2022-07-28 2022-09-01

Landscape Water Conservation Specialist

City of Fresno
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fresno, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 84200
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fresno, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 84200
  • Organization Website

SALARY: $5,074 - $6,109/month

FILING DEADLINE: August 18, 2022

Come and join the City of Fresno in achieving our mission of Building a Better Fresno!

The City of Fresno Department of Public Utilities, Water Division is offering an outstanding career opportunity to a dedicated professional who will deliver high-quality water conservation services efficiently and in an environmentally responsible manner as a Landscape Water Conservation Specialist.

The Department is seeking an experienced Landscape Water Conservation Specialist (LWCS) to perform landscape surveys, to include consulting and assisting customers on planning issues related to water efficient landscape and regulations; performing water audits; setting irrigation timers; water wise horticulture consultation; drawing up landscape plans, leak detections and landscape evaluations for large and small landscape sites. The LWCS has the necessary qualifications and experience required to provide landscape consultation to customers and is prepared to draw landscape designs as well as discuss landscape and irrigation efficiencies for each specific lot. The LWCS must have the horticulture background to describe the many San Joaquin Valley friendly water-wise plants available which may be applicable for the lot. The LWCS will also investigate water meter issues, find water leaks, and set a variety of irrigation controllers, and be available to speak to community groups about horticulture and irrigation efficiency.

One current vacancy exists in the Department of Public Utilities Water Division. Immediate and future vacancies will be filled from this eligible list for a period of three (3) months from the date the eligible list is created, with the option of extending that period for up to a maximum of two (2) years at the City’s discretion. Should the competitive process be suspended for this recruitment, the eligibility list may be limited to three (3) months.

All newly hired and current City employees are required to comply with Administrative Order 6-30 “Employee Covid-19 Safety Protocols.” For more information, please visit: Personnel Services | Policies and MOU’s | fresno.gov

3% salary increase, effective June 19, 2023

  • HEALTH INSURANCE: The City contributes toward monthly premiums for PPO medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents.
  • FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT: IRS 125 Plan for health and dependent care expenses.
  • DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary 457 plan with Fidelity Investments to increase your retirement savings.
  • VACATION LEAVE: Accrue (8-14) days per year.
  • SICK LEAVE: Eight (8) hours per month, available after 90 days
  • SUPPLEMENTAL SICK- 40 hours per fiscal year. 80 hours lifetime maximum
  • HOLIDAYS: Ten (10) City-observed annual holidays plus birthday and two (2) personal days.
  • SHORT TERM DISABILITY: Provided through California SDI program.
  • BILINGUAL PREMIUM: PAY: $100 per month
  • HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENT: To reimburse retirement medical insurance and qualified medical expenses.
  • RETIREMENT: City of Fresno Retirement Systems, one of the best funded public systems in the state. Reciprocity with other CA public agencies. Vested in Retirement benefits after 5 years of service. City employees do not participate in Social Security.
  • DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program): an optional, voluntary program that allows an employee to deposit retirement benefits in a special savings account within the Retirement System while continuing to work for the City of Fresno for up to 10 years. Participation minimum is age 50 and vested. Benefits includes ownership of accumulated funds, compound interest earnings, and alternative distribution options.

Additional information regarding the City of Fresno benefits is available at https://www.fresno.gov/personnel/human-resources-support/#tab-1

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify for the examination and does not assure a place on the eligibility list.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in environmental science, horticulture, plant pathology, or closely related field;


Two (2) years of experience in water efficient irrigation system and landscape design, which included planting and maintenance activities. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Applicants MUST attach a copy of degree/college transcripts to the online application for verification of educational requirements.

Possession of a valid California Driver's License may be required at time of appointment. Candidates considered for hire must provide proof of a valid driver's license and current copy of their driving record.

The ability to speak, read and write a designated foreign language may be required when community needs dictate.

The examination process may consist of the following:

WRITTEN EXAMINATION - 100%: A job-related written examination will be administered which will test a candidate's knowledge of sprinkling and irrigation systems, arboriculture, soils, pesticides, fertilizers, and Microsoft Office products, ability to interpret policies and ordinances, interpersonal skills, reading comprehension and grammar, principles for conducting effective presentations. Candidates must achieve a passing score to qualify for the eligible list. The written examination has been tentatively scheduled for the week of: To be determined.

APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE AN ON-LINE APPLICATION. PLEASE VISIT WWW.FRESNO.GOV/JOBS TO APPLY. For information on how to complete an on-line application, please view "Instruction Guide" on the City's website, Personnel Services Career Opportunities page, or call (559) 621-6950 for assistance. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed employment application.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE regarding this recruitment and exam process will be sent via e-mail. All applicants will acknowledge such understanding when they complete their on-line application. Verify we have your correct e-mail address before you submit your application. It is an applicant's responsibility to check their email frequently to ensure they receive all pertinent communication from the Personnel Services Department on a timely basis. Applicants will receive an automatically generated confirmation e-mail upon a successful application submittal. The e-mail is the only proof of submittal.

It is an applicant's responsibility to check their email account and to ensure it is set up to accept emails from the City of Fresno. Dependent upon your settings, notices from the City of Fresno may be directed to the "junk mail" or "spam" folders. It is the applicant's responsibility to check these folders.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on the filing deadline or they will not be accepted for any reason. FOR THIS RECRUITMENT, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT PERMANENT FRESNO CITY EMPLOYEES APPLY THROUGH PEOPLESOFT SELF SERVICE.

Candidates applying for veteran's preference are required to submit a copy of their DD214 with their application during the specified filing period. Evidence must be presented to indicate that the candidate was discharged honorably from the military service. Veterans, including City employees, must resubmit proof of honorable service for every examination for which veteran's preference credit is requested. Qualified veterans who pass the examination will have five (5) points added to their final score.

The City of Fresno is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Should you need a special accommodation due to a qualifying disability, please contact the Personnel Service Department at (559) 621-6950 in advance of the examination.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at WaterDistrictJobs.com.