Local recruitment: Water Policy Analyst / Water and IWRS Policy Analyst (Operations & Policy Analyst 3 w/ufo Operations & Policy Analyst 2) (Two positions)

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Initial Posting Date: 05/06/2022

Application Deadline:05/22/2022

Agency:Water Resources Department

Salary Range:$5,597 – $8,603

Position Type:Employee

Position Title:Water Policy Analyst / Water and IWRS Policy Analyst (Operations & Policy Analyst 3 w/ufo Operations & Policy Analyst 2)

Job Description:

Water Policy Analyst / Water and IWRS Policy Analyst (2 positions) 

(Operations and Policy Analyst 3)   

The Oregon Water Resources Department is currently recruiting for two full-time permanent and/or job rotations for a Water Policy Analyst and a Water and IWRS Policy Analyst  (Operations and Policy Analyst 3 / Option to underfill Operations and Policy Analyst 2) in Salem, Oregon, with the opportunity to work partially remotely on a schedule agreed upon by the manager and employee.   

Consider joining our team and working to advance our agency’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities.  

These positions are in Salem with remote option flexibility. Some in-state travel.   

Position is represented by the Service Employees International Union.  

About the Oregon Water Resources Department  

The vision of the Oregon Water Resources Department is to assure sufficient and sustainable water supplies are available to meet current and future needs.   

Our mission is to practice and promote responsible water management through our agency goals to directly address Oregon’s water supply needs, and to restore and protect streamflow’s and watersheds in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of Oregon’s ecosystems, economy, and quality of life.   

Core Values   

  • Integrity – We are accountable for all that we do.  We act with honesty and promote  transparency.   
  • Service – We are dedicated to providing outstanding service and treating everyone  equitably in our management and stewardship of state resources.   
  • Technical Excellence – We base our resource decisions on law, science, and  expertise.   
  • Teamwork – We are united in our mission, relying on one another and working together with the communities we serve.   
  • Forward-Looking – We seek innovative and practical solutions to the water challenges  of today and tomorrow.   


2019-2024 Strategic Plan   

The Oregon Water Resources Department’s strategic priorities for 2019-2024 are to:   

  • Modernize our management of Oregon’s surface water and groundwater resources to   meet instream and out-of-stream uses   
  • Work to secure Oregon’s instream and out-of-stream water future in the face of increasing water scarcity   
  • Foster a forward-looking team dedicated to serving Oregonians with integrity and excellence   


Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy 

Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS), is a framework for better understanding and meeting instream and out-of-stream water needs, including water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs. The IWRS identifies the most critical water‐related challenges facing communities throughout Oregon. It offers recommendations in 13 different issue areas to address these challenges. 

Learn more about the Department.   

In order to achieve this mission, the Director oversees the Department’s major functions, which include: (1) Collecting, analyzing, and providing water data; (2) Protecting public safety through well construction and dam safety programs; (3) Distributing water under the water rights system of prior appropriation; (4) Providing planning, technical assistance, and funding to address instream and out-of-stream water supply needs; and (5) Processing water rights transactions.   

The Oregon Water Resources Departmentis committed to creating a workplace culture that understands and appreciates differences among people and is welcoming and inclusive to all. By fostering fairness and equity in its work culture, the Department strives to improve services for all Oregonians. We acknowledge that not all people have experienced equitable opportunities or fair treatment. We are committed to increasing our awareness and understanding of historic injustices and building a foundation for meaningful change. We value a wide range of professional and lived experiences, and people of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.   


Position Information   

What you will do!  

There are two positions available.  These positions will provide operations and policy support in the Director’s Office concerning water policy and rulemaking.  A key portion of the work will involve policy research, project management, rule writing, managing rulemaking processes, and interfacing with stakeholders and the public to solicit input on agency policies, programs, and proposals.  These positions will also represent the agency before commissions, task forces, councils, and at other venues.  In addition, these positions will work with other members of the Policy Section team on legislative coordination, emergency preparedness and response, the Integrated Water Resources Strategy, special projects, tribal affairs, policy research, public records requests, and public information and outreach activities.  

Position Distinctions: 

In addition to the above, the Water and IWRS Policy Analyst (1 position) will also provide operations and policy support for the IWRS Specialist concerning the Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) and will also assist the policy manager with tribal government-to-government relations. The IWRS provides a blueprint to help the state focus its efforts around two key goals—improving our understanding of Oregon’s water resources, and meeting Oregon’s water resources needs.  The IWRS is a multiagency document requiring coordination among local, state, and federal partners as well as engagement with the public and advisory groups, covering a broad range of issues including water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs.  The Department works with Oregon’s nine federally recognized Indian Tribes on issues related to water supply, watershed management, and water distribution, including water rights held or claimed by the Tribes and/or tribal members. 

In addition to the above, the Water Policy Analyst (1 position) will also provide operations and policy support in the Director’s Office concerning cannabis and enforcement policy, and climate and drought related policy.  In recent years, the Department has seen an increase in cannabis and enforcement water management issues and policies, in addition to droughts increasing in frequency due to climate change.   

The Team You Will Work With  

This position is located in the Director’s Office and is a member of the Director’s Office policy team. The Director’s Office Policy Section is responsible for supporting and executing the work of the Director, Deputy Director, and Water Resources Commission, working across divisions to research issues, manage special projects, resolve complaints, and identify solutions. The Director’s Office Policy Section leads agency efforts related to and provides expertise in: water policy; legislative and rulemaking processes; public records; tribal, governmental, and stakeholder relations; and communications and outreach. The section is also responsible for leading development and implementation of the Integrated Water Resources Strategy, a framework for improving our understanding of Oregon’s water resources and meeting our instream and out-of-stream needs.  The section also provides coordination and support for emergency preparedness and response efforts.    


