Water Resource Agent

Idaho Department of Water Resources

Preston, ID, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $20.00 – $22.00 Hourly
Location: Preston, ID
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Department of Water Resources
Job Number: 15521
Closing: 8/17/2022 11:59 PM Mountain


The Idaho Department of Water Resources is hiring a Water Resource Agent in its Preston Field office in Preston. This is a career-building opportunity for an entry-level professional with a keen interest in Idaho’s water resources and water’s role in our economy, ecosystems, and quality of life.
The Water Resource Agent reviews and investigates water right claims filed in the Bear River Basin Adjudication and prepares recommendations for decree by the adjudication court. Claim investigations require interacting with water users, analyzing aerial photographs and satellite imagery, reviewing historical documents, writing reports, and conducting field inspections to confirm the extent of historical water use. Water Resource Agents frequently interact with the public, attorneys, and court staff to assist with all aspects of the adjudication process, including the filing of water right claims and motions with the presiding court. Matching good technical skills with strong interpersonal communication, customer service, and conflict resolution skills are keys to success in this role. The initial claims-taking phase of the adjudication process has limited field work. Field work opportunities increase during the claim investigation phase.
Water Resource Agents gain extensive knowledge in a variety of IDWR’s programs while playing a key role in building the foundation of future water administration in Idaho.  The Water Resource Agent job classification is the entry-level position in the Water Resource Agent, Senior career path.  The WRA position is used for recruitment and training purposes for the Water Resource Agent, Senior position. Through various types of on-the-job training, the Water Resource Agent will learn the duties of a Water Resource Agent, Senior.  Water Resource Agents who develop the knowledge and experience to work independently may advance to Water Resource Agent, Senior. Typically, the Water Resource Agent, Senior level requires two years of experience as a Water Resource Agent (or equivalent work experience). Upon completion of training, the employee will be paid at the Water Resource Agent, Senior level.  
IDWR offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical insurance, retirement benefits, paid leave, holidays, and more.

Example of Duties

  • Respond to customer inquiries regarding water rights, filing requirements, statutes, rules and policies and assist the public in all aspects of the adjudication process.
  • Review and investigate water right claim filings.
  • Data enter information from water right claims into a database.
  • Recommend actions on water right claims based on review and interpretation of statutes, rules and policies.
  • Conduct field inspections to confirm historical water use.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Some knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to calculate water flow rates, pump efficiencies, water storage capacity, and/or land areas
  • Good knowledge of hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics, and/or water measurement techniques for determining water quantity parameters such as flow rate, volume, pump efficiencies, and storage capacities
  • Experience interpreting public land survey legal descriptions utilizing at least one of the following: USGS quadrangle maps, survey plats, or similar cartographic material

    Must possess a valid driver’s license

  • Experience interacting with angry or hostile individuals
  • Experience applying the  Prior Appropriation Doctrine in the area of water rights administration

Supplemental Information

Work Environment
Performing these duties may involve working in a field setting and/or in an office environment. Field work may include working in all weather conditions, around noisy and dangerous equipment, and high electrical voltage. Work involves walking over rough and steep terrain for distances up to three miles as well as lifting and carrying objects such as water measuring equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. This position will travel in an assigned service area.

There is an examination to determine your eligibility. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. To qualify for this position, you must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing a minimum requirement. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. It is important that you answer each question with enough detail to determine how you meet the requirements. Do not put “see resume” as your answer to written questions. Answer each written question thoroughly. Failure to do this may result in not passing the exam.

To learn more about the Idaho Department of Water Resources, please visit our website:

Our Mission:To serve the citizens of Idaho by ensuring that water is conserved and available to sustain Idaho’s economy, ecosystems, and resulting quality of life.

EEO Statement
Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.