|FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
WATER CONSERVATION SPECIALIST
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of
the range of duties performed by employees in the class.
Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed
within the job.
Under general supervision of the Water Operations Manager,
coordinates the City’s reclaimed water program to ensure compliance
with Department of Health Services (DHS) and State regulations
regarding the use of reclaimed water and internal coordination among
related departments; plans, develops, coordinates, and implements
demand management/water conservation programs; operates and
maintains a variety of hand and power tools and equipment; and
performs related duties as required.
The Water Reclamation Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day
operations of the reclaimed water program, including valve turning,
maintenance functions, and sampling as well as planning and
implementing demand management/water conservation programs.
Assignments require close coordination and customer contacts with
engineers, developers, contractors and property owners. The
incumbent coordinates with other personnel in ensuring compliance
with regulatory requirements.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents
may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to
perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to
address business needs and changing business practices.
- Performs responsible work in administering and coordinating the
activities of the Reclaimed Water Program including valve turning,
maintenance functions, and sampling; monitors, tracks, coordinates
and inspects new and existing projects for compliance.
- Maintains and repairs pump stations; performs basic tests and
ensures laboratory procedures meet standards and guidelines for
reclaimed water; assures timely completion and reporting of sample
collection and analytical results.
- Monitors a variety of agricultural, commercial and municipal
use areas to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
regarding quantity and use of recycled water and the distribution of
recycled water; determines, through the coordination of involved
departments, the feasibility of service for users; processes
applications for service; investigates complaints regarding the use
of recycled water and enforces compliance with relevant ordinances
and regulations; schedules and prioritizes workload and sets
- Ensures plan checks are processed through the Engineering
Department for specifications and documentation of new use or
conversion sites; maintains conformance with regulations, standards,
and State Department of Health requirements; works closely with City
Engineering personnel, consultants, and others in planning and
implementing system improvements; conducts on-site inspections of
reclaimed water systems; reviews plans for reclaimed water systems
and recommends expansions to the reclaimed water systems.
- Performs Underground Service Alert (USA) identification for
various Water Division projects.
- Plans, develops, coordinates, and implements demand
management/water conservation programs; explains conservation
services and programs to the customers, community groups, and other
- Plans, develops and coordinates water conservation programs to
match Cal/Fed’s Certification Program including preparing difficult
to complex reports, manuals, grants, correspondence and other
documents or materials based on data collection and analysis for
presentation to management, outside agencies, customers or the
- Prepares technical and administrative reports for assigned
special projects; provides technical support, advice and
recommendations to public and private groups as requested by the
- Participates in updating the City’s Urban Water Management Plan
in accordance with State law and City policy; participates in
reducing demand in the event of a declared water supply
- Evaluates new water conservation technology with respect to
reducing water demand and prepares recommendations for associated
- Gathers, analyzes and interprets data and information related
to water use; evaluates water use by all customers; conducts water
conservation audits for our customers and provides written and/or
oral feedback to customer.
- Pursues grants and financial assistance to augment water
management and conservation programs; prepares, submits and
administers grants designed to promote water conservation as
- Presents and advocates programs to City staff, schools,
professional organizations and community groups; attends fairs,
seminars and demonstrations to disseminate information regarding
water and energy conservation and City activities. Distributes water
conservation information at community events, schools and other
events upon request
- Responds to a variety of inquiries relating to conservation
matters in a courteous manner; provides information within the area
of assignment; investigates and resolves complaints in an efficient
and timely manner.
- Develops and implements customer outreach and promotional
campaigns for conservation programs, including press releases,
direct mail, print advertisements, radio/television, internet,
Records customer contacts and work performed.
- Represents the interests of the City at workshops, seminars,
committees, and outside organizations; maintains records and
prepares a variety of written reports and computerized records
pertaining to the day-to-day operations of the reclaimed water
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required
to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in
order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of water
Principles, practices, materials and standards used in the area of
Equipment, tools, and materials used in reclaimed water testing.
Principles and practices of customer service.
Basic mathematical principles.
Principles and practices of record keeping.
City geography and the municipal street system.
Conservation programs, implementation and documentation practices
for review by the CalFed certification program.
Landscape and irrigation design, layout, and installation.
Irrigation and water conservation auditing.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and
applicable software applications such as word processing,
spreadsheets, and databases.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
including local utility laws, codes, and regulations.
Perform maintenance functions and sampling activities related to
reclaimed water system.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
Understand and apply pertinent laws, codes, and regulations as well
as organization and unit rules, policies, and procedures with good
judgment including those regarding reclaimed water applications,
installations, rates, and rules.
Read and interpret plumbing blueprints, irrigation plans, drawings,
specifications, and technical manuals.
Prepare preventive maintenance programs and logs.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Respond to public inquiries, requests for service, and complaints in
a tactful, courteous manner.
Deal tactfully and courteously with the public, often in difficult
or strained circumstances.
Maintain good customer relations with consumers.
Independently work in the field performing utility service duties.
Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
Safely and effectively operate a variety of maintenance equipment,
tools, and materials.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word
processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those
contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education
and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and
abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and
abilities would be:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
Two years of related general maintenance and construction
License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met
by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of
this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job
Environment: Office and field environment; travel from site
to site; exposure to noise and all types of weather and temperature
conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work in or
around water; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces
including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and
mobility to work in a field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for
prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch,
crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement
in the performance of daily duties; to lift, carry, push, and/or
pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned
equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without