Under administrative direction, performs functions of the agency involving analysis and modeling of environmental, production, and water quality data, forecast/simulation modeling of short-term and long-term water supply, modeling of surface and ground water flow systems at various spatial and temporal scales, and participates in long-term water supply planning activities. Employees in this category have knowledge and understanding in the areas of surface-water, groundwater, hydrogeology, water quality, water resources management, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, numerical, analytical, and statistical concepts and methods, uncertainty and risk analysis, and water supply planning principles. Knowledge on systems optimization and stochastic hydrology is highly desirable.
Performance is evaluated through periodic conferences, reports, and administrative review process. Priority focus area as follows.
Essential function (70%) Delivery System, Optimization and Master Water Plan Evaluation
- Support implementation and continuous improvements to Tampa Bay Water’s decision support tools based on simulation-optimization approaches. Tampa Bay Water uses these tools to support long-range (at the time scale of 2-3 decades) water supply planning by evaluating delivery system performance under current and future conditions/configurations.
- Support implementation and continuous improvement to a multi-objective optimization model that facilitates allocating water production from a diverse portfolio of water supply sources at monthly to seasonal time scale
- Conduct large scale Monte-Carlo based simulation-optimization modeling using an in-house computational platform that supports parallel and distributed computing
- Conduct hydraulic modeling of large pipe municipal systems with multiple water supply sources.
- Participate in the Agency’s long-term water supply planning activities including assessment updates for future water supply needs and water supply alternative evaluations.
- Provide support for Tampa Bay Water’s Optimized Regional Operations Plan (OROP) that ensures water production (at weekly to monthly time scale) simultaneously meets demand and protects ecosystem health.
Essential function (30%) Integrated Hydrologic Modeling Program and Water Use Permit Support
- Conduct resource evaluations and hydrologic analyses using surface and ground water flow modeling tools, and the Agency’s integrated surface and ground water flow modeling tool.
- Perform sensitivity and uncertainty assessment for water resources systems. Support development and implementation of Unit Response Matrix representing complex groundwater-surface water interaction model as part of weekly decision support tools (OROP)
- Conduct analysis and interpretation of spatially-based hydrologic and climatological data using statistical and geographic information systems tools.
- Support permit acquisition for new water sources, existing permit renewal, permit condition compliance evaluation, and recovery assessment for all agency Water Use Permits.
- Provide technical advice and support for other Agency departments.
- Provide support for modeling the potential impact of climate change, including sea-level rise, on water supply availability and Agency’s delivery system
- Report, document, and communicate methods of analysis, results, conclusions, and recommendations.
- Identify research needed to support agency needs and write proposal defining scope, required resources, and benefits.
- Develop and manage project time schedules, project budgets, technical resources, and reports.
- Manage activities of professional consultants regarding assigned functions and projects under charge.
- Respond to concerns/inquiries and provide general assistance to management and other agency staff.
- Observes Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency’s Safety Program.
- Perform related work as directed.
Disaster Service Worker: Employees of Tampa Bay Water are, by State and Federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities that promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property, either at the Agency or within the local or their own community.