The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (IWVGA) was formed in 2017 through a Joint Powers Authority Agreement. The IWVGA Board of Directors is comprised of five (5) voting members; Kern County, San Bernardino County, and Inyo County, the City of Ridgecrest, Indian Wells Valley Water District, and two (2) non-voting Federal, associate members; the United States Navy (Naval Air Weapons Station – China Lake) and the Bureau of Land Management. The GSA encompasses over 380,000 acres. The IWVGA serves as a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) in compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014 to protect existing surface water and groundwater rights. The GSA employs Stetson Engineers as the Water Resource Manager tasked with drafting and submitting the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin (IWVGB). The GSP was submitted to the Department of Water Resources for review and approval January 31, 2020.
This is a new executive management position reporting to the IWVGA Board of Directors. The incumbent’s focus will be implementation of the GSP by providing leadership and direction to member agencies, ensuring efficient and effective legislative and regulatory compliance in accordance with Board directives; collaborating with State and local agencies; facilitating outreach efforts with stakeholders to strategically comply with legal requirements; and accomplishing IWVGA goals and objectives.
The GSA is seeking a candidate with previous administrative management experience related to water resource management and conservation programs. A bachelor’s degree in a related field (geology, hydrology, engineering, environmental studies, business) is highly desirable, but any combination of experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of state and local laws, regulations related to water conservation programs, water resource management, and SGMA.
The IWVGA is currently seeking all qualified candidates, both individuals and organizations. This is a contract position with salary commensurate with experience and final determination of status; full- time or part-time.
Interested individuals or consulting firms should submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references on or before August 31, 2020 to the following email address: email@example.com with subject IWVGA GM Recruitment, Attn: Don Zdeba, Acting General Manager. Detailed brochure available by clicking here