2020-01-08 2020-01-27

Water Use Efficiency Analyst II

Municipal Water District of Orange County
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 54037
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 54037
  • Organization Website

Position Summary:
Under general supervision of the WUE Supervisor, the WUE Analyst II provides project management oversight, to develop, coordinate, and implement the District’s water use efficiency programs, including, but not limited to, the identification, evaluation, coordination, promotion, and implementation of water use efficiency measures with an emphasis on landscape irrigation efficiency and California-friendly horticulture/landscape design. Coordinates with member agencies on the implementation of the District’s multiple residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and landscape water use efficiency programs to promote water use efficiency. Analyzes data, prepares reports on water use efficiency issues, and performs other duties as assigned. Engages in community outreach, performs field inspections and attends outside meetings and events.

A Water Use Efficiency Analyst II is distinguished from a Water Use Efficiency Analyst I in that incumbent in the former class performs more difficult and responsible program administration, implementation, evaluation, and coordination, with a greater degree of independence. Incumbents assist Water Use Efficiency Programs Supervisor and the Director of Water Use Efficiency Programs, as needed.

This position requires a minimum of 3-4 years of increasingly responsible water use efficiency program development and implementation experience.

Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

  • Conducts research, evaluates data, develops program proposals, and administers a variety of assigned landscape water conservation projects and programs.
  • Acts as a project manager to coordinate and administer federal and state grant activities, write grant proposals, administer grant agreements, manage grant budgets, prepare and submit grant reporting, and evaluation.
  • Collects data from multiple sources and monitors actual conservation results from program implementation; develops reports of findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Performs assigned research to gather necessary information for designing, implementing, and evaluating water conservation techniques for the landscape sector including landscape irrigation efficiency and California-friendly horticulture/landscape design.
  • Assists in coordinating, planning, and conducting workshops, classes, tours, and special events.
  • Identifies conservation program tasks needed to assist the Water Use Efficiency Supervisor and Director of Water Use Efficiency in grant program development and related activities.
  • Assists in coordinating District landscape conservation programs with staff, consultants, member agencies and the general public.
  • Manages consultants who provide assistance necessary for program implementation.
  • Assists in implementing conservation related “Water Use Efficiency Standards”.
  • Develops and administers program participation databases.
  • Assists in drafting and editing agreements for a variety of conservation related programs and develops the administrative system to track and account for actions and expenses.
  • Conducts water surveys, field investigations, and evaluations of landscape, residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional customers.
  • Coordinates landscape programs, including developments of printed materials and technical workshops on low water-use landscape and irrigation system design; coordinates with cities and other land-use agencies.
  • Works with other department staff to provide public information, educational programs, and presentations regarding water use efficiency, including the preparation and presentation of slides and overhead presentations, exhibits, displays, and other informational programs.
  • Represents the District on water use efficiency issues at conferences and meetings organized by professional and industrial associations, community groups, and the public.
  • Assists in organizing and administering professional services agreements and other written contracts for funding and implementation of water use efficiency programs for the member agencies.
  • Assists in developing, implementing, and monitoring quality control measures for conservation programs to assure compliance with agreements and appropriate expenditure of program funds.
  • Coordinates with Metropolitan Water District on the development, design, review, and implementation of water use efficiency incentive programs and funding mechanisms.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

Ability to:
Gather information, recommend alternatives, and make sound, appropriate recommendations. Conduct research through literature review on water use efficiency programs and water savings rates. Exercise sound, independent judgment within established guidelines. Operate a computer, word processing software, database software, spreadsheet and graphing software in developing and preparing presentation materials. Maintain knowledge of irrigation systems and practices, including but not limited to weather-based irrigation controllers and irrigation systems. Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing; and represent the District effectively in meetings. Understand and follow written and oral instructions; prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, correspondence, and other written materials. Understand, interpret, explain and apply District and local laws, regulations, and programs applicable to water conservation. Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive customer issues and situations; and maintain diplomacy and effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work. Research, write and prepare a variety of reports on the progress and evaluation of water use efficiency programs.

Knowledge of:
Water conservation methods and techniques, including accepted industry practices for conducting water audits. Principles, practices, techniques, and products used by other agencies in water conservation programs. Residential and commercial consumption patterns; interior plumbing fixtures; irrigation systems and advanced landscaping techniques. Principles and practices of business communication. Principles of efficient landscape irrigation and design, climate appropriate plants and landscapes for southern California and the proper application of California friendly plants. Research methods and techniques. Effective public communications and presentation techniques. Personal computer and word processing, data basing and presentation programs.

Education and Experience:
Graduation from a four-year college or university with coursework in Environmental Studies, Communications, Geography, Water Resources Management, Urban Planning, Public or Business Administration or a closely related field is desirable and a minimum of 3-4 years of water conservation experience. The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and abilities required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Any combination of education, experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. Public sector experience is preferred.

Other Requirements:
Possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license and automobile insurance under the terms of the District’s Vehicle Insurance Policy.

All District employees are Disaster Service Workers by CA state law and are expected to participate in emergency response initiatives. This could include contributing to the emergency planning process, participating in disaster exercises and training, as well as potentially responding to support actual emergency events.

Working Conditions and Physical Activities:
Environment: Standard office setting. May be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends; may be required to travel to attend meetings via car, bus or air transportation.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting; stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; operate standard office equipment including use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, FAX machine, printers, calculators, copiers; move approximately 25 pounds; and communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.

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