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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.


West Regional Water Treatment Plant Operator

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Under limited supervision, performs the day-to-day operations and maintenance duties associated with the operation of a 5 MGD surface water treatment facility. Has a working knowledge of required procedures, equipment and operating standards and is able to resolve routine problems.

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 WRWTP Maintenance Worker/Operator Trainee. Has regular contact with the Utilities Manager and the Assistant Utilities Manager.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Employee shall perform water treatment plant operations and maintenance at treatment plant and offsite facilities. Overtime, shift duty and on-call duties are required.

Operations: On a weekly rotating schedule; including nights, weekends, and holidays, performs total one-man operation of water treatment plant, off-site pump station and associated transmission system using computerized interfacing and hands-on operations.
Maintenance: When not performing operations, repairs and performs 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:

  • Controls treatment plant devices and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption.
  • Operates and controls electric motors, pumps, valves to regulate flow.
  • Adds specified amounts of chemicals to achieve water quality goals.
  • Monitors and adjusts controls to regulate flow, pressure and distribution of water.
  • Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment using hand tools/power tools.
  • Tests water samples and interprets results.
  • Records data.
  • 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 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 demonstrated skills in the maintenance of complex water treatment equipment, plants, and associated equipment. Must have demonstrated skills in the following areas: structural welding, advanced electrical circuitry including motor starter control/high voltages/test instruments, hydraulic equipment, lifting and hoisting systems, mechanical equipment repair/alignment/teardown/troubleshooting, 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, plus at least two years of general experience in the operation & maintenance of equipment similar to that of a conventional water treatment plant; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
TCEQ Class “C” Surface Water Certificate
Appropriate Valid Texas Driver 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 plant. 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: A8
SALARY RANGE: $18.00 - $27.59/hour

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 - Equipment Coordinator

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Coordinates work of equipment operators in the maintenance and construction of the canal system.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to: Canal Superintendent
  • Directs: This is a non-supervisory position. May assign tasks to Equipment Operators, Heavy Equipment Operators and Maintenance Workers as needed.
  • Other: Has frequent contact with other employees, customers, contractors and vendors.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Essential Duties:

  • Maintain punctual, regular attendance and work the scheduled hours.
  • Coordinate and evaluate work performed by equipment operators and heavy equipment operators on a daily basis and assist the Canal Superintendent with preparation of evaluations of employees who have worked under his/her direction throughout the year.
  • Review Equipment Operator daily log sheets weekly and record data in the equipment productivity spreadsheet.
  • Assist the Canal Superintendent with the development of specifications for equipment purchases.
  • Assist the Canal Superintendent with the development and coordination of the herbicide application for control of vegetation program.
  • Schedule and supervise moving of equipment.
  • Coordinate locating of pipelines in association with canal maintenance with equipment, including contacting/coordinating the Texas Pipeline One Call program.
  • Assist the mechanic in diagnosing equipment mechanical problems.
  • Train new and evaluate equipment operators and heavy equipment operators.
  • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of the time sheets of employees.

Other important duties:

  • May operate construction/maintenance equipment as needed.
  • Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: heavy 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 a variety of equipment including draglines, trackhoes, dozers, backhoes, and tractors in the construction and repair of canal systems; assist in the maintenance of heavy and light equipment; ability to train others to operate equipment; handle all aspects of scheduling related to LNVA workforce and equipment; track and report progress as needed; operate computer, including email, word processing, and spreadsheets (Microsoft Office Suite), understand and use computer spreadsheets for data entry; understand numeric data; read and follow maps and Google Earth programs, use and operate the LNVA SCADA system software; complete necessary paperwork and 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, customers and vendors and representatives of organizations having a business relationship with the Authority.

PREFERRED OR DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Skill/Ability to: proficiently operate computer, including email, word processing, and spreadsheets (Microsoft Office Suite); prepare accurate budget information and project cost estimates.

Knowledge of:budgeting processes, survey skills, and basics of open channel flow in a canal system.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
High school graduation, or its equivalent, plus at least five years of experience operating a variety of heavy and light equipment; 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: A10
Pay Range - $20.99/ hour - $32.18/hour

CLOSING DATE: open until filled


Canal Rider

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Adjusts canal gates to provide adequate water to farmers, municipalities, and/or industrial customers as requested, records customer water usage, and evaluates and assists in maintenance and repair tasks within the canal system.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to: Canal Superintendent, may receive assignments from Crew Leader.
  • Directs: This is a non-supervisory position.
  • Other: Has daily contact with other Canal Riders, farmers, private industries, and municipal water plants, and has regular contact with other Authority employees.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Essential Duties:

  • Maintain punctual, regular attendance and work the scheduled hours.
  • Ensure adequate water supplies to farmers, municipalities, and/or industrial customers.
  • Monitor and maintain proper water levels in canals, and open or close water gates to supply customers as required. Perform preventative maintenance on remote operated gates and ensure accurate level sensor readings on SCADA system as scheduled.
  • Perform daily checks of canal system to identify leaks in levees and water gates, report location of problems for dispatch of repair crew, assist crews in repairs to canal system, and coordinate the location of pipelines in association with the repairs of leaks.
  • Maintain water meters including preventive maintenance, performing calibrations, and recording data on appropriate forms and/or spreadsheets.
  • Maintain accurate records of water usage by customers, including reading meters, and forward data to central office for customer billings.
  • Maintain daily knowledge of customer needs or problems.

Other important duties:

  • Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: open channel flow in a canal system through manipulation of various water control structures.

Skill/Ability to: provide adequate water supplies to meet customer needs and ensure customer satisfaction; evaluate canal system problems and apply correct preventative or repair procedures as necessary; ability to operate computer, understand numeric data, and understand and use computer spreadsheets for data entry; ability to read and follow maps and Google Earth programs, ability to use and operate the LNVA SCADA system software; complete necessary paperwork and reports accurately, legibly, and promptly; and 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 Canal Riders, farmers, private industries, and municipal water plants, and other Authority employees.

PREFERRED/DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Skill/Ability to: manage open channel flow in a canal system through manipulation of various water control structures and identify and resolve problems that may affect the water distribution system.

Desirable skill/ability to: proficiently operate computer, including email, word processing, and spreadsheets (Microsoft Office Suite).

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
High school graduation, or its equivalent, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Three years of water supply system and/or previous canal riding experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Appropriate Texas Driver License

Pay Range - $18.00/hour- $27.59/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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