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Hydroelectric Manager

El Dorado Irrigation District

Location: Placerville, California US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: June 7, 2022
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Where we are

Welcome to El Dorado County where lifestyle amenities are many and an exciting position awaits the right candidate at El Dorado Irrigation District.

The District lies in one of the most beautiful areas of California—on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, west of world-renowned Lake Tahoe.  A scenic drive along Highway 50, heading east from the Sacramento County line to Tahoe, takes you through the center of the District’s 220-square-mile service area and highlights the extraordinary geographical diversity of this region.

Water has been and continues to be an undeniable force in shaping the economic, ecological, and cultural aspects of the area.  From the earliest days of American Indian habitation to the discovery of gold right here in the heart of Mother Lode country, sparking the statewide gold rush; from clusters of black oak and manzanita to the forests of the Sierra; from vineyards and orchards planted abundantly throughout the county to our growing population centers – water is the essential link.

High in the mountains, alpine lakes and wildlife populate wilderness areas, where quiet and solitude reign.  And the region offers unparalleled outdoor recreation—from high-quality fishing, hiking, and skiing to boating, white-water rafting, and more.

Who we are

We can trace our history back to the first hand-dug ditches that transported water to prospectors in the mid-1800s, but the District was not formally organized until 1925 under the Irrigation District Act (Water Code §§ 20500 et seq.).  We still hold water rights that date from the gold rush days, and we continue to work on securing and maintaining a reliable water supply.  The District’s Project 184 hydroelectric provides important pre-1914 consumptive water rights dating back to the original mining activities of the region in addition to providing renewable energy for the County. Through negotiations with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and an Act of Congress, the District acquired Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park Recreation Area in late 2003 providing another critical local water supply.  Additionally, we have a repayment contract with the Bureau and also exercise District consumptive water rights associated with Project 184 and historical agricultural activities for diversion from Folsom Lake to meet growing municipal and industrials demands of the region.

Our customers’ needs are as broad-ranging as the area’s stunning natural diversity.  We provide drinking water, wastewater treatment, and recycled water for residential, commercial, and industrial needs over significant portions of western El Dorado County.  We own and operate a 21-megawatt hydroelectric power project that includes dams, four reservoirs, and 23 miles of flumes, canals, siphons, and tunnels.  We also manage several outdoor recreation sites, including the Sly Park Recreation Area and a 48-unit campground at Silver Lake.

Today, the District’s facilities and delivery infrastructure serves our 43,000 water accounts and includes more than 1,119 miles of pipeline, 27 miles of ditches, 5 treatment plants, 36 storage reservoirs, and 38 pumping stations.  The wastewater system, with nearly 24,000 accounts, operates 60 lift stations, 456 miles of pipeline and 4 treatment facilities.  El Dorado Hills and Deer Creek wastewater plants produce 3,500 acre-feet of recycled water for use in front and backyard irrigation at 5,500 homes, commercial entities, and public spaces.  With approximately 230 employees, we are one of the largest employers in El Dorado County.

The population in our service area exceeds 130,000.

How We Govern

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors.  Each member is elected from a different geographic division, and each serves a four-year term.  There are no term limits for Board members.  The Board typically meets twice a month during regularly scheduled, noticed public meetings and also may hold a number of noticed, special meetings.

The Position

The Hydroelectric Manager will have a history of demonstrated leadership skills.  This is a hands-on management position, with responsibilities that include the planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating of all activities of the Hydroelectric Division within the Operations Department, including maintenance and operation of the District’s hydroelectric plant and related water storage and conveyance facilities as well as District-wide electrical and instrumentation and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) support services; coordinating operation, maintenance and regulatory activities with other divisions and departments, and providing highly complex staff assistance to the Director of Operations.

 Key duties of the Hydroelectric Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develops and implements divisional goals, objectives, policies and procedures; assists Department Director with department-wide goals and objectives..
  • Plans, organizes and directs hydroelectric plant operations and maintenance activities including the District’s canal and irrigation ditch systems, the maintenance and monitoring of District reservoirs, as well as ensuring compliance with regulations and FERC license requirements.
  • Manages District-wide electrical and instrumentation and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) support services for hydro, water, wastewater, recycled water, recreation, and general District services.
  • Directs, oversees and participates in the development of the Hydroelectric Division work plan; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepares the Hydroelectric Division budget; implements division budget; forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies to support division; administers division budget.
  • Recommends to the Department Director the appointment of personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; conducts performance evaluations; implements discipline procedures as required; maintains discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the division.
  • Monitors Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hydroelectric license requirements; reports any license deviations; interacts and reports operational issues to FERC.
  • Manages the implementation and review of Emergency Action Plans for all hydroelectric facilities as required by FERC and the State Department of Safety of Dams.
  • Interacts with a variety of local, regional, State and Federal agencies regarding the operations of the District’s hydroelectric plant and related facilities.
  • Meets with the District’s irrigation customers to discuss and resolve irrigation water delivery issues and concerns.
  • Recommends alterations to hydroelectric facilities, canal and ditch systems and assists in the planning and implementation of new systems and the overhaul of existing facilities.
  • Represents the division and department to outside agencies and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees; provides technical assistance as necessary.
  • Researches and prepares technical and administrative reports; prepares written correspondence.
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a hands-on working leader with a commitment to timely execution, accountability, and transparency.  The next Hydroelectric Manager will be a high performing leader who can lead the Hydroelectric Division in meeting operational goals for hydroelectric power generation and water management.  The successful candidate will have a proven track record of making sound decisions, building realistic plans, and the ability to facilitate and develop consensus with groups of diverse stakeholders.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, engineering or a related field.  Five years of increasingly responsible experience involving the operation and maintenance of a hydroelectric plant and related water storage and conveyance facilities, including three years of supervisory responsibility.

License and Certificate:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license at the time of appointment.  Individual who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Compensation and Benefits


Salary Range:              $137,254.30-$166,833.45 Annually

Retirement:                 CalPERS 2.0 @ 62 years of age for new CalPERS members. 

         2.0% @ 55 for Classic CalPERS members.

         Retiree Health Care with CalPERS subject to District vesting schedule

Insurance:                 Medical (CalPERS Health Care Program), Delta Dental, and Guardian/VSP Vision coverage for employees           and dependents with cost share.

Other Benefits:           Life Insurance @ 1 x Annual Salary up to maximum

                                   Paid Time Off commensurate with service time

                                   Paid Holidays

                                   Exempt Administrative Leave                   

                                   Assigned District vehicle subject to IRS reporting requirements