Conservation Specialist

Salary:  $25.15 – $37.75 per hour


Location:  Fort Worth, TX




Position Summary:


The Conservation Specialist is responsible for implementing large-scale water conservation programs, focusing on outdoor-watering education and outreach activities, and building and maintaining community partnerships that have a district-wide impact for the Governmental Affairs Department.



Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this position.

  • Develop, implement and coordinate contracted services as necessary to meet program goals
  • Develop, organize, promote and market water conservation education and outreach activities to the public through presentations, workshops, social media, collaboration, tours, conferences, community events, or other venues
  • Conceptualize, develop, write, and produce water conservation education and outreach materials, such as social media, email, blogs, newsletters, website updates, brochures, pamphlets, bill inserts, posters, articles, public service announcements, efficiency guides and protocols to create outside interest and educate the public, customers, employees and other agencies on water conservation programs, issues and activities
  • Provide support in the evaluation of conservation program effectiveness, quality assurance, program design and department goals
  • Act as a subject matter expert to members of the public, community organizations, and other agencies
  • Relate information to diverse groups clearly and in a manner that is responsive to the styles and needs of each group
  • Provide conservation program support including responding to customer inquiries and evaluating customer needs
  • Maintain accurate records and databases for efficient program performance
  • Coordinate, promote and participate in a variety of community and civic events, which may require weekend or evening attendance
  • Ability to learn various aspects of environmental, water utility industry and business operations
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with District employees, customers and the public
  • Remain current on industry news, technology, trends, and issues related to water conservation and programs
  • Provide assistance with the development and planning of drought related materials and implementation
  • Coordinate scheduling and logistics
  • Manage information, maintain records, prepare memorandums and conduct research
  • Take photographs and video of events and projects
  • Maintain familiarity with strategic District levels of service
  • Continuous improvement monitoring and innovation efforts
  • Perform other duties as required



Required Experience:


  • Strong collaboration and communication skills both internally and externally
  • Able to work on several projects while staying organized and meeting deadlines
  • Able to effectively use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software
  • Ability to occasionally work extended, evening, and/or weekend hours
  • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines



Desired Experience:


  • One year of experience in water conservation, natural science, public relations, irrigation, consultation, management, project analysis or related activities
  • Water utility experience
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Digital communications experience
  • Spanish language (speak, read and write) proficiency



Required Education/Certification/License:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Environmental Studies, Resource Management, Business Administration, Marketing, Communication, Journalism or other related field from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency
  • Equivalent education and experience may substitute education requirements
    • High School Diploma or GED plus four (4) years of specific experience in automatic sprinkler design, installation, maintenance, repair, inspection, setting controllers or equivalent
    • An associate degree plus two (2) years of specific experience in automatic sprinkler design, installation, maintenance, repair, inspection, setting controllers or equivalent
  • Valid Texas driver’s license
  • Must be able to obtain a Landscape Irrigation Auditor Certification, or equivalent, within 6 months of employment



Desired Education/Certification/License:    


  • Landscape Irrigator License by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Landscape Irrigation Auditor Certification
  • Texas Certified Landscape Professional, Texas Certified Water Smart Professional, or similar



Success Factors/Job Competencies:


  • Growth – Job requires the ability to adapt to new technologies and market trends
  • Writing – Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Time Management – Managing one’s own time and work efficiently
  • Innovation – Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas and answers to work-related problems
  • Collaboration – Job requires the ability to work closely in a team environment



Physical Demands and Work Environment:


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically resides within an office or cubicle and may have occasional field work that will expose the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time



(HR Use Only:  Pos # 133)

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 548.58 550.00 -1.42
Benbrook 687.93 694.00 -6.07
Bridgeport 820.77 836.00 -15.23
Cedar Creek 320.56 322.00 -1.44
Eagle Mountain 642.21 649.10 -6.89
Lake Worth 590.95 594.00 -3.05
Richland-Chambers 312.51 315.00 -2.49
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
For more information read our daily reports or the TRWD Lake Level Blog.

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