Water Operations Manager (PNW)

Hancock Natural Resource Group

Washington, USA 🇺🇸

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Job Description

Hancock Farmland Services, Inc. (HFS) is a farmland property management business with offices in Turlock, California and Savoy, Illinois. Its subsidiary, Farmland Management Services (FMS) is a direct operator of farms in California and Wisconsin. Together, HFS and FMS provide farm management services for Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) as part of HAIG’s integrated farmland investment management platform for institutional investors. HAIG is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. (HNRG), and HFS and FMS are HNRG subsidiaries.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) founded in 1985, is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock/Manulife Financial Corporation. HNRG is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is comprised of two core businesses; Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) which develops and manages timberland investments and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) which develops and manages farmland investments. HNRG develops and manages diversified agricultural and timberland portfolios for a global client base. As of September 30, 2020, HNRG managed $14.1 billion of timberland and farmland, comprising approximately 5.9 million acres located in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile.

HNRG creates value through the sustainable management of natural resource investments. Through the five pillars of its Sustainability and Responsible Investing (SRI) platform (Ecosystem Resiliency, Watershed Protection, Climate Stability, People Empowerment, and Community Prosperity), HNRG integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors throughout all aspects of its investment decision-making and property management. HRNG’s impacts in 2018 include managing 100% of its eligible timberland investments to third-party sustainability standards, planting over 46 million trees, sequestering over 2.1 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, and leading the effort to establish a third-party sustainability standard for agriculture.


The FMS Water Operations Manager will be responsible for ensuring the HNRG water strategy is implemented in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Regions in a manner that optimizes client strategy for this resource; implementing the approved water systems; maintaining good relationships with local agencies, water boards, state regulators, and other industry partners. The position reports to Water Resources Manager, HFS and will work closely with several Area and Regional Managers in the PNW. 


  • Develop and maintain relationships with water managers and board members of key Water Districts. 
  • Attend district, department of ecology, and other relative water meetings. Monitor and support policy objectives developed by Water Resources Manager
  • Actively acquire budgeted water supplies for client properties.
  • Manage property-level water accounting and budgeting.
  • Manage banked water supplies: securing water, reporting to districts, and accounting.
  • Manage regulatory reporting, providing updates to management staff.
  • Manage water-related data requests from appraisers and internal staff.
  • Drive water conservation and innovation concepts in regions. Improve the clients “crop per drop.”
  • Execute water district annexations, or other water entity formations as required.
  • Serve as a resource to all HNRG teams to improve the water use optimization for client properties.
  • Actively participate on water district boards where appropriate.
  • Review, update, and improve operational policies pertaining to water management and efficiency. 
  • Connect the farm team to programs that incentivize water related innovation.
  • Work with the acquisitions and operations teams to model short and long term water supplies and risks for prospective new investments. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 4-year degree in agricultural sciences, environmental management, or related field from an accredited educational institution.
  • Minimum 3 years directly related experience with job(s) demonstrating experience in water supply development or farmland management.
  • Proven ability to work with all types of individuals both internal and external to the organization, functioning well in team settings.
  • Excellent communication skills with all levels of employees and management
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced office environment, as well as be effective in remote settings with no supervision.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable with company’s commercial carrier.


  • Frequent Sitting, standing, and walking, plus occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds.
  • View and Type on computer screens for long periods.
  • Must be able to travel by vehicle and air, and frequently drive long distances.


  • Remote based position: individual must be willing and able to provide home office.
  • Up to 50% travel in the PNW region required.
  • National travel may be required.

Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries are committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol. As a result, all current and perspective Hancock employees are subject to be drug and alcohol tested in accordance with the Policy and applicable law.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.  The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.


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About John Hancock and Manulife

John Hancock is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife globally, including Canada, Asia and Europe. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were CAD$1.3 trillion (US$1.1 trillion) as of June 30, 2021. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at manulife.com.

One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports more than 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, and education savings plans. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife/John Hancock, we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law. 

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application processAll information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies. To request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact [email protected].

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