Water Conservation Specialist

City of Lake Oswego | Lake Oswego, OR

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Posted Date 5/22/2023

Annual Salary Range: $71,617 - $91,398

Open until filled, with first review May 29, 2023.

Apply online: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/jobs

July 1, 2023, the annual Cost of Living adjustment for this position is anticipated to be an increase of 4%.

The Position: Under the supervision of the City Engineer, this position supports the City’s water conservation goals by developing, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and reporting on City water conservation programs.  This includes being responsible for ensuring the City’s programs are consistent with City and State requirements and regulations.  The position oversees planning and implementation of programs and events, compiling and analyzing data regarding the City’s conservation programs as well as leading the marketing of water management and conservation programs for residential, commercial and industrial customers. This position is represented by the Lake Oswego Municipal Employees Association (LOMEA)/ American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Key responsibilities and functions can include but are not limited to:

  • Perform or oversee onsite audits, inspections, and studies on facilities in all sectors.  Organize and lead team efforts to implement water use management and conservation programs.
  • Represent the City at local, regional and state conservation activities and committees.
  • Monitor federal, state and local requirements and regulations.  Collect, analyze and report on compliance of conservation programs and activities.  Make recommendations for new or enhanced programs based on findings.
  • Participate in the development of water conservation related material for distribution to schools, businesses and residential water users.
  • Serve as a resource to the community and government organizations regarding water management and conservation programs.
  • Implement special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Follow-up on implementation of water conservation measures.  Establish metrics to evaluate the efficacy of conservation programs and reporting protocols as required by statute.
  • Coordinate the City’s participation in regional water conservation activities; and represent the City at a regional level.
  • Develop, monitor and coordinate conservation programs specific to the needs of the water service area; perform community education and outreach activities.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level. 

Knowledge of:

  • Water supply system components and their functions
  • Current regulations governing water systems
  • Computerized record keeping and data management
  • Safety requirements applicable to a public works environment
  • Basic hydraulic principles as they apply to water conservation efforts
  • Plumbing codes, health division regulations, and water conservation standards and practices.
  • Irrigation techniques and materials of construction
  • The use of audits to measure program need and impact 


Education and Experience: Preferred applicants will have an Associate’s degree in a related field, three years’ experience in water systems or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. 

Licensing and Other Requirements: 

Positions in this classification require the ability to possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and ability to meet the City’s driving standards. 

Landscape Auditor Certification is desired. 

The successful candidate will undergo a screening to include a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug test. 

Application Process: You may visit our web site at www.ci.oswego.or.us to access the online application process. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application. This position is open until filled, with first review May 29, 2023.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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