Effective March 16, 2022
|JOB TITLE||CODE||MONTHLY PAY RANGE||UNIT||FLSA|
|Assistant Chief |
|Band B||$10,417-$25,000||At Will||E|
|Assistant General/General Counsel||Band A||$12,000-$41,500||At Will||E|
|Associate General |
Manager – Water Policy
|Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Associate Resources Analyst||20||$5,489-$6,671||OCE||N|
|Associate Science Advisor||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Chief Operating Officer||Band B||$10,417-$25,000||At Will||E|
|Civil Maintenance Worker||15||$4,384-$5,329||MNS||N|
|Customer Service Representative||16||$4,515-$5,489||OCE||N|
|Deputy General Counsel||Band C||$7,917-$14,584||At Will||E|
|Deputy General Manager – External Affairs||Band B||$10,417-$25,000||At Will||E|
|Deputy General Manager – Finance & Administration||Band B||$10,417-$25,000||At Will||E|
|Deputy General Manager – Resources||Band B||$10,417-$25,000||At Will||E|
|Director of Engineering Resources||Band C||$7,917-$14,584||At Will||E|
|Director of Operations & Maintenance||Band C||$7,917-$14,584||At Will||E|
|Equipment Operator – Apprentice||16||$4,603-$5,596||MNS||N|
|Executive Assistant||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Financial Analyst||21||$5,650-$6,868||Non Rep||E|
|General Counsel||Band A||$12,500-$41,500||At Will||E|
|General Manager||Band A||$12,500-$41,500||At Will||E|
|Human Resources Analyst||20||$5,381-$6,541||Non Rep||E|
|Human Resources Assistant||14||$4,015-$4,881||Non Rep||N|
|Human Resources Technician||15||$4,216-$5,125||Non Rep||N|
|Information Technology Analyst||24||$6,541-$7,950||Non Rep||E|
|Information Technology Officer||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Law Clerk||22||$5,933-$7,211||Non Rep||E|
|Lead Electro-Mechanical Technician||25||$7,141-$8,680||MNS||N|
|Maintenance Support Worker||15||$4,300-$5,227||OCE||N|
|Mechanical Maintenance Worker||15||$4,384-$5,329||MNS||N|
|Operations & Maintenance Trainee||14||$4,175-$5,075||MNS||N|
|Preventive Maintenance Worker||15||$4,384-$5,329||MNS||N|
|Public Affairs |
|Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Science Advisor||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Senior Automotive & Warehouse Coordinator||20||$5,489-$6,671||OCE||N|
|Senior Civil Maintenance Worker||20||$5,596-$6,801||MNS||N|
|Senior Customer Service Representative||19||$5,227-$6,353||OCE||N|
|Senior Engineer||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Senior Information Technologist Analyst||26||$7,211-$8,765||Non Rep||E|
|Senior Mechanical Maintenance Worker||19||$5,329-$6,477||MNS||N|
|Senior Preventive Maintenance Worker||19||$5,329-$6,477||MNS||N|
|Senior Water Measurement Specialist||20||$5,596-$6,801||MNS||N|
|Special Advisor to the General Manager||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||N|
|Supervisor of Civil & Preventive Maintenance||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of Customer Accounting||Band D||$5084-$12500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of Electrical Maintenance||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of Field Engineering & Planning||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of General Accounting||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of Human Resources & Administration||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of Mechanical Maintenance||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of Operations||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of Procurement & Fleet Service||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Supervisor of Resources||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
|Water Measurement Specialist||18||$5,075-$6,169||MNS||N|
|Water Measurement Technician||17||$4,834-$5,875||MNS||N|
|Water Resources Engineer||Band B||$10,417-$25,000||At Will||E|
|Water Resources Procurement Manager||Band D||$5,084-$12,500||At Will||E|
August 18 marked the 59th anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for San Luis Dam, during which then-President John F. Kennedy stressed the importance of California’s water and water infrastructure. He said:
“Progress represents the combined will of the American people, and only when they are joined together for action, instead of standing still and thinking that everything that had to be done has been done. It’s only when they join together in a forward movement that this country moves ahead and that we prepare the way for those who come after us…”
Last week, Westlands Water District General Manager Tom Birmingham joined State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) and others to celebrate the anniversary of the groundbreaking and express support for the continued investment in our state’s water infrastructure – just as President Kennedy did nearly six decades ago. The coalition at the Reservoir spoke in favor of Senate Bill 559, The State and Water Resiliency Act of 2021, which would provide $785 million to help repair vital water delivery systems that not only bring water to farms in the Central Valley and to disadvantaged communities but also supports the state’s environment and economy.
