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Medford Irrigation District – Ditch Rider/Relief Rider

Top candidates will receive an interview, and interviews will be held until the position is filled. The start date is flexible and negotiable, but candidates are encouraged to be ready, willing, and able to start as soon as possible. Appointment to the position is through an open competitive process and will be based on the General Manager and Field Manager’s evaluation of merit, qualification, experience, and character. The starting wage for this position is competitive with similar jobs in the County and negotiable depending on experience.

Starting Wage: $20.50 DOE
Benefits (After 120-days probationary period): Health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and life), PERS Retirement, Sick, and Vacation.
Location: 5045 Jacksonville Hwy., Central Point, OR 97502

Mandatory Job Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • At least 2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • 2 years of experience working in the construction trades or an irrigation setting
  • Valid Oregon Class A (CDL) driver’s license, with a clean, safe driving record.

Special Job Requirements:

  • Employee must live within (30) minutes of District facilities (Medford, OR).
  • Employee required to take off-hours emergency callouts (including weekends) during the irrigation season.
  • Maintain CPR/AED and Standard First Aid certifications as applicable.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the distribution, measurement, and delivery of irrigation water to irrigators.
  • Measurement and balancing of water distribution using weirs, meters, and basic math.
  • Perform repair work in, on, and around irrigation facilities including cleaning and maintenance of irrigation canals, ditches, trash racks, pipelines, and other structures as necessary to assure: (1) safe access to facilities, (2) proper operation of facilities (3) proper conveyance and distribution of irrigation water on time.
  • Patrol assigned areas by motor vehicle, by foot, or any other management-approved manner to detect leaks, breaks, weak areas, obstructions, and damage to the irrigation system.
  • Remove debris and make emergency repairs to banks, structures, and gates.
  • Curtail unauthorized or excessive diversions.
  • Repairs reinforce and modify service lines, buildings, vaults, meters, water tanks, steel cylinder pipelines, and other metal structures.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Regular attendance and adherence to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
  • May work irregular or extended overtime hours.
  • Participate in the On-call irrigation season rotation schedule.

Other Duties:

  • May learn semi-skilled maintenance, repair, and construction work in an assigned work area.
  • Responds to emergency repair requests.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Reads and interprets blueprints, water rights maps.
  • Maintains records of maintenance and inventory of all assigned equipment.
  • Ensures proper safety precautions are observed.

The specific statements shown in each section of this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job and meet the needs of the district.

 

This full-time position is being advertised on 27th April 2022 until filled.

Applications/resumes should be submitted to the District office at:
5045 Jacksonville Hwy
Central Point, OR 97502.

To view the full job announcement, visit our website at: www.medfordid.org/employment.

Owyhee Irrigation District – Dam Tender

Owyhee Irrigation District (OID) has supplied the irrigation water to lands in Malheur County, including Adrian, Nyssa, and Ontario, Oregon, since 1932. The District was formed to provide agricultural water to the entire Owyhee Project and today remains the largest irrigation district in Eastern Oregon.

OID maintains approximately 300 miles of lined, piped, and open ditch delivery systems to service 1,300 patrons and over 67,000 acres. The key features of the project are the Owyhee Dam, OID’s primary source of supply, two pumping plants: the Dunaway Station southwest of Adrian, Oregon, and the Dead Ox Station outside of Ontario, Oregon south of Weiser, Idaho, both of which are located on the Snake River and act as diversion structures. Project works also include three hydroelectric facilities. In 2008 the valley celebrated the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Owyhee Dam.

OID is an Oregon governmental Special District, non-profit Bureau of Reclamation project, overseen by a five-member board of directors. The District operates in the best interest of both its lands and people.

The District

The Dam Tender position will have an opportunity to be part of a well-established district with a dedicated and capable team of employees. This position is an essential part of supporting the supply of water to the local agricultural community.

Essential Functions

Because of the location and nature of the Dam Tender position, it has unique working and living conditions. This position requires staff to live at the Dam Compound (housing is provided) and be home every night unless vacation time has been requested in advance. This position requires being on call twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week during the irrigation season (April-October.) This position deals with events outside of the District’s control (i.e., bad weather, power outages, etc.) that may not allow scheduled time off. This job position is not recommended for a family with small children because of the long driving distance from both towns and schools. Road conditions can also be challenging in the winter months.

Responsibilities, in no particular order, include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete all morning reports.
  • Keep daily records.
  • Operate and maintain ring gate spillway, jet flow valves, guard gate, and regulatory gates.
  • Take instrumentation readings.
  • Working knowledge of all types of office equipment.
  • Provide security at all facilities and monitor cameras as needed.
  • Maintain the Compound which includes mowing the lawns, operating sprinkler system, and cleaning the cabins, visitor center, museum, and campground spaces.
  • Make reservations for cabins and camp spaces.
  • Accurately collect money from rentals and keep precise records.
  • Oversee Owyhee Dam and supervise maintenance staff that may work at the Dam.
  • Never leave the Compound unattended unless special requests have been made.
  • Submit weather report to National Weather Service and be prepared for weather events.
  • Keep Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Action Plans, and Dam training current.
  • Attend all onsite training by the Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Conduct tours of the Owyhee Dam.
  • Maintain good public relations which my included helping people as needed.
  • Record and report daily work activities to supervisor.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all Federal, State, and local agencies
  • Must know or be willing to learn about delivering water to the canal system.
  • Must know or be willing to learn how to run the Hydro plants and assist the hydro operator.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Experience and Education

