Water Rights Specialist

Ellensburg, WA, US

Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public’s interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge.  Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.
 
DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.
 
The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $245 million and has over 1300 permanent employees with approximately 500 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.
 
We have some of the most talented people in the industry.  We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust.  We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website
 
Duties

 

Water Rights Specialist
Natural Resource Specialist 3 or Natural Resource Specialist 2 In-Training
Recruitment #2018-01-7634
 
 
SALARY RANGE:             
NRS 3: $3,883 – $5,229 per month
NRS 2 In-Training: $3,522 – $4,737 per month
                                          
TYPE OF POSITION:        
Permanent, Full Time.   This position is represented by the WFSE. 
Important Note:   Once appointed to this position the incumbent will be required to pay union dues or other representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.
 
LOCATION:                         
Ellensburg, Washington
 
CLOSES:                             
12 February 2018
Note: Recruitment may be extended after 12 February depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.
 
POSITION PROFILE:
 
Interested in Water Resources and supporting the generation of revenue for Schools?  Join DNR’s Agriculture team to sustainably manage water supplies on State Trust Lands for the benefit of the schools.  This position is responsible for water supply data management, water use measurement and reporting for irrigated agriculture, and water-related analyses and recommendations for DNR leases that rely on State water supplies.  Work includes providing programmatic guidance to Land Managers, providing guidance on day-to-day water rights and irrigation district allotment related issues, working to streamline business practices associated with our water rights portfolio, developing a water use measurement and reporting program and ensuring DNR water rights are not relinquished.  This position may be filled at the NRS 2 In-Training level and upon successful completion of a formal training program the incumbent would be promoted to the NRS 3 level.
 
Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Natural Resource Specialist 3:

  • Bachelor’s degree involving major study in a water resource management, agriculture, environmental, or other natural resource or technical field related to water.
  • Two to three (2-3) years professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, water resources or natural resource management.
  • Experience drafting and interacting with experts on documents including but not limited to contracts, compliance orders, and other complex technical documents.
  • Managing a high workload and managing many projects congruently.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and GIS.
  • Excellent communication skills, i.e., writing, reading, speaking, and listening.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships, respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, efficiently allocate resources, and create and implement program improvements.
 
Knowledge of:
  • The ecological, hydrologic, engineering and socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply. Knowledge of the historical governmental involvement with water supply, usage, and resource management.
  • Current State and Federal water resource management laws and regulations, including water rights administration and water management planning.
  • GIS mapping, database construction and maintenance.
Skills in:
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, other governmental entities, private and public sectors.
  • Analyzing and interpreting water resources management data.
  • Must communicate both orally and in writing about highly technical and complex issues in a clear, well-organized manner.
  • Using computers and computer models to organize, analyze and interpret water resources management data.
Ability to:
  • Present complex technical and regulatory information in a concise and easily understood format both written and verbally
  • Analyze a situation, identify problem area(s), propose solutions and assist in implementation of those solutions.
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts to support the decision-making process.
  • Work effectively with individuals and groups, both internally and externally; ability to maintain a customer service orientation through interactions with clients, consultants, agency staff and other individuals.
 
Natural Resource Specialist 2 In-Training:
 
  • One to two (1-2) years of professional experience as a Natural Resources Specialist 1 or three (3) years of experience in water resources, natural resources, agriculture, environmental, or other related technical field. 
  • Experience drafting and interacting with experts on documents including but not limited to contracts, compliance orders, and other complex technical documents.
  • Managing a high workload and managing many projects congruently.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and GIS.
  • Excellent communication skills, i.e., writing, reading, speaking, and listening.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships, respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, efficiently allocate resources, and create and implement program improvements.
 
Knowledge of:
  • The ecological, hydrologic, engineering and socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply. Knowledge of the historical governmental involvement with water supply, usage, and resource management.
  • Current State and Federal water resource management laws and regulations, including water rights administration and water management planning.
  • GIS mapping, database construction and maintenance.
Skills in:
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, other governmental entities, private and public sectors.
  • Analyzing and interpreting water resources management data.
  • Must communicate both orally and in writing about highly technical and complex issues in a clear, well-organized manner.
  • Using computers and computer models to organize, analyze and interpret water resources management data.
Ability to:
  • Present complex technical and regulatory information in a concise and easily understood format both written and verbally
  • Analyze a situation, identify problem area(s), propose solutions and assist in implementation of those solutions.
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts to support the decision-making process.
  • Work effectively with individuals and groups, both internally and externally; ability to maintain a customer service orientation through interactions with clients, consultants, agency staff and other individuals.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master’s degree in an agriculture or water related field.
  • Working knowledge of water measuring techniques and equipment use.
  • Experience working with agricultural land.
  • Experience in water right acquisitions, transfers, etc. and knowledge of water right code.
  • Experience working with water conveyance systems.
 
SPECIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements. 
     
Supplemental Information

WHO MAY APPLY
This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS

  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above)
  • You must submit the following:
    • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements. 
    • Attach your Resume – do not add it into the text of the application, it must be an attachment.
    • Attach an example of your technical writing ability.
    • The names of three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.
  • You may not reapply for this posting for 30 days.
 
Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account.  Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly. 
 
Note: Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record issued from all states in which they have held a license during the past 3 years.
 
Questions?  Please contact Ingrid Ekstrom at (509) 925-0944 or [email protected] or e-mail us at [email protected].
 
By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge.  You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed. This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
 
Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, genetic information, military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.  Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128.  DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED