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Water Dept. Project Engineer – agriculture/farming

Posted on: June 4th, 2020 | Agriculture, Engineering | Bakersfield, CA, or Visalia CA.

Farming Water Dept Project Engineer


Water Department Project Engineer is responsible for managing the water systems at both Buena Vista and Kern Lake Districts. Primary duties include supervising the installation, operation, and maintenance/repair of water conveyance systems and irrigation systems. Duties associated with this include general engineering tasks (e.g. surveying, drafting), maintaining budgets, preparing reports, and communicating with outside entities/vendors.

Water Project Engineer is responsible for the oversight of the Public Water Agency that provides water to the Buena Vista Ranch. Duties include: managing SWP, River, Groundwater, and Banked water supplies for the District; communicating with other Districts/Agencies; attending various Board, California WaterFix, SGMA, and ILRP meetings; preparing and implementing the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the GSA; working with the Treasurer to perform fiscal responsibilities; working with Legal Counsel on compliance and preparation of HMWD meeting agendas/minutes.


  • Performs field investigations to troubleshoot and solve problems with the water and irrigation system
  • Works with vendors to complete projects whose scope goes beyond the abilities of the Water Dept. (e.g. well drilling, filter installation, etc.)
  • Prepares water budgets, monitors groundwater/aquifer conditions, and forecasts supplies to aid with cropping patterns
  • Manages Water Dept. personnel & wages; approves payment of invoices and tracks expenses; develops annual fiscal budgets
  • Follows company safety standards and site safety standards
  • Assists in the execution of contracts (easements, permits, sales, etc.) associated with company land/assets.
  • Technical skills include hydraulic analysis, construction cost estimation, surveying, understanding of pumps, experience with open channel design/flow measurement, drafting, and technical report writing
  • Serves as point of contact for governmental or external entities (e.g. Utilities, Oil Companies, Neighbors, Water Districts, County, etc. )
  • Tracks water supplies and manages flood water in years of wet hydrology
  • Attends meetings of other public water agencies which relate to HMWD; communicate HMWD matters to management


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Technical Field: Civil or Ag Engineering, Ag Systems Management, Geology.
  • 3- 5 years’ experience working in the agriculture and/or water management sector

Other Qualifications

  • Skilled in basic or standard field procedures and techniques
  • Experienced in writing technical studies and reports, collecting field data, and writing internal correspondence
  • Knowledge in computer word processing, spreadsheets, AutoCAD, and database programs
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Must have a current valid California Driver’s License, and eligible to drive within the Company Driving Policy

Language Skills

  • Ability to thoroughly read and speak English. Spanish skills are helpful


For immediate and confidential consideration, please contact Jill Nunes, jnunes@prosearchservices.com














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