Director of Water Resources and Operations 

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Joshua Basin Water District (JBWD) proudly serves the beautiful desert community of Joshua Tree, California. The community of Joshua Tree is known for its dramatic desert landscape, panoramic views, and is the gateway to the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. JBWD is a special district that serves more than 5,400 active and inactive service connections in a 96-square mile service area. Since formation, the District has remained dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality drinking water.

The District is seeking a highly qualified individual to join our management team as the Director of Water Resources and Operations (DWRO). Under general direction, the DWRO will plan, organize, and direct the water quality, production, storage, transmission and distribution, construction, maintenance, and operations functions of the District. The DWRO will coordinate engineering and development projects to maintain and upgrade the District’s water facilities system. The DWRO will serve as the Chief Operator of the District’s distribution system.

The ideal candidate will be a positive influence on day-to-day operations with a can-do attitude. This individual will possess high-level management skills, with a high degree of technical knowledge in complex water supply, groundwater, and environmental issues. The individual must employ a hands-on, proactive, and collaborative approach that will build trust and develop positive, open relations in all aspects of operations duties, including the supervision responsibilities to operations employees. The individual will handle difficult and complex assignments with minimal oversight. The individual will report directly to the General Manager.

Desired Minimum Qualifications – Any combination of education and experience which would likely provide the necessary knowledge and abilities may be qualifying.

Education – The ideal applicant will possess a completed a four-year degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public administration, business, civil engineering, water science, or closely related field.

Experience – A minimum of ten years of broad and extensive experience in a California water district, including four years of increasing responsibility in supervisory experience in the operations, planning, design, construction and maintenance of water, treatment, and irrigation facilities.  Proven experience at a management or assistant management level with administration of a variety of projects is highly desirable.

Licenses or Certificates – Must possess at a minimum, a Grade III Water Distribution Certification issued by the State Water Resources Control Board, must possess a valid California Class C Driver’s License.

Monthly Salary Range: $9,667 – $10,938 This is a full-time, exempt position with an excellent benefits package.

Publication Date: October 2, 2017        Application Deadline: Open until filled



  1. To apply for an open vacancy, submit a completed a Joshua Basin Water District Employment Application, Resume, and a Cover Letter.
  2. Click here for a JBWD employment application.
  3. You may submit your completed application materials the following ways:
    • Email – jobs@jbwd.com
    • Mail – Joshua Basin Water District, ATTN: Human Resources, PO Box 675, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
    • In-Person – Joshua Basin Water District, ATTN: Human Resources, 61750 Chollita Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Only candidates selected for consideration will be contacted. Selected applicants will be tested for skill level in all competencies listed in the job description.

Joshua Basin Water District is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will received consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

NOTE:  Joshua Basin Water District will only accept applications for open positions.



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Salary Schedule 2017

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Employee/Director Compensation



Resolution No. 17-973 – Memorandum of Understanding with AFSCME Local 1902 – 2016-2019

Resolution No. 17-974 – Compensation Plan for the Management, Supervisory, and Confidential Unit

Resolution No. 00-609 – Employer/Employee Relations Resolution