County of Alameda

Assistant Water Resources Planner, Zone 7 (#4946)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Zone 7/Clerk (059)
$54.30-$66.01 Hourly / $4,344.00-$5,280.80 BiWeekly /
$9,412.00-$11,441.73 Monthly / $112,944.00-$137,300.80 Yearly

Under supervision, performs routine to difficult planning studies and projects, and monitors planning efforts and policy issues by other agencies; performs other related duties as required.


Assistant Water Resources Planner, Zone 7, is the journey level class in the professional planning classification series. Incumbents perform routine to difficult planning work and are expected to exercise professional judgment within established parameters. Incumbents may be assigned to work with a small group of planners and technicians engaged in planning work, or in a specialized function. While some of the duties of this class may overlap with some of the tasks performed by civil engineers engaged in Zone 7's planning effort, engineers are typically more involved in the technical details of project and alternative development, impact assessment, and comparison of alternatives, such as hydraulic network analysis, determination of system capacity, sizing and citing of facilities, and feasibility studies. This class is distinguished from the next higher one of Associate Water Resources Planner, Zone 7, in that the latter is the advanced-journey level of the classification series and will be assigned lead responsibilities.

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. Assists in developing and preparing water quality reports, water demand projections, major planning programs, master plans and budgets for capital programs, water service regulations, policies, rates and charges.

2. Assists in reviewing, evaluating, and responding to drinking water regulatory compliance, environmental and planning documentation proposed and prepared by other agencies. Provide data and/or information as needed to support preparation of related reports.

3. Performs and/or reviews initial studies, draft environmental impact reports, local and state watershed protection efforts, water quality investigations, and other related documents.

4. Assists in preparing response plans and/or compliance strategies to proposed policies, regulations, and/or planning actions by Local State, and federal government agencies that could potentially impact Zone 7.

5. Maintains and updates procedures relating to preparation of environmental documentation as required by California Environmental Quality Act and/or other regulatory compliance documentation as required by the State and Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

6. Monitors ongoing planning efforts by other agencies and changes in the law as they affect California Environmental Quality Act and/or the National Environmental Policy Act, Safety Drinking Water Act, and Zone 7's mission as a water and flood control agency.

7. Uses and interprets land use and demographic projections produced by other agencies, with correlation to Agency water consumption data, to determine water use projections. Gather, analyze and interpret data and prepare clear and concise written reports.

8. Works with other Agency personnel to maintain and enhance various databases and information sharing systems at Zone 7 and produces accurate regular and special reports.

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The equivalent of one year full-time experience as a Junior Water Resources Planner, Zone 7 in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney's Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, economics, environmental studies, or a closely related field.


The equivalent of two years full-time professional planning experience.


All levels in the class series must possess a valid State of California Motor Vehicle Operator's license and have a satisfactory driving record.

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:

• Principles, practices and trends in urban and regional planning including research and statistical methods and techniques; codes, ordinance and laws related to planning, watershed management and protection, zoning, environmental protection and subdivisions.
• Organization of local governments including special districts.
• Language and techniques used in planning and mapping.
• Principles of growth management.
• Use of personal computer including data base spreadsheet programs.
• Water resources planning; water systems planning and economics.

Ability to:

• Compile, analyze and evaluate statistical and technical data.
• Draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
• Prepare and write comprehensive, concise and clear reports, including computations, text, charts, sketches, and preparing graphic illustrations.
• Understand and explain technical reports.
• Interact courteously and effectively, and maintain effective working relationships with Agency personnel, the public, other agencies, consultants, contractors and others.
• Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain cooperative intra- and interagency relationships.
• Reach collaborative solutions, using problem-solving skills.

RC:pf 10/13/04
Newspec: 4945-4946.doc
CSC Date: 1/5/2005
MH:cs Revised 4/5/10
CSC Date: 4/21/10


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

  • 12 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.


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