The Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is a public agency providing water supply, flood protection, and stream stewardship for Santa Clara County. Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County’s 1.8 million residents.
Valley Water is updating the 2014-2023 Stream Maintenance Program. This update will result in the 2024-2033 Stream Maintenance Program (SMP-3). The Stream Maintenance Program (SMP) was established in 2002 and describes a program for conducting routine stream channel maintenance work activities wherever they may occur in Valley Water’s jurisdiction, subject to specific limitations.
The temporary position (up to 960 hours with the potential for an extension of an additional 960 hours) will support the development of SMP-3 by utilizing GIS to build the program description. The position will provide general support for the permitting and CEQA of SMP-3. The position will provide biological compliance support by conducting preconstruction surveys, biomonitoring, and assessments throughout Santa Clara county.
The position will
-Assist staff with GIS applications such as digitizing points, lines, polygons using ESRI software. Organize data and develop attribute tables that catalog Valley water assets (i.e. lower maintenance roads, culverts, etc.).
-Assist staff with development of permanently mitigated area (PMAs) polygons, new proposed work areas, (work projections) polygons, capital projects (with established routine maintenance), etc.
-Utilize GIS for spatial analysis of SMP-3 data. Utilize existing data to manipulate, extract, locate and analyze geographic data. More specifically, buffering, clipping, and exploring the relationships between map features for gap analysis.
-Assist with biological preconstruction surveys for nesting birds and sensitive species that are required by Stream Maintenance Program permit requirements, biomonitoring, etc..
-Assist staff with the development of Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan shapefiles and procedures.
The position will have knowledge of
-Best practices for office procedures, methods, and equipment, and applications related to the work including GPS and GIS programs.
- Local wildlife species, ability to identify local birds, knowledge in Biology, Conservation, Ecology. Basic skills using Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and GIS.