Marin Municipal Water District

Water Conservation Specialist I or II (20171101)

VAC #2275
Northern Bay Area
11/2/2021 at 5pm or until 500 applicants
$6,932.00-$9,461.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


220 Nellen Avenue Corte Madera, 94925


Water Conservation Specialist I or II

Open to all interested persons

Salary:  Water Conservation Specialist I - $6,932 - $8,344/month

Salary:  Water Conservation Specialist II - $7,890 - $9,461 /month

Filing Deadline:    Tues. 11/2/2021

By 4:30 p.m. for manual submissions;      

By 5:00 p.m. for online submissions  

Position Description

The District has one open, full-time position of Water Conservation Specialist I or II in the Water Efficiency Department of the Engineering Division.  This position will be staffed at a level commensurate with the qualifications of the selected individual as determined by the District.  Interested persons must submit a completed District application and supplemental questionnaire responses to the Human Resources Department no later than the filing deadline.


The Water Conservation Specialist performs water conservation duties, involving water use calculations and analysis.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Water Conservation Specialist I is the entry level classification whereas the Water Conservation Specialist II is the journey level classification that establishes water allocations for the more complex accounts and implements water conservation programs, performs various ordinance compliance inspections, performs interior and exterior water consultations and participates in and implements landscape water management and other conservation programs.  On a training or emergency basis, the Water Conservation Specialist I may be assigned more complex water conservation duties normally performed by the Water Conservation Specialist II.


Examples of Duties

Typical duties for all incumbents may include, but are not limited to the following. Please see job descriptions for a more expanded list of duties. 

Water Conservation Specialist I:

  • Researches and analyzes customer's water use records;
  • answers consumer inquiries in person and by telephone regarding water use and water conservation programs;
  • researches, creates, and maintains records, files, and directories;
  • participates in a variety of water management and conservation programs.

Water Conservation Specialist II:

  • Performs analysis of complex water uses, problem accounts, and major residential and non-residential customers;
  • studies and reviews various landscape, grading and irrigation plans for compliance with District ordinances;
  • analyzes complex water use problems and makes recommendations as to their resolution; 
  • performs field inspections for installation of water saving plumbing fixtures and landscape/irrigation components;
  • reviews and analyzes consumer’s water use records, and establishes annual water budgets;
  • compiles and analyzes statistical data.


Ideal Candidate



Water Conservation Specialist I:

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles, practices, and methodologies of water conservation;
  • principles of basic to moderate mathematical calculations;
  • creating/storing word processing and spreadsheet computer files, in a network Windows environment;
  • intermediate level database (Access) and strong analytical skills highly desired;
  • computer entry and retrieval;
  • techniques for effectively interacting with the public, in person and by telephone; and
  • proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing practices.

Ability to:

  • Make accurate mathematical calculations of moderate difficulty;
  • analyze problems, examine alternatives and recommend solutions;
  • interpret, apply and explain policies and procedures;
  • explain basic water conservation methods and products to the public;
  • type with sufficient speed and accuracy to enter data and produce correspondence;
  • prepare and maintain clear and concise records, reports and correspondence;
  • interact effectively with the public, in person and by telephone;
  • operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer and calculator;
  • interview and accurately record customer responses regarding indoor and outdoor water use habits;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • lift and carry objects up to twenty-five pounds;
  • maintain a physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time; and
  • follow applicable safety rules and regulations.

Water Conservation Specialist II:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and methodologies of water conservation;
  • intermediate level database (Access) and strong analytical skills highly desired;
  • principles and practices of horticulture, landscaping, and irrigation systems;
  • basic principles of interior plumbing and various water saving plumbing fixtures;
  • creating/storing word processing and spreadsheet computer files in a Network Windows environment; and
  • proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing practices.

Ability to:

  • Make mathematical calculations of moderate difficulty;
  • read and interpret landscape, grading, and irrigation plans and specifications to determine policy and ordinance compliance;
  • perform data entry and retrieval at an intermediate skill level;
  • proficiently operate a personal computer and utilize word processing, spreadsheet, and database software programs;
  • understand, interpret and enforce District policies/ordinances that require field verification inspections to achieve compliance;
  • prepare and maintain accurate and detailed records, reports and correspondence;
  • perform field measurements, calculations, and sketches;
  • analyze complex problems and identify alternatives and recommend solutions;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • deal effectively and tactfully with consumers and their account representatives and officials;
  • lift and carry objects up to fifty pounds; and
  • maintain a physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time; and
  • follow applicable safety rules and regulations.