Any combination of education, training, or experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

  • Electrical: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Mechanical: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Maintenance: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Knowledge about hydropower production is not required but highly encouraged.
  • Experience: One (1) year of experience in the operation of similar work, or those who have been employed for at least three (3) years, in a responsible position, in operation and maintenance work equivalent in complexity.
  • Education: High school diploma or GED.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting salary is negotiable and will be dependent on the qualifications and experience of the applicant.

The District offers a benefits package that includes:

  • Paid vacation and sick leave.
  • Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance coverage for employee.
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).
  • PERS Retirement.
  • District vehicle provided.
  • Housing provided.
  • Basic utilities provided (power, water, phone, internet, sewer, and trash.)

Job Type

  • Full-time
  • Regular hours are Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and application to:

Owyhee Irrigation District
422 Thunderegg Blvd.
Nyssa, Oregon 97913

Cover letter, resume, and application may also be submitted to brittany@owyheeirrigation.org

Santiam Water Control District – Office Manager/Executive Assistant

$22 per hour to start DOQ, Generous benefit package, Non-Exempt
Full time 8-5 Monday-Friday

Description: Under general direction, perform a wide variety of financial, administrative, and clerical duties to support the Santiam Water Control District. Independently complete QuickBooks technical accounting duties related to the processing and review of; accounts payable, District payroll, accounts receivable, debt collection, project accounting and customer service as they relate to annual utility billing; Performs advanced general ledger functions, reconciliations; Maintains a high level of professional and technical standards in applying generally accepted accounting principles in the maintenance of accounting records, contracts, budgets, and state and federal grant administration.

Plan, organize, direct, and supervise the District Board’s agenda preparation and public meeting operations; to coordinate and maintain official District documents and records; to conduct District elections; to serve as secretary and to provide highly complex and diverse assistance to the General Manager.

Distinguishing Characteristics
The office manager must be experienced and have medium to advanced QuickBooks and accounting experience. Applicants must have a background in bookkeeping and be self-directed with sharp organizational skills.

While primary duties are related to the financial administration of the district, the tasks of this position change from day to day and from season to season. Applicants must be able to balance the urgency of changing daily priorities with the recurring projects and tasks that occur throughout the year.

The position provides direct support to the General Manager on District-wide issues. Assignments from the General Manager may be quite varied in scope and include data gathering, analysis, and writing projects as well as responsible and confidential administrative support tasks. Support for the Board of Directors focuses on their meeting notices, agenda packet preparation, and minute preparation requirements.

This position reports to and serves “at will” to the General Manager. This position does not have supervisory authority.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The duties listed below are illustrative only and are not meant to be a complete and exhaustive listing of all the duties and responsibilities of this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.
• Create, organize, and maintain District QuickBooks accounting files, databases, and records, including payroll files and expenditure records; Prepare journal entries and reconcile general ledger, journals, and bank statements; Audit, review, input, and process customer accounts receivable, project accounting, and accounts payable as they relate to a small utility, process employee timesheets, bank statements; post, verify and balance District accounts; prepare accounts payable for payment processing.
• Manage and oversee the District’s external independent audit including preparation of a variety of journal entries; process and coordinate year end reconciliation of journals and ledgers; schedule and assist in annual financial audit process, including working with independent auditor to reconcile budget and general ledger financial statements and resolution of auditor findings.
• Assist customers with utility accounts and the public in person, or by phone answering inquiries related to department records and services; provide information regarding customer account status; process opening and closing of accounts; work with customers on payment arrangements and extensions; update utility billing accounts and water delivery contracts. Assist customers with completion of forms and documents as a small water utility; respond to customer complaints and inquiries.
• Assist in the development and, responsible for preparation and distribution of Board and committee meeting agendas and related materials; prepare public meeting and hearing notices; post agendas and notices in accordance with public meeting law requirements. Attend regular and special District Board meetings, study sessions, and administrative committees; record, prepare, and distribute minutes; maintain files of  minutes, resolutions, and Board actions.
• Serve as Custodian of Records; oversee development and maintenance of the District’s records management program including implementation of Board adopted records retention schedule; ensure timely and accurate response to requests from the public for access to required documents and records.
• Serve as the District’s Election Official; conduct and/or coordinate Board elections, both regular and special; act as filing officer for conflict-of-interest statements.
• Provides confidential secretarial and administrative assistance to the General Manager; transcribes, composes, and types a variety of confidential correspondence and reports; Reviews letters, reports, records, and other items for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with established standards; uses a personal computer to perform word processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail, and Office365 and other specialized functions.
• Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other employees, the Board, the public and other agencies using principles of good customer service.
• Performs other related work as required.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of office management at an executive level in a special district.
• Modern principles and practices of general and governmental accounting, funds accounting, auditing, budgeting, cash management, payroll, utility billing practices
• Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations, and laws
• Procedures, precedents, and requirements related to the conduct and records maintenance for Board of Directors’ meetings.
• Principles of budget development and expenditure control, including capital improvement budgets
• Modern office methods, procedures and equipment including computers and industry related software.
• Experience with water rights, GIS mapping and other farm related activities would be helpful.
• Personal attributes of friendliness and trustworthiness.
• Ability to work both autonomously or in a team environment.
Ability to:
• Interpret and apply District rules, laws and policies. Take responsibility and use good judgment in applying and exercising District authorities.
• Attend Board of Directors meetings; prepare and coordinate related documents.
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations approved by the General Manager in support of goals.
• Exemplify excellent public relations skills, including dealing effectively with the public, elected officials and District staff, both in person and over the telephone.
• Effectively communicate and work comfortably in a team-oriented, collaborative management environment.
• Deal positively with confrontation and controversial issues. Build trust and respect
• Perform difficult and complex office assistance, record keeping, and administrative detail work with speed and accuracy.
• Assist District management with Board agenda preparation and Board recordkeeping and administrative functions.
• Take notes or dictation at meetings and transcribe accurately.
• Deal tactfully and courteously with others in answering questions, disseminating information, and providing assistance with District policies and operations.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Understand and carry out oral and written directions.

Education, Training and/or Experience
Any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge and abilities stated above and the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities would be:
• Five (5) years of experience performing moderately difficult account record keeping, preferably involving accounts payable/receivable or utility billing and payroll, preferably with a government utility, with at least two (2) years of direct QuickBooks experience.
• At least two (2) years of experience as a confidential secretary to an administrative official, including the preparation of and distribution of agenda and legal documents such as those utilized by a public agency governing board.
• Graduation from high school or equivalent.

Licenses and Certification
• Oregon Notary Public commission within 90 days is required.

Physical and Sensory Requirements
This classification emphasizes speech, hearing and vision. The incumbent works primarily in an office environment and must be able to perform tasks requiring both sitting and standing for extended periods of time up to 8 hours per day, and may require walking for short periods at a time; may require occasional bending, stretching, reaching, twisting, and turning; lift and carry, and push/pull up to twenty (20) pounds; ability to see well enough to read computer monitors and documents; ability to hear well enough to receive information over the telephone and to take minutes in a public meeting amid background noise; hand and finger dexterity sufficient to operate computer keyboards; ability to attend night meetings; attentiveness and concentration necessary to perform multiple tasks concurrently. Reasonable accommodations will be  considered.

Confidentiality
Information obtained and used in this position is of a confidential nature and cannot be shared with unauthorized persons within or outside the District.

APPLICATIONS
Interested applicants are asked to send letters of interest, resume, three professional references that demonstrate your knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas listed above. In addition, a completed and signed
Application for Employment is required. Please email or visit santiamwater.com to request an application.

The Position is open immediately and until filled.

Email responses with .pdf attachments sent to office@santiamwater.com are preferred.

Or by mail at:
Santiam Water Control District
284 E Water St.
Stayton OR. 97383

No telephone inquiries, please.

Swalley Irrigation District – Field Technician

This full-time position is being advertised February 14, 2022 until filled.

Prior experience as an irrigation ditch rider, field technician, or water operator specializing in irrigation and mechanical maintenance will be prioritized. Top candidates will receive an interview and interviews will be held until the position is filled. Start date is flexible and negotiable, but candidates are encouraged to be ready, willing, and able to start by Monday, April 2, 2022.

Assignment to the position is through an open competitive process and will be based on the General Manager and Field Supervisor’s evaluation of merit, qualification, experience, and character. The starting wage for this position is competitive with similar jobs in the County and negotiable depending on experience ($23-24/hr). The position also offers health, vision, dental, life, 401a and 457b retirement benefits. The District provides all of your tools, an iPhone, and a work truck.

To apply, go to the Swalley website https://www.swalley.com/job-openings and download the Field Tech Application and Job Description documents. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and emailed to the General Manager at jer@swalley.com

Washington State Water Resources Association – Executive Director

Location: Within Washington State, Remote/Hybrid
Deadline: Open Until Filled
Salary: Based on Qualifications

Responsibilities:
The Executive Director position for the Washington State Water Resources Association (WSWRA) is responsible for a combination of administrative, policy, technical, and public relations activities. The position supervises and manages the administrative office. The Executive Director is the point of contact for WSWRA and should act as the voice of WSWRA, both internally and externally. The Executive Director should be aware of national, regional, and local policies, legislation and politics, trends, and personalities in order to maintain the goal of a unified, cohesive, and effective organization.

Requirements:
Candidates should have a broad range of experiences working with state, federal and local governments, as well as non-governmental organizations; communications and public relations; administrative and budgetary activities. Academic background in communications, law, public policy, natural resources, or the sciences is highly beneficial.

To view and download the full job description please click here.

Please contact John O’Callaghan  jocallaghan@scbid.org or 509-547-1735 for further information, and submit letters of application and CV/resume to the same.

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