Local recruitment: Water Resource Planner III

North Dakota Department of Water Resources

Bismarck, ND, USA 🇺🇸

Are you passionate about the management and development of natural resources? Do you understand that water is one of our most valuable and important resources? If you want to be part of a dedicated and talented team that works to responsibly manage North Dakota’s water needs and risks for the people’s benefit – then this employment opportunity might be for you. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is looking for a Water Resource Planner III to serve the citizens of our state as a part of Team ND.

DWR offers rewarding work opportunities with a competitive employee benefits package including fully paid family health insurance plan, paid annual and sick leave, excellent retirement plan options, volunteer insurance options, a flexible work schedule, and more!

The salary range for this position is $5,800 to $6,300 per month (dependent upon experience).

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Summary of Work

General duties include agency environmental review program coordination and assistance with development of agency-produced informational materials, as well as internal and external outreach and engagement. A successful candidate will also be responsible for Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Assistance Program administration (when activated during severe drought). In addition, they will contribute to other strategic planning processes or special planning studies.

Duties and Tasks

  • Administer and coordinate the agency’s Environmental/Project Review Program. This includes review of submitted projects or studies to provide agency input; discerning the level of review required for submitted projects; routing project reviews to pertinent agency staff; and compiling and organizing comments from agency divisions to develop responses.
  • Develop and update informational and educational materials to inform the public and stakeholders about agency activities and water management-related issues or projects.
  • Administer elements of the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Assistance Program (when activated). This includes communicating with farmers, ranchers, contractors, and government agencies as needed to provide technical assistance; drafting and reviewing informational resources; evaluating applications to determine program eligibility; processing reimbursement requests; and conducting site inspections for program compliance as needed.
  • Assist with delivery of programming related to the agency’s Water Education Program and International Project WET (Water Education Today).
  • Represent the agency and division on various boards and committees to provide technical assistance related to agency activities, and water management and development.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources management or planning, environmental studies, or a field related to the requirements of this position.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project or study management experience.
  • Database management experience.
  • General experience with GIS applications. 

About Team ND

“Far and away the best prize life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

More than 7,500 talented, hard-working people across sixty-three agencies have come together as Team North Dakota. At Team ND, we are driven to succeed through gratitude, humility, curiosity and courage. Our purpose is to empower people, improve lives, and inspire success. Join us in being legendary.

Total Rewards: The State of North Dakota is committed to providing team members with a strong and competitive rewards package that support you, your health and your family.

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Application Procedures

Applications will ONLY be accepted online through the ND PeopleSoft System.

State of ND employees should access the announcement and application by signing into their ND PeopleSoft account at: https://www.cnd.nd.gov/psp/strp/?cmd=login, clicking on “Careers,” and selecting “Careers” in the drop-down menu.

Applicants who are not employees of the State of North Dakota can access the announcement and application by visiting: www.nd.gov/careers.

Application materials must reach this office by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

In addition to the online application, the following is also required:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Human Resources)
  • Resume
  • Copy of all college transcripts, and; 
  • The name, address, and phone number of three (3) professional references (no letters of reference please).

For more Team ND benefit information, please see https://www.nd.gov/omb/public/careers.team-nd-benefits.

Application materials will be scored based on a 100-point job-related personnel system.

Applications should include information that directly addresses how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications and a summary of work. It is very important to be thorough and detailed in all application materials.  

Applicants who experience difficulties during the application process should contact recruiter@nd.gov or 701.328.3290. 

North Dakota Department of Water Resources does not provide sponsorships.  

For questions regarding this position’s duties or requirements, please contact Missy Schmidt at 701.328.2751 or mkschmidt@nd.gov.

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Equal Employment Opportunity





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