The devastation caused by the ongoing drought is a stark reminder that President Kennedy’s vision is just as important now as it was in 1962. Farmers in Westlands help feed the nation – meaning that, without the ability to capture and store water during times of surplus and deliver through a system of well-maintained canals, not only does the San Joaquin Valley suffer, but so does the rest of the State and the country.
Fifty-nine years ago, the San Luis Reservoir jumpstarted the growth of California’s economy. With the growing demand for Central Valley-grown food comes a responsibility to invest in the vital infrastructure that brings water to our farms, communities, and to the environment. That’s the reason Westlands is proud to be among the broad coalition supporting Senate Bill 559.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has posted photos from the groundbreaking in 1962, as well as President Kennedy’s notes and remarks from the visit. For more information about Senate Bill 559, please click here.
Every person who lives or works in Westlands Water District’s service area knows that California is facing yet another year of drought. We not only read and hear about it in the news, but we see it every single day in the fallowed fields around us. We feel it when we walk through the communities, like Mendota, Huron and Avenal. Drought conditions are affecting life in a very tangible way, especially here in the San Joaquin Valley.
There’s no doubt that the lack of water is having a negative impact on families and communities across the region. Westlands is working hard to collaborate with local, state, and federal partners to reduce the negative impacts of the drought. Here are five things – among many others – Westlands is doing to try to improve the short-term water supplies and advance long-term water reliability policies:
- Easing water purchases and transfers
Current drought conditions mean there just isn’t enough water to meet every demand. Not only have all south-of-Delta agricultural repayment and water service contractors had their Central Valley Project allocation reduced to 0 percent, but even municipal and industrial water users have been reduced to 25 percent of historic use. Water levels at lakes and reservoirs around the state are at historic lows.
At times like these, water purchases and transfers are critically important to support the communities and farms in the San Joaquin Valley. During drought, its essential to ensure that farmers receive sufficient water to meet their essential activities in order to sustain the community and the food people need. Westlands is working hard to purchase water, and to ensure that the water is available to the farmers in the District when they need it. That means working collaboratively with local, state, and federal partners, including regulators, to make it as easy as possible to move water as soon as possible.
- Groundwater stewardship
The farmers in Westlands have a long legacy of being good stewards of local groundwater resources – in fact, Westlands was formed, in part, because of concern with the groundwater aquifer underlying Westlands, with a focus on monitoring groundwater conditions. Farmers in Westlands have long known that groundwater management was critically important to the long-term viability of the region. The farmers’ and Westlands’ commitment to being thoughtful about groundwater use continues – not only because we’re now required to under the provisions of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) but also because it’s the right thing to do to protect local aquifers.
- Supporting major infrastructure investments
The water infrastructure system that brings water to Westlands has suffered from decades of inadequate funding. There has been inadequate investment in new storage to keep up with increased social demands and climate change patterns. The inadequate storage facilities are unable to store sufficient water in the wet periods to sustain the San Joaquin communities in the dry years. There has also been inadequate investment in our conveyance system, which, as a result, has lost carrying capacity. This lost capacity means it costs more energy and money to move less water today than it did just years ago.
