Under administrative direction, performs functions of the agency involving analysis and modeling of environmental, production, and water quality data, forecast/simulation modeling of short-term and long-term water supply, modeling of surface and ground water flow systems at various spatial and temporal scales, and participates in long-term water supply planning activities. Employees in this category have knowledge and understanding in the areas of surface-water, groundwater, hydrogeology, water quality, water resources management, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, numerical, analytical, and statistical concepts and methods, uncertainty and risk analysis, and water supply planning principles. Knowledge on systems optimization and stochastic hydrology is highly desirable.
Performance is evaluated through periodic conferences, reports, and administrative review process. Priority focus area as follows.
Essential function (70%) Delivery System, Optimization and Master Water Plan Evaluation
Support implementation and continuous improvements to Tampa Bay Water’s decision support tools based on simulation-optimization approaches. Tampa Bay Water uses these tools to support long-range (at the time scale of 2-3 decades) water supply planning by evaluating delivery system performance under current and future conditions/configurations.
Support implementation and continuous improvement to a multi-objective optimization model that facilitates allocating water production from a diverse portfolio of water supply sources at monthly to seasonal time scale
Conduct large scale Monte-Carlo based simulation-optimization modeling using an in-house computational platform that supports parallel and distributed computing
Conduct hydraulic modeling of large pipe municipal systems with multiple water supply sources.
Participate in the Agency’s long-term water supply planning activities including assessment updates for future water supply needs and water supply alternative evaluations.
Provide support for Tampa Bay Water’s Optimized Regional Operations Plan (OROP) that ensures water production (at weekly to monthly time scale) simultaneously meets demand and protects ecosystem health.
Essential function (30%) Integrated Hydrologic Modeling Program and Water Use Permit Support
Conduct resource evaluations and hydrologic analyses using surface and ground water flow modeling tools, and the Agency’s integrated surface and ground water flow modeling tool.
Perform sensitivity and uncertainty assessment for water resources systems. Support development and implementation of Unit Response Matrix representing complex groundwater-surface water interaction model as part of weekly decision support tools (OROP)
Conduct analysis and interpretation of spatially-based hydrologic and climatological data using statistical and geographic information systems tools.
Support permit acquisition for new water sources, existing permit renewal, permit condition compliance evaluation, and recovery assessment for all agency Water Use Permits.
Provide technical advice and support for other Agency departments.
Provide support for modeling the potential impact of climate change, including sea-level rise, on water supply availability and Agency’s delivery system
Report, document, and communicate methods of analysis, results, conclusions, and recommendations.
Identify research needed to support agency needs and write proposal defining scope, required resources, and benefits.
Develop and manage project time schedules, project budgets, technical resources, and reports.
Manage activities of professional consultants regarding assigned functions and projects under charge.
Respond to concerns/inquiries and provide general assistance to management and other agency staff.
Observes Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency’s Safety Program.
Perform related work as directed.
Disaster Service Worker: Employees of Tampa Bay Water are, by State and Federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities that promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property, either at the Agency or within the local or their own community.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Requires knowledge in hydrological modeling (both surface water and groundwater flow modeling). Familiarity in both deterministic and stochastic hydrologic modeling
Knowledge in statistical analysis of large complex data, such as exploratory data analysis, system identification technique and time series analysis, which are relevant to water resources system model conceptualization, design, development and implementation.
Requires analytical and programing skills in using scientific software, such as MATLAB or similar, to prototype model development and to conduct analyses.
Preferred experience with using and querying databases such as MS Access, SQL Local DB, SQL Server, or similar.
Preferred experience with hydraulic and/or water quality modeling for large pipe municipal systems using InfoWater, EPANET, or similar.
Strong and effective communication skills on broad and complex technical issues, critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving skills are required.
Ability to perform large scale Monte-Carlo based simulation using parallel and/or distributed computational platform highly desirable
Master’s degree in water resources engineering or closely related field with one (1) year post-masters experience. Ph.D. preferred.
REQUIRED LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
Willingness to obtain professional engineer license after required work experience obtained.
Valid driver’s license.
MINIMUM STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Physical Abilities: Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
Sensory Abilities: Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability.
Environmental Requirements: Tasks may risk exposure to extremes in temperature and dusts or pollen.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
As the largest wholesale drinking water supplier in the southeastern United States, Tampa Bay Water ultimately provides water to more than 2.5 million people in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa. Our mission seems so simple—to reliably provide clean, safe water to the Tampa Bay region now and for future generations. In reality, it is a complex process that requires a dedicated, skilled staff to ensure a continuous flow of water to our customers. At Tampa Bay Water, we share a common set of values—safety, continuous improvement and innovation. We fulfill our mission in partnership with our stakeholders in a responsible, efficient and environmentally sustainable manner.