Senior Water Resources Engineer

  • Hayward, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Engineering Environmental Services Natural Resources
  • Salary: $128,918.40 - $156,665.60 Annually USD

Job Description


Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 5:00PM; First round applicants need not reapply; Open until filled


We invite you to join a city that strives to be a healthier, more sustainable community -- the kind of place we'd like to pass along to our children. Guided by values of caring, openness and integrity, and working with a team of dedicated and passionate professional and regional partners, the Senior Water Resources Engineer will have a key role in developing and implementing sustainable water supply projects.


The City of Hayward is seeking a Senior Water Resources Engineer for the Department of Public Works & Utilities. This senior-level position is responsible for implementing a diverse range of water resources activities, including sustainable groundwater management, recycled water, and water conservation. The Senior Water Resources Engineer reports directly to the Water Resources Manager and has a key role in ensuring a reliable and sustainable water supply for residents and businesses.

The incumbent will have a hands-on role in implementing innovative water resource development projects, regional partnerships and water demand management. As examples, the successful candidate will manage technical aspects of the City's responsibilities as a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, including development and implementation of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan in cooperation with a regional partner and implementation of future phases of the City's recycled water program.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative individual with strong technical capabilities, excellent communication skills and the ability to establish positive working relationships with colleagues, local constituents and regional partners. A strong work ethic, accountability and commitment to sustainability in all aspects of water resources planning will also be required to succeed in this position.


This is a mid-management level classification allocated to the Water Resources Division of the Utilities & Environmental Services Department. The incumbent is responsible for implementing water resources activities, including groundwater management, recycled water projects, water conservation, water transfers, and water-related sustainability goals. This position is distinguished from the Water Resources Manager by the latter position's overall responsibility for all aspects of the development and management of the City's water resources program.


Receives general supervision from the Water Resources Manager.


May exercise functional supervision over technical and administrative support personnel.

Essential Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to:

Implementing a wide range of water resources activities, including sustainable groundwater management, recycled water projects, dry year supply planning, water conservation programs, and water transfers.

Managing the technical aspects of the City's responsibilities as a Groundwater Sustainability Agency under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA),including serving as the lead for preparation and implementation of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan, and managing the development and maintenance of technical resources such as modeling tools and databases.

Managing water conservation and water use efficiency programs.

Preparing technical analyses related to water resources, such as supply and demand projections, and water supply allocations during drought periods.

Researching and preparing complex technical and administrative reports.

Managing environmental assessments related to water resources projects, in compliance with state and federal requirements

Managing implementation of select capital improvement projects related to water resources.

Working cooperatively with federal, state and regional entities regarding a variety of water resource issues.

Representing the City and working cooperatively with federal, state, and regional

Assisting the Water Resources Manager in negotiating and developing joint projects and multi-agency agreements with other federal, state and regional entities.

Tracking and evaluating legislation and regulations as they pertain to water supply and preparing analyses and comments to address the City's interests.

Developing water supply assessments in compliance with California Water Code and any subsequent laws and regulations that integrate land use and water supply planning.

Preparing Urban Water Management Plans.

Preparing grant and loan applications for water supply projects and studies.

Participating in the procurement and supervision of technical consultants, including preparing and issuing requests for proposals, participating in selection, negotiating professional services agreements, and supervising work.

Assisting in preparing goals and objectives related to water resources programs.

Preparing City Council and Council Committee communications, including reports and presentation materials.

Performing related duties as assigned

Making presentations to various elected and appointed officials, including City Council and Council Committees, as well as community groups.

Championing the implementation of sustainable initiatives in the City's water resources programs.

Building and maintaining positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of excellent customer service.


Knowledge of :
  • Current methods, technologies, principles and practices of water resource management, including storage, surface water, groundwater, recycled water and water transfers.
  • Principles of hydrology, hydraulics and hydrogeology.
  • Computer applications relating to water resources planning and modeling, including basic knowledge of GIS tools and groundwater models.
  • Typical water project funding sources, including grants and loans, preparation of applications and administration.
  • Requirements of environmental impact assessments, CEQA and NEPA.
  • Pertinent federal and state laws and regulations related to California water resources, including SGMA
  • Principles and practices of analytical research, project management and contract administration.
  • Techniques and principles of effective interpersonal communication.
  • Principles and methods of report writing and presentations
  • Research methods and techniques.
  • English usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.
  • Statistics and statistical methods.
Ability to :
  • Implement principles, practices and methods associated with water resources management, including hydrology, hydraulics, groundwater management, recycled water and water transfers.
  • Apply knowledge of water rights, laws, and economics to water resource management, including groundwater management and water transfers.
  • Prepare cost/benefit and alternative analyses.
  • Analyze and interpret technical materials, financial reports and legal documents, in order to make sound recommendations.
  • Identify, apply for, and administer grants and loans.
  • Prepare or oversee the preparation of environmental assessments in compliance with CEQA and NEPA.
  • Operate a personal computer, including sophisticated modeling programs and basic GIS applications
  • Work cooperatively with staff from federal, state and regional entities to achieve common goals while representing the City's interests.
  • Prepare clear and concise written reports.
  • Develop and manage resources, budgets, and schedules for specific projects.
  • Interpret, apply and explain laws, rules, codes, and City policies and procedures.
  • Make sound decisions with solid problem-solving methods.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications


Experience : Four (4) years of progressively responsible professional-level experience as
an engineer or related field with a focus on water resources management, including one (1) year of supervisory experience.

Education : Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in natural or physical sciences or engineering. A Master's degree in a similar field is desirable.

License or Certificate : Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) or equivalent professional registration/certification in a science field.

Supplemental Information


Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, which fully describe the nature of their professional experience and qualifications. Applications submitted without all required materials will not be considered.

Based on the information provided, those best qualified may be invited to the next phase of the process, which may include an oral, practical, and/or written examination.

The examination process will result in a ranked eligible register of candidates for hiring consideration by the department. Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background/reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

Applicants will be notified electronically via Government Jobs as to their status in the selection process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receive email notice from Neogov/Government Jobs and the City of Hayward.


Candidates are encouraged to apply online at under the Current Vacancies tab or at Paper applications can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Department at Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system. Our on-line application system is provided by Government Jobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Government Jobs Help Desk at (877) 204-4442.

The City of Hayward is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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