Associate Resource Specialist
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of twenty six cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five conventional water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.6 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

The MWD's Water Resource Management Group, Resource Implementation Section, currently has one (1) opening for an

Associate Resource Specialist
    in the Regional Supply Unit at our Los Angeles headquarters at Union Station.

    Positions allocated to this classification function as journey-level resource specialists responsible for monitoring, coordinating, and conducting complex studies through utilization of outside consultants. Other responsibilities include program design and implementation, maintaining statictical, census, climatic, demographic, water supply and water delivery data, and are involved in the preparation of the more technical reports, studies, documents, and correspondence. Positions in this classification work under general supervision and guidance.


    This Associate Resource Specialist position will be primarily involved with developing, designing, and administering Metropolitan's water conservation programs, which provide financial assistance for water use efficiency programs. It will involve working closely with member and retail agency staff in a lead role and requires considerable independent judgement in advancing project initiatives and strategies consistent with Metropolitan's board-adopted Long-Term Conservation Plan.

    This position will:
    · Participate in the design, development, and administration of Metropolitan’s water
    conservation programs
    · Identify research priorities and administer the annual research program budget to
    advance water use efficiency and conservation
    · Support review, management, and reporting of financial information relating to
    water conservation programs
    · Ensure compliance with the state and federal grant funding agreements through
    review of invoices and correction of billing errors
    · Work with management to ensure development and maintenance of appropriate
    cost reporting and financial controls
    · Monitor and attend meetings with internal and external entities related to water conservation and water use efficiency
    · Prepare presentation and briefing materials for executive management and the board on matters relating to water conservation and local supply development

    1. Prepares and/or conducts conservation exchange and transfer, reclamation, power,
    water supply and demand or economic studies or projects.
    2. Plans, organizes, and directs the work of consultants; sets scope of work and
    reviews various bids for each new program.
    3. Prepares the more technical reports, correspondence, and studies relating to
    conservation, exchange, and transfer agreements, reclamation, power, water supply
    and demand or economic issues.
    4. Attends meetings, seminars, and conferences on resource-related issues with the
    district’s member agencies, sub-agencies, and other organizations that may have an
    impact on our interests.
    5. Reviews and analyzes moderately complex resource-related documents and
    correspondence to determine their impact upon the district; makes recommendations
    on potential courses of action.
    6. Collects, maintains, and provides census, climatic, and other historical demographic
    data for special studies, projects, and reports, as required.
    7. Responds to both telephone and written inquiries from the general public on a variety
    of conservation and resource issues.

    · Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Sciences, Urban Planning, Geography, Economics, Geology, Water Resource Management, or other related field, plus two (2) years directly-related experience;
    · A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Sciences, Urban Planning, Geography, Economics, Geology, Water Resource Management, or other related field plus one (1) year directly-related experience;
    · Two (2) years of directly related experience as an Assistant Resource Specialist with the district.

    · This position requires light physical effort, which may include occasional light lifting to a ten-pound limit and some bending, stooping, standing, or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

    · Indoor and outdoor work environment. The work environment may include some exposure to outside elements.
    · Requires travel to various sites and may require overnight stays.

    · A valid driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class C (passenger car) or higher.

    · The Applicant Profile, resume, and response to the questionnaire will be used to screen an applicant’s ability to meet the minimum requirements.
    · Based on a comparative analysis, only those candidates demonstrating the strongest backgrounds will be invited to testing.
    · Those applicants invited for testing will participate in an oral technical panel interview that will include a written exam.

    Job Related Selection Criteria:
    · 25 % Technical knowledge/skills including knowledge of water programs, water resources, w ater supply and demand, reclamation, conservation, environmental and regulatory/legislative issues
    · 15 % Job Preparation (education, experience, and training relevant to the position)
    · 10% Oral Communication
    · 1 0% Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills
    · 2 0% Analytical Skills
    · 10% Organizing & Planning
    • 10% Written Communication Skills
    Total 100%

    This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to .

    If the position requires a college/university degree, it must have been issued by an educational institution accredited by the United States Department of Education. Degrees issued by educational institutions outside the United States must include documentation validating the equivalency of that degree to the same degree in the United States to be considered acceptable for Metropolitan purposes.

    Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least 5 working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s).

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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