District Watermaster/Construction Superintendent

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Located in Madras, OR

Salary: Competitive salary & benefits

Where You Get To Live!

Madras is the gateway to the Central Oregon region.  Surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers, Jefferson County is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise!  Check out the sights and sounds of Madras at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=IHmTD0AYqfE

What You Get To Do!

The District Watermaster will plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the District’s water operations, including water delivery systems and water operations and associated construction projects for irrigation water; coordinate assigned activities with other District departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Operations Manager. Assist with implementing Board policies and programs; assists with budget development and review.

  • Administer water deliveries in response to orders by District water users.
  • Monitor conditions and performance of the District water conveyance system. Arrange and implement necessary maintenance actions.
  • Supervise Ditchriders in responding to water orders, regulating water in the conveyance system to meet the water supply needs of District water users, and to protect District water rights.
  • Monitor conditions and performance of the District water conveyance system.
  • Support the Operations Manager in his/her absence, and on other specific assignments made by the Operations Manager.
  • Report to the Operations Manager on water delivery and conveyance system operations and maintenance activities.
  • Assume full management responsibility for all water operations services and activities including water delivery facilities and water operations; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Manage the development and implementation of water operations goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area.
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinates, the water operations work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate water operations personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Direct and oversee safety compliance efforts. Formulate and suggest work safety standards, and enforces procedures. Meets compliance and reporting requirements of federal or state regulations; and directs activities of the safety committee and may provide safety training.
  • Supervise water storage, deliveries and regulation to meet water supply needs of District water users.
  • Supervise maintenance operations of the District required for efficient performance of equipment, vehicles and water storage, and conveyance infrastructure.
  • Manage construction projects and improvements for the district.
  • Supervise maintenance, shop, and other assigned personnel as necessary in carrying out day to day district operations.
  • Participate in the development and administration of the water operations budget; forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Explain, justify and defend water operations programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Represent water operations to other District departments and outside agencies; coordinate water operations activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations and other water districts.
  • Develop, coordinate and manage water conservation activities.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive customer inquires and complaints.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

What You Will Need:

  • A Bachelor’s or Associates degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Engineering, Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, or Construction Management is desired.
  • Five years related experience, with two years in a management or supervisory capacity.
  • Experience working with or within a public agency is a plus as well as the responsibility for the implementation of programs and development and administration of budgets.
  • Possession of a valid Oregon Class C Driver License.
  • Knowledge of construction principles and practices – pipelines, concrete, earthen structures
  • Heavy equipment operations – dozers, excavators, backhoes, etc.
  • Operations, services and activities of irrigation water distribution systems.
  • Management skills to analyze programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Computer use and associated software (Microsoft Office) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

 To Apply:

For confidential consideration, please submit resume to: ian.mcgrath@expresspros.com

Express Office: Bend
61379 South Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702




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