City of Ventura
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Job Description

The City of Ventura's Water Department is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to join our team as a Water Resources Manager. We are seeking a candidate who is able to demonstrate their leadership abilities as they engage and lead an exemplary group of employees. 

What You’ll Do

In this role, you will be responsible for managing the City’s water resource allocations, preparing the Comprehensive Water Resources Report and Urban Water Management Plan. Working closely with Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and other organizations, you will establish agency partnerships and monitor, implement, and comply with State mandates on water issues and regulations.  The Water Resources Manager leads a robust team to facilitate conservation and provide outreach efforts for residents in the community.

As the Water Resources Manager, you will assume a pivotal role in overseeing various aspects of water resource management within the City. This includes leading the planning, management, and coordination of water supply initiatives, collaborating with local and regional partners to ensure effective alignment of efforts. You will spearhead the development of long-term strategies to secure a reliable future water supply while managing a comprehensive conservation program. Additionally, you will oversee divisional operations, and guide the formulation and execution of short and long-term goals. Your responsibilities will extend to directing subordinate staff, fostering a collaborative work environment, and autonomously addressing diverse challenges in water resources management with sound judgment and decision-making prowess.

Who You Are

If you the desire to join a dedicated team committed to the delivery of high-quality water that meets or exceeds State and Federal Standards this position may be for you!  Through education, training and/or experience you must:

  • possess strong working knowledge from your field experience working in a water system
  • understand what it takes to do tasks, quickly read talent and communicate clear direction to line staff 
  • have a deep understanding of laws relating to water and regulatory compliance 
  • relate well to all people within an organization and move through complex situations effectively   
  • understand the challenges of organizational politics, maneuvering while continuing to drive for results
  • have sensitivity to citizen inquiries and complaints, prioritizing response and public relations with residents as a course of regular business
  • are formally safety trained, skilled in leading emergency and incident response programs

Currently, there is one full-time position available that the City is looking to fill immediately. This recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies.

Position Qualifications

A combination of education, training, and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Water Resources Planning, Environmental Studies, Natural Science, Geology, Biology, Engineering, Public or Business Administration, Economics, or a closely related field 


five years of increasingly responsible experience in managing natural water resources, including conservation or supply management, 


with two years of administrative and supervisory experience

Public agency experience and/or a master’s degree in a related discipline is highly desirable.

License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver license.

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a compensation package that includes both a generous salary and excellent benefits! 

SALARY: $102,920.48 - $137,914.61 Annually DOQ

BENEFITS: Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for specific information on City benefits.

How to Apply

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire now!  

The filing deadline is Monday, April 1, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

Go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs and Apply!  EEO/ADA

salary plus 6 Medical options, CalPers Retirement, Dental, Vision, FSA, 457