Senior 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, Senior or Water Resource Agent at our Eastern Regional Office in Idaho Falls, ID. Typically the Water Resource Agent, Senior level requires 2 years' experience as a Water Resource Agent or equivalent work experience.

This position supports the Water Rights program, 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.

The Department of Water Resources currently has two openings for Water Resource Agent, Senior. 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 surface and ground water diversion to determine location, method, purpose and frequency of water appropriation.
  • Interprets legal descriptions, survey plat, aerial photographs and maps to locate points of diversion and places of use.
  • Reviews various department regulatory program applications for compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations and department policies.
  • Evaluates new-use applications, amendments, transfers, and claims pertaining to water appropriations ad recommends appropriate action.
  • Investigates, mediates and recommends action on unauthorized water diversions and water disputes.
  • Conducts stream flow measurements and calculates reservoir storage capacity.
  • Prepares petitions and orders and issues violation notices.
Minimum Qualifications
Some knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry to calculate water flow rates,pump efficiencies, water storage capacities, and/or land areas.

Good knowledge of hydrology as it relates to surface and ground water.

Experience: determining a system's water diversion and conveyance capacity including pump systems; interpreting aerial photography, satellite imagery, global positioning systems, or geographic information systems; interpreting public land survey legal descriptions utilizing at least one of the following: USGS quadrangle maps, survey plats, or similar cartographic material;applying federal and state regulations and laws pertaining to water appropriation and/or use in a work setting.

Additional Qualifications
Must possess a valid driver's license. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Background with aerial photography, satellite imagery, global positioning systems, or geographic information systems.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and disputes and negotiate agreements.
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.