Training and Experience: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Water Conservation Specialist I:

  • Completion of twelfth grade or its equivalent; and one year experience in water conservation, or a directly related field; and demonstrated customer relations experience. Landscaping knowledge is desirable, but not required. 

Water Conservation Specialist II:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in physical science, landscape architecture, horticulture or closely related field and one year’s experience performing residential and/or non-residential landscape audits, water usage investigation and analysis, and related water conservation activities;


  • Graduation from an accredited college with an associate degree in physical science, landscape architecture, horticulture or closely related field and two years of experience performing residential and/or  non-residential landscape consultations, water usage investigation and analysis, and related  water conservation activities;


  • Completion of twelfth grade or its equivalent; and four years of experience performing residential and/or non-residential landscape consultations, water usage investigation and analysis, and related water conservation activities.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

  • Possession of an appropriate California driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles and satisfactory driving record; and
  • Possession of an Irrigation Association (IA) Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor certificate or equivalent is required within twelve (12) months of the date of hire.
Other Requirements
  • Per California Government Code, Title 1, Division 4, Chapter 8, Section 3100 “all public employees are hereby declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.”
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

During the course of performing job duties the employee will need the mobility to work in a standard office setting, operate equipment, which may include office and/or field equipment, or specialized instruments or tools requiring repetitive arm/hand movement and/or the coordinated movement of more than one limb simultaneously; enter and retrieve data from personal computers and terminals via keyboards which is often performed while sitting for extended periods of time. The employee frequently stands, walks, bends at neck and waists, twists at neck and waist, uses simple and power grasping with both hands, uses fine manipulation of both hands and fingers, and may require use of the arms above the shoulder, climb or balance; stoop, kneel or crouch. While working in the field the employee may walk on uneven or un-level ground surfaces such as hills, slopes, ditches or trenches, on or in tanks, and may work at heights up to ten to twelve feet climbing ladders or stairs. The employee is occasionally required to lift and carry short distances objects such as reams of copier paper, office supplies, files, books, printed materials and other packages or equipment weighing up to 10 to 25 pounds. This position requires that the employee demonstrate adequate hearing and speech to converse in person and over the telephone, and vision to read printed materials and use a computer screen.

The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate noise. The employee is exposed to outdoor temperature, humidity, wetness and dust. The position may require the ability to work overtime and weekends as needed.

Employees who drive on District business to carry out job-related duties must posses a California driver’s license for the class of vehicle driven and meet automobile insurability requirements of the District including review of a recent DMV history. In order to drive, individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles and equipment safely.

To be successful in this job, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the listed duties. These duties are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of the position. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to the Human Resources Manager.





The following provides a brief description of the Marin Municipal Water District’s (MMWD) benefit package for SEIU represented employees.  Please refer to individual contracts or policies for details.


Full-time regular employees earn vacation with pay at the following bi-weekly rates for each complete year of service with MMWD:

For the first four (4) years of service 3.08 hours/pay period

For the next five (5) years of service 4.62 hours/pay period

For the next six (6) years of service 6.16 hours/pay period

Sixteen (16) years of service 6.47 hours/pay period

Seventeen (17) years of service 6.77 hours/pay period

Eighteen (18) years of service 7.08 hours/pay period

Nineteen (19) years of service 7.39 hours/pay period

For Twenty (20) or more years of service 7.70 hours/pay period

Vacation may be used by an employee, only after completion of six (6) months’ service.


MMWD grants 11 paid, set holidays each year and 1 or 2 paid floating holidays are granted dependent on hire date.  Positions that are part of 7-day operations are granted 13 set holidays, with no floating holidays.


Employees accrue 15 days per year and may accumulate paid sick leave with no limit, to be used for illness or other approved absences. A lump sum payout equal to 75% of the number of hours for unused sick leave (to a maximum payout of 750 hours) will be paid upon retirement.  Annual incentive buy-back plan is available.


