Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Watermaster)

Oregon Water Resources Department
Grants Pass, OR, United States
Position Type: 
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Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Oregon Water Resources Department (WRD) serves the public by practicing and promoting responsible water management in Oregon.  This is accomplished through two key goals:  to directly address Oregon's water supply needs; and to restore and protect stream flows and watersheds in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of Oregon's ecosystems, economy, and quality of life.

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Watermaster in our Grants Pass field office.  This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates.

Note: The salary range included in this posting reflects the base salary. Upon PERS eligibility, SEIU represented employees will have their base salary increased by 6.95% and pay the 6% employee contribution to PERS.


Duties & Responsibilities
This position represents the agency and the Southwest Region from the field office in Grants Pass.  From this location, the Watermaster responds to water rights disputes, informational inquires and complaints in a timely manner, thus preventing potential loss of crops, life, property or aquatic life while actively enforcing Oregon water laws, administrative rules from all divisions of the agency, and Water Resources Commission policies.  Regular attendance is an essential function required to meet the demands of this job and to provide the necessary services, the Watermaster must find a balance between field work and office coverage.

View the full position description here (Download PDF reader).

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications for consideration:
  • Six years of experience related to water resource management.  At least one year of this experience must include activities such as:
    • gathering and analyzing natural resource data and/or coordinating monitoring efforts for a natural resource program
    • providing technical assistance to the public in a natural resource program (explaining laws, rules, and regulations, answering questions, help the public navigate and comply with agency procedures
  • A Bachelor's degree in Hydrology, Water Resource Management, or related field will substitute for three years of the required experience
  • A Master's Degree in Hydrology, Water Resource Management, or related field will substitute for four years of the required experience

Ideal candidates will also bring the following desired qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of water law, court decrees, water right records, legal property descriptions or administrative rules that pertain to the regulation of water;
  • Ability to tactfully handle difficult conversations or disagreements with the regulated community and other stakeholders;
  • Experience working with landowners to gain compliance;
  • Extensive experience with water measurement;
  • Experience developing and presenting budget proposals; and
  • Experience or skills with digital mapping (ArcMap, CAD)

Note:  A valid driver's license and acceptable driving record is required

Additional Information
To apply, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon employment application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date and time posted on the job announcement.

Please be sure to include in your application materials how your education and/or experience meets the required and desired qualifications described in the job announcement to be considered for interviews.

NOTE: The Oregon Water Resources Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's form I-9 confirming authorization to work in the United States.

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The Oregon Water Resources Department is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity.