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Water Resources Engineer II

Carson, CA

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West Basin Municipal Water District is a global leader in the water industry in water recycling, conservation, water resource management, youth and adult education, and ocean-water desalination.  West Basin provides drinking water and recycled water to eight local retail water agencies including four cities, three private water companies and one county water agency.  The District serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu.  The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
West Basin operates the state-of-the-art Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and three satellite locations.  It is the largest treatment and water purification facility of its type in the world providing nearly 40 million gallons of water each day to over 300 sites.  West Basin utilizes various advanced treatment processes to produce five types of high-quality “designer” waters used for commercial, industrial and landscape purposes, including three ultra-pure waters.  The District is also researching environmentally-responsible ocean-water desalination and currently hosts tours at its Water Education Center in Redondo Beach, California and also at the Edward C. Little Recycling Facility.
West Basin owns and operates approximately 100 miles of recycled water pipeline, and supplies recycled water to customers for non-potable use.  To expand the use of recycled water, the District assists customers with the process of converting their sites to utilize recycled water.  In addition, the District conducts site inspections to ensure compliance for the safe use of recycled water.
West Basin is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity in our recruitment process and programs.  West Basin is committed to customer service and seeks to provide our customers with the most qualified and exceptional professional services through those we employ, while offering an excellent benefits package to our employees.
West Basin is seeking an experienced Water Resources Engineer II to join the Technical Planning Division of the Technical Resources Department to develop and deliver a diverse range of projects and programs. The Technical Planning Division is responsible for development and delivery of multi-disciplinary and complex technical and strategic planning studies and investigations associated with the District’s recycled water program, brackish water facility, energy management, future water supply portfolio, and ocean water desalination environmental impact assessment.  In addition to technical and strategic planning efforts, the Technical Planning Division oversees and manages the District’s Research and Development (R&D) Program that supports internal and external R&D efforts to advance water reuse and reliability.
The Water Resources Engineer II will report directly to the Technical Planning Supervisor, and under general supervision, will provide a variety of project development support and management oversight activities for the planning, development, and implementation of planning studies.  Further, this positon will manage, administer and oversee work performed by project consultants and contractors; and respond to questions and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals, consultants, city officials, regulatory agencies, and District staff regarding engineering projects and planning studies.
There are two vacancies currently available for this position within the Technical Planning Division.  One vacancy is for full-time regular appointment, and the other is an at-will 12-month limited term funded position that is not eligible for regular appointment status.  C ontinued employment beyond the 12-month limited term is dependent upon available funding and department need
Key responsibilities:
Plan, organize, direct and evaluate the work on complex capital improvement and planning projects and studies.
Develop project approach analysis through desktop review and obtaining input from other District departments.
Conduct planning and monthly project review meetings.
Develop, implement and monitor project timelines and objectives to achieve the department’s mission and project priorities; and manage all aspects of the project to preparing, administering and monitoring project budgets and schedules and controlling change order processes.
Develop engineering calculation, technical and literary review of all documents prepared by the consultants and/or engineers.
Utilize effective project management and cost analysis techniques to ensure projects are delivered in a timely manner.
Conduct community outreach efforts when required based on project type and location.
Exercise responsibility for a full range of project activities from early project conception through research and literature review, planning, design, implementation, completion, and transfer to staff in other departments.
Develop and review consultant engineering reports, designs, drawings and construction specifications and associated cost estimates; and interpret specifications.
Perform field reconnaissance and project site inspections; resolve design, construction, and other technical and non-technical conflicts; and conduct plan and report review of projects from outside entities that have the potential of impacting District facilities and operations.
Coordinate planning, permitting, and financing at project initiation.
Prepare/review requests for proposals and submitted bids for projects.
Author reports and prepare correspondence on technical engineering issues.
Coordinate and facilitate interaction on engineering project activities with other District departments, various outside agencies, municipalities and customers; develop reports, letters and memoranda regarding project issues for both internal and external distribution; prepare periodic project status reports; and ensure the maintenance of detailed records of project activities.
Provide support to the R&D Program, including grant proposal preparation, program coordination, and correspondence with internal staff and external stakeholders.
Prepare and deliver technical presentations in various forums; and brief management on current issues, assignments, reports and planned activities.
Respond to questions and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals and District staff regarding planning studies and engineering projects.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. preferred) four-year college or university with major coursework in civil, environmental, or chemical engineering or a closely related engineering field; AND four years of professional engineering experience in the water, energy, or environmental field. A Professional Engineering (P.E.) license is not required; however, it is preferred that the selected candidate obtain their P.E. license or certification within three years after date of hire.
Post-graduate degrees in environmental, or chemical engineering or a closely related engineering field is highly desirable.
Ability to effectively represent the District in negotiations and interactions with a variety of consultants, contractors, agencies and other stakeholders.
Ability to interpret, explain and apply complex rules, regulations, laws and ordinances; and ability to plan, organize, assign, coordinate, integrate and evaluate the work on assigned capital and planning engineering projects.
Ability to perform technical research and analyze complex engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or adopting effective courses of action.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal staff, consulting engineers, construction contractors, representatives of other agencies and others encountered in the course of work.
Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; exercise sound independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines; and be self-organized and motivated.
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Possess a valid Class C California Driver's License; proof of insurance and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment.  Employee is required to use his or her own vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.
Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge of energy and greenhouse gas management and alternative power supply.  
Knowledge of water reuse, biological treatment processes (MBR), and membrane technologies.
Knowledge of multi-disciplinary planning studies for water infrastructure and agencies;
Experience in water rate policy and design and alternative project delivery methods.
Knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and environmental regulatory permitting
Knowledge of water reuse and drinking water regulations and requirements in California and the California Ocean Plan.
Advanced proficiency in Access, Primavera P6 and Microsoft Projects.
There are two vacancies currently available for this position.  One vacancy is for full-time regular appointment, and the other is an at-will 12-month limited term funded position that is not eligible for regular appointment status.  C ontinued employment beyond the 12-month limited term is dependent upon available funding and department need
Both appointments are eligible for District benefits.  The salary range is $82,681 - $103,352 annually, depending on qualifications. 
Apply by:  August 6, 2018
.  Apply online at:  ****.  For questions or additional information, please contact:  West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Suite 210, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228.  Email:  ****
Cover Letters and resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed West Basin Online Application and Supplemental Questionnaire.
  The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview and written exercise.
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