harmful algal blooms in the watershed.
• Contributing to the creation of a new Hometown Tap.

Primary Responsibilities:
This position will support a variety of projects related to source water (rivers, streams, lakes), drinking water quantity, and individual customer’s water use. They will have one eye on the natural environment and one eye on the built infrastructure.
• Track and report trends in water availability, water treatment, and customer demands. Compile, summarize, analyze, and display data generated by the Department and outside sources, and housed in specialized databases.
• Research and analyze information related to past, present, and future water consumption.
• Assist implementing source water protection programs in coordination with several stakeholder organizations.
• Support source water protection projects to understand the watershed and reinforce environmentally responsible land uses.
• Engage with members of the public on water topics and respond to customer inquiries and concerns.
• Aid in providing customer rebates for purchase and installing of water saving devices and personalized customer water audits.
• Develop and generate graphics, memos, and reports

Work is typically performed in an office. This position does not typically perform work outdoors or in a laboratory.

Knowledge of:
• Applicable Federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations and/or ordinances;
• Water industry and conservation practices
• Natural resources management or environmental science concepts including earth processes;
• Positive and effective customer service and stakeholder engagement principles;
• Educational outreach principles and methods;
• Mathematical concepts and research and analysis methods;
• Applicable technology;
• Modern office equipment.

Acceptable Experience and Training
Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Hydrology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geography, Engineering Science, Geology or a closely related field and two years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word is required. Experience with R, Tableau, or GIS is desired, but not required.

Human Resources Department Phone 503-681-6455 Fax 503-615-3459 Web Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Jobs