September 28, 2020
San Jose, CA
Job Type



Water Supply Planning and Conservation Unit (Position Code 0956)

Are you looking to make a difference in your community by ensuring that over 1.9 million people are provided a reliable, clean and environmentally sustainable water supply? Valley Water is looking for a highly talented and motivated Associated Water Resources Specialist who will work in the Water Supply Planning and Conservation Unit.
This position will conduct and participate in water supply planning modeling and analyses to support water supply investment decisions. This will include leading and participating in the design and development of project-specific water supply studies for specific water utility projects, developing numerical and conceptual modeling tools, maintaining and updating models, collecting and organizing data, conducting forecasting analyses with models, analyzing water supply benefits and costs of capital improvement and operations options, and preparing reports that document modeling assumptions and results. This position will also provide technical support to other employees in the unit, division, and Valley Water and to external representatives on water supply planning objectives, guidelines, and policies.
In addition to leading and participating in project-specific water supply studies, the incumbent will conduct and participate in water supply reliability assessments that can include identifying and evaluating new and existing sources of supply, expansion of conjunctive use of imported and local supplies, and demand management. The incumbent will prepare reports and presentations documenting the study objectives, methods, findings, and recommendations; coordinate modeling with other units at Valley Water (i.e., internal stakeholders); meet with water retailers, public agencies, organizations, and the public; and develop and administer contracts and agreements.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct and participate in water supply planning modeling and analyses to support water supply investment decisions.
  • Lead and participate in the evaluation of water supply projects to inform investment decisions.
  • Develop numerical and conceptual modeling tools.
  • Maintain and update models.
  • Conduct forecasting analyses with models and analyze water supply benefits and constraints.
  • Prepare reports that document modeling assumptions and results.
  • Provide technical support to other employees in the unit, division, and District and to external representatives on water supply planning objectives, guidelines, and policies.
  • Coordinate activities and meet with water suppliers, agencies, organizations, and the public.
  • Develop and administer contracts and agreements.

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 listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Four (4) years of professional level experience in water resources, with at least two years including water resources modeling.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data in an effective manner.
  • Model water supplies and assess water supply projects/investments, evaluate project alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports.
  • Effectively represent the unit and the Valley Water in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations and in meetings with individuals.
  • Organize and prioritize multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines, and according to best modeling and analysis practices.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ideal Knowledge:

  • Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of water resources management, planning, engineering, hydrogeology, geology, hydrology, hydraulics, and/or environmental sciences.
  • Principles and practices of numerical modeling and analysis, natural resource modeling, forecasting and risk analysis, and/or statistical analysis.
  • Principles, practices, theories, and methods of water supply planning and long-term water supply modeling and analysis.
  • Practices of researching water resources issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.
  • Principles and practices for analyzing large datasets, such as statistical analysis.
  • Basic knowledge of at least one programming language.
  • Valley Water's water supply system.

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 field of engineering, geology, physical sciences, earth sciences, natural sciences or a field related to assigned functional area(s).

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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Selection Process

(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 re-post this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

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 the Office of Talent and Inclusion 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.The Office of Talent and Inclusion staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
Closing Date/Time: 10/4/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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