Restoration Engineer/Scientist (Associate Water Resources Specialist)
Company: VALLEY WATER
Location: San Jose
Posted on: September 18, 2023
Restoration Engineer/Scientist (Associate Water Resources
Salary: $136,240.00 - $174,428.80 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 01668-E
Location: CA, CA
Department: Watersheds Stewardship and Planning
Closing: 9/6/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Valley Water is seeking an experienced restoration
engineer/scientist to support creek and aquatic habitat restoration
efforts in Santa Clara County. The Associate Water Resources
Specialist in the Office of Watershed Stewardship and Planning will
lead feasibility and planning studies for critical stream
stewardship and habitat restoration projects. Working with a team
of highly experienced watershed planners, engineers, and
biologists, and integrating water supply requirements and
interests, this position will contribute to some of the most
complex projects at Valley Water.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct technical analyses and planning studies in support of
hydrogeomorphic restoration, fish barrier removal, floodplain
reconnection, and watershed planning.
- Build and lead teams of internal experts and/or consultants to
deliver work products within schedule and budget.
- Report progress to various Board, advisory, and stakeholder
committees, including the Safe, Clean Water, and Natural Flood
Protection Program Independent Monitoring Committee.
- Act as a liaison with community groups, partners, and other
- Support the Watershed Stewardship and Planning Office
initiatives including implementation of Valley Water's Climate
Change Action Plan and the One Water Integrated Master Plan.Ideal
Candidate's Background Includes
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal
experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are
considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top
candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal
candidate criteria as listed below.
Ideal Experience: Qualified candidates will have training and
experience in restoration engineering or design, watershed science,
planning, and management, landscape architecture, and/or fishery
conservation and management with a focus on salmonids.
Our ideal candidate will be inspired by challenges, a collaborative
team player, and an established water resources professional with
broad technical expertise, and a holistic, unifying viewpoint of
- Four (4) years of professional-level experience with
responsibility for salmonid restoration engineering, planning,
- Hands-on experience working on fish passage or creek
restoration projects, including in an urban or highly
- Experience developing watershed management or restoration
plans.Ideal Skills and Abilities:
- Independently conduct comprehensive water resources studies and
natural resource studies, investigations, and analyses, including
use of modeling software (HEC-RAS, Fish Xing), topographic survey,
sediment sampling, and flow measurement.
- Perform arithmetic and statistical calculations.
- Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical
information and data in an effective manner.
- Apply water resources principles, practices, concepts, and
standards to planning, operations, and management.
- Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other
- Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with
applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws,
and regulations, and District water resources policies and
- Recommend and implement work plans and effectively manage water
resources projects/programs and assigned teams/staff.
- Effectively represent the unit and the District in meetings
with governmental agencies, community groups, various businesses,
professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with
- Principles of fluvial geomorphology, stream hydrology, and
hydraulics, fish habitat management and passage, ecological
restoration, and watershed planning.
- Knowledge of natural resource regulatory requirements as
drivers of project planning and design.Ideal Training and
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with
major coursework in water resources management, natural resources
management, planning, civil or other fields of engineering,
geology, physical sciences, earth sciences, natural sciences, or a
field related to an assigned functional area(s).
At least a 4-year degree with major coursework in fluvial
geomorphology, hydraulic engineering, watershed management, or
fishery conservation, a graduate degree in a related field is
Required License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid
California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the
driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered
for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
To review the Classification Specification, please click here
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Watersheds Stewardship and Planning Division (Position Code
Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend
on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability
for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job
duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires
employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work
location located in San Jose, California by their start date. This
position is eligible for a hybrid telework schedule, typically
working 40% remote and 60% onsite
(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following:
application review, application assessment, performance exercise,
written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions
and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal
candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly
NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds.
Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the
same classification.Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:
* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a
person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19
vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a
form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine
status in the State of California's July 26, 2021, Public Health
**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a
reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's
manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication
means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a
reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held
religious belief, practice, or observance.
Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is
available for review upon request.
Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination
process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise
Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling
Please be aware that once submitted all application materials
become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human
Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application
materials for applicants.
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