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Douglas County  4130
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*POWER PLANT OPERATOR/HYDROLOGIST
Pay Range GC22

INTRODUCTION

This classification performs technical engineering duties for the natural resources division of the public works department to provide hydrologic/hydraulic data and operate the County's hydroelectric generation facilities.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

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

1. Develop, procure, install and maintain hydrologic/hydraulic measuring systems; monitor system performance and adjust/ repair as required.

2. Operate hydroelectric generation facilities; determine water release requirements for both quantity and quality from Galesville reservoir; monitor equipment performance; test, calibrate and adjust equipment; repair and/or coordinate equipment repairs.

3. Monitor projects for regulatory compliance. This includes minimum flows, safety inspections, emergency action plans and fish trapping. Prepare reports. Recommend, develop, implement procedures as necessary.

4. Assist in planning and supervision of a County-wide water resources management plan. Formulate and implement hydrologic/hydraulic studies of an engineering nature as needed in support of county activities.

5. Advise consultants, public and others during the selection, design and construction of water resource projects or related water resource activities.

6. Adapt computer systems for use in gathering data and analyzing data for water resources projects. Monitor performance of SCADA system and automated gage calling program, effect changes as necessary.

7. Perform field work to gather data for special projects, including site selection for gages, selecting reservoir sites, establishing flood heights, etc.

8. Monitor flood conditions and make decisions regarding possible hazardous conditions during flood warning.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and procedures; considerable knowledge of hydrology and water resources; considerable knowledge of laws, rules, codes and regulations related to water resources; considerable knowledge of computerized equipment and systems. Skill in: Use and maintaining field instruments related to data gathering; monitoring, calibrating, repairing and maintaining hydroelectric generation system equipment. Ability to: Communicate effectively both in oral and written forms; adapt computer systems to solve engineering problems related to water resources; estimate and manage time efficiently; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; work independently to meet established objectives; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; conduct research and compile and analyze technical data; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, contractors, outside agencies and the public.

Education, Experience and Training: Bachelors degree in civil engineering, hydrology or water resources and two years experience in hydrological engineering or power plant operation OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At the time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon Driver's License.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF 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 local statutes, rules, regulations, codes and standards; hydrologic standards and reference manuals; manufacturers and vendors manuals and documentation. Employee uses seasoned judgment in choosing and interpreting appropriate guidelines.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment with occasional field work; may involve balancing, climbing, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, sitting, standing and walking. Field work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometimes adverse weather conditions, requiring safety precautions. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

 

 
   
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