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Water Resources Engineer I/II

Company: West Basin Municipal Water District
Water Resources Engineer I/II
Carson, California
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
October 30, 2017
Job ID: 45177

West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) is a California Special District that wholesales potable and recycled water to local public and investor-owned water utilities in the coastal area of Los Angeles County. West Basin serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu in addition to commercial, industrial, and institutional users in the area. West Basin is a national leader in water recycling, conservation, ocean-water desalination exploration, and water resource management and education programs. West Basin, headquartered in Carson, is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

West Basin operates Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECLWRF) in El Segundo as well as and three satellite facilities within its service areas. ECLWRF is the largest treatment facility of its kind in the world with a recycled treatment capacity of 40 million gallons per day. These facilities produce a total of five types of high quality "designer" recycled water delivered to over 300 sites through 100 miles of pipelines for commercial, industrial, and irrigation non-potable purposes. Additionally, West Basin is responsible for producing advance treated recycled water for injection into the West Coast Seawater Barrier Project for potable reuse. West Basin has been researching environmentally responsible ocean-water desalination and operates a Water Education Center in Redondo Beach that showcases the findings of these research efforts.


West Basin is seeking a Water Resources Engineer I or II (depending on the level of experience) to join the Special Projects Division of the Technical Resources Department to develop and a diverse range of projects and programs. West Basin’s Special Projects Division, under the Technical Resources Department, is responsible for developing and delivering projects and programs that are outside of the day-to-day operations. These projects and programs help strengthen West Basin’s service area’s business goals by enhancing long-term water reliability and security and drought resiliency, improving water quality to its customers, promoting sustainability, and advancing the water reuse industry. Notable projects and programs that are currently developed under Special Projects include the Ocean Water Desalination Program, the Hyperion nitrification/denitrification membrane bioreactor pilot study, the new energy initiative, and the Research and Development (R&D) Program.

Key responsibilities:

• Developing scope of work, budget, and other supporting documents for vendors to conduct work; and developing, managing and monitoring project budgets and schedule.

• Planning, organizing, directing and evaluating the work of assigned projects conducted by vendors/contractors.

• Overseeing external consultants assigned to West Basin projects. • Developing, implementing and monitoring project timelines and objectives to achieve the department’s mission and capital project priorities.

• Conducting cost analysis and reporting progress; when necessary, initiating, reviewing, negotiating and recommending change orders for assigned projects.

• Developing and reviewing work products to ensure proper techniques and methodologies are used, reasonable assumptions are made, and findings are substantiated and sound; these work products may include reports, designs, drawings, and associated cost estimates. • Participating in and managing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process and litigation, conducting document review, attending hearings, and managing technical studies and other tasks that pertain to the CEQA process.

• Participating in the development of the energy initiative and energy management framework.

• Managing and participating in special projects, outreach activities, and preparing technical materials for public presentations.

• Preparing technical content for grant application packages for state and federal grant programs and subsidies.

• Managing the research and development database and other activities.

• Preparing monthly project review meetings and board memos for board approval as required.

• Representing West Basin at professional conferences, events, and in negotiations to interact with consultants, contractors, agencies and stakeholders.


The ideal candidate will have:

• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil, environmental, or chemical engineering or a closely related engineering field AND at least two to five years of relevant professional engineering experience.

• A Master’s degree or PhD with major coursework in civil, environmental, or chemical engineering or a closely related engineering field AND one to five years of professional engineering experience is desirable but not required.

• Depending on the candidates experience and educational background, a Professional Engineering (P.E.) license and Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) certification may be required at time of appointment. If not required, the selected candidate is expected to obtain the license or certification within one to two years after their date of hire.

• Excellent understanding of the principles and practices of environmental science and engineering, such as membrane and biological treatment processes. • Experience in performing technical research and analyzing complex engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or adopting effective courses of action.

• Knowledge of mathematics and the ability to conduct calculations.

• Knowledge of water reuse and drinking water regulations and requirements in California and the California Ocean Plan.

• Knowledge of federal, state and local codes and regulations governing water infrastructure; trends, approaches and problem-solving techniques used in engineering project planning, design, permitting, construction, inspection and compliance processes.

• Knowledge of geotechnical, geological, and environmental principles and practices.

• Knowledge of the methods and techniques of contract negotiations and administration, and methods and techniques of engineering plan review and analysis.

• Knowledge of principles and practices of project management applicable to managing engineering design and construction projects.

• The ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines.

• Excellent to advanced skills in the Microsoft Office Suite, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and Visio.

• Knowledge of using engineering tools, such as ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks.

• Effective communication skills with the ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work as a team player by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with consulting engineers, construction contractors, representatives of other agencies, coworkers, and others encountered in the course of work.

• The ability to be a critical thinker in order to properly evaluate work product quality.

• The ability to be self-organized and motivated.

• Experience in desalination technologies, such as membrane processes, biological treatment and membrane bioreactor treatment processes, and advanced treatment technologies for water reuse is desirable.

• Experience in CEQA and permitting, grant writing and technical proposal preparations, greenhouse gas accounting principles, and renewable energy and energy storage technologies is desirable.

• Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License, proof of insurance and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment. Employee is required to use his or her own vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.


There is one vacancy currently available for this position. The salary range is $76,556 - $103,352 annually, depending on qualifications. This position is eligible for benefits.

Apply by: October 30, 2017. Apply online at: www.westbasin.org. For questions or additional information, please contact: West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Suite 210, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email: hr@westbasin.org.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed West Basin Online Application and Supplemental Questionnaire. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview and possible written exercise.

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