Under direction, the incumbent is responsible for review, analysis, and reporting on issues related to water policy including groundwater and surface water quality and quantity, water supply analysis, flooding, including the operation and monitoring of the County's ALERT flood warning system; and perform other duties as required.
This single position class is distinguished from the Resource Planner series in that this class provides hydrological expertise for the County while the Resource Planner series is responsible for a variety of environmental and resource planning studies.
Analyze complex hydrological, geohydrological, water resource and water quality data; implement Board of Supervisor's policy; may staff various commissions and committees including preparation of agendas, minutes, staff reports and chairing meetings; make presentations to boards, commissions, committees and community groups; operation of the County's ALERT flood warning system including the purchase and installation of precipitation and stream gauging equipment, providing forecasts of flood levels, providing technical expertise to the Emergency Operations Center, and coordinating information with other jurisdictions and agencies; prepare and review technical reports and other water related materials to coordinate groundwater and water supply planning and water resource management with major water purveyors; technical plan review for the Environmental Review Committee or other County agencies and departments on projects affecting surface and groundwater; provide water use analysis and evaluation of impacts to water quantity, water quality and/or natural groundwater systems from mining operations, seawater intrusion and other water related activities; respond to requests for water related public information from consultants, other County staff or interested persons; conduct field investigations or special studies to collect water resource data; research complex surface and groundwater resource issues or to evaluate natural recharge systems as they relate to the interaction between surface water and groundwater systems.
Thorough knowledge of:
Working knowledge of:
Some knowledge of:
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college in Hydrology, Geohydrology, Engineering or a closely related field, AND three years of journey level experience in the collection, analysis, processing and interpretation of hydrologic data. NOTE: Two years of journey level environmental/water resources planning experience may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
Special Requirements, Conditions:
License/Certificate/Registration/Professional Membership Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: variable temperatures, slippery surfaces; sunburn; dust and pollen; poison oak; bee stings; infections, such as tick borne Lyme disease or mosquito borne encephalitis; angry or hostile persons; rain and storms; wetness, such as from walking through a stream or river.
Other Special Requirements: May require working irregular hours, such as responding to emergency calls and attending commission and board meetings.
Note: This classification has a 6-month probationary period.