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Recruitment #21-GC4-01



THE JOB: Under general direction of the Environmental Health Director, the Water Resources Program Manager is responsible for the overall direction, planning, and organization of the County's water resources management. Perform related duties as required.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain this knowledge would be:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in natural, physical or environmental science, water resources, planning, geology or a closely related field.


Five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of water resource management. A master’s degree in natural, physical, or environmental sciences or related field may be substituted for one year of experience. Two of the five years must include supervisory experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Knowledge: Water resources planning and policy; State and federal laws, regulations and enforcement procedures related to the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Quality Act and similar environmental regulations; Programs relating to water resources. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental health, water resources/management and education for a public agency; policy formulation and legislative processes for County government and local water agency programs, functions and services; budgeting principles in a government agency; public administration principles and practices, including strategic planning, goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation; administrative principles and practices, including work organization and planning, employee supervision, performance evaluation and employee training and discipline; the principles of biology, geology, hydrology, water quality, and watershed management as it relates to water resources management.

Ability to: Plan, organize, direct and control the work of a water resources management function within a local government; interpret, analyze, explain and apply laws, rules regulations and ordinances; evaluate programs, policies and practices; define problems and recommend solutions; conduct comprehensive research and analysis of water resources issues and generate findings and recommendations for policy consideration; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals and groups, including elected officials, community groups, consultants, County departments, and other government agencies; conduct meetings and serve as the County representative and technical advisor on assigned projects; speak clearly, concisely and effectively at Public Hearings and before large groups; assist in the design and implementation of computerized data management systems; track, monitor, and advocate legislation; prepare and present clear, concise oral and written reports; evaluate, develop, and implement improvements for efficiency in the coordination of water management solutions; understand the goals, concepts , and principles of a water resources management program; supervise, train and evaluate the work of staff; exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment in solving policy, administrative, operational and personnel problems; and respond appropriately to workplace conflicts/complaints.


VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years of service. Available after 1 year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training, and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months, and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600. 

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

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