Local recruitment: Hydroelectric Program Analyst (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Initial Posting Date: 01/18/2023

Application Deadline:01/29/2023

Agency:Water Resources Department

Salary Range:$5,019 – $7,678

Position Type:Employee

Position Title:Hydroelectric Program Analyst (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

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 Information 

The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) seeks to hire a permanent, full-time Hydroelectric Program Analyst (Natural Resource Specialist 3) Salem. This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union. 

This applicant pool may be used to fill additional vacancies as they occur over the next three (3) months. 

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 person in this position is the lead staff person for the authorization and reauthorization of perpetual and time-limited water rights for hydroelectric projects. This requires the ability to review complex applications and specifications for hydroelectric facilities and to identify and assess the potential effects of these proposed projects or the modifying, upgrading, or changing of existing hydroelectric facilities.  

The program analyst will be responsible for coordinating the inspection of existing projects and projects under construction for compliance with the terms and conditions of permits and water rights. The analyst will evaluate the potential effects of proposed projects and the potential effects of changes to existing projects, conduct research, and draft legal findings and related documents. The person in this position will coordinate the decommissioning of projects.  

This position serves as the chief analytical staff for the program, providing project analysis and recommendations to the Hydroelectric Application Review Team (HART) members and other department staff. The analyst will assist and/or develop administrative rules, legislative concepts and departmental policies. 
The program analyst must have the skills to sufficiently assimilate and understand technical information, regarding the design, construction and operation of hydroelectric facilities, as well as in law, enforcement and planning. 

The team you will join 

The person in this position works the Hydroelectric Program Coordinator to process, and assist in the processing, of various hydroelectric applications.  This includes minor and major applications, project reauthorizations, decommissioning, conversions of hydroelectric water rights to instream water rights and other hydroelectric related application types. The person represents the department at informational meetings, public hearings, and before boards or commissions of state or local agencies 

The Water Right Services Division is responsible for evaluation of all water-right, transfer, extensions of time for both permits and transfers, instream lease, allocation of conserved water and limited license applications. In addition, the Division administers the following water-right-related programs: water-right certification; permit cancellation; adjudication of pre-1909 vested water rights; Water Management and Conservation Plans; hydroelectric licensing; water-right information and customer service; and water-right program and policy development. The Division also shares administration of the Deschutes Groundwater Mitigation Program.  
The Division is responsible for public notice of applications and for responding to public-interest inquiries and concerns. The Division receives and evaluates comments and protests concerning proposed water uses. The Division must ensure coordination with local governments and other state and federal agencies concerning proposed water allocations. Final determination of water-right applications involve a legal property right and may involve litigation in Oregon or federal court.  

The person in this position reports directly to the Water Right Services Division Administrator but receives most assignment and day-to-day guidance from senior staff team members. 

Minimum Qualifications – Natural Resource Specialist 3 

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.    

  • Three years of experience in natural resources or related field, at least one year of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resources program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities (may be aggregated experience from internships or other volunteer work); AND 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural resources or related field, OR three additional years of related (pertinent) experience. 

Note: A Master’s degree in natural resources or related field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience. A Doctorate degree in natural resources or a related field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience. 

Preferred Qualifications  

  • General knowledge of the theories, practices, and principles of the administration of water rights and preferably, hydroelectric water rights. 
  • General knowledge of project management methods and techniques. 
  • Demonstrated skill in communicating verbally and in writing with a variety of people to answer questions, give assistance, and explain a specific natural resource program or 
  • Skill analyzing data, laws, or existing policies to determine if a plan or program is in compliance; solve problems; decide a course of action; or monitor projects. 
  • Skill writing clear and concise investigative, technical, or narrative reports that include analyses, recommendations, and conclusions. 
  • Skill applying pertinent laws and regulations to solve specific program problems or to complete projects. 
  • Skill advising customers and gaining cooperation about needed plans and schedules to meet program requirements. 
  • Skill monitoring, inspecting, and reviewing a natural resource program or project. 
  • Skill designing and conducting specific natural resource program or area research projects. 
  • Experience working as a member of a team including teams of people from different organizations. 

Note:  In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use both the minimum and preferred qualifications above to determine whom to interview. Please make sure all your relevant qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be evaluated on spelling, grammar, punctuation, attention to detail, and presentation.  

Working Conditions  

This position requires a valid drivers license and an acceptable driving record. This position is located in Salem, with remote telework flexibility.  Work conditions consist primarily of desk work located at a computer terminal for long periods of time, including a considerable amount of reading and analyzing documents.  Field inspections may require overnight travel, working over water, and in adverse weather conditions in various locations throughout the state. 

Regular attendance, either at the office in Salem or while teleworking from an approved location, is an essential function required to meet the demands of this job and to provide necessary services. 

Salary Information  

The State of Oregon conducts a pay equity analysis to determine what pay step within the salary range to offer the successful candidate based on the experience documented in your application. See table below for salary ranges.  

NON-PERS ELIGIBLE (Includes most new hires to state government. Employees typically gain PERS eligibility after six months of state service. 

NRS3 $4,693.00 – $7,180.00 Monthly 

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

NRS3 $5,019.00 – $7,678.00 Monthly 

Other Benefits – We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:  

  • Exceptional medical, vision and dental plans with employees paying 1-5% of the total rate.  
  • Start out accruing 8 hours of sick and 8 hours of vacation leave per month; vacation leave accruals increase every 5 years.  
  • Access to 32 hours of discretionary leave - 24 hours of personal business leave and 8 hours of Governor’s Leave to use at your discretion each year.  
  • Eleven paid holidays per year.  
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), including a pension and employer contributions to the Individual Account Program.   
  • Optional benefits (such as term life insurance, long-term and short-term disability, long-term care, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, enrollment in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program with a wide variety of investment options).  
  • The opportunity to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)(must qualify).  

What’s in it for you  

You would have the opportunity to work word in complex area of regulatory water use that involves producing carbon free power from a renewable resource as a member of a multi-agency team.  

How to Apply:  

  • Please provide a brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter to the attention of Dwight French, indicating why you are interested in, and a good candidate for, the Hydroelectric Program Analyst (Natural Resource Specialist 3) 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 qualifications in this announcement.  

Current State of Oregon employees must apply through your employee Workday account.  

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Important: 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 WRD_DL_HR@water.oregon.gov  

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.  





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development