Water Resources Planner

Water Replenishment District of Southern California | Lakewood, CA

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Posted Date 9/11/2021

Under general direction, provides project management to the planning of various District activities, such as water resources policy and projects, Watermaster activities, and groundwater production and cleanup projects.  This is a professional position responsible for comprehensive resource planning, water reliability studies, ongoing coordination to support the implementation of new water resource projects, drafting of planning documents, strategic planning participation, and grants and loan management.


Interested individuals are encouraged to review the comprehensive job specification available at www.wrd.org/about/careers. Below is an abbreviated list of typical job-related duties and responsibilities of this position. The incumbent recognizes that this list is not comprehensive and may change as job function and needs of the District and its facilities change.

  • Develop and participate in the preparation of complex planning programs, studies and reports related to current and long-range water resources planning, groundwater demand forecasting, optimization of use of producer’s groundwater rights;
  • Support organizational water management, water resources planning and/or water resources development activities, such as participating in the Water Independence Now, Water Independence for All, Well Construction and Rehabilitation Loan Program, Watermaster Initiatives, and external activities such as the Integrated Regional Water Management Resources efforts;
  • Manage or oversee grant and loan opportunities, applications, and compliance throughout the process;
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with the District’s stakeholders;
  • Provide analyses and interpretation of water resources data using available tools such as GIS or other statistical techniques;
  • Support the development of capital project budgets as part of the District's 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan to develop new water resources projects in close coordination with other District departments;
  • If assigned to Watermaster Department, assist in the administration of all Watermaster duties, including but not limited to tracking monthly pumping, leases, sales, and storage applications and projects; preparation of annual Watermaster reports and regular association and Water Rights Panel meetings; strong knowledge of governing Judgments and Watermaster rules;
  • Represent the District at local, state and federal stakeholder and professional group meetings and industry organizations;
  • Perform water resources and policy analysis, preparing technical memorandum summarizing findings/recommendations and running queries in the District's Geographical Information Systems (GIS experience not required but desirable).

Candidate should possess knowledge of:

  • High level water resources planning, with the ability to manage complex technical issues to support the development of water resources projects;
  • Rules and regulations applicable to the position, which may include WRD Water Code, Central and West Coast Basin Judgments, Watermaster Rules, and other local, state and federal regulations and rules related to water resources planning efforts being contemplated by the District;
  • Key agencies in the Los Angeles County basin and their functions as it pertains to water supplies and future water supply planning;


The successful candidate must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon offer of employment. The candidate may request an accommodation based on a medical condition or sincerely-held religious belief. Each accommodation request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If an accommodation is approved, the final candidate will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing.
EducationEquivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, environmental planning, water resources engineering, natural science, public administration, or related field. Any combination of education and experience providing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. A Master's degree is strongly preferred. CertificationsValid California Class-C Driver’s License and the ability to maintain insurability under the District’s vehicle insurance policy are required. ExperienceAt least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the above-mentioned fields of study or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


The first review of applications will be Monday, October 4, 2021. To be considered for this opportunity applicants must submit (1) District application (available at www.wrd.org/about/careers), (2) cover letter highlighting applicable experience and (3) resume to:  WRD Human Resources, hr@wrd.org by the first review date. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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