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Welcome to Land, Buildings & Real Estate

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

Stanford University's water resources consist potable water derived from the Sierra Nevada mountains supplied by the San Francisco regional water system, along with its own sources of surface water diverted from creeks and ground water. The university practices sustainable water use by managing available resources to meet university needs while preserving ecological systems and maintaining these vital resources for future generations. Stanford’s water conservation program is one of the most aggressive in the Bay Area and has resulted in a 47 percent reduction of the university's domestic water use since 2000, even with the addition of more than 3 million square feet of new campus facilities. Stanford regularly collaborates with regional water agencies on all aspects of water supply management and monitoring of regional water sources. Most of the academic campus' irrigation water comes from creeks and wells on Stanford land, preserving treated or potable drinking water for domestic purposes. The Water Resources and Civil Infrastructure team also manages and maintains Stanford's civil infrastructure: water, sewer, and storm drainage systems, as well as dams, bridges, and roads.


What you will do in this role:

  • The engineer in this position, under the supervision of the team manager, is primarily responsible for the stormwater programs implementation, support for water efficiency, environmental, and compliance programs, and data analysis and reporting to support the team’s programs.  The engineer will also manage tasks and projects within the environmental programs protecting regional surface water and groundwater resources.  These efforts are more specifically described as follows:
  • Independent Day to Day Implementation and Support of Core Team Programs
  • Reporting- Assist and prepare environmental reports on water quality for protection of public health and environmental quality as well as water efficiency.  Send communications to external water management agencies, academic and non-academic departments, and the campus community to maintain compliance with permits, regulations, and agreements.   
  • Representation-Inspections – Assist with field inspections and provide recommendations to campus facilities for compliance with drinking water, stormwater and wastewater regulatory requirements as well as water efficiency standards and goals. 
    • Meetings/Stanford Representation – Represent WP&S team at various internal and external groups.  Collect and report information on regulations/information that may affect Stanford related to water supply and other compliance programs as needed.
    • Outreach – Prepare and present information to the campus community about water efficiency, water consumption trends, regulatory requirements, and best management practices for the compliance programs. Work with team to prepare bill inserts and fact sheets.
    • Website - Maintain current web site for Group programs.
  • Information and Data Management – Collaborate and implement detailed data analysis and data presentation related to water quality, quantity, and cost.  Develop calculators and models to analyze data and alternative projects and programs related to water supply and water efficiency.  Maintain, organize, and archive water production, consumption, and project documentation and program information. Assist with plans reviews for impact to WP&S programs in renovation and construction projects. Work with management in designing annual program budgets for WP&S team programs.
  • Execute, lead, and/or support the following programs: (Under the direction of Associate Director, Water Planning and Stewardship and in collaboration with the Water Planning and Stewardship team)
    • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Lead Staff – Lead the implementation of the stormwater compliance program for the campus.  Coordinate permitting and reporting for construction sites and maintain inspection records for post-construction facilities.  Perform and document inspections and provide recommendations for improvements of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for compliance and protection of local surface waters.  Deliver outreach and training on regulatory requirements and BMPs to campus community.  Work closely with project managers and facility managers to maintain compliance with permits and protect local creeks and the San Francisco Bay.
    • Water Conservation Program Support – Assist team with pilot studies and prepare documentation about water efficient technologies for potential implementation on large scale. Assist with water consumption tracking, conservation projects, and funding outreach to campus groups.  Maintain documentation of completed water conservation retrofit projects to track estimated water savings to actual metered water use data.  Assist with fixture demonstration program to provide educated recommendations to campus projects.
    • Domestic Water Supply Compliance Support – Assist with communications to campus groups and reports to regulatory agencies.  Assist with compliance efforts for a reliable supply of safe drinking water with compilation and tracking of water quality data.
    • Wastewater Compliance Support – Support preparation of routine wastewater compliance reports and associated data. Work with campus community to recommend solutions for compliance with permits and regulations, and protection of the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant (PA RWQCP) and San Francisco Bay. Assist in conducting required inspections, sampling, and distribute outreach materials and information for the campus.
    • Underground Storage Tank and Aboveground Storage Tank Program Support - Support the Underground Storage Tank (UST) and Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) compliance program, including interpretation of regulatory requirements. Manage and observe required inspections and tests.  Ensure that required reports and hazardous material plans are up to date at Santa Clara County records.  Track and participate in required training for UST/AST facility staff. 
    • Misc. Environmental Projects Support –Respond to outdoor spills or releases to the environment to evaluate regulatory and environmental impacts and work with staff from EH&S to direct spill/emergency response crews to minimize environmental impacts, including stormwater, soil, and wastewater. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


To be successful in this role you must bring:

  • Advanced and specialized knowledge of stormwater, water efficiency, data analysis, and environmental regulations and requirements. Additional experience with drinking water, wastewater, hazardous materials, and underground storage tank regulations and requirements is preferred.
  • A good team ethic and ability to work well with all levels of professionals and staff, including internal and external partners for compliance and water resource protection. Position will include closely working with infrastructure engineers, utilities inspectors, Water Operations Shop technicians, and Department of Project Management (DPM) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) staff to implement programs.
  • Must be able to work with strict regulatory deadlines, follow-through on issues independently, maintain attention detail, be dependable, and be able to juggle several projects at the same time. Position requires physical ability to walk and bike long distances during inspections and for movement around campus and to carry testing equipment, meters, and fixtures.
  • Bachelor's degree in science or technical field, like engineering, chemistry, earth sciences, or biology.
  • Thorough proficiency in and working knowledge of, and 5 years of experience with water quality, compliance, and efficiency programs is required.
  • A solid working knowledge of stormwater quality and compliance programs (construction, post-construction, and general) is preferred.
  • Current certificate as a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD), or underlying certification with the ability to obtain the QSD certification within 6 months, is preferred.
  • A working knowledge of water efficiency, domestic water, wastewater, and general environmental regulatory requirements and compliance is also preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience developing information and action campaigns is desirable.
  • Independent, energetic, well-organized, self-motivated person, who can promptly and clearly communicate with regulatory agencies, staff, faculty, students, and members of the community.
  • Proficient with MS Office computer applications.  Expertise in Excel required.  Experience in Tableau preferred.
  • Must have good driving record and a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Position may require extended hours if compliance issues need to be resolved and/or if deadlines need to be met.


Additional Information:

Physical Requirements*:

  • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds,
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.


Working Conditions

  • Requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80dB TWA.
  • May working at heights 4 – 10 ft.


Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies
  • found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/.


Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!


Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

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