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Updated on March 2, 2015

Environmental Supervisor
Environmental Supervisor Salary: $7196 - $9949 Monthly Schedule: Full Time

Under general direction, to plan, coordinate, schedule and direct:  (1) environmental permitting for capital improvement projects and environmental mitigation obligations, (2) waste management and disposal and compliance discharge monitoring and reporting, (3) compliance with local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations and (5) compliance with biological resources/habitat programs and regulations, and to do related work as required.     

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:                                                       

Reports to: Director of Environmental Services                                   

Supervises the following positions: Senior Environmental Specialist, Environmental Safety Specialist, Environmental Specialist, Water Resources Associate.                                                             

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                          

  1. Manages mitigation of biological impacts caused by CVWD projects and programs.
  2. Consults with staff on rare, threated and endangered species. 
  3. Monitors CVWD environmental protection activities including pollution management programs
  4. Coordinates Environmental Services activities to meet waste discharge monitoring and reporting requirements and obtain discharge permits.
  5. Oversees the development of appropriate environmental documents to achieve environmental compliance for CVWD capital projects and maintenance activities.
  6. Coordinates closely with the Director of Environmental Services and Environmental Assessment Committee (EAC) Chairperson in the preparation of documents, agendas, and schedules for EAC meetings.
  7. Stay abreast of legislation and trends in environmental compliance, natural resources management, public policy and other related areas.  Provide insight and review on potential effects on new environmental legislation and case law.
  8. Prepares reports, presentations and correspondences using sound judgment based on knowledge and expertise of environment regulations and programs.
  9. Oversees biological habitat programs to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and multi-species habitat conservation programs.
  10. Assists in preparation annual operating and capital budgets for consideration by District Board of Directors.
  11. Supervises and evaluates Environmental Services staff. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                                                       

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 environmental science, biology, environmental engineering or a closely related field and a minimum of 10 years of broad and extensive experience in water quality, waste management, environmental services or biological management and at least 3 years of supervisory experience in one or more of these areas. 

See Human Resources for full job description.                              

In order to be considered for this position you must complete an online application form prior to the closing deadline for the position.  Resumes will not be accepted unless they are attached on an online application.  Please visit www.cvwd.org to apply.

Closing Date: March 6, 2015, 5:00 P.M. Apply Now

Maintenance Worker (Electric Shop)
Maintenance Worker (Electric Shop) Salary: $3815 - $5183 Monthly Schedule: Full Time

Under immediate supervision, perform a variety of mechanical maintenance work for the purpose of assisting in the installation, maintenance of pumps, motors, gear drives, air compressors and other mechanical related appurtenance that are part of the District’s pumping facilities.


  1. Oils and greases moving parts, such as pump and motor bearings, etc. This will include periodic oil changes.  Cleans, sandblast, paints and provides general clean up of pumping plants.
  2. Assist in performance testing of our pumps and motors.
  3. Lifts, positions and fastens objects, such as motors, Pumps, piping and other mechanical related materials.
  4. Minor repairs to bearings, bushings, pump packing, belt replacement and other mechanical related items. This will also include utilizing tools to assist in the fabrication of various pump related items.
  5. The ability to use and understand the laws and regulations associated with entry to confined spaces. Ability to use safety equipment and a self contained breathing apparatus.
  6. Observes mechanical devices in operation and listens to their sounds to locate causes of trouble. Disassemble devices to gain access to and remove defective parts. Start devices to test their performance.
  7. Ability to read and understand manufacturer's diagrams, and implement written or oral instructions and directions.
  8. Gather tools and supplies to be used at the work site. Maintains tools and equipment and keeps supplies and parts in order. Cleans work area, machines, tools and equipment.


Experience:  A typical way to gain the required knowledge and abilities would be to have a minimum of one successful year in the mechanical or electrical field.

Knowledge of:             -Basic mechanical or electrical theories and practices.

Abilities:                       -Comprehend operation of a variety of mechanical equipment. 

-Work safely in and around energized electrical and/or mechanical equipment.

-Follows written and oral directions.

-Comprehend and adhere to all District policies and procedures.

-Uses hand and power tools in a safe manner.

-Maintain accurate daily logs, records, reports and charts.

-Cooperatively work with others.

See Human Resources for full job description.      


The Coachella Valley Water District reserves the right to change or modify the terms, conditions, and salary of this position or to withdraw this position at any time.

Closing Date: March 6, 2015, 5:00 P.M. Apply Now

Assistant or Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls
Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls Salary: $7281 - $10067 Monthly Schedule: Full Time
or Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls Salary: $6071 - $8361 Monthly

Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls

$7281 - $10067 Monthly


Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls

$6071 - $8361 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

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Human Resources is available between the hours of 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. We are located at 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, California.

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.

CVWD reserves the right to change or modify the terms, conditions, and salary of posted positions, or to withdraw posted positions at any time.