Water Conservation Coordinator, Zone 7

Recruitment #23-4940-01


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. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and supplemental questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaire will only be accepted online.



Zone 7 Water Agency supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving approximately 260,000 residents and businesses in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and, through special agreement with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon. Zone 7 also supplies untreated irrigation water (mostly to vineyards) and provides flood protection to eastern Alameda County.

For more information regarding the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7, please visit their website at http://www.zone7water.com.


Under general supervision incumbents provides a variety of office and field water conservation duties; plans, organizes, develops, implements, and administers the Agency’s Water Conservation programs, establishes and maintains detailed and interrelated record-keeping systems; reviews, evaluates, and inspects landscape plans and projects; provides water conservation consultation and equipment to consumers; conducts water audits; instructs on water audit methods; performs related work as required.


The Water Conversation Coordinator class serves as the Agency’s representative to the community in the implementation of Water Conservation programs; an incumbent distributes water saving devices, conducts water audits, reviews and evaluates Agency landscape plans and projects, and conducts workshops on water conservation.  This class involves frequent contact with the community in situations that require technical expertise, effective communication, and public relations skills.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit: Water Conservation Coordinator, Zone 7 (#4940)


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Ability to adapt to different demands, tasks, personalities, and areas of focus on a regular basis.
  • Ability to use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions.
  • Develops approaches for implementation of an idea, program or change in operations.
  • Ability to decide or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions.
  • Has a positive attitude and works well with others.
  • Ability to speak clearly, concisely, and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally.
  • Proficient in Microsoft products, including Word, Excel, and database technology.
  • Proficiency in communicating with diverse groups of people with a variety of opinions.



Possession of a baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in environmental or physical sciences, natural resources management, water resources, public administration, business administration, sociology, public relations, conservation, landscape architecture, horticulture, engineering, physical sciences, or a related field.



Two years of full-time experience in the water utility field with at least six months of full-time experience in the specific field of water conservation or a closely related field.


Possession of a valid California driver’s license and ability to become a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) within one year of being appointed.

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:

  • Fundamental principles and practices of water conservation such as landscape design, drought tolerant plants, California native plants, and irrigation systems.
  • General knowledge of industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential water use, practices, and methods to improve water use efficiency.
  • Techniques of working with the public on an individual or group basis.
  • Current issues and projects affecting Agency water conservation.
  • Principles of effective written communication including strong editing skills.
  • Intermediate knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. 
  • Correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Basic principles and applications of public relations and outreach.
  • Data collection and sampling methods and equipment.
  • Mathematics and algebra.
  • Modern office methods, procedures, and equipment.
  • Computer software applications related to the work.
  • Codes, regulations, and standards related to water conservation.

Ability to:

  • Work effectively with the public, governmental agencies, private companies, and community organizations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
  • Communicate and work effectively with a variety of individuals, agencies, and organizations.
  • Read, interpret, analyze, and process regulations, contracts, agreements, and a variety of technical documents related to water conservation.
  • Properly use equipment, tools, and instruments related to area of assignment, including those used for climatological monitoring.
  • Operate computer systems to meet work unit needs.
  • Analyze problems, examine alternatives, and recommend solutions.
  • Gather and compile data and information; prepare accurate reports and documents; and maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Operate computer systems to meet work unit needs.
  • Perform accurate mathematical calculations.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Collect, compute, and analyze climatological data.
  • Perform basic maintenance and repair of electronic measuring and recording devices.


Requires willingness and ability to:

  • Travel overnight to attend conferences, meetings, and outreach events.
  • Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Work overtime as needed whether nights, weekends, or holidays.
  • Assist in emergencies.
  • Possess sufficient agility, strength, and endurance to access and investigate sites,  such as remote landscape areas, CIMIS stations, etc.

Requires sufficient physical strength and agility to conduct tours of Zone 7 facilities and carry Agency equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.




  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. Those candidates considered the best qualified will move on to the final step in the examination process. 
  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 website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email 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:                                       5:00:00 p.m., Monday, June 05, 2023
Review of Minimum Qualifications:  by week of June 12, 2023
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:  by week of June 26, 2023
Oral Interview Exam: * Week of July 17, 2023
*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 statutes.  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 statutes. 

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.  


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) 
  • 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
  • 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.



All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add Noreplyalamedacountyhr@acgov.org@jobaps.com, acgov.org and Noreply@jobaps.com as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box Noreplyalamedacountyhr@acgov.org and Noreply@jobaps.com are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
Email Address Link: Erika.beams@acgov.org | Phone: 510-272-6393


All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.


Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.