Local recruitment: Water Planning, Implementation, and Communications Bureau Chief

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Helena, MT, USA 🇺🇸

At DNRC we are passionate about ensuring that Montana’s land and water resources remain a benefit today and for future generations. We are actively seeking a Bureau Chief who values the vast resources in our treasure state as much as we do.

Work Unit Overview:  

The Bureau Chief provides overall vision, direction, and management to the Water Planning, Implementation, and Communications Bureau. The Bureau Chief develops approaches and solutions to the challenges faced by programs and works with stakeholders to cultivate support for Department initiatives. The Bureau Chief coordinates Bureau activities with those of other bureaus, divisions, and departments; participates in policy initiatives; and implements or directs projects of high priority to the Department.  The Bureau Chief must consider a broad spectrum of factors when making decisions and recommendations, including technical concerns, public relations, legislative relations, public policy stances, effect on other organizations/agencies/divisions/bureaus, Departmental resources and mission, and economic impact.

Job Overview: 

As Bureau Chief, the incumbent performs the management and supervisory work necessary to plan, organize, and direct the activities of the Bureau. 

Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities):  These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties that may be assigned to the incumbent.

Bureau Activities include:

State Water Planning & Implementation:

  • Update and support implementation of the State Water Plan, State Drought Management Plan, and other planning efforts.
  • Coordinate division-wide stakeholder engagement and enhance and target our efforts.
  • Assist bureaus and regional offices in project specific work including project planning, collaboration, communications, writing, facilitation, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Work with watershed groups, CDs, municipalities, NGOs, and other stakeholders to implement State Water Plan, Drought Plan, and other Water Division initiatives.
  • Implementation of other strategic initiatives across the Division.

Implementation of Water Compacts:

  • Attend to the implementation of State’s obligations under each compact through technical, administrative, and legal compact implementation duties.
  • Provide statutorily required quarterly and annual reports, participation on technical teams, water right and water management assistance to state-based water users and compact parties and administering the disbursement of State settlement fund
  • Resolve technical and administrative issues related to large compact infrastructure developments and changed circumstances.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Lead the implementation of Stakeholder Engagement Key Challenge by convening and organizing a Water Division Stakeholder Advisory Committee and developing Stakeholder Engagement Plan.
  • Provide the Division with stakeholder engagement support and help to develop best practices for planning, outreach, stakeholder engagement in collaboration with other bureau’s outreach staff.

Water Resources Division Communication:

  • Help standardize, improve, and coordinate communications within Water Resources.
  • Help with strategic messaging for the Water Division.
  • Develop standard communications templates, forms, outreach materials to improve look and feel and information accessibility at multiple levels.
  • Work with the DNRC Communication Director on public information needs.
  • Under oversight of the division, communicates with Montana’s congressional delegation and agencies advising them of the effects of proposed federal legislation and regulations and recommend action to be taken.

Personnel Management:

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the state and federal law, and department policies and procedures.

Fiscal Management:

  • Oversees significant expenditures and contracts for the bureau and develops operational budgets for each program that may include state, federal and other funds to facilitate accomplishment of each program’s requirements and objectives.
  • Directs the preparation and timely submittal of grant applications in coordination with division Fiscal Manager.

Legislative, Board, and Public Relations:

  • Under oversight of the Division Administrator or where delegated, serves as a spokesperson for the bureau with the legislature, members of the public, affected industry representatives and special interest organizations. Represents the bureau and when directed, testifies on legislation or regulatory matters affecting the bureau.

Other Duties as Assigned: This position performs a variety of other duties in support of ongoing Division and Department operations.  This includes managing special projects, representing the Division or Department at various meetings and conferences, and participating in ongoing training and educational programs.

Supervision: This position has direct reports as well as indirect reports.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, supplemental questions, educational requirements, structured interview, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.  


  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

TIP:  When attaching your resume and other material, you must mark the attachments as “relevant”

DNRC Benefits:

  • Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays
  • Health, Dental, Prescription, and Vision Coverage
  • Retirement Plans

If you would like further information about this position or would like to see the full job description, please contact Kellie Richetti at KRichetti@mt.gov.

Qualifications – External

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • The position requires a Bachelor of Science degree in hydrology, environmental sciences, water resources, engineering, journalism, law, public relations, communications, writing, political science, or related field
  • Five years’ progressively responsible work experience. Work experience must include three years of progressively responsible supervisory, management, and leadership experience preferably in a natural resource management or an environmental regulatory field.
  • A Master’s or Law degree is desirable.

Special Information:  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.  A valid driver’s license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

Eligibility to Work: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a “green card”.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. 

Training Assignment:  Not Applicable  

Salary: $ 43.75 – 43.75  Hourly 

Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings:  1 

Employee Status:  Regular 

Schedule:  Full-Time 

Shift:  Day Job 

Travel:  Yes, 50 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Helena 

   Agency:  Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Union:  000 – None  

Posting Date:  Dec 28, 2022, 7:24:54 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone):  Ongoing 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume  

Contact Name:  Kellie Richetti  |  Contact Email:  krichetti@mt.gov  |  Contact Phone:  406-444-0513 

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency’s HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.





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