Interstate Streams Program Specialist

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Salt Lake County, UT, United States 🇺🇸

Job Description:
Interstate streams issues lie at the intersection of diplomacy, engineering and science. The important work surrounding these matters is both unique, challenging and rewarding. For the Westen United States, the Colorado and Bear Rivers represent the pinnacle of involvement in the water policy process. This is a special and unique opportunity to represent the state of Utah by working for the State’s Interstate Streams Section and collaborating with neighboring states. The Division of Water Resources is seeking a Program Specialist with water related science, engineering, or legal training to join its Interstate Streams Section, which focuses on the Colorado and Bear Rivers. This individual will be mentored by a senior engineer who will support and guide them through their efforts to learn essential background and current information, while also becoming acquainted with pertinent people and organizations. The Division is in search of qualified individuals who are very interested in and capable of doing this kind of work. While experience with these issues and rivers is not necessary, it is highly preferred.

Principal Duties:

  • Focus on supporting the Division Director in his/her duties as Utah’s Interstate Streams Commissioner, as well as Division staff with any interstate streams needs.
  • Work with technical staff from other states and agencies on modeling water supply and operational scenarios, consumptive use, salinity control, etc.
  • Work with technical and legal advisors to develop solutions to current problems and issues.
  • Keep abreast of news and developments on these rivers.
  • Preserve and defend Utah’s interstate streams interests by applying the principles of the Division’s mission statement to all aspects of this work.
The Ideal Canidate:
  • A high degree of interest in learning and participating in the water policy process.
  • A working knowledge of the Colorado and Bear rivers and an understanding of interstate compacts.
  • Experience in various types of hydrologic modeling, consumptive use and other water related sciences.
  • Possess strong communication, i.e. verbal, writing, and presentation skills and is comfortable speaking in a variety of group settings
  • Be willing and able to travel, principally to western cities, approximately once or twice a month.

Why You Should Join Our Team:
Water Resources is a great place to work, with opportunities to help shape the future of Utah’s water through supply, use, development, planning, conservation, and protection. The Division is family-focused and cares about its employees. The staff at Water Resources Are friendly, welcoming and helpful. You will be part of a team that works hard to serve the people of Utah.

The Agency:
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Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A science, engineering or legal based degree from an accredited institution.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and their applications.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including word meanings and spelling, rules of composition, and grammar. 
  • Knowledge of laws and legal codes, and government regulations and the political process.
  • Verbal communications skills, able to explain complex ideas to various audiences.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of the Colorado and Bear rivers.
  • Working knowledge of hydrology and water use calculations.
  • Understanding of river and hydrologic modeling concepts.
  • Understanding of interstate agreements.
Supplemental Information
  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
  • Utah Driver’s License.
  • Reference check.
  • Travel once or twice monthly, overnight travel less frequently.