Friday, January 22, 2021

Groundwater Resources Manager, Zone 7

Recruitment #20-4948-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of Alameda County Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.



Zone 7 provides treated drinking water to four major water retailers serving around 260,000 residents and businesses. The retailers are: the City of Pleasanton; the City of Livermore; California Water Service Company - Livermore; and Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water service to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.


Under general direction the incumbent  plans, organizes, directs and reviews water resources programs related to groundwater management and oversees the Groundwater Section of the Integrated Water Resources division. Provides operational support in the maintenance of water supply planning through hydro-geologic research, investigation and analysis of the groundwater basin, including surface water and climatological gauges and telemetry; and the construction and operation of production wells.  Monitors regulatory changes and legislative developments impacting groundwater management; coordinates groundwater protection program activities with regulatory agencies such as the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), the California State Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other sections and outside agencies; supervises professional, technical and support staff; and performs other related work as required.    

For a detailed listing of the essential responsibilities and core competency requirements for this position, please click here for the full Groundwater Resources Manager job description.


The ideal candidate has experience with a proven track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Broad knowledge of scientific, geologic, and hydrologic processes related to groundwater management;
  • Familiarity with groundwater and aquifer processes related to water supply, storage, recharge, and surface water interactions;
  • Experience with groundwater planning, specifically efforts related to the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act;
  • Experience administering permitting programs and ordinances, such as for well construction and onsite wastewater treatment systems (septic tanks);
  • Familiarity with well design, construction, maintenance and sampling protocols;
  • Possession of strong interpersonal communication skills to maintain constructive relationships with the public, other agencies, regulators, developers, consulting firms and all levels of staff across the Agency, fostering cooperation and collaboration to ensure efficient completion of projects and goals;
  • Ability to direct staff in the collection and analysis of hydrologic data;
  • Direct experience managing multiple, complex, time-constrained and on-going projects to meet goals and objectives, budget, and schedule; 
  • Experience supervising and directing the work of multiple staff members and/or consultants;
  • Exhibits adaptability and enthusiasm when faced with changes and challenges;
  • Experience addressing the public, Boards, and City Councils, etc. with the ability to effectively present information and concepts in both written and oral formats.




The equivalent of three (3) years of full-time experience in the classification of Associate Civil Engineer/Professional Geologist, Zone 7, or equivalent or higher classification in the Alameda County classified service.



Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in water resources management; geology; hydrology; civil, chemical or environmental engineering; or a closely related field.  



The equivalent of five (5) years of full-time professional-level experience in managing groundwater resources and related programs with geologic, hydrogeologic chemical, civil or environmental engineering experience for an organization, with at least two (2) years of experience having been in a supervisory capacity.  


Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.  

Special Requirements:  

Must be willing and able to work in areas where there is exposure to chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards, and outdoors in all weather conditions.  May be required to respond to off-hour emergencies.                                                                                    

NOTE:    The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations governing groundwater management and protection.
  • Principles and practices of groundwater management, resources, programs and planning.
  • Principles and practices of environmental impact assessment and related regulatory processes.
  • Groundwater contamination investigation and remediation methods.
  • Effective employee supervision, personnel management, and employee performance management and development.
  • Effective budgetary administration, management and control.
  • Hydro-geologic methods and techniques; including water quality data analysis.
  • Water resources related programs, such as Well Ordinance Programs and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
  • Safety protocols and industry standards and practices.
  • Aquifer processes and replenishment and general groundwater basin management.  

Ability to:

  • Interpret, explain, and ensure compliance with federal, state, local laws, rules, regulations and ordinances, including Agency policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct an effective and sustainable groundwater resources program.
  • Plan, assign and supervise the work of staff.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; set priorities and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Apply geologic and engineering principles and techniques to solutions effectively.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondences, presentations, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Effectively represent the Agency and its departments in meetings with governmental agencies, contractors, vendors, and various businesses, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, resourcefulness and sound judgement in the course of work.
  • Identify workplace hazards and/or unsafe conditions and take appropriate correction actions.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.

Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline For Filing:  5:00 p.m., Monday December 21, 2020
Friday, January 15, 2021
Review of Minimum Qualifications:  by Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:  by Monday, January 25, 2021
Thursday, February18, 2021
Oral Interviews*                                                                                       
 Week of February 8, 2021
March 1, 2021
            Updated 12/22/20 (eb)

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


 Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda


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