Water Resource Agent

Idaho Department of Water Resources
Idaho Falls, ID, United States
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The Idaho Department of Water Resources has an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to have an impact on Idaho water issues as a Water Resource Agent (WRA) at our Eastern Regional Office in Idaho Falls, ID.

This position will perform technical aspects of field work and office duties in the implementation of Idaho water laws; provide technical assistance to the public; perform related work.

This job announcement is for a Water Resource Agent job classification underfilling the full working level of a Water Resource Agent, Senior job classification.  The Water Resource Agent job class is the entry-level position in the Water Resource Agent, Senior career tract. The WRA position is used for recruitment and training purposes for the WRA, Senior position. Through various types of on the job training, the employee will learn to carry out the duties of a WRA Senior. Typically the WRA Senior level requires 2 years' experience as a WRA or equivalent work experience. Upon completion of training, the employee will be paid at the WRA, Senior level. 

The Department of Water Resources currently has two openings for Water Resource Agent. One opening is a LIMITED SERVICE position. Length of limited service appointments are determined by the availability of funds such as grants, alternative funding sources, or timeframes such as pilot projects or program termination. Appointments to a limited service position have permanent classified status (with limited layoff rights) after successful completion of entrance probation. Updated limited service agreements are required every two years. 

Example of Duties
  • Conducts field examinations to measure the quantity of water diverted and to determine the location, method, purpose, and frequency of appropriation.
  • Interprets legal descriptions, survey plats, aerial photographs and maps to locate points of diversion and place of use.
  • Reviews various department regulatory program applications for compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations and department policies.
  • Investigates unauthorized water diversions and water rights disputes.
  • Conducts stream flow measurements.
  • Explains water laws and regulations to the public daily on the phone and through written correspondence.
  • Prepares, orders, and issues violation notices.
  • Evaluates new-use applications, amendments, transfers, and claims pertaining to water appropriations and recommends appropriate actions.
Minimum Qualifications
Some knowledge of: algebra,geometry, and trigonometry to calculate water flow rates, pump efficiencies, water storage capacity, and/or land areas.

Good knowledge of: hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics, and/or water measurement techniques for determining water quantity parameters such as flow rate, volume, pump efficiencies, and storage capacities.

Experience: interpreting public land survey legal descriptions utilizing at least one of the following: USGS quadrangle maps, survey plats, or similar cartographic material.

Additional Qualifications:
Must posses valid Driver's License

Desirable Qualification:  Background with aerial photography, satellite imagery, global positioning systems, or geographic systems.

Supplemental Information
Work Environment
Performing these duties may involve working in a field setting and/or in an office environment. Field work may include working in all weather conditions, around noisy and dangerous equipment, and high electrical voltage. Work involves walking over rough and steep terrain for distances up to three miles as well as lifting and carrying objects such as water measuring equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. This position will travel in an assigned service area.

EEO Statement
Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.