Technical Assistance Senior Associate - Water

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000
Maximum: $70,000




229 Pajaro Street
United States


The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is a statewide coalition of grassroots groups and intermediary organizations building a collective, community-based movement for democratic water allocation, management, and policy development in California. EJCW empowers low-income communities and people of color throughout California to advocate for clean, safe, and affordable water for their communities.

The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) seeks to fill a temporary, full-time, Technical Assistance Senior Associate position in the Salinas Valley/Central Coast area of California. The position is based out of EJCW’s Salinas office. However, exceptional candidates, based out of San Francisco or Sacramento or elsewhere in California will be considered. We are sorry but no out of state or country candidates will be considered for this position.

Full-time is 40 hours per week, but will vary, depending on the work plan. For exceptional candidates, however, there may be an option for a part-time work plan. Start date could be as early as November 12, 2018, and, preferably, no later than December 2018. Currently, the position is set to expire on September 30, 2019; however, the possibility exists to expand job responsibilities, service territory, and grow into a long-term position, including a possible, near-term opportunity in the Bay Area.


The Technical Assistance Senior Associate will work under the supervision of the Central Coast Program Director, and in close partnership with and in support of EJCW community partners, member organizations, project partners, and other EJCW staffers. The Technical Assistance Senior Associate is responsible for engaging and working with small, rural, low-income, farmworker and other water-disadvantaged communities, and other stakeholders throughout the region and beyond, as part of a grant received from USDA Rural Development. Work performed may be in the technical areas of drinking water, wastewater, and solid waste operations, management, and financing.

The Technical Assistance Senior Associate is responsible for working with EJCW staff in the Central Coast Office to develop and provide technical review of engineering reports and policy papers regarding proposed water system consolidation, well drilling, well capping, point of use and point of entry equipment installation, and other water treatment mechanisms to address arsenic, nitrate, 123 TCP, and hexavalent chromium contamination. The Technical Assistance Senior Associate will also be responsible for developing presentation materials and adapting federal USDA presentation materials (including USDA material) to local and regional issues and delivering live and recorded presentations to EJCW target population.

Major job responsibilities

  • support implementation of a USDA Rural Development grant, including leading two small water systems workshops – e.g. USDA “workshops in a box” for small water system operators and directors;
  • plan, prepare and deliver technical training at various workshops, clinics, or community town halls;
  • plan, prepare, and provide technical assistance to nonprofit, indigenous Tribes, and neighborhood groups to improve or develop water, wastewater and solid waste systems and programs in rural communities;
  • provide direct technical assistance to community clients (in approximately distinct water systems) to identify and evaluate water quality and resource needs and long-term affordable options
  • conduct operation and maintenance testing and evaluations – work with target populations to evaluate the conditions of water and/or wastewater facilities; make recommendations for improvements, repair or staff development.
  • work one-on-one with utility operators, managers, or decision makers demonstrating proper techniques used to operate a small utility and maintain facility equipment.
  • remain current on applicable government regulations and policies; comment on the impact of proposed regulations and policies; analyze water issues and needs;
  • perform research and analysis and publish results
  • Contributing to the development of additional resources such as policy and position papers, articles, manuals, outreach, promotional, informational, and educational materials
  • prepare written reports and documentation of activities; respond to inquiries as needed.
  • develop and maintain project work plans; maintain accurate records of progress; monitor implementation and compliance.
  • Collaborate with technical consultants, subcontractors, and partners, as part of a broader team (e.g. to develop proposals for water systems financing)
  • Initiate, implement, and complete project deliverables, reporting, and invoicing.
  • Represent EJCW in regional water planning processes and decision-making, convenings, associations, regulatory meetings, and other venues relevant to water justice in the Central Coast, Bay Area, and other regions of the state.
  • Build strong, trusting relationships with target populations that face water justice issues in the Salinas Valley and Pajaro Valley areas of the Central Coast region and beyond through a variety of community-based technical assistance activities.
  • Other duties as necessary. 



  • Passion! Dedication! Excitement! The desire to serve.
  • Willingness to “hit the ground running”.
  • Commitment to the organization's environmental justice mission, purpose, and values.
  • Self-directed and organized; ability to work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously; ability to organize and prioritize work to meet established timelines.
  • Ability to effectively listen and communicate verbally and in writing to a diverse audience.
  • Comfort and experience working with community-based organizations, recent immigrant groups and people of color, in general.
  • Strong technical and team-work skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as required from time-to-time.
  • Bi-lingual (English-Spanish) a plus.
  • Licensed engineer (in California) a plus.
  • Certification in Water or Wastewater (e.g. Distribution 1 (D1) or Treatment T(T1)) a plus.
  • Utility management experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of water and/or other natural resource policy issues (e.g. federal, state, tribal and local government agencies, programs, issues and regulations related to rural water and wastewater systems and facilities) a plus.
  • Familiarity with Salinas/Pajaro Valley and Central Coast communities and permitting processes a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum)
  • Additional qualifying experiences may be substituted for education


Work Environment

  • Physical demands include: sitting, walking, driving, talking, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day; computer keyboarding an average of 2-4 hours per day; ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Must provide own car, car insurance, and mobile phone.
  • Work environment is typical, non-profit office and includes frequent travel in and around Monterey County, the Salinas Valley, the broader Central Coast, and, occasionally-to-frequently, other parts of California (i.e., Bay Area, San Joaquin, Sacramento, and Imperial Valleys).



To apply, e-mail resume or CV and cover letter to Upon proceeding to the second round interview, we will ask you to submit three professional references. Include "Technical Assistance Senior Associate" in the e-mail subject line. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. First round interviews will be tentatively in mid-November, 2018. 

Reasonable accommodation

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please provide us, in writing, an explanation of the reasonable accommodation needed. Options: Text or Relay to (916) 432-3529 and/or e-mail to

Hiring Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If you are viewing this job description, the position is still open and you are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants will be scheduled for an initial phone screening. If you proceed to the next round, you will participate in a more in-depth interview with members of the EJCW team. This position will begin no later than December, 2018.

Equal Opportunity Employer

At EJCW we are an equal opportunity, at-will employer. Non-traditional applicants are highly encouraged to apply. EJCW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.



This position pays a salary of between $65,000 to $70,000, commensurate with experience, plus a $400 per month benefits stipend, (pro-rated for start date and percentage of time employed) until such time that EJCW adopts an employee benefits program. EJCW provides generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave (also prorated for percentage of time above 50%). It is anticipated that this position will be classified as an exempt position.


This position pays a salary of between $65,000 to $70,000, commensurate with experience, plus a $400 per month benefits stipend, (pro-rated for start date and percentage of time employed) until such time that EJCW adopts an employee benefits program. EJCW provides generous paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave (also prorated for percentage of time above 50%). It is anticipated that this position will be classified as an exempt position.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bi lingual prefered

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Position is open until filled, and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. First round of interviews will take place November 2018.

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter and three professional references to

Please include "Technical Assistance Senior Associate" in the email subject line. Please no phone calls.