Water Operations Superintendent

  • by Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District
  • Jan 23, 2023

Job Location

Willows, California

Application Deadline


How to Apply

Please visit our website at www.gcid.net/careers.


Under direction of the General Manager and Assistant General Manager, responsible for managing the District’s water supply, ordering power; overseeing the main pump station and all facilities; planning, managing, and directing all water operations personnel involved in the operation of the water conveyance system, including the management of the District’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system; preparing the annual budget, and preparing and submitting all water rights reports to various agencies.. Responsible for coordinating assigned activities with other District departments and outside agencies, and providing highly responsible and complex administrative support to the General Manager and Assistant General Manager.

Essential Functions

  • Planning, organizing, and managing conveyance facilities, equipment, meters, and SCADA system.
  • Managing District’s SCADA system.
  • Assessing and ordering power to meet the District’s needs.
  • Preparing Annual Water Measurement Report.
  • Preparing and submitting all water rights and water use related reports to various agencies.
  • Directing and coordinating the water operations department work plan through subordinate level supervisors.
  • Coordinating and managing water conservation activities.
  • Performing field evaluation, inspection, and monitoring to plan major jobs.
  • Supervising the use of drains, gravity diversion water; ensure drains are maintained at minimum levels; maintain drainage level reports.
  • Developing and implementing long-range plans for water operations department.
  • Preparing annual department budget; reviewing and approving department purchase requests.
  • Assessing and monitoring work load, internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
  • Training employees on work procedures, standards and safety related programs.
  • Scheduling employee work shifts, approving leave requests and time sheets.
  • Directing and overseeing department safety compliance efforts.
  • Representing GCID to other District departments and outside agencies; coordinating with outside agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Department of Water Resources.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of irrigation water distribution.
  • Regular attendance and adherence to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Other Duties

  • Preparation of Water Measurement Report and other special reports.
  • Performing special projects as delegated by the General Manager and Assistant General Manager.
  • Representing District water operations and water management policies with the public.
  • Monitoring employee training and certification requirements.
  • Coordinating activities and conferring with other District staff.

Job Standards/Specifications

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services and activities of irrigation water distribution systems.
  • Principles, practices, equipment, and materials used in water system construction, maintenance and repair.
  • Supervisory principles and practices including planning, organizing and assigning work, training and appraising staff and dealing with personnel issues.
  • Principles, methods and practices used in communications-control equipment installation, maintenance, and repair.
  • Work safety standards and regulations.
  • Principles of budget development and expenditure control.
  • District policies, rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Database applications related to water operations and SCADA system.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Lead and direct the operations, services and activities of the Water Operations Department.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Analyze complex maintenance and operations problems.
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for successful job performance.
  • Maintain mental capacity that allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
  • Effectively represent the District’s operations function with the public, other government agencies, contractors, developers and professional consultants.

Typical Physical Activities

  • Ability to travel extensively by vehicle, frequently on unpaved roads, while conducting company business.
  • Ability to work in an environment with exposure to dust, dirt, and hazardous materials.
  • Ability to carry, push, pull, reach, and lift equipment and parts.
  • Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb during field inspections.
  • Ability to work at a desk for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to work in an environment with significant temperature changes between cold and heat.
  • Ability to sit for extended time periods.
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended time periods.
  • Sufficient finger/hand coordination and dexterity to operate and adjust office equipment.
  • Ability to use office equipment such as computers, copiers, and FAX machines.
  • Hearing and vision within normal ranges with or without correction.
  • Irregular or extended work hours: occasionally required to change working hours or work overtime.

Environmental Factors

  • Exposure to the sun: 25% or more work time spent outside a building and exposed to the sun.
  • Considerable work time may be spent in all types of weather conditions: temperatures above 100 degrees, wind, wet and cold conditions, and humidity.
  • May work on slippery or inclined surfaces.
  • May work in or around areas with minor amounts of dust.
  • Noise: occasionally may be exposed to unusually loud sounds.
  • Oil: some parts of the body in contact with oil or grease occasionally.
  • Dust: works in or around areas with minor amounts of dust.
  • Irregular of extended work hours: occasionally required to change working hours or work overtime.

Desirable Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the necessary knowledge and abilities.

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

College degree in a related field.

Five years of increasingly responsible experience working in irrigation water distribution, including two years of supervisory or administrative responsibility.

License Certificate Registration Requirement
Driver’s License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License required at the time of appointment.