Supervising Water Quality Specialist

Santa Cruz LogoCompany:  County of Santa Cruz

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Date Posted:  July 25, 2017

Application Deadline:  August 4, 2017

Employment Type: Full time

Salary:  $6,541 – 8,277 / Month

Supervising Water Quality Specialist

About the Position

THE JOB: Under general direction, to plan and conduct water quality monitoring programs; direct the operation of the certified  water quality laboratory; supervise and evaluate the work of water quality program staff and water quality laboratory staff; perform a variety of technical field and laboratory testing and analysis; interpret water quality information; maintain a water quality database; identify pollution problems and develop mitigation measures; make recommendation on policies and programs for water quality improvement; provide technical guidance and expertise to staff and others on water quality matters; and perform other work as required. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current and future vacancies throughout the life of the eligible list to fill full-time, part-time and extra-help positions.  



Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree  in natural, physical or environmental sciences or a closely related field and three years of progressively responsible experience in analysis of water, wastewater, solid waste, hazardous waste or other environmental samples.
  • A Master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, environmental, sanitary or public health engineering, natural or physical science may be substituted for one year of the required experience; a doctorate in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental, sanitary or public health engineering, biology, microbiology, natural or physical science may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


  • Environmental Factors: Exposure to uneven terrain; communicable disease and pathogenic organisms; toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • License: Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License. (Note: Candidates with an out of state license may apply and go through recruitment and examination process, however verification of CA License must be provided at time of appointment).

How to Apply 

Apply online at or mail/bring an application to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.

Applications will meet the final filing date if received: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) Submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.