Watershed Technician

Salary: $19.96 – $29.96 per hour


Location:  Fort Worth, TX



Position Summary:

The mission of the District’s Watershed Program is to protect water supplies through responsible watershed planning and stewardship. The program accomplishes this by leading watershed stakeholders, decision-makers, and scientific experts in the development and implementation of stakeholder-driven plans designed to reduce the flow of pollutants to streams and lakes.


The program’s Watershed Technician will be responsible for delivering and developing education and outreach programs and events to stakeholder groups and the public, as well as assisting in other technical and administrative tasks of watershed planning throughout the TRWD service area and reservoir watersheds. The technician will shadow staff from Environmental Services, as well as other TRWD divisions that may align with the Watershed Programs or the missions of the Tarrant Regional Water District. This position is a six (6) month temporary position with the possibility for an extension up to a maximum of three (3) years. Tarrant Regional Water District is an at-will employer.


Upon completion of their tenure within the Watershed Program, the Technician will have the experience and skill set necessary to apply for education, outreach, or natural resources positions that effect landscape level systems, design, and coordination.


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.

  • Conduct outreach and educational activities to advance understanding of water and watershed issues in TRWD reservoir watersheds and the Trinity River basin
  • Develop, produce, and deliver materials and information to promote watershed and water quality protection through best management practices and responsible land stewardship
  • Provide presentations and hands-on demonstrations to students, the public, private landowners, agency representatives, and others
  • Identify, coordinate, and implement innovative educational or outreach opportunities that support Watershed Programs goals
  • Assist with training and supervising stakeholders and volunteers
  • Build positive relationships with partner organizations
  • Maintain an updated schedule and record of presentations and events
  • Assist in maintaining and developing content for website, social media and marketing, and news articles
  • Provide reports of program activities to management
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities for professional development
  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities and developing information for successful grant applications
  • Assist in coordination with other District Departments, as needed, to educate staff and integrate their programs and efforts with Watershed Programs
  • Assist in review and development of reports, permits, proposals, budgets, and other technical documents
  • Assist in data compilation, analysis, and modeling
  • Assist with academic and research projects conducted by the watershed program or its partners
  • Prepare reports, billing, and budgeting, purchasing, scheduling, and other administrative duties
  • Maintain familiarity with strategic District levels of service
  • Continuous improvement monitoring and innovation efforts
  • Perform other duties as required


Required Experience:

  • Less than one (1) year of related experience
  • Ability to effectively plan and coordinate educational and outreach projects
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Word and Excel, and ability to learn new computer applications
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and public relations skills
  • Ability to work independently, establish work priorities, and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals, groups, and units of government
  • Ability to work outside regular business hours, evenings, and weekends for events


Desired Experience:

  • Ability to safely connect and tow a trailer
  • Understanding of geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Understanding of social media, SEO, marketing, and design for education and outreach


Required Education/Certification/License:

  • Relevant coursework in environmental sciences, water resources, planning, agriculture, education, or a related natural resource management field
  • Alternative degrees, coursework, or certifications will be considered with an explanatory cover letter
  • Training and/or experience in organizational development, communications, consensus building, facilitation, and leadership skills
  • Training or knowledge of watershed issues, non-point source pollution remediation strategies, or watershed management
  • Valid Texas driver’s license


Desired Education/Certification/License:

  • None


Success Factors/Job Competencies:

  • Able to communicate well both written and orally and demonstrate a professional demeanor


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, and use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk or hear. Employees 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, including job sites or construction locations, that will expose the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time.


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Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 549.89 550.00 -0.11
Benbrook 694.57 694.00 0.57
Bridgeport 820.64 836.00 -15.36
Cedar Creek 321.92 322.00 -0.08
Eagle Mountain 643.04 649.10 -6.06
Lake Worth 590.98 594.00 -3.02
Richland-Chambers 314.96 315.00 -0.04
*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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