Last Update: November 19, 2014

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Engineering Manager

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Manager of Engineering serves as the principal representative for the Authority on capital projects and manages the Authority’s technical support efforts provided through the engineering, information technology (IT) and environmental laboratory departments. The position responsibilities include technical evaluations, development and implementation of engineered solutions, identification of funding sources, negotiation of contracts and supervision of construction for the projects and problems facing the Authority.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to: General Manager.
  • Directs: Technical support staff, including the Engineering, Environmental Lab and IT Departments.
  • Other: Has daily contact with operations staff and administrative staff and regular contact with the Board of Directors, customers, other agencies and consultants including engineering, legal and financial.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Essential Duties:

  • Establish and manage departmental budgets for the Engineering Department, the IT Department and the Environmental Laboratory.
  • Prepare project cost estimates and coordinate annual capital budget and five year capital program with Water Supply Manager.
  • Manage the in-house engineering efforts of the Authority as the engineer-of-record for plan, specifications and estimate preparation, contact management and construction oversight.
  • Prepare preliminary engineering analysis and cost estimates for proposed projects at the direction of the General Manager.
  • Oversee implementation of capital improvements program.
  • Perform hydraulic evaluations of freshwater distribution canals and develop recommendations based on the evaluations.
  • Evaluate water rights, permit amendments and water availability, including the impact of proposed water right amendments by others on the Authority’s rights.
  • Manage real estate concerns such as right-of-way estate evaluation, permitting and encroachment issues.
  • Assist in the development of operational program plans such as management of invasive species, freshwater supply management and protection, and new facility start-ups.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with various agencies, including TCEQ, US Army Corps of Engineers, USGS, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and others.
  • Coordinate projects with engineering, surveying and other outside technical consultants.

Other important duties:

  • Conduct boundary, construction and analytical surveys as needed.
  • Attend various professional meetings.
  • Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Knowledge of: the art and science of engineering especially the field of civil works related to water supply.

Minimum Skill/Ability to: manage the preparation of plans and technical specifications for the construction of public works; operate a computer using standard drafting and engineering analysis software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication.

Preferred Skill/Ability to: perform detailed structural design and hydraulic analysis; develop databases for information management and evaluation of metrics such as efficiencies and productivity; and design of highly detailed operational programs with consideration of numerous independent/external parameters.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Minimum: The position requires a person holding a bachelor’s degree in engineering, plus at least eight years experience in the engineering field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred: Knowledge of Texas water law and water rights adjudication and amendment process; experience in real estate research, and surveying practices and procedures; and proficiency in hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software, particularly software recognized by the State in evaluation of water availability and water rights, is preferred for this position.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:

  • License to practice as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas is required.
  • License to practice as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) or Licensed State Land Surveyor (LSLS) in the State of Texas is beneficial.
  • Valid Texas Driver License

PAY GROUP: B8 ($106,876 - $163,875)
SALARY: Dependent upon qualifications

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.


Engineer

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Engineer for the Authority will engage in the “practice of engineering,” as defined by the Texas Engineering Practice Act (Texas Civil Statutes, Article 3271a), on behalf of the Authority.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to: Manager of Engineering.
  • Directs: May provide direction to Engineering Technicians and/or Engineering Assistants.
  • Other: Has daily contact with administrative and operations staff and occasional contact with the Board of Directors, customers, other agencies and outside consultants.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Essential Duties:

  • At the direction of the Manager of Engineering, provides direct technical support for maintenance of the canal and pumping system.
  • Assist Manager of Engineering with capital program project evaluation, cost estimates and implementation.
  • Assist Manager of Engineering in the preparation of preliminary engineering analysis and cost estimates for proposed projects.
  • Assist in the in-house engineering efforts of the Authority with plan, specifications and estimate preparation for various construction projects including engineered solutions to conventional challenges of the Authority such as water, sewer, paving, drainage, and water control and distribution projects. May direct draftsmen, survey crews and technicians in support of plan and specification development for specific projects.
  • At the direction of the Manager of Engineering, independently prepares bid packages and manages the bid process for various construction contracts.
  • Provide oversight and inspection on various in-house and contractor constructed projects for the Authority, including managing project specific budgets.
  • Assist Manager of Engineering with preparation of preliminary engineering analysis and cost estimates for proposed capital projects.
  • Perform hydraulic evaluations of freshwater distribution canals and water availability models.
  • May provide recommendations based on analytical results.
  • Assist Manager of Engineering with evaluation of water rights, permit amendments and water availability, including the impact of proposed water right amendments by others on the Authority’s rights.
  • Assist Manager of Engineering and operations staff with the identification and interpretation of real property conveyance documents concerning Authority right-of-ways.
  • Provide technical support to operations departments through the development of operational programs and the specific implementation tools such as spreadsheets and databases for new projects or expanded operational criteria and/or constraints such as new environmental legislation, new challenges such as invasive species, or health, safety and welfare concerns of the Authority.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with various agencies, including TCEQ, US Army Corps of Engineers, USGS, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and others.
  • Coordinate projects with engineering, surveying and other outside technical consultants.
Other Important Duties:
  • Attends various professional meetings.
  • Coordinate projects with engineering consultants.
  • Assist with surveying data collection, processing and analysis.
  • Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: the art and science of engineering, especially the field of civil works related to water supply.

