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Water Resources Director

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The County of Lake is seeking an effective Lake Manager with a strong background and/or education in limnology to serve as the Water Resources Director. Under the administrative direction of the County Board of Supervisors, this position provides top-level strategic guidance and scientific oversight for the Water Resources Department.

The individual selected for this position will have the opportunity to develop and implement both short and long-term studies, goals, and management objectives for Clear Lake and watershed, as well as streams, reservoirs, and other bodies of water in the County.


Lake County is home to the nation’s cleanest air and Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake within California, and is located in beautiful Northern California, just a two-hour drive by car from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento Valley, or the Pacific Coast. Lake County has good schools and is served by two community colleges. Life in Lake County is relaxed living, home to friendly people, fun community events, and authentic small-town charm.

Clear Lake is one of the most technically interesting lakes in North America. Clear Lake is a naturally eutrophic, warm water lake and the many studies conducted on this lake are at the forefront of scientific research and lake management related to global warming and water quality issues.

Qualification Guidelines

An ideal candidate will have:

1. A Master’s Degree in limnology, hydrology, hydraulics, water resources management, aquatic biology, or a directly related field AND

2. At least five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in limnology, hydrology, water resources management, or a directly related field AND

3. two (2) years of supervisory/management experience with at least one (1) year in a management capacity. AND

4. Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver’s license.

Alternate training and experience as outlined in the full job description may be considered if insufficient applicants meet the criteria above. Please see for the full job description, including this alternate criterion.

Selection Process

Applicants determined to possess the most desirable combination of experience and education will be invited to participate in an interview process as outlined below.

Advisory panel interviews for this position will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019 with top-ranked candidates invited to a selection interview with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Qualified applicants should plan to be available in Lake County on both days. All correspondence for this recruitment will be sent via e-mail.


  • The County participates in the CalPERS retirement system, which provides a defined benefit pension to County employees. The pension formulas and employee contribution amounts vary by date of hire, and prior qualifying service.
  • The County currently pays an $1000 monthly contribution toward medical, dental, vision, and life* benefits.
  • Three weeks of paid vacation per year for the first through fifth year of employment; four weeks for the sixth through twentieth year; and five weeks upon the completion of the twentieth year;
  • Forty hours of paid administrative leave per year with an option for cash in lieu.
  • 15 paid holidays per year;
  • 12 days of paid sick leave per year;
  • Deferred compensation plans are available

This recruitment will close on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Please submit your application online – job opportunities

County of Lake – Human Resources Department

255 N. Forbes Street Lakeport, CA 95493 Phone: (707) 263-2213 Fax: (707) 262-1843