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Job Announcement: Honey Lake Valley RCD District Manager

Friday, October 16th, 2015


Honey Lake Valley RCD/District Manager

Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District (HLV RCD) is accepting applications for the position of District Manager. This is a part time position that could increase to full time based on funding. The position works under the direct supervision of the HLV RCD Board of Directors. The position requires the ability to lead, plan, increase and direct HLV RCD policies, programs and budget; research, prepare and submit grant applications; manage and implement funding awards; supervise staff; and comprehend water rights decrees and manage watermaster services. For the full vacancy announcement email mwheeler651@gmail.com or stop by the USDA Service Center, 170 Russell Ave., Suite C, Susanville, CA 96130. Applications are due by November 5, 2015.

Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District

Vacancy Announcement

District Manager

Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District (HLV RCD) is accepting applications for the position of District Manager.  This is a part time position that could increase to full time, based on funding.  This position works under direct supervision of the HLV RCD Board of Directors.


General Operations

  • Lead, organize, plan, increase and direct District policies, programs, budget and staff training.
  • Create and sustain partnerships between District staff, the public, county elected/appointed officials, state, tribal and federal agencies and local landowners.
  • Ensure statutes, governmental rules, regulations and compliance issues pertaining to or affecting District operations are adhered to.
  • Represent and promote the District at the local, state, regional and federal levels.
  • Coordinate with staff to conduct monthly board meetings, including agendas, minutes and supporting documentation.
  • Attend all Board meetings and keep the Board apprised of District activities.
  • Develop and prepare effective and comprehensive correspondence, reports and other written material.

Grants/Financial Management

  • Prepare and submit grant applications within the District’s fields of interest.
  • Analyze the impact of actions on budget and staffing levels.
  • Supervise preparation of annual budget and oversee legally sufficient and effective financial and information systems.
  • Oversee annual audit.

Personal Management

  • Supervise and evaluate the duties of the administrative personnel and project coordinators, providing leadership and guidance for completion of assigned duties.
  • Facilitate organizational capacity building and implementation of all human resource activities, including hiring, promotions, discipline, and termination procedures regarding all District employees.

Watermaster Service

  • Read and comprehend the Decrees and recorded Agreements that define water rights within the Susan River WMSA and perform the duties of the Watermaster Technician, if he/she is not available.
  • Review Watermaster Technician daily records on a weekly basis.
  • Review and edit annual report to the Superior Court developed by the Watermaster Technician and present to the RCD Board for approval at the December meeting of the RCD Board.
  • Work with the Watermaster Technician to develop an annual budget and apportionment for the March and April WAC meetings.  Present the WAC approved budget and apportionment to the RCD Board at their April meeting and gain approval of the draft budget and apportionment at their May meeting.  Ensure that the approved draft apportionment is filed with the Court and that Water Users are notified in writing of their individual apportionments prior to June 15th.  Present the final apportionment to the RCD Board at their July Board meeting and submit the final apportionment to the County Assessors office prior to August.
  • Work with the Watermaster Technician to develop an annual Statement of Diversion and Use Report to the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Division of Water Rights.  Following approval by the WAC, seek approval from the RCD Board at their May meeting and submit to the SWRCB prior to June 30th.
  • Assist the Watermaster Technician to resolve Water Rights Holders’ disputes.  Present disputes that have not been resolved at the WAC level to the RCD for resolution.


The District Manager must be an accomplished administrator who possesses strong interpersonal communication and public relations skills, coupled with political acumen and good judgement and:

  • Broad knowledge of local, state and federal laws regarding operations of special districts.
  • Analytical ability to assimilate and evaluate quantitative and qualitative information obtained from reports, studies, surveys and budget documents.
  • The ability to develop and prepare effective and comprehensive correspondence, reports and other written material including grant applications.
  • The ability to analyze organizational and administrative problems and the ability to create innovative management programs and systems for organizational problem solving.
  • Strong interpersonal relations, communications and public presentation skills.
  • Established experience in personnel and management.

An undergraduate degree in Resource Management, Natural Science, Public or Business Administration, or related field is desired.  Graduate education in any of the aforementioned disciplines is preferred, AND, a minimum of five years of progressive responsible experience in administration, planning, budget and fiscal management, which must include considerable supervisory experience.  He/she must also demonstrate considerable experience, which encompasses political acumen, verbal, organizational, and public relation skills,  OR five years experience as a proven Conservation District Manager.  Valid CA Driver’s License.  Preference will be given to candidates with professional licensing or certificates in related fields.

Salary Range:  $26.00 to $35.00/hour DOE.  To Apply:  Send cover letter and resume to Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District, USDA Service Center, 170 Russell Avenue Suite C, Susanville CA 96130 or send via email to Merry Wheeler, Executive Secretary, at mwheeler651@gmail.com.  Previously submitted applications from the August vacancy announcement will be considered; updated cover letter and resume will be accepted, if desired.     For More Information or to Request the Full Vacancy Announcement:  call (530) 257-7271 ext. 100.  Application Deadline:  November 5, 2015 by 4:30 pm.



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