Skill/Ability to: prepare plans and technical specifications for the construction of public works; operate a computer using Microsoft Office products and standard engineering analysis software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication.

Preferred Skill/Ability to: perform detailed structural design and hydraulic analysis; develop and manipulate databases for information management and evaluation; and evaluate and make recommendations for detailed operational programs with consideration of numerous independent/external parameters.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Minimum: The position requires a person holding a bachelor’s degree in engineering, plus at least five years experience in the engineering field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred: Knowledge of surveying practices and procedures, and proficiency in hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software, particularly software recognized by the State in evaluation of water availability and water rights, is preferred for this position.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
License to practice as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas is preferred. At a minimum the position requires a person holding a valid Certification of Engineer-In-Training with the ability to obtain registration in the State of Texas as a Professional Engineer within one year of date of employment.

Valid Texas Driver License

PAY GROUP: B5
SALARY: Dependent upon qualifications.

CLOSING DATE:
Open until filled.


Maintenance Worker

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Assists in construction and maintenance tasks of the Authority's canal system, including operating construction and maintenance equipment as necessary, such as mowers, trucks, tractors, chainsaws, etc.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to: Canal Superintendent; may receive assignments from Crew Leader at work sites.
  • Directs: This is a non-supervisory position.
  • Other: Has daily contact with other Authority personnel; has occasional contact with Authority customers.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Essential Duties:

  • Maintain punctual, regular attendance and work the scheduled hours.
  • Assists in construction and maintenance of the canal system.
  • Performs carpentry work in the construction of canal structures.
  • Installs and replaces concrete and aluminum piping and water meters.
  • Builds barbed-wire fences.
  • Ties steel reinforcement for concrete projects.
  • Mixes, pours, and finishes concrete in the construction of water gates, columns, flumes, floors, walls, bridges, etc.
  • Clears vegetation and debris from canals and canal banks, including operating mowers and chainsaws and applying herbicides.
  • Repairs leaks in levees and canal gates.
  • Loads and unloads equipment or supplies onto or off of truck, and transports to or from work sites.
  • Operates tractors, vehicles, chippers, etc., as necessary.

Other important duties: Performs other duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: construction and maintenance practices related to large-scale water supply/canal systems.

Required Skill/Ability to:demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication; understand numeric data; read, interpret and follow maps; complete necessary paperwork and/or reports accurately, legibly, and promptly; maintain appropriate Texas Driver License (applicable to job responsibilities) and good driving record; tolerate outside working conditions, including exposure to adverse weather conditions; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other Authority employees and customers.

PREFERRED OR DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Skill/Ability to:operate computer, including email, word processing, and spreadsheets (Microsoft Office Suite); use computer spreadsheets for data entry; and use Google Earth programs.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
High school graduation, or its equivalent, plus at least two years of related work experience or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Appropriate Texas Driver License

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES PREFERRED:
Texas Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL)

PAY GROUP: A2-A4
SALARY RANGE: $11.34 - $20.28 (Dependent on experience and qualifications)

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.


Equipment Operator

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Operates equipment as assigned in the maintenance and construction of the canal system and assists in routine and preventative maintenance of equipment.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to: Canal Superintendent; may receive assignments from Crew Leader at work sites.
  • Directs: This is a non-supervisory position.
  • Other: Has daily contact with other Authority personnel; has occasional contact with Authority customers.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Essential Duties:

  • Maintain punctual, regular attendance and work the scheduled hours.
  • Operate a backhoe and/or tractor mounted boom mower in the maintenance and construction of the canal system.
  • Utilize backhoe to repair canal leaks, install and replace water pipes, cover or uncover water boxes, and perform other duties as required.
  • Utilize backhoe to remove aquatic vegetation and/or brush and trees from canals as necessary.
  • Load and unload lumber to and from trucks as necessary.
  • Load and unload backhoe on or off trailer and transports backhoe to construction sites.
  • Operate boom mower in the mowing of levees, slopes, etc.
  • Perform routine, basic maintenance on equipment and may assist mechanic in performing preventative and routine maintenance of equipment, including refueling, lubricating, changing oil and filters, replacing cables and clutches, repairing brake and hydraulic lines, adjusting tracks, etc.
  • Perform inspections, service equipment, including refueling and checking oil and fluid levels and complete daily log sheets.
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices on equipment.
  • Complete and submit all necessary paperwork and reports accurately, legibly, and promptly.

