Water Resources Specialist (Closes at midnight December 20, 2013)
Chelan County Public Utility District - Wenatchee, WA

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In addition to a competitive salary range of $70,000 - $87,000 (based on qualifications, skills and abilities), Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year.


This position requires a RESUME and COVER LETTER (please summarize your interest in the position and community). Combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload when requested through the online application process.

This position closes at midnight on December 20. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Interested parties are also invited to contact Ruth Erwert, Recruiting Manager, at LinkedIn , (509) 661-4540, or joblist@chelanpud.org to discuss the position.


This position oversees water quality and water resource programs in order to maintain compliance with the District’s Rocky Reach, Rock Island, and Lake Chelan hydroelectric project licenses. Responsible for developing short and long term plans and strategies, risk management, and contributes to District operational decision making to ensure license compliance with the District’s 401 water quality certification requirements. Works effectively with governmental agencies and officials, Indian tribes, the public, special interest groups, governmental affairs, executive management, and District Commissioners to implement license measures and settlement agreements. Updates and implements the District’s Integrated Water Resources Plan. Supports and coordinates the District’s Water/Wastewater Operations department plans and strategies addressing water availability, watershed plans, shared regulatory mandates, and development of a sustainable and balanced approach to regional water source and use strategies. Performs field testing and audits and leads project teams.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position. Secondary functions (SF) are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.

1. EF (60%) Plan, organize, and oversee activities related to the District’s 401 water quality certifications and associated license measures. Coordinate with District management, operations, and administration staff to ensure all work associated with implementing District 401 certifications meet compliance and are timely and effectively.

2. EF (15%) Perform and/or audit results of field and laboratory tests to measure water quality and complete required reports.

3. EF (15%) Develop and oversee the implementation of an integrated water resources plan in conjunction with Customer Utilities and in alignment with overall District strategy. Assess current and future water resource supply and demand and water rights. Identify resource gaps, assess risks and develop risk management strategies. Develop performance goals and reports to monitor achievement of goals and objectives.

4. EF (5%) Develop, implement and manage a water resources communication and documentation plan to identify communication pathways and protocols to ensure an integrated approach to all water resource issues minimizing compliance or other District risks.

5. EF (5%) Manages consultants and leads or participates in interdepartmental project teams.

6. EF (Ongoing) Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

7. EF (Ongoing) Is required to drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, hydrogeology, water resource management or a related field of study; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Typically requires at least 5 years professional experience in the hydro/water utility industry performing environmental program management activities. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in hydrology, water quality, and environmental regulatory compliance, as well as experience managing cross-functional teams and working with external/internal stakeholders, regulatory agencies and other governmental entities to effectively meet license requirements and strategic objectives. Experience in strategic planning and implementation of plans is desirable.

Specific KSA's: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Excellent oral and written communications skills are required using a variety of media (PowerPoint, graphics, etc) and ability to communicate with a diverse audience, such as the general public, commissioners, and senior management. Knowledge of regulatory laws as they pertain to water and other natural resources is required including water rights, municipal water law, federal Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Ability to read and interpret regulatory documents such as federal and state laws and regulations, license orders, and 401 water quality certification requirements. Requires strong critical and creative thinking skills, statistical analyses skills, and the ability to analyze issues and recommend forward action. Knowledge of management techniques and working knowledge of budgeting analysis is required. Requires a working knowledge of power generation and marketing practices and relationship and impacts to water supply. Must be highly skilled at writing professional reports and correspondence and have the ability to speak persuasively and effectively before groups of agencies employees of organization, or customers. Requires strong organizational, coordination and collaboration skills.

Language Skills:
Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials; PeopleSoft Timekeeping/HR; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Access; Microsoft Project; Primavera; Maximo Order Processing; Maximo Asset management; and general office equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso; perform repetitive hand or arm motion; and talk, smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); and outdoor weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate.


A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/H/V

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