County of Napa – Natural Resources Conservation Manager

$55.92 – $67.96 Hourly

$4,473.60 – $5,436.80 Biweekly

$9,692.80 – $11,779.73 Monthly

$116,313.60 – $141,356.80 Annually


The Napa Valley, internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California’s preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley’s strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community’s values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.

Napa County is currently establishing an eligibility list to fill one full-time vacancy within the Planning, Building and Environmental Services Department. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help positions as they occur over the next 12 months.

Under administrative direction the Natural Resources Conservation Manager, plans, directs, manages and coordinates assigned personnel, programs, projects, activities and operations related to the County’s natural resources conservation and management, including water/groundwater resources, water and energy conservation, waste reduction/recycling, and watershed resources; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex professional and administrative support to the Department Director, Assistant Director and Deputy Director, and to the Board of Supervisors.


1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 9, 2021.
2. Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications the week of April 12, 2021.
3. Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of April 19, 2021. Only the most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the Oral Panel Interview.
4. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of May 3, 2021. Only the most qualified candidates from the Oral Panel Interview will be placed on the eligible list and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for assigned staff; assign work activities, projects, and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; select, train, motivate, and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures; oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Department and Division’s annual budget; participate in the Department’s forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments; provide coordination and management of the County’s natural resources programs; develop, oversee and implement natural resources and conservation programs and projects including those performed by staff and consultants/contractors; develop, supervise and implement public outreach efforts in support of resource management programs; confer with and advise the public, property owners and/or their representatives regarding natural resources conservation programs; serve as a liaison for the Department with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies on resource management programs/projects, grant funding, and related issues to include negotiation and resolution of sensitive and controversial issues; serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence; provide responsible staff assistance to the Director, Assistant Director or Deputy Director by conducting a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies related to natural resources conservation and recommending modifications to existing programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the planning and conservation fields; incorporate new developments as appropriate; respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints; attend and represent the department before the Board of Supervisors, Watershed Information Center and Conservancy (WICC) Board; Groundwater Resources Advisory Committee (GRAC), and other Board-appointed committees and task forces as required; oversee the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) and associated staff and watershed monitoring; engage the public to promote a greater understanding of groundwater and natural resources, to involve interested parties in the development and implementation of policies and management actions that promote resource sustainability, particularly in the area of water and groundwater; oversee the GSA’s advisory committee consisting of interested parties for the purposes of developing and implementing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP); encourage active involvement of diverse social, cultural and economic elements of the population within a groundwater basin prior to and during development and implementation of the GSP; lead natural resources communication, outreach, and engagement efforts; support on-going improvements related to groundwater and watershed resources by assisting with data collection activities of other departments, divisions and agencies to inform and guide the implementation of recommended policy and management action items in the GSP and to support required annual reporting to the State and the public; perform related duties as required.



Operational characteristics, services, and activities of natural resources conservation and planning program.
Principles and practices of governmental natural resources conservation, management and planning and related environmental issues.
Principles and practices of groundwater conservation, management, planning and related environmental issues.
Principles and practices of influencing, developing and implementing groundwater policy and/or plans.
California water issues, especially as they pertain to groundwater, watersheds, and agriculture.
California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and related laws and regulations.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Principles and practices of management and public administration.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to natural resources conservation, management and planning, and the California Environmental Quality Act.
Computer programs related to natural resources conservation and planning activities.
Statistical methods, survey techniques, and analysis.
Grant writing and application processes and reporting.
Principles of web page development and management and social media.


Oversee and participate in the management of a natural resources conservation program.
Anticipate and track appropriate annual, five year and twenty year milestones in a GSP for achieving groundwater sustainability.
Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
Participate in the development and administration of Division goals, objectives, and procedures.
Prepare and administer large program budgets.
Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
Plan, organize, and coordinate the natural resources conservation and planning programs and projects.
Perform technical research work and make detailed analysis and recommendations.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Work primarily in a standard office setting with some travel from site to site.
Occasionally work in an outdoor field environment.
Work extended hours including evenings and weekends.
Stand or sit for prolonged periods of time.
Stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist.
Use repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including using a computer keyboard.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Six years of increasingly responsible natural resources conservation and planning experience, or equivalent (such as experience with groundwater law or groundwater management and policy development), including four years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. Experience in a local program and/or experience with a groundwater sustainability agency or with preparation of a groundwater sustainability plan is highly desired.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in groundwater, groundwater sustainability, water resources, natural/environmental resources, conservation, planning, geography, hydrology or a related field.

License or Certificate*:
Possession of a valid driver’s license.
*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

ADA Accommodation:
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.