Program Specialist III

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Salt Lake County, UT, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description:
The Program Specialist manages a team of engineering technicians responsible for investigating water user claims, conducting hydrographic surveys, and assisting the public to navigate the water rights adjudication process.  Incumbents serve as an advisor to an Assistant State Engineer in matters related to their assigned adjudication subdivisions.  The program manager directly manages between two and four engineering technicians.  The program specialist participates in the recruitment of engineering technicians within the adjudication teams.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Experience working with water rights in the State of Utah, especially within a general stream adjudication.
  • Dedication to positive and supportive staff management principles.
  • Proven ability to work independently and inspire others to achieve.

Why You Should Join Our Team:
As one of the oldest agencies in the State of Utah, the Office of the State Engineer (i.e., the Division of Water Rights) has a long history of playing a critical role in the management of the state’s water resources.  Consequently, water users rely on the expertise of the Division of Water Rights to provide order and certainty in the distribution of Utah’s water.  As a member of our team you will have the opportunity to help people from the western region understand water rights, work in a challenging profession that has a meaningful impact on every aspect of life in the arid West, and shape the future of the state’s most valuable resource.  

The Agency:
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  • Manage and direct an adjudication team consisting of yourself and two to four other technicians.
  • Assist the public in person and over the phone to answer questions regarding water right administrative procedures.
  • Assist the public to prepare water user claims.
  • Train staff on correct procedures relating to general stream adjudications.
  • Coordinate with other program specialists and a supervising program manager.
  • Prepare hydrographic survey maps for adjudication efforts.
  • Conduct performance evaluations, review time cards, and participate in recruitment efforts.
  • Compose written reports and prepare calculations.
  • Conduct water right title investigations.
  • Perform field investigations of water rights.
  • Attend presentations and make public presentations.

Typical Qualifications

  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures.
  • Ability to find solutions to complex water rights issues as well as possessing the ability to communicate these solutions to other staff members and water users.
  • Familiarity with court decrees, proposed determinations, distribution schedules and other available documents used in the administration of these water rights. 
  • Ability to speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing.
  • Ability to solve problems using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions; analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions.
  • Ability to teach new concepts and coach in learning situations.

Supplemental Information

  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.