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Water Resources Technician

United Water Conservation District (UWCD) has an opening for a Water Resource Technician. This full time position would be based in our Santa Paula, CA office with work assignments anywhere within the UWCD boundaries. This position is available beginning in August 2017.

The successful candidate for this position will work with other technicians, hydrogeologists, and hydrologists on a wide variety of activities (e.g., measuring water levels, collection of water samples, surface geophysical investigations, stream gauging, wellhead repairs/maintenance, installation & maintenance of pressure transducers).

General duties of the Water Resource Technician would include, but not necessarily be limited to:

Collect water samples from municipal and irrigation water supply wells, piezometers, and surface water bodies;
Measure water levels in municipal and irrigation water supply wells, and piezometers;
Use GPS to locate wells and/or water sampling locations;
Record field determinations of surface and groundwater chemical parameters;
Prepare records for computer processing and enter data into computer files;
Service, maintain, test, and repair field equipment (e.g., compressors, generators, sampling pumps);
Constructs, assembles, installs, adjusts, operates, modifies and repairs field equipment or wellhead appurtenances;
Maintains field equipment supply inventories;
Install, download, and maintain pressure transducers in municipal and irrigation wells and piezometers;
Assemble and prepare field and laboratory data for tabulation and assist with data reports;
Assist others with field projects (e.g., surface geophysical surveys, production well and piezometer installation/borehole logging);
Perform stream gauging at various discharges; and
Coordination of land access with well owners.
Qualifications of the Water Resource Technician

The ideal candidate for this position would have the following minimum qualifications:

Direct experience performing all or some of the duties listed above;
Competency in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and comfortable importing and formatting data; basic knowledge of GIS software is desirable;
Mechanical aptitude with ability to make small scale equipment repairs;
Ability to operate, maintain, and repair mechanical and electronic instruments and equipment using, for example, volt and ohm meters, soldering irons, wattmeters, power and hand tools, data loggers, computers, calculators, and various vehicles;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills (with coworkers and the public); good computer skills;
Ability to lift 75 lbs; willingness to work outside and alone for extended periods;
Self-motivator with ability to stay on-task with minimal oversight;
Good driving record with map reading and navigation skills; and
Spanish language skills are a plus.
Salary and Benefits

The Water Resource Technician (16.5) position has a salary range of $57,075.20 (step 1) to $69,368.00 (step 5). UWCD offers comprehensive medical and retirement benefits, including employer paid PERS retirement plan at a rate of 2% per year of employment at age 62.

Resumes must be accompanied by an employment application available for download through United Water Conservation District's website and may be submitted via email. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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