Salary very competitive and open DOQ. Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District (SWID) is seeking a General Manager who is forward thinking and visionary, motivated by new challenges, and has knowledge of system facilities, hydrology, water supply, water rights and SGMA.
The District is located in Wasco, CA (Kern County), about 25 miles northwest of Bakersfield. It has a service area of 38,766 acres, of which 29,406 are irrigated. The main agricultural crop is almonds (21,167 acres), with drip/micro sprinkler as the major method of irrigation. The District’s distribution system is a gravity-fed, pressurized pipeline system, operated without spillage or seepage. It has about 300 metered delivery points to agricultural customers, with a small number of non-agricultural deliveries for municipal and other landscape irrigation purposes. In 1955, SWID executed a water service contract with the federal government for 50,000 acre-feet of Class 1 water and 39,600 acre-feet of Class 2 water. In recent years, the District has added to its water supply portfolio with local and regional groundwater banking projects.
SWID is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected by Division to four-year staggered terms. The total FY2021 budget is almost $10 million and there are ten employees. The District also utilizes the services of a number of consultants.
Desire the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, engineering, science or a related field; and substantial administrative and management experience that has involved planning, organizing, implementing and supervising varied programs, preferably within a public agency. Having an understanding of San Joaquin Valley regional issues is important, including the Kern River, Central Valley Project – Friant Division, and the State Water Project. Also important is experience working for or with California public agencies, including familiarity with regulations (e.g., the Brown Act), elections, and working with an elected Board. Must also have knowledge of public sector budgeting. Registration as a professional civil engineer in California would be a plus, as would experience with agricultural water, but neither are required.
A detailed brochure can be found at www.robertsrcg.com/18801/swidgm