Water Resources Specialist

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Starting salary is $4,025 to $4,897, (depending on qualifications), plus benefits.  See reverse side for more information.
The individual in this position will focus on resource management for the Joint Water Commission (which is managed by the City of Hillsboro).  Strong candidates will have a mixed skill set that includes the recognizing trends in data, presenting technical information to a range of audiences including the public, and collaborating with a variety of people.  Strong Microsoft Excel and writing skills will be necessary.  This position tracks and reports water availability, treatment plant production, and customer demands.  Additionally, this position supports the source water (watershed) protection program through supporting special projects and fostering partnerships.

The principal function of an employee in this class is to provide technical 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 and conservation programs and water resource projects.
• Assists in the development and presentation of public education materials and training.
• Collects and monitors sample collections and related equipment maintenance; provides updates on test results.
• Gathers, researches and analyzes data; prepares documentation, maps, drawings, estimates, reports, plans and correspondence.
• 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.
• Develops, presents and/or assists in developing and presenting public education materials and outreach programs.
• Manage 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:

Associate’s degree in Environmental Science, Hydrology, Chemistry, Geography, Engineering Science or related field and 2 years of experience in public relations, drinking water programs, water systems, water resources or related field; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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.

• Applicable Federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations and/or ordinances;
• Water industry and conservation practices;
• Positive and effective customer service principles;
• Educational outreach principles and methods;
• Water sampling and testing protocol and methods;
• Mathematical concepts;
• Research methods;
• Modern office equipment.

• 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);
• Monitoring water sampling and test results;
• Researching and analyzing data;
• Preparing reports, educational materials, maps, drawings and related documentation;
• Maintaining and updating database systems;
• Identifying 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;
• 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.

 Special Qualifications:

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.

Positions in this class typically require: standing, walking, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions with or without reasonable accommodation.  Depending on assignment, position may require climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, courching, 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 travel and environmental conditions.