Water Conservation Program Manager via Idealist

Walker Basin Conservancy

Reno, NV, United States 🇺🇸


BACKGROUND: The Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) was established in 2014 to support development and implementation of the Walker Basin Restoration Program (Program) (www.walkerbasin.org). The nascent and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse management obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are passionate about their mission.

The WBC was initially established to assist with land and water stewardship activities on properties associated with the Program’s mission. The WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets in the Walker Basin. Land planning activities are underway on all of these properties. Planning efforts focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, and active and passive revegetation and restoration activities.

JOB PURPOSE: Reporting to the Conservation Programs Director this position will work closely with key partners and other program managers to develop long-term opportunities related to water conservation and improving flows to Walker Lake. This position will be responsible for monitoring instream flows to Walker Lake, working closely with local ditch companies the Walker River Irrigation District and the US Board of Water Commissioners on water management and future improvements within the system. This position will play a fundamental liaison role with NRCS and other agencies and individuals focused on comprehensive improvements to the water system and making key strides in the development of longstanding opportunities that will help facilitate streamflow restoration.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Water Management

  • Field Monitoring instream flows during the irrigation season 
    • Assisting in the development and implementation of a water monitoring plan
    • Field measurements/observations
    • Tracking water use information
    • Coordinating with river and ditch riders on water management
  • Assist in the development and management of water use plans on an annual basis (i.e., tracking water rights, leasing and transfer of water rights, etc.)
  • Manage all field needs related to ditch use and maintenance, be point for the water managers when issues arise

Outreach and Development

  • Develop and expand existing relationships with key partners and water users in the Basin
  • Attend WRID meetings, Ditch Company meetings, etc. 
  • Clearly speak for the WBC, represent the WBC in these forums and pursue WBC objectives

Management of Acquisition Databases

  • Assist in the management of existing databases set up for tracking water assets and informing water management decisions
  • Work closely with other staff on water management use in the field and the administrative tracking of water rights and other assets

Project Management

  • Manage specific projects as assigned; ability to track projects, develop next steps and move projects forward with support and guidance as needed; must demonstrate the proven ability to anticipate next steps; provide guidance and recommendation for senior leadership to weigh in on.

How To Apply

[email protected]

Please send cover letter and resume to: 

Amy Gladding

[email protected] 

Subject Line: Water Conservation Program Manager

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Existing knowledge and experience of NRCS Programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree in applicable field and MBA, Master’s degree or equivalent preferred. 
  • Engineering experience or extensive knowledge of irrigation infrastructure and agricultural efficiencies.
  • A minimum of 5 years in management position with progressively increasing responsibility and impact, in areas including responsibility for project management and successfully implementing new projects and/or growing existing major projects. 
  • Highly independent, proactive and entrepreneurial with experience developing and implementing projects.
  • Significant experience building partnerships with people and entities with diverse viewpoints.
  • Previous experience in conservation, Western water and agriculture knowledge preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including mediation and negotiation experience. 
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in GIS, Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access.
  • Team player with a strong work ethic and is always up for a new challenge.