Water Conservation Program Specialist I/II

  • by Santa Barbara County Water Agency
  • Aug 5, 2022

Job Location

Santa Barbara, CA

Application Deadline


How to Apply

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Monday, August 24, 2022 by 4:59 p.m. PST. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com.

Kim Clark, Public Works Human Resources, kiclark@cosbpw.net.

THE POSITION: Under general supervision, performs specialized water resource conservation administration duties; coordinates, implements, and maintains assigned programs and/or projects; provides information and technical assistance to educators, government agencies, and the public; and performs related duties as required.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will enjoy working both independently and as part of a team and exhibit the following characteristics and skills:

  • Experience in water conservation techniques, programs, and grant administration
  • Knowledge of water conservation legislation and sustainable landscaping
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to be dependable and self-motivated
  • Excellent problem solver and critical thinker
  • Exceptionally organized
  • Strong work ethics and demonstrate honest behavior
  • Strong project management, leadership, interpersonal, and collaboration skills amongst diverse groups
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the entry to junior-level class in the series. Incumbents receive close supervision and training while administering ongoing programs and are expected to obtain sufficient knowledge and proficiency to progress to the journey level within a reasonable length of time. Incumbents may be assigned to either the Solid Waste or Water Agency Divisions of the Public Works Department but may transfer between the two divisions.

Public Works Program Specialist I is distinguished from Public Works Program Specialist II in that the latter is the journey-level class in the series and is responsible for performing moderately difficult project and/or contract administration assignments in either a water resources or solid waste specialty. Promotion/appointment to the journey-level class depends upon both the assignment of level II duties and experience in the required specialty.

The Water Resources Specialty emphasizes the planning, development, and implementation of water resource conservation programs in Santa Barbara County. Journey-level assignments involve programs and projects promoting efficient use of urban and agricultural water supplies.

ABOUT THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department consists of five divisions: Transportation, Resource Recovery and Waste Management, Flood Control & Water Resources, the County Surveyors Office, and Administration. The County’s Public Works Department employees are committed to efficiently providing, operating and maintaining public works infrastructure, facilities and services to make everyday life as safe and convenient as possible for the public we serve. To learn more about us, visit www.countyofsb.org/pwd/.


  1. Develops, implements, and maintains various water conservation and environment-sensitive or resource-related programs, projects, and/or service contracts related to education and outreach in coordination with local water purveyors; evaluates programs and service providers; performs audits of businesses to evaluate indoor and outdoor water use to recommend improved water efficiency; monitors and assists preparation of program budgets; researches, compiles, analyzes, and interprets information and data for trends and demand management strategies; and prepares narrative and technical reports to meet internal, state, and federal reporting requirements.
  2. Assesses the need for new programs; conducts surveys; develops and administers grant proposals, and explores funding options; writes project work plans and scope of work for professional services; negotiates contracts and budgets; prepares and distributes Requests for Proposals; and evaluates, ranks, and participates in the selection of contractors.
  3. Implement regional public outreach and marketing of water conservation programs and projects, being lead staff for coordinating campaigns, developing material, website redesign and maintenance in coordination with local water purveyors; presents community lectures, classes, and workshops; conducts community forums; provides general information to the public about programs, policies, and procedures; develops educational materials for schools and trains teachers on curriculum; writes public service announcements and press releases; and prepares promotional fliers, informational brochures, and advertisements.
  4. Reviews existing and proposed water conservation legislation for impact on programs; writes, publishes, and/or distributes guidelines, policies, and manuals; performs special projects; prepares Board letters; and makes presentations before the Board of Supervisors.
  5. Represents the Public Works Department at professional conferences, on committees, and to other governmental jurisdictions, outside agencies, contractors, and the public; writes articles for County and other professional newsletters, publications, and Internet websites; and responds to inquiries and resolves program complaints from the public.


  1. Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; OR,
  2. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
    Additional Requirements: Independent travel may be required.

Knowledge of: research methods; basic math, including fractions and percentages; and standard English grammar, usage, and syntax.

Ability to: read, understand, and interpret technical information; gather and analyze information, draw valid conclusions, identify resulting consequences of actions, and make recommendations; conduct research and studies; prepare effective written correspondence, technical reports, and promotional materials using correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax; perform basic math computations involving fractions and percentages; prepare and give public presentations before small and large groups; establish and maintain effective working relationships; organize multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities to meet deadlines; learn state and federal law, regulations, and policies related to environmental resource management; learn basic environmental science; learn County environmental management policies, rules, and regulations; learn the complaint resolution process; use keyboards and personal computers, including word-processing, database, spreadsheets, and the Internet; and learn the principles and techniques of contract management, the competitive bid process, budgeting, and public relations.