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  • Description:



    Deputy Director – Water Resources


    SALARY RANGE (approximate)

    $49.33 - $69.07 Hour

    $8,550.23 - $11,971.50 Monthly

    $102,602.82 - $143,658.03 Annually



    Under the general direction of the Department Director, provides leadership and direction for the Water Resources Division and the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, consistent with the Department and Agency Goals and Objectives. The Division has a staff of eighteen (18) management, engineering, professional, technical, clerical, and extra-help employees. The annual budget is approximately $5 million.

    The Division has direct resource assessment and management responsibilities for surface and groundwater throughout the County. Specific responsibilities affecting surface waters include management, coordination, and implementation of the federally mandated Countywide municipal stormwater permit, the Countywide water quality monitoring program, and water quality programs. Specific responsibilities for management of groundwater resources include compliance with the County's Well Ordinance with respect to conducting annual well usage surveys, managing the abandoned well destruction program, managing Notices of Non-Compliance, well permit program, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) project reviews relative to groundwater quantity and quality issues; groundwater planning, data acquisition and analysis leading to Countywide groundwater conditions assessment and other special projects.

    The ideal candidate will have:

    • experience in groundwater management, water quality, water supply, and/or regulatory compliance.
    • leadership skills to enable staff to work effectively in a changing environment.
    • ability to adapt to new and changing regulatory environments.
    • effective interpersonal and communication skills to engage and inform stakeholders.
    • ability to be proactive and decisive without being dictatorial or divisive.

    OPENING DATE:  August 1, 2016
    CLOSING DATE:  August 15, 2016

    Examples Of Duties: Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

    • Effectively communicates and builds consensus with multiple stakeholders around complex issues.
    • Manages and oversees the designing, scheduling, and implementation of programs as required by the NPDES permit for compliance with federal and state stormwater regulations and the Countywide Water Quality Monitoring Program.
    • Prepares and reviews reports, letters, publications, ordinances, and training materials.
    • Compiles and reports groundwater data to determine recharge, pumping patterns, useable storage, and sustainable yield.
    • Reviews plans and conditions for land development proposals on water quality, quantity, and environmental issues; ensures appropriate review of project proposals for CEQA compliance for groundwater quality, quantity, and adherence to the General Plan.
    • Coordinates with staff, committees, consultants, volunteers, and federal, state, and local agencies to protect and regulate the water resources within the County.
    • Prepares, administers, and monitors the annual budget.
    • Responsible for personnel actions including, but not limited to, hiring, training, evaluating performance, and taking disciplinary actions.
    • Manages the administration of the Well Ordinance and issues well permits.
    • Effectively represents the District in interagency and NGO matters.
    • Conducts presentations and provides testimony and written comments on complex water quality and groundwater management issues.
    • Participates in watershed management planning and other studies.
    • Clearly communicates District and departmental goals and objectives to staff for implementation.
    • Negotiates and manages contracts and agreements with other agencies and consultants.
    • Chairs committees and attends meetings as required.
    • Prepares and provides training and presentations.
    • Performs related duties as required.

    Any combination of training and progressively responsible experience related to the specific program assignment, which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The required knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically obtained by:

    • Completion of a Bachelor's degree in engineering, one of the natural, environmental, or physical sciences, hydrology, geology, hydrogeology; and
    • Extensive, progressively responsible experience in water quality management, engineering, environmental science, or groundwater management. Experience should include at least three (3) years' experience managing an engineering or environmental section, and experience in developing and administering public contracts.


    • Must possess and maintain a current valid California driver license.


    • Registration as a Civil Engineer, Engineering Geologist, Professional Geologist or a certified Hydrogeologist in the State of California is highly desirable.
    • An understanding of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
    • An understanding of contract and environmental law and some knowledge of water rights is highly desirable.
    • Experience with groundwater/surface water modelling.
    • Demonstrated ability to:
      • meet deadlines and respond to issues in a timely manner;
      • promote a team environment emphasizing cooperation with other Divisions;
      • stay current and knowledgeable on regional, technical, and regulatory water quality/environmental issues including the review of documents, reports, and studies.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    Knowledge of:

    • Scientific principles relating to the geology, hydrology, and ecology of surface and groundwater
    • Current environmental programs and practices and/or CEQA initial study issues
    • Personnel management policies and practices.

    Skill with:  Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint

    Ability to:

    • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
    • Make clear and concise oral presentations before large groups of persons, and to prepare clear and concise written reports.
    • Work effectively with professional engineers, developers, citizen advisory groups, volunteers, and elected officials.


    FINAL FILING DATE: Applications must be received by the County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, August 15, 2016. To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970; Ventura CA 93009.

    For further information about this recruitment, please contact Kathryn Pierce by e-mail at or by telephone at (805) 654-2405.