Water Conservation Section Manager

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Salt Lake City, UT, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description:
The Utah Division of Water Resources Plans, Conserves, Develops, and Protects Utah’s Water Resources. Are you ready for a career where you contribute to making a difference while working with passionate people? Are you passionate about water conservation, education, and helping Utah residents reduce water use?

The Division of Water Resources is seeking a dedicated, creative, and detail-oriented Conservation Section Manger to lead and oversee the work efforts of the conservation section.  As the state’s population continues to grow, water conservation is critical to stretching our water supply to help meet the growing demand for water.  The water conservation section oversees the Utah Water Saver’s rebate program that reimburses residents for installing water saving devices like high efficiency toilets, and smart sprinkler controllers.   The section also receives and reviews water conservation plans from water providers in the state.  The section is also involved in the Slow the Flow campaign, helping to educate people and spread the water conservation message. This position directly supervises staff (currently two employees).

Principal Duties
As a Conservation Section Manager, you will:

  • Manage the division’s water conservation and water education efforts
  • Act as a resource for management and staff; provide technical support within area of responsibility
  • Supervise personnel including: hiring, monitoring and assigning workloads, and delegating assignments
  • Develop plans for water conservation programs and make recommendations for improvements
  • Monitor, evaluate and make recommendations for Division operations, programs, processes and/or practices for quality and effectiveness

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will possess: 

  • Communication skills
  • Ability to effectively convey information through written and verbal reports
  • Experience with planning and developing water projects
  • Experience in water conservation and education
  • Professional knowledge of Utah’s natural resources geography and demographics
  • General knowledge of Utah’s water sources and needs
  • Bachelors degree or greater in Environmental Science, Soil and Water Conservation, Ecology, Natural Resources, Public Relations, Communication, Education, Marketing, Engineering or a directly related field

Why You Should Join Our Team
The selected candidate has the opportunity to make a difference in the State of Utah. Division of Water Resources is made up of a dynamic team of people, passionate about water in the state of Utah. Your thoughts and input are directly used by the Division to solve some of the toughest water challenges in one of the most arid states in the country.  The diversity of work is both fun and challenging! This position is a great opportunity to continue and hone your skills as a leader as you help the Division continue to develop a strategic communications team and approach.  This is a career opportunity to have a direct and significant impact on quality of life for the citizens in the state of Utah and in the mountain west.

State employees enjoy insurance, retirement plans, vacation, and sick leave benefits to help with long-range planning and work-life balance. This is an excellent opportunity to believe in what you do, enjoy your job, and advance as a professional.

The Agency
Mission:  Plan, Conserve, Develop and Protect Utah’s Water Resources.  To learn more about the Utah Division of Water Resources click here.

Typical Qualifications

  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience and proficiency managing personnel, including task management and accountability practices
  • Knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of business administration including accounting, human and material resource management in organizations, sales and marketing, economics, office information, and organizing systems
  • Ability to use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
  • Ability to develop approaches for implementation of an idea, program or change in operations
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures
  • Ability to establish objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve these objectives
  • Ability to learn agency objectives, organization, structure and mission
  • Ability to evaluate information against a set of standards
  • Ability to arrange, coordinate, or schedule time and events
  • Experience coordinating the activities or tasks of people, groups and/or organization(s)
  • Ability to provide technical assistance to water users
  • Ability to assess organizational needs such as staffing, training, security, etc.
  • Ability to speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
  • Ability to supervise others by assigning/directing work; conducting employee evaluations, staff training and development, taking appropriate disciplinary/corrective actions, making hiring/termination recommendations, etc.

Supplemental Information

  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.