In pursuit of improved water infrastructure, the District is proud to support companion state and federal legislation designed to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in much-needed funding to help make necessary upgrades to our state’s major water infrastructure. We also have continually advocated for projects that can help increase above and below ground storage, such as the District’s Pasajero Recharge Project, to help improve water reliability during dry years.
- Implementing Voluntary Agreements
The Voluntary Agreements (VAs) – an effort started by then-Governor Jerry Brown and maintained by Governor Gavin Newsom – is aimed at protecting and restoring the Bay-Delta ecosystem while improving reliability for the 35 million people, nearly 8 million acres of farmland, and hundreds of thousands of acres of California wetlands that depend on the Sacramento-San Joaquin watershed.
Westlands is among a broad coalition that supports adoption and implementation of the VAs, which represent a 15 year science-based strategy that provides the resources needed to address the multiple factors that impair the ability of the Sacramento-San Joaquin watershed to serve the many needs California places on it.
- Farming the sun
Westlands and farmers within Westlands recognize the value of solar energy development, which not only helps California reach its carbon-free energy goals and mitigate impacts of climate change, but it also gives “new” value to agriculture land. There’s already more than 700 MW of operational solar energy in the Westlands footprint – enough electricity to power approximately 130,000 homes. Westlands and the farmers within Westlands are often considering or pursing new solar projects.
The reality of our changing climate means that droughts may become even more frequent. Westlands is continually working to proactively to ensure the investments are made to reduce climate and drought impacts – not only this year but for many years to come.
With temperatures increasing and the likelihood of rain all but over for this water year, farmers across Westlands are doing their best to grow food for summer and fall harvest amid yet another year of drought. To understand how drought conditions in across California affect farmers in the Central Valley, lets take a look at where Westlands’ water comes from.
Westlands’ primary source of water is the Central Valley Project (CVP). Water for the CVP starts as rain and snow in the Cascades, Trinity Alps, and Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges. The precipitation that falls on the mountains makes its way to a CVP reservoirs such as Shasta Lake. Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in the CVP, can store approximately 4.55 million acre-feet (1.5 trillion gallons) of water. Water is released from CVP reservoirs when needed for the environment, communities, business, and agriculture.
Water that ultimately makes its way to the south Delta is lifted into the Delta-Mendota Canal at the C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant, and is either stored, again, in the San Luis Reservoir, the largest off-stream reservoir in the country, or sent to communities or farms on the westside of the San Joaquin Valley, in Silicon Valley, and in San Benito County.
The San Luis Unit, which spans approximately 102 miles from the San Luis Reservoir to Kettleman City, serves Westlands and others. A key portion of the San Luis Unit is the San Luis Canal which conveys more than 1 trillion gallons of water in an average year and conveys water for homes, businesses, wildlife refuges, and hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile farmland.
Once water flows into Westlands service area through the San Luis Canal, a slot on the side of the canal opens and siphons off a precise, measured amount of water into Westlands’ underground, fully enclosed pipelines. Westlands’ unique system protects water from evaporation and seepage while distributing water to farms and communities. This system ensures that water is not wasted. Farmers receive metered water through the underground pipe and use this water to strategically irrigate land and grow approximately 60 different high-quality, nutritious crops for the fresh, dry, canned, and frozen foods.
In February, the Bureau of Reclamation announced Westlands and other South-of-Delta agricultural repayment and water service contractors would receive only a 5% allocation; since then, due to worsening drought conditions, Reclamation announced that it will not provide Westlands or other agricultural repayment and water service contractors with any water. That means the only water available to farmers in Westlands is CVP water rescheduled from a prior year, water purchased on the transfer market, and groundwater.
Want to learn more about how water gets to Westlands? You can “Follow the Water Drop” in our new fact sheet. Learn more about how water is allocated to Westlands by checking out our Let’s Talk About the Central Valley Project Allocation video, featuring Westlands Water Resources Engineer Tom Boardman or the Let’s Talk About District Water Supply video featuring Chief Operating Officer Jose Gutierrez.