County of Alameda

Water Conservation Coordinator, Zone 7 (#4940)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Zone 7/Clerk (059)
$49.89-$60.66 Hourly / $3,991.20-$4,852.80 BiWeekly /
$8,647.60-$10,514.40 Monthly / $103,771.20-$126,172.80 Yearly


Under general supervision provides a variety of office and field water conservation duties; plans, organizes, develops, implements, and administers the Agency’s Water Conservation programs, establishes and maintains detailed and interrelated record-keeping systems; reviews, evaluates, and inspects landscape plans and projects; provides water conservation consultation and equipment to consumers; conducts water audits; instructs on water audit methods; performs related work as required.


The Water Conversation Coordinator class serves as the Agency’s representative to the community in the implementation of Water Conservation programs; an incumbent distributes water saving devices, conducts water audits, reviews and evaluates Agency landscape plans and projects, and conducts workshops on water conservation.  This class involves frequent contact with the community in situations that require technical expertise, effective communication, and public relations skills.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Responds to public inquiries relating to the water conservation program including answering telephones and responding to walk-in customer inquiries; ordering supplies of books, brochures, and other water conservation materials; and maintaining records of materials distributed.
2. Maintains and develops positive working relationships to coordinate program development, implementation, marketing, and administration with local and state agencies, regulators, community groups, and other stakeholders.
3. Maintains awareness of new developments in the field of water conservation and recommends incorporating new developments as appropriate into programs.
4. Provides technical assistance to the community on water conserving landscapes and commercial and industrial water processes and distributes water saving devices.
5. Reviews customers landscape plans to determine compliance with Agency requirements or eligibility for Agency-approved programs, such as rebate programs.
6. Provides technical expertise in the development of public information materials; develops ideas, themes, and plans for public information and education campaigns regarding water conservation goals.
7. Inspects certain plumbing fixtures, water re-use systems, or other water-saving equipment to determine eligibility for Agency-approved incentive programs.
8. Conducts community workshops, makes presentations, attends community events, and performs other public relations duties as necessary.
9. Performs technical administration and/or field inspection work for the Water Conservation program, such as work required to inspect and maintain California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) facilities and perform and instruct on water audits; evaluates Agency demonstration garden projects; administration of water conservation project contracts; preparing budget estimates for future work; and coordinating contractor work as needed.
10. Gathers and compiles data and information and prepares various periodic and special reports relating to the Water Conservation program, preparing technical reports and assisting in the preparation of more complex reports such as evaluation studies, master plans and financial reports.
11. Installs, monitors, and maintains hydrologic and climatic measuring stations and devices.
12. Takes measurements and collects climatological data.
13. Operates a variety of computer software programs; maintains and updates computer files; participates in the selection and development of new computer applications.
14. Updates and maintains a variety of records, files, and resource information.
15. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.



Possession of a baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in environmental or physical sciences, natural resources management, water resources, public administration, business administration, sociology, public relations, conservation, landscape architecture, horticulture, engineering, physical sciences, or a related field;



Two years of full-time experience in the water utility field with at least six months of full-time experience in the specific field of water conservation or a closely related field.


Possession of a valid California driver’s license and ability to become a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) within one year of being appointed.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.



NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Fundamental principles and practices of water conservation such as landscape design, drought tolerant plants, California native plants, and irrigation systems.
• General knowledge of industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential water use, practices, and methods to improve water use efficiency.
• Techniques of working with the public on an individual or group basis.
• Current issues and projects affecting Agency water conservation.
• Principles of effective written communication including strong editing skills.
• Intermediate knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. 
• Correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
• Basic principles and applications of public relations and outreach.
• Data collection and sampling methods and equipment.
• Mathematics and algebra.
• Modern office methods, procedures, and equipment.
• Computer software applications related to the work.
• Codes, regulations, and standards related to water conservation.

Ability to:

• Work effectively with the public, governmental agencies, private companies, and community organizations.
• Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
• Communicate and work effectively with a variety of individuals, agencies, and organizations.
• Read, interpret, analyze, and process regulations, contracts, agreements, and a variety of technical documents related to water conservation.
• Properly use equipment, tools, and instruments related to area of assignment, including those used for climatological monitoring.
• Operate computer systems to meet work unit needs.
• Analyze problems, examine alternatives, and recommend solutions.
• Gather and compile data and information; prepare accurate reports and documents; and maintain complete and accurate records.
• Operate computer systems to meet work unit needs.
• Perform accurate mathematical calculations.
• Maintain complete and accurate records.
• Collect, compute, and analyze climatological data.
• Perform basic maintenance and repair of electronic measuring and recording devices.



Requires willingness and ability to:

• Travel overnight to attend conferences, meetings, and outreach events.
• Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
• Work overtime as needed whether nights, weekends, or holidays.
• Assist in emergencies.
• Possess sufficient agility, strength, and endurance to access and investigate sites,  such as remote landscape areas, CIMIS stations, etc.

Requires sufficient physical strength and agility to conduct tours of Zone 7 facilities and carry Agency equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.


MH:cs     02/05/10
Newspecs:  4940.doc
CSC Date: 04/21/10


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.