Local recruitment: Water Resource Data Technician

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Initial Posting Date: 11/21/2022

Application Deadline:12/05/2022

Agency:Water Resources Department

Salary Range:$3,483 – $5,256

Position Type:Employee

Position Title:Water Resource Data Technician

Job Description:

Oregon Water Resources Department  

Our Vision  

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

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  

Position Location 

This position is remote, but applicants must be available for occasional work in our Salem office.  

The Oregon Water Resources Department is 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.  

What you will do 

The Water Resource Data Technician (Water Rights Data Technician 1) position functions within the Information Services Section and is responsible for researching, gathering, entering and updating data.  

This position also researches and enters information from water right documents, well  
construction documents, and surface water measurement documents. This position must also be able to make decisions regarding how information should be encoded into the database. This position also uses GIS software tools to perform geo-spatial data entry.  

Process water resource information using final proof survey maps, tax lot maps, United States Geological Survey (USGS) quadrangle maps, aerial photography, water right applications, permits, certificates, court decrees, final orders, inspection reports Department rules, memorandums and correspondence with water right holders, Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules.  

Collect, research, interpret, and enter both tabular and spatial data into appropriate databases.

Employees use software to encode, edit, and define datasets. Employees prepare cartographically correct water right maps. Employees also operate GIS equipment, troubleshoot data errors and complete quality control processes.  Answer inquiries by e-mail or telephone on requested water right information specific to a particular property from legal descriptions or maps. Assist Department staff in the use of water resource information. 

Minimum Qualifications – Water Rights Data Technician 1 

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.   

  • An Associates degree in a Natural Resource, Science or Engineering field; AND six months of experience in a natural resource field showing responsibility for researching, collecting and analyzing data using computers; 
  • Two years of experience in a natural resource field showing responsibility for researching, collecting and analyzing data using computers; 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience 

The most competitive applicants(s) will demonstrate the following requested skills and experience: 

  • Experience using GIS software to perform geo-spatial data entry 
  • Knowledge of water right applications, permits and certificates 
  • Clear and concise communication skills 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff and the public 
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills 

This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job postings may change without notice. 

Working Conditions 

The individual in this position will work at a computer station for extended periods of time.  Occasional handling of paper documents and files.   


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.  

WRDT1 $3,265.00 – $4,913.00 Monthly  

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

WRDT1 $3,483.00 – $5,256.00 Monthly  

What’s in it for you 

The opportunity to join a team of professionals who are passionate about what they do. We offer medical, dental, and vision benefits with paid sick leave, vacation leave, 24 hours of personal business leave, and 10 paid holidays. 

How to apply 

  • Provide a brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter indicating why you are interested in, and a good candidate for, the Water Rights Data Technician position at the Oregon Water Resources Department.  
  • Provide a brief (no more than 2 page) resume indicating your experience pertinent to the required and desired skills in this announcement.  

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Please monitor both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment. You may be asked to submit additional information after initial application. If you have questions about this job posting, please contact Human Resources at [email protected]  

After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the public records request authorization. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the public records request task will come to your Workday inbox. 

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.