Director of Science – Westlands Water District


    Director of Science

    Westlands Water District
    Company: Westlands Water District
    Position: Professional
    City: Sacramento
    State: CA
    Employment Type: Full Time
    Phone: (559) 241-6205


    Monthly Salary Range: $7,917 – $14,584
    Department: General Manager
    Applications Accepted: August 1, 2022 – Tuesday, September 6, 2022

    Minimum QualificationsEducation and Experience: A doctorate degree in Biology, Ecology, or a closely related field and a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience.


    A master’s degree in Biology, Ecology, or a closely related field and a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience.

    Standard Requirement: Possess a valid California Class C Driver’s License along with a driving record that is acceptable to the District’s automobile insurance provider.

    Position SummaryThe Director of Science manages the District’s science efforts and engages in key scientific issues affecting watershed health and fish and wildlife, with a primary focus on the Sacramento – San Joaquin Rivers Delta watershed, including those associated with adaptive management, habitat restoration, water project operations and other measures impacting fish and wildlife. The Director of Science advises the District’s Board of Directors through District Management staff and serves as a liaison between the District and multi-disciplinary forums with State and Federal agencies, other public water agencies, and other science efforts in the watershed. This position is based at the District’s Sacramento Office and is an “at-will management” position in which the incumbent serves at the discretion of the General Manager.

    The essential responsibilities and duties of the Director of Science position include but are not limited to engaging with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency processes associated with the implementation of the programs intended to protect and/or provide for the viability of species, with a primary focus on the Sacramento – San Joaquin Rivers Delta watershed, such as adaptive managements processes, habitat restoration programs, and other collaborative science efforts and work groups; preparing technical comments on science reports, policies, programs, and procedures, as applicable; synthesizing and analyzing scientific data and studies and presents findings to management staff. This position engages with local, State, and Federal agencies, and provides support services to attorneys for the District in litigation and administrative proceedings. The Director of Science position is responsible for researching and preparing reports on relevant scientific topics, serving as the initial point of contact on general matters of science, and presenting before Federal, State, and local agencies, including in regulatory forums.

    Application and Selection ProcessTo be considered for this position, please submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a Westlands Water District Employment Application, 3) your responses to the Supplemental Application, 4) a Comprehensive Professional Resume, and 5) three work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) no later than Monday, August 22, 2022, in person, by mail, email, or fax to:

    Westlands Water District
    Attention: Human Resources Department
    P.O. Box 6056, 3130 N. Fresno Street
    Fresno, CA 93703

    Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Email and/or fax application materials directly to: or (559) 241-6286

    For questions, please contact:
    The Human Resources Department at (559) 241-6205 or
    Visit the District’s Website at

    A typewritten Employment Application is preferred but not required. Resumes may be included with application materials; however, will not be accepted in lieu of completed application materials.

    Following the filing date, applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and filing requirements may be scheduled for web based oral panel interviews.

    Verification of Employment The District conducts verification of a candidate’s employment history, education and training and other information contained in the Employment Application and any other materials submitted by a candidate in an application packet.

    Conditional Offer of Employment An offer of employment will be conditioned upon legal ability to work in the United States; passing a medical examination, which will includes a drug screening; and verification of a candidate’s employment history, education and training, other information contained in the Employment Application, and any license requirements. As part of the selection process you are required to complete and submit the Candidate Conviction History Questionnaire which will be provided to you during the recruitment process.

    If you need special accommodations for the web-based interview due to a qualifying disability, then contact the Human Resources Department at (559) 241-6205 immediately.

    Westlands Water District is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer


    ~ Please visit the District’s website for further details ~

    CalPERS Retirement Plan
    Medical Insurance
    Dental Insurance
    Vision Insurance
    Life & Disability Insurance
    Voluntary Life Insurance
    Employee Assistance Program
    457 Deferred Compensation Plan
    Flexible Spending Account
    Paid Vacation Leave Hours
    Paid Medical Leave Hours
    11 Paid Holidays

    The District does not participate in Social Security or State Disability Insurance.

    Westlands Water District’s mission is to provide a timely, reliable, and affordable water supply to its landowners and water users. To this end, Westlands is committed to preserving its federal contract, which includes water and drainage services, and acquiring additional water necessary to meet the needs of its landowners. has supplied this information as an “information service” and cannot verify the accuracy of the information. is also not responsible for the timeliness of the information. Please check with the associated company for any additional information.
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