Other important duties:

  • May operate other construction/maintenance equipment as needed.
  • Assist construction crews at work sites as necessary.
  • Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: equipment operational and maintenance techniques; and construction and maintenance practices related to large-scale water supply/canal systems.

Skill/Ability to: safely and effectively operate backhoes, tractors, side boom mowers, and/or dump trucks in the construction and repair of canal system; perform routine, basic maintenance on equipment; assist in the maintenance (including major repairs) of heavy and light equipment; demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication; read, interpret and follow maps; understand numeric data; complete necessary paperwork and/or reports accurately, legibly, and promptly; maintain appropriate Texas Driver License (applicable to job responsibilities) and good driving record; tolerate outside working conditions, including exposure to adverse weather conditions; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other Authority employees and customers.

PREFERRED OR DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Skill/Ability to:operate computer, including email, word processing, and spreadsheets (Microsoft Office Suite); use computer spreadsheets for data entry; and use Google Earth programs.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
High school graduation, or its equivalent, plus at least two years of experience working with construction equipment or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Current appropriate Texas Driver License – CDL Class A

PAY GROUP: A5
PAY RANGE: $14.29/hour- $21.90/hour

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.


Crew Leader - Vegetation Control Program

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Crew Leader will work under the supervision of the Vegetation Control Program Manager for the Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA). Work crew coordination and execution of daily goals will be required. Oversight of one to five employees can be anticipated. Crew size will fluctuate to meet the seasonal needs of the program. Crew leader will be responsible for conducting applications on own throughout the winter months. LNVA operates a multiuse canal system to provide water to industrial, municipal and agricultural systems. Over 600 miles of canal are operated within this system. The system is located within Jefferson, Chambers and Liberty counties. The office and reporting station is located off Hwy 124 approximately 6 miles south west of the intersection of I10 and 69 in Beaumont TX. The Crew Leader will provide support to the Vegetation Control Program Manger, maintaining nuisance vegetation on LNVA property within the three counties listed above.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to: Vegetation Control Program Manager
  • Directs: This is a non-supervisory position; may assign tasks to applicator crews, contractors and temporary workers as needed.
  • Other: Has daily contact with operations staff and regular contact with administrative staff, customers, other agencies and the general public with regards to the Authority’s vegetation control program.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Essential Duties:

  • Maintain punctual, regular attendance and work the scheduled hours.
  • Maintain records pertinent to mapping various treatments of invasive and nuisance vegetation.
  • Provide program support of daily activities of personnel designated to perform work in the Authority’s vegetation control program including conducting, assigning, and monitoring work.
  • Maintain compliance with various regulations governing the Authority’s vegetation control programs.
  • Consult with LNVA customers (farmers and other interested landowners) on the benefits, techniques, and costs of vegetation eradication and control.
  • Utilize computer technology to maintain accurate, detailed records of activities, using databases and relevant spreadsheet analyses. Track contacts, properties visited, number of site visits, areas surveyed, extent of infestation, and type of treatment conducted.
  • Collaborate weekly with Vegetation Control Program Manager to maintain current documentation of all vegetation control activities.
  • Execute minor repairs and purchase equipment; provide support to maintain chemical inventory and purchase supplies and materials (including chemicals) utilizing approved purchasing procedures.
  • Coordinate vegetation control activities with LNVA personnel and outside consultants.

Other important duties:

  • Attend various professional meetings and/or training.
  • Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: plants native to the geographic area.

Skill/Ability to: manage unwanted and/or invasive vegetation management; able learn the appropriate method of treatment and restoration of a variety of sites infested with different invasive plants; utilize GPS technology and GIS software to map infestations and treatment areas; to proficiently use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and to enter accomplishments into databases; utilize and the ability to take a problem-solving approach to the work, while also consulting with supervisor when appropriate; work effectively with a variety of individuals, managers, supervisors, property owners, public land managers, and partners. Possess the ability to work with a wide variety of landowners and at diverse project sites affected by invasive vegetation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication, including ability to discuss invasive vegetation control and restoration techniques with landowners.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

  • Bachelor's degree in natural resource management, ecology, agriculture, forestry, environmental science or related field with 24 hours of related natural resources courses in your major field of study; and
  • A minimum of one year field-based experience in restoration, forestry, farming or other relevant field; and
  • Experience in writing reports and data management;
  • or any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Requires employee to wear appropriate protective clothing.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:

  • Current valid Texas Driver License.
  • Valid TDA Aquatic and Right of Way Pest Control Applicator license must be obtained within six months of selection date. Maintenance of license will be required as directed by TDA.
  • Must be able to pass/maintain LNVA Boat Operator Permit.

