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Updated on October 20, 2014

Meter Reader Trainee
Meter Reader Trainee Salary: $3096 - $4240 Monthly Schedule: Full Time

An entry level for meter reader personnel.  Under close supervision, will learn to read water meters and report water usage.  Will learn to receive payments on delinquent accounts and to disconnect or connect water service.                                                      

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                        

  1. On an assigned route, reads water meters and accurately records readings into a handheld computer.
  2. Turns water on and off as directed.
  3. Works tactfully and courteously with customers.
  4. Adheres to District safety practices and procedures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                                                      

License or Certificates: Valid California Operators license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.  Department of Motor Vehicles driving record may influence employment or classification.      

Experience:    -A minimum of 1 year of customer service experience is desired.                                             

Skills/Abilities:         -Accurately enter data into a handheld computer        

                                    -Communicate effectively with employees, supervisors,  

                                    public, and maintain cooperative working relationship

                                   -Meets the daily expected number of meters read goal per assigned route.                                      

Knowledge of:        -Basic mathematics                                   

                                 -Basic recordkeeping                                 

                                 -Local geography, street names and locations          

                                  -Safe working practices.                             

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:                                                       

  1. Drives District vehicle to job sites.  Uses a two-way radio for communication.
  2. Works alone in extreme weather conditions including heat and rain.  May work in areas containing chemicals, dust, exhaust, fumes, insect snakes, and dogs.
  3. May dig with shovel.

See Human Resources for full job description.

An application form must be submitted online prior to the closing deadline for the position in order to be considered for this opening. 

Closing Date: October 24, 2014, 5:00 P.M. Apply Now

Claims Manager
Claims Manager Salary: $5070 - $6970 Monthly Schedule: Full Time

The Coachella Valley Water District, a large multi-discipline water agency located near Palm Springs, CA, is seeking a Claims Manager.  Under general supervision, will mitigate the district’s exposure to risk by formulating, developing and coordinating all claims related activities, to include the proactive investigation and handling of all Incident Reports and claims in accordance with “good claims handling practices, District Regulations and the California Government Code.  Will direct a program to ensure the proper handling of claims, gathering data on claims for both recordkeeping and loss forecasting purposes, entering the Incident Report data and estimating the value of claims and resolving at the lowest possible cost.   Responsible for post loss reduction techniques such as salvage, subrogation and rehabilitation.                              


  1. Reviews, investigates and processes reports concerning damages filed against the district including entering all Incident Reports into the AS-400.
  2. Perform on site investigates including taking of photographs, interviewing witnesses, inspecting the accident scene and compiling other documentation used to determine liability.
  3. Prepares investigative report of findings and obtains evidence to establish the District’s position.   Interface with other District departments for assistance in obtaining information needed to handle each claim.
  4. Evaluates claims as to merit and establishes financial impact on the district.
  5. Establish claims administration and guidelines for monitoring and auditing the activities of the district’s insurance carrier(s) and legal defense counsel.
  6. Interface with claim counsel on the defense of lawsuits filed against the District. Assist in the negotiation of claims settlement with plaintiff and defense counsel.
  7. Report claims to insurance carrier when appropriate. 
  8. Represent the district in small claims court and put on the defense or prosecution when required.
  9. Assist with Workers’ Compensation claims when needed.


Experience:  7 to 10 years of professional claims experience reviewing, evaluating, investigating and processing claims including settlement of tort liability including property damage and bodily injury, first party property damage and personal injury. Handling of public entity claims a plus.

Education:  Graduation from a recognized college with a Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, finance or related field.  Two additional years of the specified experience may be substituted for the required education on the basis of 30 semester units being equivalent to one of experience up to two years.

See Human Resources for full job description.

Closing Date: November 2, 2014, 5:00 P.M. Apply Now

Assistant or Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls
Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls Salary: $6805 - $9409 monthly Schedule: Full Time
or Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls Salary: $5674 - $7814 monthly

Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls

$6805 - $9409 Monthly


Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls

$5674 - $7814 Monthly

DEFINITION:  Under direction, performs complex professional engineering work related to the design and construction of District electrical facilities and control systems.  Provides project supervision over engineering staff assigned to projects.


1.      Assists in the administration of general construction projects such as wells, booster stations, treatment plants and other related projects.  This includes executing contract summaries, negotiations in changes of contract scope, monitoring design costs and overall project budget and resolution of claims, disputes and outstanding issues.

2.      Performs project management on district construction projects.  Maintains quality assurance of consultant’s designs, drawings and specifications to district requirements.  Ensures that inspection and quality assurance is performed on the construction and that the project is completed within budget cost and on schedule.

3.      Maintains documentation for both contract administration and project management that includes correspondences, meeting minutes, requests for information, submittal reviews and other activities on the construction project.

4.      Prepares plans and specifications for electrical and control systems.

5.      Prepares studies for planning of new facilities.

6.      Coordinates survey, operations, inspections, consultants and others pertaining to District projects.

7.      Uses computers to prepare spread sheets, analyses, simulations and process control.

8.      Gathers and compiles raw data and related information for the preparation of reports and studies.

9.      Provides support and advice to other district engineers on electrical and control issues.


License and Certificates: Possession of a valid Engineer in Training Certificate is required for the Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls position. The Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls position requires possession of a valid Professional Engineer Certificate issued by the State of California.

Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to have acquired the knowledge and abilities necessary for the Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls position would be to have 1 year of related experience.  For the Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls position, a typical way to have the required skills and abilities would be to have 5 years of increasingly responsible electrical and controls facilities experience.

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university.

See Human Resources for full job description.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled Apply Now

Electronic Technician I or Electronic Technician II - 2 POSITIONS
ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN I Salary: $4844 - $6654 Monthly Schedule: Full Time
or ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN II Salary: $5296 - $7293 Monthly

DEFINITION: Under general supervision to perform installation, repair, calibration, and maintenance work on the district's supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, automatic control systems, trunked and radio systems, telephone systems, security systems, flood warning systems, and do related work as required.  Familiarity with the district's domestic, flood control, irrigation, and sanitation distribution and collection systems preferred.                                                                        

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                          

1. Performs professional installations and calibrations and proficiently repairs and maintains system, equipment, and components including but not limited to local and remote terminal units, programmable controllers, variable drives, automatic control circuits, process controllers, liquid level controllers, level and pressure transducers, flow and position transmitters, microwave radios, multiplex and data communications equipment, base and mobile radios, tone and pulse duration transmitters and receivers, security equipment, solar power equipment, flood warning equipment, gas detectors, audio and video equipment, telephone and voice mail equipment, cellular telephone, and underground cable.

2. Systematically troubleshoots system, equipment, and component malfunctions using effect-to-cause reasoning techniques to make timely and effective repairs.  Analyzes failures and takes prompt responsible corrective action in striving to minimize service interruptions to co-workers and the district's customers and to minimize damage.

3. Understands and adheres to the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission regarding the operation and maintenance of radio transmitters and receivers.                                                   


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                                                       

Electronic Technician I and Electronic Technician II: Possession of a valid Technician Certificate issued through a program endorsed by the Federal Communications Commission or a FCC license.

Experience: Electronic Technician I level: Any combination of training and experience, which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain this knowledge and abilities would be to have two years experience in the electronics repair field. Electronic Technician II level: Must have experience working on the District's SCADA system as an Electronic Technician I for a minimum of 5 years.

Please note:  We will be filling this position at the Technician I or II level only. 


Closing Date: Open Until Filled Apply Now

ENGINEERING MANAGER Salary: $9,214 - $12,798 per month Schedule: Full Time

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:                                                       

Reports to: Director of Engineering                                     

Supervises the following positions: Senior Domestic Water Engineer and Senior Sanitation Engineer     

DEFINITION:  Under general direction, to plan, coordinate, schedule, direct and review complex civil engineering functions involved in the planning, design, and construction of CVWD Domestic Water & Sanitation facilities, including supervision of this section; and to do related work as required.                                  

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                          

  1. Oversees planning, design, and construction of CVWD Domestic Water & Sanitation facilities.
  2. Oversees the development and implementation of CVWD’s Domestic Water System Master Plan and Sanitation System Master Plan.
  3. Coordinates closely with the Manager of Engineering Services to ensure efficient development, implementation and update of the Domestic Water System and Sanitation System Hydraulic Models.
  4. Provides overall project management supervision to Domestic Water and Sanitation Engineering staff and outside engineering consultants in the planning, designs and construction of CVWD Domestic Water and Sanitation facilities.
  5. Prepares and administers construction contracts.
  6. In coordination with the Development Services branch of the Service Department, meets with developers and outside engineers to discuss concepts and general requirements for new projects and developments and reviews proposed subdivisions to determine compliance with CVWD’s planned expansion of the Domestic Water and Sanitation systems.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                           

License or Certificates: Valid California Operators license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.  Department of Motor Vehicles driving record may influence employment or classification AND Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer (Civil Engineer).  Must obtain Civil Engineering registration issued by the State of California within two years of hire.

Education and Experience:  Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities.  A typical candidate must have successfully completed a four year degree program from a recognized college or university with a major in civil engineering or a closely related field and a minimum of 10 years of broad and extensive experience in professional engineering work, including at least 5 years of increasing responsibility in supervisory experience in one or more of these areas.  Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering and operational experience is desirable.  

See Human Resources for full job description.      

For questions and inquiries, please contact:

Sherrill Uyeda or Cindy Krebs


400 Oceangate, Suite 510

Long Beach, CA 90802

Telephone: (562) 901-0769

E-mail: apply@alliancerc.com

Closing Date: Open Until Filled Apply Now

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Coachella Valley Water District
P.O. Box 1058
Coachella, CA 92236
Phone: (760) 398-2661, Ext. 2103
Fax: (760) 568-1774
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The Coachella Valley Water District offers a full benefits package including Medical, Dental, and Vision plans as well as a life insurance policy, three deferred compensation plans, and two flexible spending accounts. CVWD also offers vacation benefits, floating and set holidays, paid sick leave and longevity pay after seven years. CVWD is a member of California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and an equal opportunity employer.

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