MMWD contracts with CalPERS health care which makes available a variety of medical plans.  The premium contribution of MMWD, for an employee only or an employee plus one dependent shall be set at the rate of the plan that falls in the middle of the list of available plans.  Coverage for additional dependents may be purchased by payroll deduction.


Dental insurance is available to employees and their families after three months of service through the Delta Dental Plan of California.  MMWD pays the premium for the employee and dependents. Delta Dental Plan will pay 100% of the dentist’s usual, customary, and reasonable fees for services covered per the contract, to a maximum of $2,000 per eligible enrolled person per calendar year.  Orthodontia coverage is provided for eligible dependent children, up to a lifetime maximum of $2,500.


After completion of one month of employment, for each full-time employee MMWD pays the premium for $25,000 of coverage.  Through payroll deductions, according to a graduated scale, employees may purchase additional insurance in increments of $10,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 (without an underwriting requirement).  The election of additional insurance must be made within 30 days of the initial hire date.


After completion of one month of employment, MMWD pays the premium for long term disability insurance for each full time, permanent employee.  The insurance provides payment of up to 60% of salary to a maximum of $6,000 per month for an employee who is disabled and cannot perform his/her regular job functions.  There is an eligibility waiting period of three months.


MMWD is a member of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).  The program is mandatory for all full-time employees.  For new employees hired after January 1, 2013, the retirement formula is 2.0%@62. The employee’s contribution rate is 5.75% of salary. For employees hired before January 1, 2013 the retirement formula is 2.7%@55. The employee’s contribution rate is 8%.  Employees hired after January 1, 2013 who are already members of CalPERS and who have had less than a 6 month break in service may be eligible for the 2.7%@55 formula. 


All employees are eligible to participate in the 457(b) deferred compensation plan pursuant to the “Deferred Compensation Plan” approved by the District Board of Directors on May 22, 1985 consistent with current IRS regulations and requirements.


MMWD participates in the Social Security System and payroll deductions are made each pay period in accordance with Federal law.


To provide temporary disability income to an employee in the event of an on-the-job illness or injury, employees are covered under the provisions of MMWD’s Workers’ Compensation policy.


This plan provides eligible full-time employees reimbursement of vision care expenses not covered by the health plan.  Reimbursable expenses are up to $250 for glasses and frames, lenses and contact lenses, or other necessary vision care expenses per calendar year.  The employee may carry over any remaining monies for one year for an accumulated total of up to $600 to be used over a two year period.  In the third year, the reimbursable amount returns to $250.


The District will reimburse tuition, books, laboratory fees and examination fees in the amount of up to $2,000 per employee per fiscal year in connection with educational courses taken by regular full-time non-probationary employees.  In order to be reimbursed for educational costs, the employee must attain a grade of at least “C” or its equivalent, and class and study time must be outside the employee’s normal work hours.  

Special Instructions

Application and Selection Process

To be considered for this career opportunity, applicants must submit the following information to the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline shown on this announcement:

  1. Properly completed District application. Clearly state the title of the position for which you are applying.
  2. Supplemental application. The attached page of supplemental questions will be a primary tool in evaluating qualifications for this position. The responses will be evaluated along with the completed application form. Applications received without completed Supplemental Responses will not be considered.
  3. Resume. Strongly recommended (see below).

A resume may be included but does not substitute for a completed application. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to show that he/she meets the minimum qualifications in this job announcement.



NOTE: Please do NOT assume the recruiter or panel members know what you do and what experience you have. It is strongly recommended that you include a resume and clearly show that you meet the minimum qualifications. Do NOT put “see resume”.

Screening decisions are based on the application materials submitted. Personnel files, training records, etc. are NOT necessarily accessed and reviewed by Human Resources in determining which applicants will move forward in the process.


The examination process may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical test, and oral and/or final interviews. All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application. Based upon information provided in the application documents, the applicants presenting the best job-related qualifications will be invited to continue in the process. An eligibility list may result from this examination process.

Applicants who are selected for district employment are subject to a background check conducted by an outside agency and must take and pass a pre-employment/pre-duty medical exam and drug test.  Depending upon job duty assignments, the applicant may be required to submit an original California Department of Motor Vehicles driving history. Current employees are exempt from this requirement.

Do NOT submit the DMV driving history until requested to do so.



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