2022-05-11 2022-06-03

Water Use Efficiency Analyst I / II

Municipal Water District of Orange County
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 83477
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 83477
  • Organization Website

The District reserves the right to determine relative experience and education and place the successful candidate in the appropriate Analyst I or Analyst II level

WUE Analyst I hourly rate range: min: $35.78 - $48.32 max.
WUE Analyst II hourly rate range: min: $38.48 - $51.93 max

Summary
Under general supervision, provides project management oversight to develop, coordinate, and implement the District’s landscape WUE programs, including the identification, evaluation, coordination, promotion, and implementation of WUE 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 landscape WUE programs to promote WUE; responds to public inquiries for landscape conservation information received by telephone and e-mail; drafts a variety of program implementation reports, invoices and routine correspondence to landscape water efficiency program participants, member agencies and granting agencies; performs field work as necessary; and performs related duties as assigned.

The Water Use Efficiency Analyst I is distinguished from the Water Use Efficiency Analyst II in that incumbents in the Water Use Efficiency Analyst I class perform more routine and less experienced-level WUE functions, under closer supervision. The Water Use Efficiency Analyst II will have the ability to perform job duties with greater independence and will perform more advanced tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this classification.

  • Administers landscape WUE projects and programs; provide customer service, work with support staff
  • Assists the public with horticultural landscape and design ideas.
  • Performs research to gather necessary information for designing, implementing, and evaluating water conservation techniques including landscape irrigation efficiency and California-friendly horticulture/landscape design.
  • Assists in coordinating, planning, and conducting workshops, public presentations, and special events promoting water conservation.
  • Identifies WUE landscape program tasks needed to assist in program development and related activities.
  • Assists in coordinating District WUE landscape programs with staff, consultants, member agencies and the public; responds to inquiries in a courteous manner and provides information within the area of assignment.
  • Coordinates with Metropolitan Water District on the development, design, review, and implementation of WUE incentive landscape programs and funding mechanisms.
  • Represents the District on WUE issues at conferences and meetings organized by professional and industrial associations, community groups, and the public.
  • Assists in developing, implementing, and monitoring quality control measures for WUE landscape programs to assure compliance with agreements and appropriate expenditure of program funds.
  • Addresses conservation device performance issues with program participants, manufacturers, and program contractors; tracks performance issues on a programmatic basis.
  • Creates educational materials to assist customers in understanding landscape irrigation WUE, including the preparation of presentations, exhibits, displays, marketing brochures and other informational media.
  • Assists and evaluates the implementation of landscape “Best Management Practices” recommends incentives to improve landscape water efficiency; assists the public with landscape water savings opportunities.
  • Coordinates WUE 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; develops and administers program participation databases.
  • Identifies WUE program tasks needed to assist in grant program development and related activities.
  • Manages consultants who provide assistance necessary for program implementation.
  • Assists in implementing conservation related “Water Use Efficiency Standards”.
  • Conducts evaluation of program participant landscape efficiency projects.
  • Works with other department staff to provide public information, educational programs, and presentations regarding WUE, including the preparation and presentation of slides and overhead presentations, exhibits, displays, and other informational programs.
  • Assists in drafting, organizing, editing, and administering agreements and other written contracts for funding and implementation of WUE landscape programs; follows administrative system to track and account for actions and expenses.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as directed.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Landscape WUE methods and techniques, including accepted industry practices for conducting landscape evaluations; basic WUE methods and techniques; irrigation systems and landscaping techniques; basic principles of efficient landscape irrigation and design, climate appropriate plants and landscapes for southern California and the proper application of California Friendly plants; principles and practices of business communication; principles of efficient landscape irrigation and design; effective public communications and presentation techniques; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:
Maintain knowledge of irrigation systems and practices, including but not limited to weather-based irrigation controllers and irrigation systems; maintain knowledge of California friendly landscape practices, gather information, recommend alternatives, and make sound, appropriate recommendations; exercise sound, independent judgment within established guidelines; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; perform basic math; perform basic data analysis; represent the District effectively in meetings; understand and follow written and oral instructions; 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; communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including co-workers, outside agencies and the public, operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Education and Experience:

Analyst I: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in horticultural systems, landscape design, irrigation science, environmental studies, urban planning, water resources management, management, or a closely related field is desirable, with a minimum of one-year of WUE program development and implementation experience.

Analyst II: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in horticultural systems, landscape design, irrigation science, environmental studies, urban planning, water resources management, or a closely related field is desirable, with a minimum of three-years of WUE program development and implementation experience.

District reserves the right to determine relative experience and education and place the successful candidate in the appropriate Analyst I or Analyst II level.

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. AWWA Water Use Efficiency Practitioner I certification, Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certification, and/or Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor is encouraged.

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

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: Position is within a standard office setting; in-field work may be required occasionally. May be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends; may be required to travel to attend meetings via car, bus, train 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; push, pull, lift, and/or carry 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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