Water Resource Specialist

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Bozeman, MT, US

Are you interested in putting your skills and abilities to work in water resources?  If so, consider this opportunity as a Water Resource Specialist.  In this exciting role, you will contribute to the advancement of water resource management in Montana.  In particular, you will be working with new appropriations of water and change authorizations on existing water rights.

The Water Resources Division is responsible for managing Montana’s water for the present and future needs of its people. We compile accurate, up-to-date stream flow data from more than 90 monitoring gages, providing critical data for managing reservoirs, irrigation schedules, water rights permitting and adjudication, implementation of Montana’s water compacts, floodplain management and other services for farmers, ranchers, citizens and communities. We also manage the operation and maintenance of 24 state-owned dams and 250 miles of irrigation canals.

JOB OVERVIEW:    The Water Resource Specialist performs a broad variety of duties associated with managing Montana’s water resources.  The specialist provides expert technical assistance for each program administered by the Water Resources Division.  Specialists work primarily with the Water Right Bureau and Water Adjudication Bureau programs and are assigned to the new appropriations program, statewide adjudication program or a combination of both.  The main duties include: water rights investigations, analysis and decisions; public assistance, complaints, and dispute resolution; and other administrative duties. Primary tasks include analysis of issues pertaining to water use, availability and management; collection and analysis of technical water data; researching water use information; conducting field investigations to collect and evaluate water data; applying Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) analysis and documentation to water right applications; investigating water use complaints; resolving disputes between water users; and performing other water resource management functions as required.

Other duties for this position include attending training and educational programs, meetings, and conferences; representing the Department to local groups and communities; and reviewing and commenting on Division administrative and technical policies and procedures.

The person in this position should have knowledge of Montana water law, relevant interstate and reserved water compacts, rules, and policies. This position also requires knowledge of MEPA requirements and procedures, and working knowledge of hydraulics, hydrology, and hydrogeology practices.

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. For a complete job description please contact Maggie Jolma at [email protected]

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, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance. 

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EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  The knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or the natural sciences, plus a minimum of two years of experience with water resources management.  Coursework in water resources, physical or natural sciences, engineering, public speaking, and writing is desirable.

Alternate combinations of education and experience that have resulted in the acquisition of the listed KSA’s may also be considered.

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  


:  Environmental Sciences 

Salary: $

 23.53  23.53  Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings

:  1 Employee Status:  Regular Schedule:  Full-Time 


:  Day Job 


:  Yes, 10 % of the Time  

Primary Location

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

Posting Date

:  Jul 22, 2020, 2:00:00 AM
Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone)
:  Aug 15, 2020, 1:59:00 AM 
Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume, References  
Contact Name:  Maggie Jolma    Contact Email:  [email protected]    Contact Phone:  406-444-0513