San Diego County Water Authority

Assistant Water Resources Specialist/Water Resources Specialist (Limited Duration)

Hybrid - San Diego, CA
$75K - $125K Annually
Application Deadline: 2/13/24

Salary Information

Assistant Water Resources Specialist: $41.47 – $55.78 per hour ($86,265.92 – $116,018.24 annual)

Water Resources Specialist: $49.30 – $66.30 per hour ($102,541.92 – $137,908.16 annual) 

This position may be filled at either level, depending on candidate qualifications. 

This is a limited duration position expected to last three years

The Assistant Water Resources Specialist/Water Resources Specialist will assist in a variety of complex technical water resource and environmental planning, research, and analyses related to environmental impact and mitigation monitoring; assist with environmental compliance for programs and projects subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); assist with habitat conservation planning; conducting complex statistical, financial, and economic analysis; preparing detailed technical water resources and environmental reports and correspondence; reviewing and providing comments on technical water resources and environmental planning documents prepared by others; representing Water Authority interests at local, regional, and statewide forums; preparing and delivering oral presentations; negotiating with regulatory agencies and performing other duties as assigned.

The Assistant Water Resources Specialist/Water Resources Specialist is expected to have knowledge and practical experience with theories, practices, and trends in environmental planning, analysis, development and management; state and federal regulatory compliance; preparing technical and policy-oriented reports, correspondence, and action plans; assisting with environmental studies; understanding and familiarity with environmental policy; preparing and reviewing environmental project cost analyses; evaluating existing and proposed environmental policies and programs, land use planning, demographics and socioeconomic concepts; and preparing and delivering presentations to a wide range of audiences.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with theories, practices, and trends in the field of water resources planning, environmental regulations and law, and program management. The successful candidate will have experience assisting in the preparation of documents and management of the public review and approval process per the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act and/or National Environmental Policy Act, and in obtaining discretionary permits or authorizations for public or private improvement projects. Knowledge of environmental laws and regulations and their practical application as they pertain to public water infrastructure construction and rehabilitation projects, particularly in the areas of endangered species, habitat conservation planning, mitigation banking in Southern California, Clean Water Act and Porter Cologne Act, cultural resources and hazardous materials is desirable. In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate: 

  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team environment in a small group setting.
  • Proficiency in researching and interpreting technical data and information. 
  • Ability to conduct analyses using computer models, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to present information to a variety of stakeholders. 
  • Attention to detail in preparing and reviewing work products. 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize work. 
  • Development of creative and innovative ideas to improve work products.

Optional Hybrid Work Schedule: 

The Water Authority has embraced a hybrid work schedule to offer employees flexibility and work-life balance. An option to telework up to 3 days per week and work onsite 2 days per week is available for this position. Employees authorized to telework must be able to report to Water Authority facilities as needed, depending on the operational needs of the department and/or area of assignment. Additionally, employees assigned to work at the Kearny Mesa office work a 9/80 schedule, where the entire facility is closed every other Friday. While onboarding and training, the successful candidate may be required to work primarily onsite before establishing a hybrid work schedule.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit an employment application and supplemental questionnaire by Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. Apply online at

Recruiter Information:

Patricia Duran