Local recruitment: Regional Manager

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Helena, MT, USA 🇺🇸

Lewistown, MT, USA 🇺🇸

DNRC is looking for two Regional Managers.  One position is located in Helena, MT and the second position is located in Lewistown, MT.

Work Unit Overview: 

The Regional Office represents the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation’s Water Resources Division (WRD) in a designated area of Montana. The water resources Regional Office administers and enforces WRD programs and day-to-day operations within the assigned multi-county area. The water resources Regional Office’s mission and responsibility is to promote and coordinate wise use and conservation of Montana’s water resources, manage state-owned surface and groundwater resources, and implement and enforce programs according to state law, rules, and policies of the State of Montana and the Department.

Job Overview: 

The Regional Manager performs supervisory, technical, and professional resource management work for a Regional Office of the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Water Resources Division. The incumbent has responsibility for staff oversight and implementation of programs for the Water Resources Division, including the Water Rights Bureau, Adjudication Bureau, Water Management Bureau, Water Operations Bureau, State Water Projects Bureau, and Compact Implementation Program. This includes approval and issuance of all water rights and related governmental actions within the region and managing personnel and resource needs to complete program responsibilities in the most efficient and effective manner.  The Regional Manager is responsible for executing the laws, rules, and policies of these programs in coordination with the Division and appropraite Bureaus.

Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities):  These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties that may be assigned to the incumbent.

Program Management                                                                                                      

Directs, manages, administers, and supervises water programs and activities for the Water Resources Division within assigned geographical region including: water rights adjudication, new appropriations permits and changes, water rights complaints and enforcement, Montana Environmental Policy Act for water rights, state water projects, dam safety program, and support and coordination with the Compact Implementation Program.  The Regional Manager conducts this work using knowledge of multiple areas of water resource management, federal and state laws, regulations and policies, personnel, and organizational management skills to achieve the desired division goals. Provide expert witness testimony at contested case hearings and district court proceedings on water related issues. The Regional Manager works with other regional managers, bureau chiefs, the WRD Deputy Administrator, and the WRD Administrator to develop solutions and inform decisions to complex issues to ensure accurate and consistent implementation of state law and policy.

Personnel and Fiscal Management                                                                                     

Conducts recruitment and selection activities to screen, interview, select, and train employees assigned to Regional Office positions using knowledge of state, federal, and departmental personnel recruitment, and selection policies. Develops and conducts performance appraisals for employees and addresses personnel problems by exercising knowledge and professional expertise in personnel management and supervision.  Develops proposed office budget, completes monthly budget projections, reviews fiscal information to determine if office is operating within budgetary limitations, takes corrective action where necessary to avoid exceeding approved budget, assists in directing regional office purchasing of office supplies and equipment, and making deposits of fee receipts.

Stakeholder and Public Engagement                                                                                

Serves as agency representative and technical advisor to various water user associations, county drought committees, water resource planning and conservation groups, irrigation districts, Reserved Water Right Compact Commission negotiations, and other committees to help develop cooperative approaches to complex water use issues.

Other Duties as Assigned                                                                                                     

This position performs a variety of other duties in support of ongoing Division and Department operations.  This includes managing special projects, advising on water policy development, representing the Division or Department at various meetings and conferences, and participating in ongoing training and educational programs.

Supervision:  This position supervises at least four staff.

The State of Montana is transitioning from remote back to worksites in accordance with Governor Gianforte’s directive.  The position will be expected to work in the Helena office.

DNRC Benefits: 

All applicants must submit the following (only electronic materials will be accepted):

  1. Resume 
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References

TIP:  When attaching your resume, cover letter and other material, you must mark the attachments as “relevant”

If you have any questions or would like to review the job description for this position, please email Becky Quick at [email protected]


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

*  Bachelor’s degree in a natural science (resource management, engineering, hydrology, biology, range science, etc.) with at least five years of progressively responsible experience in water resource management, personnel management, public speaking, technical writing, and conflict resolution management.  Including a minimum of three years of leadership experience. 

Alternate combinations of education and experience that have resulted in the acquisition of the above-listed Knowledge, Skills and Abilities may also be considered.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.  A valid driver’s license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months. 

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a “green card”.Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.  

Job:  Environmental Sciences 

Salary: $ 33.20 – 43.20  Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings:  2 Employee Status:  Regular Schedule:  Full-Time 

Shift:  Day Job 

Travel:  Yes, 10 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Helena 

Other Locations:  Lewistown Agency:  Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Union:  000 – None Bargaining Unit:  000 – None  

Posting Date: Nov 10, 2021, 6:19:25 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone)

:  Nov 22, 2021, 9:59:00 AM Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume, References  Contact Name:  Becky Quick  |  Contact Email:  [email protected]  |  Contact Phone:  406-444-6673 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency’s HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.





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