Water Efficiency Specialist

September 13, 2023
Spokane, WA
Job Type



Facilitates the implementation of Water Department resource efficiency programs for all water system customers.


  • Educates commercial and residential customers about water efficient landscapes, appropriate irrigation schedules, and programs and technologies that result in water conservation. Answers technical questions in person, over the telephone, or in writing from internal staff and external customers.
  • Reviews applications from residential and commercial water department customers to participate in water efficiency programs such as turf replacement and irrigation and landscaping upgrades; and interior retrofitting of plumbing fixtures.
  • Conducts initial site evaluations. Reviews photos, sketches, and applications for compliance with codes, regulations, and ordinances. Approves efficiency program applications and enrolls customers.
  • Audits residential and commercial irrigation systems for current water use and potential savings. Identifies and evaluates individualized opportunities to improve efficiency through landscape changes, irrigation management and available technologies.
  • Conducts water efficiency program activities, lectures, and programs for a variety of audiences. Assists with educational outreach, including in the primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools and at community events. Writes and assists in developing program educational materials and forms such as application, inspection, and approval forms; outdoor watering guides; public presentations; and plant lists.
  • Collects and reviews data related to water efficiency programs. Creates and maintains spreadsheets to monitor program participants. Refers customers to Utilities Billing for eligible rebates. Estimates municipal water use savings through implementation of efficiency programs. Evaluates the effectiveness of programs and recommends changes in programs or public outreach.
  • Maintains associated records and databases, and prepares reports on programs.
  • Performs related work as required.


Combinations of education and experience that are equivalent to the following minimum qualifications are acceptable.

Open-Entry Requirements:
• Education : Associate degree in horticulture, arboriculture, natural resource science, or related field; and

• Experience : Two years in landscaping, irrigation, resource conservation, or related field experience.

• Substitution : Spokane County Master Gardeners as recognized by the American Horticulture Society may waive the education requirement.

Licenses and Certifications:
Applicants must possess a valid driver's license, to be maintained throughout employment.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and pass the examination for this position to be eligible for hire.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit a City of Spokane employment application online by 4:00 p.m. on the filing cut-off date.

Upon request, at time of application, the City will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory, or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

The examination will consist of a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E), with scoring weight assigned as follows:

  • T&E 100%


  • Copies of your college or university transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted) may be a required part of this application and will be used to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications, as posted on the job announcement.
  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details. Answers are subject to verification.
  • Failure to complete all the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • "See Resume" or "See above," etc., and copy/paste from a previous answer are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • TIP: It may be more efficient to develop your responses in a word processing document and then paste them into the online questionnaire to be submitted.

You will receive a link to the Water Efficiency Specialist T&E via email, prior to 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time on the start date and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on the due dates as listed below. Please note that this email will be sent from City of Spokane (info@governmentjobs.com).

  • Applicants who apply and meet the minimum qualifications between Monday, September 11, 2023 and Monday, September 25, 2023 will test Thursday, September 28, 2023 through Tuesday, October 3, 2023

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

Closing Date/Time: 2023-09-25

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