Local recruitment: Surface Water Professional

Wyoming State Engineer's Office and Board of Control

Cheyenne, WY, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $4,345.47 – $5,432.27 Monthly

Location: Cheyenne, WY

Job Type: Full Time

Department: 037-Surface Water

Job Number: 2023-00431

Description and Functions

Open Until Filled


The mission of the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office and Board of Control is to provide for the general supervision and protection of the quantity of both inter and intra-state waters of Wyoming. This includes the appropriation, distribution, and application of the beneficial use of water as provided under the prior appropriation doctrine, and maintaining the flexibility within that framework to meet the changing needs of the citizens of Wyoming. The State Engineer’s Office collects, analyzes, maintains, and provides water-related information for ensuring the appropriate management and regulation of the quantity of Wyoming’s water resources.

The projects of the Surface Water Professionals are the first step in the process of obtaining a right to use the surface water of the state. The proper evaluation of applications for a permit, along with petitions to correct existing permits, creates a solid foundation for the later adjudication and regulation of the water rights by other members of the State Engineer’s Office team.

Human Resource Contact: (307) 777-7003 debra.smith@wyo.gov

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.

  • Reviews permit applications, maps, and water rights petitions for surface water appropriations to ensure the accuracy of designs and adherence to Wyoming Water Laws and policies.
  • Coordinates with applicants and their agents to resolve problems, discrepancies, and deficiencies on petitions, applications, maps, and reports in accordance with Wyoming law, rules, and regulations.
  • Assists surface water appropriators with water rights inquiries and filing of water rights applications.
  • Assists public agencies, other state agencies, and federal agencies in surface water-related issues.



Preference may be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in geology, hydrogeology, engineering, environmental, physical, or natural science plus 3 years of work experience in water resource management.

Our ideal candidate will be a person who exemplifies the following traits:

  • Ability to present and convey information clearly and concisely to groups or individuals verbally, electronically, and in writing to ensure they understand the information.
  • Possess an empathetic customer service outlook.
  • Possess math ability through algebra and geometry.
  • Ability to correctly read maps and design plans
  • Ability to identify problems and use logical judgment, and data to evaluate information and use effective approaches for choosing a course of action.
  • Ability to work using self-directed time management.
  • Familiar with computer applications (database, spreadsheet, presentation, word processing, GIS software)
  • Ability to develop collaborative relations to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals and to build strategic relationships among people, workgroups, and divisions (both internal and external)
  • Ability to deal with others in difficult and complex situations to achieve resolution or adherence to laws and/or rules and regulations.


  • The below knowledge can be learned on the job but prior knowledge will increase your ability to be a successful candidate.
  • Knowledge of Wyoming water law; policies, procedures, and business practices of the State Engineer’s Office; geologic, hydrologic, and irrigation principles and practices; flow measuring devices; legal land descriptions; surveying principles; hydrogeologic processes and multiple sciences and engineering disciplines.



Bachelor’s (typically in The Sciences)


0-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Natural Resources Specialist


Education & Experience Substitution:

4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Natural Resources Specialist

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Necessary Special Requirements


  • Works indoors, at a desk the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
  • Works a 40-hour work week ( A flexible work schedule may be considered upon request and supervisory approval, after an initial review period).
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evenings and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines.
  • Occasionally travel, which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position.
  • Work in a time-sensitive environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.


  • FLSA: Exempt
  • Engineers-in-Training with an interest in dam safety and evaluation are encouraged to apply as there is an opportunity to work with a Professional Engineer.

Supplemental Information

037-State Engineer’s Office – Surface Water Division

Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.

URL: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wyoming/default.cfm

The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.

Agency: State of Wyoming
Address: See Human Resource Contact Information, in the General Description Section, Statewide, Wyoming, 82002
Website: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wyoming/default.cfm





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