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Geographic Information System Specialist (Water Operations)

West Basin Municipal Water District

Carson,  California
CADGIS AnalystGIS Technician

West Basin Municipal Water District is a global leader in the water industry in water recycling, conservation, water resource management, youth and adult education, and ocean-water desalination. West Basin provides drinking water and recycled water to eight local retail water agencies including four cities, three private water companies, and one county water agency. The District serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu. The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

West Basin operates the state-of-the-art Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and three satellite locations. It is the largest treatment facility of its type in the country, and currently provides approximately 11 billion gallons of water annually to nearly 450 connections in the South Bay area. West Basin has received numerous recognitions honoring its accomplishments and has the only facility in the nation producing five “fit-for-purpose” types of recycled water.

West Basin owns and operates over 100 miles of recycled water pipeline, and supplies recycled water to customers for non-potable use. To expand the use of recycled water, the District assists customers with the process of converting their sites to utilize recycled water. In addition, the District conducts site inspections to ensure compliance for the safe use of recycled water.

West Basin is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity in its recruitment process and programs. The District is committed to customer service and seeks to provide its customers with the most qualified and exceptional professional services through those they employ while offering an excellent benefits package to its employees.


West Basin is seeking a Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist (Water Operations), who, under general supervision, will manage, operate, and maintain West Basin’s GIS program, consisting of ESRI database, asset management, and other web-based third-party application software. In addition, this position will support West Basin’s recycled water distribution operations and recycled water site conversion program by working with potential recycled water users to identify opportunities to use recycled water, and assist with the design for on-site recycled water conversion. This position will assist with recycled water site inspection, work with the distribution system superintendent to coordinate site inspections, and work on projects related to the distribution system.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the maintenance and administration of the West Basin’s GIS database and GIS software. This includes data design, organization, conversion, metadata preparation, and maintenance activities.
  • Gathers, verifies, enters, edits, maintains, and updates collected field and office generated attributes and spatial data; edits and performs quality assurance on data entities and attributes.
  • Consults with West Basin departments regarding GIS needs and requirements; including identifying and developing GIS applications for specific departments.
  • Creates high-quality maps and/or other means of graphical representation of West Basin pipelines or facilities.
  • Collect data from the distribution system to update the GIS database, including the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.
  • Reads and interprets civil engineering plans and specifications to maintain a database according to West Basin’s GIS conversion standards for the collection of recycled water infrastructure.
  • Gathers, verifies, edits, inputs, maintains, and updates collected field attributes, tabular, and spatial data; maintains the integrity of data, and incorporates redline revisions to as-built designs.
  • Maintains and updates distribution plans, and maintains and updates database of geo-coded distribution system assets and related information.
  • Works to design, maintain, and operate the web GIS system to provide the Internet-based GIS service to internal and external clients; and designs, maintains, and operates the open GIS portal.
  • Performs annual site inspections at recycled water customer locations to ensure continued compliance with recycled water use regulations.
  • Performs data collection, interpretation, financial and trend forecasting, and other technical analysis and research in support of West Basin’s water management programs; and reviews engineering reports, design drawings, and construction specifications.
  • Assists with various operations and maintenance projects related to West Basin’s recycled water distribution system, as needed.
  • Reviews and helps write operations and maintenance manuals, standard operating procedures, technical memos, the scope of work, and requests for proposals related to GIS and distribution projects.
  • Supports non-GIS-related high-quality large printout services and maintains scanners, plotters, and the associated inventories.
  • Supports Operations staff to contact and maintain relationships with existing and potential recycled water customers and site representatives, consultants, and contractors; and evaluates potential vendors and contractors.
  • Supports scheduling of site inspections for new recycled water infrastructure and existing system modifications with various parties; and compiles and submits plan check application packages for new recycled water sites and modifications to existing recycled water site systems.
  • Supports the department with recycled water user outreach, record keeping, and maintains vendor agreements.
  • Participates in special projects for the Operations Department as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in GIS, Engineering, Geography, Economics, Environmental Science, Water Resources or a closely related field, and at least two years of experience working with ArcGIS, in addition to demonstrated experience in utility asset management with a background in water/wastewater or recycled water utility highly desirable. GIS certification is preferable.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering concepts, methods, and terminology applicable to the display of geospatial relationships of facilities and system data.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of cartography and computer-aided design and drafting.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD systems and applications.
  • Ability to collect and analyze technical data with GPS equipment; conduct a variety of technical field inspections; and manage projects as needed.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and understand plans, schematics, technical manuals, diagrams, as-built/record drawings; and compile information and data from multiple sources including mobile devices.
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Basic understanding of relational database concepts and functionality, Asset Management concepts and/or software, and demonstrated capacity to plan, develop, and evaluate future programs and services using GIS to be utilized by West Basin is highly preferred.
  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License, proof of insurance, and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment. The employee is required to use their own vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.
  • Submittal of proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment.

There is one vacancy currently available for this position. The salary range is $78,087 - $97,608 annually, depending on qualifications. This position is eligible for benefits.

Apply by: Open until Filled. Apply online at: For questions or additional information, please contact West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Suite 210, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email:

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed West Basin Online Application and Supplemental Questionnaire. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview and a possible written exercise.

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