County of Alameda

Principal Water Resources Planner, Zone 7 (#4969)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Zone 7 General Mgmt (U53)
$88.43-$107.46 Hourly / $7,074.40-$8,596.80 BiWeekly /
$15,327.87-$18,626.40 Monthly / $183,934.40-$223,516.80 Yearly

Under general direction, plans, directs, coordinates, and performs professional-level duties associated with water resource planning, studies, and reports relating to current and long-range water resources, environmental and watershed planning, and flood protection; develops strategies, policies, and programs to enhance local and imported water resource opportunities, regional environmental and watershed resources and flood protection; independently performs very complex data compilations, resource planning, water demand forecasting, economic analysis or other such assignments; performs project management of highly specialized water resources and watershed programs and flood protection manages, reviews and evaluates the work of the water resources planning section with major program responsibilities related to water resources planning, watershed management and environmental permitting; and performs other related work as required.


The single position classification of Principal Resources Planner, Zone 7, is located in the Zone 7 Flood Control and Water Conservation District and reports directly to the Water Resources Manager. Incumbents in this class will be responsible for supervising professional water resources planners and support staff performing water resources planning functions. This position will be assigned the most complex and technical policy development and planning assignments. The class of Principal Water Resources Planner, Zone 7, is distinguished from that of the next lower-level classification of Senior Water Resources Planner, Zone 7, in that the latter class is a first-line supervisory class having responsibility for day-to-day project(s) or program(s), while the former class has responsibility for managing the water resources planning section involving several programs.

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. Plans, organizes, manages, coordinates, supervises, and reviews the work of the water resources planning section; develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and standards; develops recommendations for management review.
  2. Provides day-to-day leadership and works with others in ways that enhances a high-performance work environment and achieves the goals of the water resources section.
  3. Manages major projects and programs related to water resources, watersheds, flood protection, and environmental permitting; conceptualizes and recommends program objectives, priorities, strategies, and resource allocations.
  4. Directs and reviews the preparation of water demand projections, major planning programs, master plans, and budgets for capital programs and environmental assessment studies.
  5. Provides professional water resource and watershed planning review and consultation to Zone 7 management and Board of Directors on a variety of matters, which impact Zone 7 operations; prepares and presents reports and recommendations regarding section programs and activities to agency management, Board of Directors, outside agencies, and the public.
  6. Selects and trains staff and provides for their professional development; appraises employee performance; administers a variety of personnel actions.
  7. Recommends acceptance or rejection of bids for contracts; negotiates, administers, and monitors professional service and consultant contracts; administers change orders, investigates claims, and resolves problems or disputes; ensures that work meets standards and specifications.
  8. Coordinates the work of the water resources planning section with other engineering/geologist and administrative sections within Zone 7, and with outside agencies and organizations; represents Zone 7 in contacts with other water agencies, regulatory and planning agencies, governmental bodies, private organizations, consultants, developers, the public, and other groups.
  9. Prepares and administers section budget; researches, recommends, reviews, and approves expenditures.
  10. Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of a variety of water resource planning and administrative reports, correspondence, and records.
  11. Monitors new developments, legislation, regulations, resources, tools, and methods related to the work of the assigned section; recommends modifications to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  12. Determines and implements approaches for environmental planning.
  13. Researches, evaluates, and applies for and develops grant applications.



The equivalent of two (2) years full-time experience in the class of Senior Water Resources Planner, Zone 7 in the Alameda County classified service. 


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 five (5) years full-time, progressively responsible professional water resource planning, one (1) year of which must have been of urban planning or working for a major utility department, and two (2) years of which must have been of supervisory or administrative experience.


Possession of a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the 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, theories, procedures, practices, information sources, and trends in the fields of water resources, watersheds, environmental permitting, and flood protection.
  • Advanced water resources planning principles, practices, and methods related to water resources planning.
  • Mathematics, economics, and statistical analysis.
  • Data compilation.
  • Water demand forecasting.
  • Principles and practices of effective leadership and training.
  • Principles and techniques of supervision and personnel management.
  • Principles and methods of program management, including planning and resource allocation, administration and budgeting, and program development and evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of contract negotiation and administration in a public agency.
  • Regulatory requirements/constraints/opportunities for environmental review and permitting of projects.
  • Regulatory and other requirements for planning documents such as the Urban Water Management Plan and Integrated Regional Water Management Plan.
  • Computer software applications related to area of assignment.
  • Laws, codes, and regulations applicable to area of assignment.
Ability to:

  • Provide a leadership role to the Water Resources Section.
  • Plan, assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of others.
  • Plan, organize, develop, and manage water resource planning programs.
  • Provide technical oversight on all aspects of water resource and watershed planning and floor protection.
  • Select, train, supervise, and appraise the performance of subordinate professional and support staff.
  • Direct the preparation of complex water resources, watersheds, and flood protection plans, specifications, and studies.
  • Recognize and include climate change considerations in planning.
  • Analyze complex data and information and reach sound solutions and conclusions.
  • Prepare or direct the preparation of comprehensive reports, budgets, contracts, and specialized documents.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; and make effective presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Coordinate section activities with others within and outside the agency.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with individuals, groups, organizations, and agencies contacted in the course of the work.

New Spec  4969.docx
IL:saa  05/03/2023
CSC Date:05/17/2023


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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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