PAY GROUP: A10
Pay Range - $20.99/ hour - $32.18/hour

CLOSING DATE: open until filled


West Regional Water Treatment Plant Maintenance Worker/Operator Trainee

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the repair and maintenance of potable and recycled water pipelines and mechanical equipment. Cuts grass around pump stations, digs ditches and holes, transports tools, collects water samples, and operates a backhoe and dump truck. Assists with the day-to-day operations and maintenance duties associated with the operation of a 5 MGD surface water treatment facility.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to: Assistant Utilities Manager. Receives daily work assignments from the WRWTP Lead Operator.
  • Directs: This is a non-supervisory position.
  • Other: Has daily contact with WRWTP Lead Operator and Operator. Has regular contact with the Utilities Manager and the Assistant Utilities Manager.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Employee shall perform a variety of maintenance duties at the water treatment plant and offsite facilities. Overtime, shift duty and on-call duties are required. When not performing maintenance, assists with the operation of plant repairs and assists with preventative maintenance on equipment and facilities at the West Regional Water Treatment Plant and at remote sites utilizing electrical, mechanical, welding, and hydraulic skills and the safe handling of chemicals.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Essential Duties:

  • Repairs and maintains water pipelines and mechanical equipment.
  • Maintains grounds at plant and remote locations associated with the plant including cutting grass and weed eating as needed.
  • Operates backhoe, dump truck and other equipment as needed.
  • Observes and assists as needed with the control of treatment plant devices and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption.
  • Observes and assists as needed with the operation and control of electric motors, pumps, valves to regulate flow.
  • Observes and assists as needed with the adding of specified amounts of chemicals to achieve water quality goals.
  • Observes and assists as needed with the monitoring and adjustments controls that regulate flow, pressure and distribution of water.
  • Assists with the repair and lubrication of machines and equipment using hand tools/power tools.
  • Observes and assists as needed with the testing of water samples.
  • Communicates as needed via telephone, radio, and e-mail.

Other important duties:

  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Must have demonstrated skills in grounds maintenance and general labor. Ability to assist with the setting of chemical feed rates, starting/stopping/controlling of pumps and water treatment equipment, lab tests for process control, interfacing with SCADA control systems through a centralized control room configuration, and management of daily distribution system demand by appropriate use of pumping and storage facilities.

Must have the ability to assist with the maintenance of complex water treatment equipment, plants, and associated equipment. Must have some knowledge of and the ability to assist with structural welding, electrical circuitry including motor starter control/high voltages/test instruments, hydraulic equipment, lifting and hoisting systems, mechanical equipment repair, safe handling of water treatment chemicals, repair and maintenance of water treatment chemical feed equipment, safe start-up and shut-down of water treatment equipment and processes, preventive maintenance and minor repair for large horsepower electric motors. Must have basic skills in carpentry, plumbing, electrical construction, and use of shop and hand tools.

Must be proficient with a personal computer, specifically MS Word and Excel. Must understand the use of mathematical formulas and demonstrates the ability to translate and compare own mathematical calculations to related data. Must also have the ability to use gathered information to determine the possible cause of a problem.

Ability to work a rotating 12-hour shift, assigned to either day or night.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
High school graduation, or its equivalent. At least two years of general experience in the operation & maintenance of equipment similar to that of a conventional water treatment plant is desirable; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:

  • TCEQ Class “D” Surface Water Certificate or the ability to obtain the certification within the first six months of employment.
  • Appropriate Texas driver’s license.

PHYSICAL EFFORT:
Climbs and works in high places and in confined areas below water level. Work frequently requires considerable pushing, pulling, carrying and lifting items weighing up to 50 pounds, occasionally to 100 pounds. Frequently requires standing, walking, kneeling, and bending.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
High noise levels from operations in the plant. Moderate noise levels from the equipment used for maintenance of the plant, such as mowers and weed eaters. Physical hazards from working in vicinity of high voltage, toxic chemicals, elevated areas, and confined spaces. Minor skin exposure to chemicals and oils.

PAY GROUP: A2
Pay Range: $11.34 hour - $17.39/hour

CLOSING DATE: open until filled

If interested, submit resume and/or statement of qualifications to Annette Purington at the Authority's Administrative Office located at 7850 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77708.

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Lower Neches Valley Authority
Attn: Human Resource Department
7850 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX 77708
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