Local recruitment: Region Manager (Natural Resource Protection and Sustainability Manager 2)

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

Bend, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Initial Posting Date: 02/24/2023

Application Deadline:03/12/2023

Agency:Water Resources Department

Salary Range:$6,930 – $10,720

Position Type:Employee

Position Title:Region Manager (Natural Resource Protection and Sustainability Manager 2)

Job Description:

Oregon Water Resources Department  

Our Vision  

The vision of the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) 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  

This is a full-time, permanent management position in the Field Services Division.   This position is located in Bend, the Southcentral Region head office.  

The Oregon Water Resources Department is hiring a Region Manager (Natural Resource Protection and Sustainability Manager 2) to work in the Southcentral Region of the Field Services Division. The Southcentral Region covers Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook, Lake and Klamath Counties, and is further divided into four Watermaster Districts.  This region manager works with a team of 15 full time State staff to manage surface water, groundwater, and stored water across the region, including water use on cannabis cultivation projects. 

The Oregon Water Resources Department works with other local and state agency partners to address illegal uses, foster instream, and out-of-stream solutions, in the face of increasing water scarcity across Oregon. There is an expectation that the selected candidate would be within a reasonable commute distance from Bend as staff management and timely assistance to the Region and public are required.   

Applications will be reviewed on March 12th, 2023

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. 

Program Information 

The Field Services Division has 85 staff located in 23 offices around Oregon and is responsible for the daily water management in streams, rivers and groundwater wells across the state.  Field staff build partnerships with water users and local government officials to pursue integrated and innovative solutions for complex water challenges and an uncertain water future. The Division works in support of the Department’s mission through on-the-ground problem solving, scientific data collection, customer service, and effective coordination with water users and other agency staff. We and our colleagues across the Department are working to implement our Strategic Plan to responsibly manage the water resources for current and future generations.   

You will be a member of the Field Services Division, reporting to a Division Administrator. Your work requires some overnight travel and you may work around your region for extended durations as workloads require it. Consider joining our team and advancing our mission to practice and promote responsible water management in Oregon while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of this State’s waterways! Learn more about the Department.   

Purpose of Position  

 As a region manager in the Field Services Division, you will:  

  • Represent the Department in time sensitive disputes regarding Oregon Water Law.  
  • Manage a dynamic and motivated team dealing with complex water issues in times of scarcity and new industries.  
  • Interpret and understand Oregon Water Law, administrative rules, and Department policies to support field staff.   
  • Participate in policy discussions, legislative concept review and creation of new rules and policies.  
  • Collaborate with local law enforcement and enforcement staff from other agencies to address illegal water use.  
  • Review final orders and enforcement orders as it pertains to illegal water use.  
  • Represent the Department in high level conversations with stakeholders, elected officials and other State Agency’s regarding management of the resource.   
  • Ensure regional staff support Department best practices and policies in a consistent manner.  
  • Conduct recruiting, assessment and onboarding of new staff.   


What’s in it for you?  

The opportunity to:   

  • Pursue water use solutions to address illegal use and assist irrigators to ensure that they operate within the legal limitations of their water rights.  
  • Help modernize water management in Oregon and secure Oregon’s instream and out-of-stream water future in the face of increasing water scarcity and uncertainty.  
  • Support a sustainable water future for Oregon’s economy, environment, and communities.   
  • Join an organization with smart, driven co-workers who care about public service, water resources, and their co-workers, and who welcome new ideas.   
  • Collect data that will be used to help create policy, improve on laws and statutes and assist in guiding OWRD as it manages this crucial resource for future generations.  

 Minimum Qualifications –Natural Resource Protection and Sustainability Manager 2 

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.   

  • Six years of supervision, management, or progressively related experience;  


  • Three years of related experience AND a bachelor’s degree in Hydrology, Geology, Civil Engineering, or other natural resource related field.  

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Project management – Demonstrated ability to successfully manage staff and projects related to natural resources management.  
  • Conflict resolution – At times decisions made by department staff in the field will be brought to the Region Manager for review and interpretation to ensure decisions are consistent with department guidelines and best practices.  
  • Education – A Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, or related field.  
  • Natural resources – at least three years working with and in the natural resources field. A background in water resources, and knowledge of water laws and water management is preferred.  
  • Statute and rules – Demonstrated ability to read, interpret, and use statutes, rules, and policies related to natural resources management.  
  • Equity and environmental justice – You are informed and engaged with issues of equity and environmental justice and seek to continue to learn and grow in these areas.   
  • Excellent organization skills – You can keep track of project progress, timelines, deadlines, and deliverables, while also coordinating with project partners.   
  • Communication – You effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences and stakeholder groups and listen well to distill facts.  

Note:  In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use both the minimum and desired 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  

These positions require a valid drivers license and acceptable diving record. Most of the work will be in the office with occasional field work and site inspections with staff, including work in and around streams and reservoirs. Some overnight travel each month will be required to Salem and other Regional or District offices. You may be eligible to work remotely on a schedule agreed upon by the Division Administrator. Frequent office work. Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs; occasional contact with hostile or angry people; Driving long distances to remote field locations in all types of weather and road conditions.  


The pay scale for this position is based off of the Natural Resource Protections Sustainability Manager 1 classification.   

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

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

NRPSM2 $6,480.00 – $10.023.00 

PERS eligibleTypically current or former employees of Oregon state or local government, public schools, universities, etc. 6% is deducted for PERS.  

NRPSM2 $6,930.00 – $10,720.00 

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 10 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.  

How to apply   

Please ensure to provide your resume and cover letter for full consideration.   

  • Provide a brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter indicating why you are interested in, and a good candidate for the position.    
  • Provide a brief resume indicating your experience pertinent to the required and preferred qualifications in this announcement.  

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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