The Policy Section operates as a team to ensure that all functions of the section are completed efficiently and to distribute workloads evenly.  In addition, the team is highly encouraged to share ideas to identify the best outcomes, peer-review work, and help one another in completing projects.   

The Department’s core values are integrity, service, forward-looking, technical excellence, and teamwork. This section performs work with these core values in mind.    

The Policy Section Team seeks to promote a workplace culture that understands and appreciate differences among people, utilizes that understanding and appreciation to improve our services, and fosters a work culture that is welcoming and inclusive to all. This position will help the Department to be more inclusive in its methods for outreach and communication to Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Tribal communities and other underserved or underrepresented communities.   


What we are looking for  

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualifications. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether you meet the preferred qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.     


Minimum Qualifications: Operations and Policy Specialist 3   

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and four years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work. 
  • Any combination of experience and education equivalent to seven years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification.  

Minimum Qualifications: Operations and Policy Specialist 2 (Underfill)  

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and two years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work. 
  • Any combination of experience and education equivalent to five years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification 

Preferred Qualifications   

In addition to the knowledge and skills in the job specifications, ideal candidates will also bring many of the following preferred qualifications:   

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to accurately communicate and distill highly technical (law, policy, and science) and complex information for elected officials, the media, lawyers, stakeholders, and the public in writing, presentations, or conversations. 
  • Experience with rule or policy development and implementation, such as developing rules or legislation, obtaining feedback on and amending proposals, meeting with stakeholders to discuss agency proposals and programs, and meeting with internal staff to implement new policies. 
  • Ability to and understanding of best practices to facilitate meetings with large groups of stakeholders in order to obtain input on agency proposals. Experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups to resolve policy issues, including leading and facilitating workgroups or rules advisory meetings, and negotiating on amendments to legislation or rules. 
  • A commitment to helping the Department advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and racial and environmental justice.  
  • Strong presentation skills: experience developing and providing presentations at hearings, board meetings, or conferences. 
  • Experience researching and fact-checking information 
  • Ability to exercise strategic thinking and effective judgment to prepare for and respond to high-visibility issues and events.  
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 
  • Demonstrated success at developing internal and external relationships, building mutual trust, respect and cooperation.  
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, with an ability to anticipate needs and exercise initiative.  
  • Strong listening skills: giving full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, and ask appropriate questions. 
  • Proficient with Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint. 
  • Experience with or knowledge of best practices in tribal government to government relations 
  • Experience as an agency rules coordinator 


Note:  In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use both the minimum and preferred qualifications above to determine whom to interview. Please make sure all your relevant qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be evaluated on spelling, grammar, punctuation, attention to detail, and presentation.   


Working Conditions   

Position is based in the Director’s Office in the Salem office.  Teleworking and in the office work schedule will be determined upon agreement and approval of supervisor. Hybrid (in the office and at home work) is generally a standard offering for this position, though subject to supervisor approval. Due to the nature of stakeholder engagement for this position, full time 100% remote work is not possible as the position must be available to attend meetings in Salem, Oregon.  

Periodic travel will be necessary, including overnight travel.   Travel may include but is not limited to field tours to learn about agency programs, policy and workgroup meetings, Commission meetings, rules advisory committee meetings, Legislative hearings and meetings with the public, stakeholders, and elected officials.  Some meetings will require overnight travel.  Work will include facilitating meetings with stakeholders and public officials, facilitating public meetings, and conducting public presentations.  This position may occasionally interact with the media, conducting interviews via phone, video, email, or in-person. This position is expected to work with other sections of the agency and develop strong working relationships to support the agency’s mission and priorities.  Occasional trips to the Oregon State Capitol may be necessary, including attending meetings at Capitol hearing rooms, and legislative offices.   


The table below shows the monthly salary ranges for each classification level included in this posting.    


NON-PERS ELIGIBLE (Includes most new hires to state government. Employees typically gain PERS eligibility after six months of state service.   

OPA3 $5,234.00 – $8,043.00

OPA2 (underfill option) $4,552.00 – $6,964.00 

PERS ELIGIBLE (Typically current or former employees of Oregon state or local government, public schools, universities, etc.)   

OPA3 $5,597.00 – $8,603.00

OPA2 (underfill option) $4,868.00 – $7,447.00 

What’s in it for you!  

The opportunity to:   

  • Work on interesting and important issues critical to shaping Oregon’s water policy for current and future generations.  
  • Join an organization with smart, driven co-workers who care about public service, water resources, and their co-workers.    
  • Work with a team that welcomes new ideas.    
  • Practice and grow your skills and experience through challenging work.    
  • The opportunity to join a team of professionals who are passionate about what they do!   



We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).     


How to Apply:    

If you are passionate about serving the public and your team, apply today!   

  • Provide a brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter indicating why you are interested in, and a good candidate for, the Water Policy Analyst / Water and IWRS Policy Analystpositions at the Oregon Water Resources Department and a paragraph or two containing your personal statement on diversity, equity and inclusion.   
  • Provide a brief (no more than 2 page) resume indicating your experience pertinent to the required and desired qualifications in this announcement.   


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If you are a current employee of the State of Oregon , view this job aid for assistance.   


Work Authorization   

The Oregon Water Resources Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.   



If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the qualifications, veterans’ preference points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans’ preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org and select Veterans resources under Resources. Please do not attach veteran documentation to your initial application, after you have applied you will be sent a task in your Workday account to provide your veteran documentation at that time.   


The Oregon Water Resources Department is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.