Local recruitment: Water Conservation Specialist

Kansas Department of Agriculture

Finney, KS, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 207388

Location: Finney County;Grant County;Gray County;Haskell County;Kearny County;Lane County;Scott County

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Agency: Kansas Dept of Agriculture

Agency Information:  Kansas Department of Agriculture

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is devoted to the total support of agriculture in Kansas. The department works for the entire Kansas agriculture sector including farmers, ranchers, food establishments and agribusinesses. The agency has a balanced approach to providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and Kansas economy while promoting and advocating for the agriculture industry, the state’s largest industry, employer, and economic contributor. KDA helps to ensure a safe food supply, protects natural resources, promotes public health and safety, protects animal health, and provides consumer protection to the best of our ability.

Kansas Department of Agriculture: 1320 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, KS 66502

About the Position:

  • Who can apply: Anyone
  •  Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full/Part-time: Full-Time
  • Work Schedule: Days (8am to 5pm)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veteran Preference Eligible: Yes


  • Annual Salary Range: $48,485 Per Year
  • Hourly Pay Range: $23.31 Per Hour

* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

Visit the Employee Benefits page for more information…

Position Summary & Responsibilities:

This position will remain posted until filled.                Location: Finney, County

Job Summary:

This position will be responsible for assisting with the development of Local Enhanced Management Areas (LEMAs) and Water Conservation Areas (WCAs).  This includes public education and outreach, water right research, providing maps and data, and preparing draft plans.

This position will conduct field investigations for related to LEMAs and WCAs.  . These must be conducted with knowledge of the Kansas Water Appropriation act under KSA 82a-701 through 82a-737, Article 5-1 through 5-30, and by applying proper testing procedure and equipment to obtain the actual rates of diversion and determine quantities authorized, diverted and developed under various types of surface and groundwater installations. Determine if all required equipment including water flowmeters are the type specified and are installed properly.  Determine if all provisions including the point of diversion and place of use are as authorized and determine if all other terms, conditions and limitations of the file is in compliance. Record all pertinent information relative to these matters and document all work to bring actions to completion. Review water use records, points of diversion, place of use, rates, and quantities diverted to determine if water is being applied within the terms, conditions and limitations of the permit.

Field investigations related to water administration with programs such as minimum desirable streamflow’s, impairment, illegal diversions, recurring over-pumping, and meter investigations as assigned.

This position has the opportunity to telework per guidelines of the Telework Policy of the Kansas Department of Agriculture KDA after one year of service.


  • Bachelor’s degree and any combination of the following equal to one year experience and/or education: environmental science, physical sciences, biological sciences, mathematics and/or engineering.
  • Knowledge of agriculture, water systems and Kansas Water Law
  • Valid driver’s license

Recruiter Contact Information:

  • Name: Alyssa Satterthwaite
  • EmailAlyssa.Satterthwaite@ks.gov
  • Phone: (785) 564-6713
  • Fax: (785) 564-6777
  • Mailing Address: 1320 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, KS 66502

Required Documents for this Application to be Complete:

  • On the My Job Applications page, verify these documents are present and valid. Upload or delete and replace if needed.
    • DD214 (if you are claiming Veteran’s Preference)
  • Inside your Job Application, upload the these documents:
    • Resume (or choose existing resume if you have one)
    • Cover Letter

Job Application Process

  • Sign in to your existing account or Register for a new account.
  • Review and complete your contact information on the My Contact Information page.
  • Upload documents listed in the Required Documents section of this job posting to the appropriate location.
  • Complete and Submit your application.
  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.
    • Email – the email listed on the Careers>My Contact Information page.
    • Notifications – view the Careers>My Job Notifications page.

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How to Claim Veterans Preference

Veterans’ Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a “veteran”; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position.  The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determine by the hiring manager.

Learn more about claiming Veteran’s Preference

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.





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