Friant Water Authority Seeking Maintenance Supervisor

Maintenance Supervisor

 The Friant Water Authority is seeking a candidate for a full time, permanent position, to perform construction project management; plan, direct, and coordinate maintenance activities; and provide department fiscal oversight for a major canal system and appurtenant facilities. Requires minimum of six years’ experience in construction management or construction and maintenance of irrigation infrastructure plus four years in a supervisory project management capacity. Salary Range: $64,002 - $81,685 per year DOQ plus excellent benefits (incl. health insurance, retirement plan, etc.). Position based in Lindsay, CA. Send resume including work related references and salary history to:

Friant Water Authority

854 N. Harvard Ave.

Lindsay, CA 93247

Phone: (559) 562-6305

Email: HR@friantwater.org

Closing date is October 31, 2017.

Friant Water Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Friant Water Authority Adds Members, New Board Officers Take Positions

For Immediate Release:

January 26, 2017

Lindsay, Calif. – During its first Board of Directors meeting of the year today, the Friant Water Authority (FWA) approved the addition of two member districts, and welcomed three new officers to positions on the Board.

During the meeting, the Board approved membership agreements for Madera Irrigation District and Hills Valley Irrigation District. Both districts were previously members of FWA. Madera Irrigation District left the organization in 2015 during a period when the Friant Division was challenged by two consecutive years without a contract water supply allocation from the Bureau of Reclamation. With both districts rejoining, FWA now represents the largest portion of the Friant Division of any organization, both in terms of acreage and Central Valley Project contract water supplies. Madera Irrigation District includes 131,000 acres and 271,000 acre-feet of contract supply, and Hills Valley Irrigation District has 1,250 acre-feet of contract supply.

“Today’s Friant Water Authority is a very different organization from the one Madera Irrigation District voted to leave in 2015,” said James Erickson, Madera Irrigation District Board President. “Guided by Chief Executive Officer Jason Phillips, the Friant Water Authority Board and staff have made some tremendous improvements in how they conduct business, build relationships, and get results that benefit both our growers and the entire Friant Division. This was directly related to our decision to rejoin Friant.”

“We believe that Friant Water Authority has proved itself to be a good value for its members and the farmers and communities they represent, which is why our Board voted to come back,” said Loren Booth, Hills Valley Irrigation District Board President. In addition to the two districts rejoining, three Board members participated in the first meeting of 2017 in new leadership roles to which they were nominated during the Board’s December 9, 2016, meeting. Kent Stephens, of Kern-Tulare Water District, assumed the position of Chairman. Kent served as Vice Chairman in 2016. Chris Tantau, of Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District, now serves as Vice Chairman. Georgeanne White, of the City of Fresno and the designated alternate for Mayor Lee Brand, now serves as Secretary/Treasurer. These officers will hold their positions through the end of 2018.

“Last year, Friant Water Authority changed how we operated and worked to better integrate Friant Division farmers in oversight and decision-making,” said Kent Stephens, FWA Board Chair. “I’m honored by the confidence my fellow Board members and the Friant community have placed in me, and I’m excited about our plans for 2017 to build upon the successes of last year.”

Contact:
Alexandra Biering
916-628-0431
abiering@friantwater.org

FWA is a joint-powers authority formed in 2004 by a majority of the water agencies receiving water from the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project. Its primary purposes are to operate and maintain the Friant-Kern Canal and to serve the information and representation needs of its member agencies.

Friant Water Authority Names Douglas DeFlitch as Chief Operating Officer

For Immediate Release:

December 20, 2016

Lindsay, Calif. – The Friant Water Authority (FWA) has selected Douglas DeFlitch to serve as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO) in Lindsay, California, where he will oversee the FWA operations and maintenance work, budgets, and administration. DeFlitch will assume his new position on January 16, 2017. 

DeFlitch has spent the last 10 years as a Hydrologist and Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation). Since 2013 his assignments included four Reclamation projects in central and western Oregon. Some of the major programs he has managed include the Rogue River Project Biological Opinion implementation, the Deschutes Habitat Conservation Plan development, and the Scoggins Dam Safety of Dams project. From 2006 to 2013, DeFlitch served as a Supervisory Hydrologist for Reclamation at the South-Central California Area Office in Fresno, and as lead operator at Friant Dam. He has also performed several temporary assignments including Chief Hydrologist for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and Deputy Area Manager for the South-Central California Area Office. Before his federal career, he was a Water Resources Specialist for the Friant Water Users Authority (predecessor to FWA) and Geologist for ENSR Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA. DeFlitch holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh and California State University, Fresno, respectively. He is also a graduate of the USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program. 

“This is an ideal time to welcome Doug back to the Friant family,” said Jason Phillips, Friant Water Authority’s Chief Executive Officer. “Doug’s experience with Reclamation, his understanding of the Friant Division and the critical issues facing our water users, and his experience leading and managing teams is exactly what FWA needs. Anyone who’s met Doug knows the energy and enthusiasm he’ll bring to this role, which was something our Board also recognized in Doug.” 

“I'm excited to be back in the Valley, representing great people who do amazing work,” said DeFlitch. “Family farms, businesses, and cities depend on a reliable supply from Friant for their livelihood. The confidence the FWA Board and CEO have in my ability to succeed means a lot to me and will be important to our overall success.”

Contact:
Alexandra Biering
916-628-0431
abiering@friantwater.org

FWA is a joint-powers authority formed in 2004 by a majority of the water agencies receiving water from the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project. Its primary purposes are to operate and maintain the Friant-Kern Canal and to serve the information and representation needs of its member agencies.