Manager (Conservation)

California Water Service Group

Torrance, CA, US

Job Description:

The Conservation Manager oversees the day-to-day management of conservation activities, including managing and coordinating water conservation programs and projects. The Conservation Manager reports to the Director of Water Resource Sustainability and is responsible for supervising other employees. The position will be located in Torrance, CA.


  • Supervises staff, including prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, overseeing training and development, and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations;

  • Develops, implements, and administers the water conservation program;

  • Participates in budget development and management with primary responsibility for budgets associated with conservation programs;

  • Writes, analyzes, and evaluates technical reports and publications and oversees the preparation of informational materials;

  • Answers a variety of complex citizen, media, regulatory and administrative inquiries regarding Company water conservation activities, programs, and procedures; resolves customer water conservation-related issues;

  • Participates in the development of training and safety programs to enhance the Water Resource Sustainability Department and ensure compliance with company policy and occupational safety regulations;

  • Authorizes purchase of equipment, materials, and supplies related to conservation programs;

  • Reviews and approves invoices for payment;

  • Oversees the development of workshops, seminars, and public outreach events;

  • Develops presentation materials and delivers training on water conservation to employees, outside agencies, committees, commissions, boards, community groups, and the public;

  • Participates in the development and writing of Urban Water Management Plans, Conservation Master Plans, and other planning documents;

  • Participates in General Rate Case process;

  • Evaluates Cal Water’s district conservation programs and makes recommendations for improvements;

  • Assists the Director of Water Resource Sustainability with short- and long-term departmental planning;

  • Represents Cal Water at various state and local industry forums, and local public hearings related to water conservation;

  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships federal, state, and other public sector organizations, private consultants, foundations, manufacturer representatives, and the public;

  • Communicates program status to affected groups, i.e. district, customers, management;

  • Acts as the primary liaison with other internal departments on public information programs to promote the efficient use of water;

  • Operates computer and office related equipment to fulfill job responsibilities;

  • Participates in and supports the company’s Continuous Improvement program and projects;

  • Other duties may be assigned to fulfill business operational needs and objectives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Water Resources, Economics, or related field and/or equivalent relevant experience.

  • Three years of experience overseeing the implementation of various water conservation programs.

  • Must obtain AWWA Water Use Efficiency Practitioner, Grade 1 Certification within 12 months.

  • Must obtain AWWA Water Use Efficiency Practitioner, Grade 2 Certification within 18 months.

  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques.

  • Effective management and team building skills.

  • Management experience desirable.

  • Knowledge of applicable State, Federal and local laws, and regulations.

  • Ability to perform mathematic functions to calculate figures and analyze results.

  • Ability to read, interpret, and explain documents such as water-use restrictions and waste of water process.

  • Ability to organize work to meet changing schedules and high-pressure situations.

  • Ability to work with others and diffuse hostile situations when necessary.

  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or verbal instructions.

  • Exceptional ability to communicate new information effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a tactful and persuasive manner.

  • Ability to play an effective public role in strengthening the Company’s external profile and in communicating specific areas of expertise and differentiation with the media, industry, and public.

  • Strategic thinker with experience in program planning and execution.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, and commitment to outstanding customer service.

  • Must be proficient in personal computer skills including Microsoft Office.

  • Valid California Driver License.

Salary Range: $93,100 – $172,600

Deadline to submit resume is Friday, April 30, 2021.

The Equal Opportunity Policy of the Company is based upon the philosophy that all people should be treated fairly and with dignity.  California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, New Mexico Water Service and Washington Water Service do not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other protected class.  The Company makes all employment decisions in a non-discriminatory manner. EOE, VET, DISABILITIES.




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