River Basin Coordinator

State of Wyoming
Cheyenne, WY, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  

Support and implement the State Engineer's Offices mission to protect the interstate waters of Wyoming by assuring compliance with interstate compacts and decrees and by monitoring interstate and federal actions that might impair Wyoming's ability to use its water.  As the lead technical support to two of Wyoming's interstate compacts (Yellowstone and Bear River Basins), provide critical data and information to the ISS Administrator and the Governor-appointed Commissioner in support of the many issues and decisions that come about as our division works with our state counterparts under the various compact provisions.  Serve as the primary representative concerning interstate policy issues pertaining to the Upper Missouri River Basin and greater Missouri River Basin.  Act as the State Engineer's Office liaison to the Wyoming Water Development Office's River Basin Planning Program.  Provide important technical expertise to the Interstate Streams Division Administrator as needed.  Provide review of NEPA documents as they pertain to SEO water right matters.  Promote interstate comity through face-to-face meetings, conference calls and webinars with others in Wyoming, our sister states and federal partners.

Human Resource Contact: Rachael Reinhardt 307-777-6143 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

Bear River Compact Commission: 

  • Serve as Wyoming's lead Technical Advisory Committee member to the Bear River Commission 
  • Serve as policy advisor to the Wyoming Commissioner
  • Analyze surface water and groundwater applications in the Bear River Basin to determine the amount of depletion allocation to assign
  • Track depletion allocations to ensure compliance with the Amended Bear River Compact
  • Work with others states' committee members to develop basin wide depletions report (required every 5 years)
  • Work with Geographic Information System (GIS) software in creating irrigated lands maps using aerial photography and satellite imagery
  • Provide data to attribute polygons with correct water right information; coordinate and execute technical tasks with other states' committee members as assigned to the committee by the Commission
  • Provide the Wyoming Commissioner with data and pertinent information for semi-annual Bear River Commission meetings
  • Compile and submit all Technical Committee meeting notes to the Engineer/Manager and Commission
  • Brief the State Engineer on activities in this basin.

Yellowstone River Compact Commission:

  • Serve as Wyoming's lead Technical Advisory Committee member to the Yellowstone River Compact Commission
  • Serve as policy advisor to the Wyoming Commissioner
  • Coordinate and execute technical tasks with other states' committee members as assigned to the committee by the Commission
  • Develop agendas, complete meeting notes, organize, attend and chair annual meetings with the Technical Advisory Committee
  • Provide data and pertinent information to the Commissioner to be prepared for annual Yellowstone River Compact Commission meetings, attend these meetings with Commissioner; brief the State Engineer on activities in this basin.

Statewide Water Planning:

  • Serve as the State Engineer's Office representative to the Water Development Office's (WDO) River Basin Planning program.  This duty includes participating in all water planning team meetings
  • Attending water users and other stakeholder's meetings, providing water rights, water administration and interstate compacts information.  Write and review technical memoranda for water plans detailing Wyoming water law, water rights and obligations under the various interstate compacts and court decrees.
  • Assist the water planning team in developing agendas and facilitating stakeholder meetings. 
  • Review technical work products created by consultants for the various water plans.
  • Assist the WDO by reviewing proposals, reviewing budgets and interviewing consultants who are proposing to complete a river basin plan.
  • Review and comment on all draft water plan reports.
  • Coordination of water right aspects of WDO's watershed plans and their relationship with River Basin Plans, particularly regarding mapping and attributing water rights information.

Missouri River Basin Interstate Activities: 

  • Appointed by the Governor to represent the State of Wyoming on the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC)
  • Represent Wyoming's water management interests concerning interstate policy issues as they arise through MRRIC and/or other Missouri River Basin interstate groups
  • Under cooperating agency status, serve as Wyoming's representative to provide data and technical expertise on issues and policies pertaining to Wyoming on the Missouri River Recovery Program and the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Serve as the primary State of Wyoming representative to the Upper Missouri Water Association, NOAA's Missouri Basin National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the Missouri Basin Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS).

Outreach:

  • As needed, prepare and deliver presentations on interstate matters, water planning, agency processes, agency policies and work products as well as various water related topics such as drought, water utilization, water availability and supply and water planning.

Qualifications

PREFERENCES: 

Preference will be given to applicants with a Master's degree in civil engineering (water resources), hydrology, water planning, economics, watershed science, or other natural resources field PLUS three years of work experience in water resource management.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of and ability to read, research, interpret and apply Federal, State, Local environmental laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to read, research, interpret and apply state policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of hydrogeologic processes.
  • Knowledge of multiple science and engineering disciplines.
  • Knowledge of principles of management.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Bachelor's Degree (typically in The Sciences)

Experience:
1-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences) with acquired knowledge at the level of a(n) Natural Resources Analyst

OR

Education & Experience Substitution:

4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences) with acquired knowledge at the level of a(n) Natural Resources Analyst

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None

NOTES:

  • FLSA: Exempt 
  • All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly.