Under supervision, performs routine data gathering and project implementation duties in support of the District’s programs to inform and educate the public about efficient water use and conservation while learning and applying conservation program practices and techniques; and performs related duties as assigned.
Conservation Aide is a paraprofessional class in the conservation program job family. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn basic conservation program requirements, practices and techniques while performing routine conservation project and water audit duties. As experience and competencies are gained, duties gradually become broader and are performed with greater independence.
Conservation Aide is distinguished from Assistant Conservation Program Coordinator in that incumbents in the latter class independently perform professional conservation program assignments requiring the use of theory and principles and analytical skills gained through professional education and related experience.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
With direction, assists in collecting, compiling, and displaying water conservation data; performs assigned research to gather necessary information for designing and implementing water conservation techniques; collects data from various sources and assists in monitoring actual conservation results following program implementation; carries out routine administrative assignments associated with the development and implementation of conservation programs and projects.
Researches and studies conservation information and materials to learn conservation techniques and practices.
Maintains records, files, and supplies of materials. Provides backup to other Conservation staff, as needed.
Desired Minimum Qualifications
Basic water conservation concepts; practices, techniques and products used by agencies in water conservation programs; interior plumbing fixtures and basic irrigation systems and landscaping techniques; basic data gathering techniques; principles and practices of business communication.
Organize work, set priorities and exercise sound judgment within established guidelines; operate a computer and use basic business software; communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing; understand and follow written and oral instructions; understand, learn, interpret, explain and apply District and local laws, regulations and programs applicable to water conservation; exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive customer issues and situations; maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.
Training and Experience:
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent; courses in earth or plant sciences, marketing, journalism, or a related field; and three years of progressively responsible office or field experience that demonstrates the ability to learn and apply conservation programs, requirements, and techniques; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
A valid Nevada driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the District’s Vehicle Insurance Policy.
Must pass a background check.
Physical and Mental Demands
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit; talk and hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle or feel standard office equipment; and reach with hands or arms. In certain assignments employees are frequently required to stand and walk; stoop, kneel, bend or crouch; and lift up to 10 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this class include close vision, distance vision, use of eyes, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus and distinguish basic colors and shades.
While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use oral and written communication; read documents or instructions; analyze and solve problems; interpret data or information; observe people and situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; interact with customers/ individuals, some of whom may be dissatisfied and/or abusive.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class.
Employees typically work under normal office conditions, and the noise level is moderately quiet. Employees are exposed to outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat and cold and to wet, humid conditions, and fumes or airborne particles.