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2 May 2019

West Coast Water Department Project Manager – California

Posted by Tara Schwartz, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #35015

Summary: Water Department Project Manager is responsible for managing the water systems at the water Districts.  Primary duties include supervising the installation, operation, and maintenance/repair of water conveyance systems and irrigation systems. Duties associated with this include general engineering tasks (e.g. surveying, drafting), maintaining budgets, preparing reports, and communicating with outside entities/vendors.


Performs field investigations to troubleshoot and solve problems with the water and irrigation systems.  Works with vendors to complete projects whose scope goes beyond the abilities of the Water Dept. (e.g. well drilling, filter installation, etc)

Prepares water budgets, monitors groundwater/aquifer conditions, and forecasts supplies to aid with cropping patterns.

Manages Water Dept. personnel & wages; approves payment of invoices and tracks expenses; develops annual fiscal budgets.

Follows company safety standards and site safety standards

Assists in the execution of contracts (easements, permits, sales, etc.) associated with company land/assets.

Technical skills include hydraulic analysis, construction cost estimation, surveying, understanding of pumps, experience with open channel design/flow measurement, drafting, and technical report writing. Serves as point of contact for governmental or external entities (e.g. Utilities, Oil Companies, Neighbors, Water Districts, County, etc)

Tracks water supplies and manages flood water in years of wet hydrology.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a Technical Field: Civil or Ag Engineering, Ag Systems Management, Geology.  35 years experience working in the agriculture and/or water management sector preferred.

Other Qualifications:  Skilled in basic or standard field procedures and techniques.

Experienced in writing technical studies and reports, collecting field data, and writing internal correspondence preferred.

Knowledge in computer word processing, spreadsheets, AutoCAD, and database programs, preferred.

Good oral and written communication skills.

Must have a current valid California Drivers License, and eligible to drive within the Company Driving Policy.

Language Skills: Ability to thoroughly read and speak English. Spanish skills are helpful.

Must be able to work as part of a team. Must be observant, organized and detail oriented.

Must function well in a fast-paced environment.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions including wet, humid, muddy, foggy and hot conditions.  The employee is also exposed to dust, pollens, and various particles in the air.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will be required to frequently sit.  They must be able to occasionally walk, stand, bend and twist at the neck/waist, squat, and kneel.  They may be required to occasionally repetitively use their hands to perform simple grasping and fine manipulation as well as reach below their shoulders. Must be able to occasionally lift and/or carry up to 25 pounds.

Must be able to drive, on rough ranch roads, for several hours of each day.

Must maintain a high alertness throughout each day.

Please contact Tara Schwartz,

Job Categories: Farming. Job Types: West Coast. Job expires in Endless.

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