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Douglas County  4140
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NATURAL RESOURCES TECHNICIAN
Pay Range GC14

INTRODUCTION

This classification processes hydrologic records (stream gage, thermograph, rain gage, wind direction and wind speed) for the natural resources section of the public works department.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Process hydrologic records from data received from numerous thermograph, stream gage, and rain gage stations; review field data and check records for completeness and accuracy prior to publication.

2. Download data periodically and check for accuracy; and log appropriate information.

3. Record water right records; update plat cards and maps; enter data into computerized system.

4. Assist public with telephone or counter inquiries regarding water rights and laws pertaining to fees, applications and use of water within State of Oregon; research water right records for public.

5. Type and mail agenda for related boards and committees; attend meetings and prepare minutes; distribute minutes to mailing lists.

6. Assist with the budget process; prepare purchase orders, code invoices for payment; type and code requisitions; order supplies; disburse petty cash; prepare expense accounts and other reports.

7. Develop and maintain filing system for all materials pertaining to water projects.

8. Prepare and process Galesville contracts for clients. Maintain a record contract accounts.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of Oregon water laws and applications; reasonable knowledge of general office practices and procedures, general recordkeeping and bookkeeping processes.  Skill in: Use of hydrologic equipment such as tape readers, hydromarks, recorders, loggers and data cards; use of computer interactive equipment such as modems and communication software; use of computer equipment and systems.  Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; establish and maintain records, reports, and statistical data; conduct research and to compile and analyze technical data; estimate and manage time efficiently; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees and the public.

Education, experience and training: Four years work experience in processing hydrologic records OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS ON THIS POSITION

Work is performed under general direction of the natural resources division manager. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within departmental policy and procedures, federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; software and equipment manuals, specialized dictionaries and reference materials. Judgment is necessary in selecting appropriate guidelines to follow. Interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Works in an office environment and is generally sedentary; may involve hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, sitting, standing and walking.

 
   
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