Water Resource Agent

Idaho Department of Water Resources

Boise, ID, US

The Idaho Department of Water Resources has an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to impact Idaho water issues as a Senior Water Resource Agent or Water Resource Agent. Typically the Water Resource Agent, Senior level requires 2 years of experience as a Water Resource Agent or equivalent work experience.

This position processes water right applications and transfers, conducts beneficial use field examinations, and maintains water right records to support the allocation of Idaho’s water resources. Senior Water Resource Agents respond to inquiries from the public about water use, water rights, water right records, and the water appropriation process. 

There are currently two vacancies – one in the State office in downtown Boise, and one in the Western Region office, located near the Boise Airport. You only need to submit one application to be considered for both vacancies.

This job announcement is for the Water Resource Agent job classification to underfill the full working level of a Water Resource Agent, Senior job classification. The Water Resource Agent (WRA) job classification 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 two years of experience as a WRA or equivalent work experience. Upon completion of training, the employee will be paid at the WRA, Senior level.



Example of Duties


  • Process water right filings for permits, transfers, water supply bank leases and rentals, and ownership changes.
  • Recommend actions on water right filings based on review and interpretation of statutes, rules, and policies.
  • Respond to customer inquiries regarding water rights, filing requirements, statutes, rules, and policies.
  • Conduct beneficial use examinations to make water right license recommendations. Examinations may include, but are not limited to measuring water diversion systems, interpreting PLS descriptions and aerial photographs, collecting GPS data, and verifying compliance with permit conditions.
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.

    Must possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Experience interacting with angry or hostile individuals.
  • Experience interpreting aerial photography, satellite imagery, global positioning systems, or geographic information systems (GIS).
Supplemental Information

There is an exam to determine your eligibility. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing a minimum requirement to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. It is important that you answer each question with enough detail to determine how you meet the requirements. Do not put “see resume” as your answer to written questions. Answer each written question thoroughly. Failure to do this may result in not passing the exam. 

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.