Water Master

Montana State Government
Bozeman, MT, United States
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Experience Level: 
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Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
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• A criminal background check is required. 
• An employee new to the Judicial Branch will serve a one-year probationary period. 
• Experienced attorneys as well as new graduates will be considered. 
• Travel of 5% may be required. 
• We are recruiting for two Water Masters.

Working under the direction of Chief Water Judge Russ McElyea, the successful candidate will perform highly responsible legal and technical work in adjudicating water rights in specific basins in Montana. Duties include legal research and writing; case management; conducting status, scheduling, settlement conferences, and hearings; and other assigned tasks. The ability to work well with a variety of individuals including other attorneys, water users, and natural resources staff is essential. 
A full position description and application are available from Human Resources at .  

Applicants must have a JD, be admitted to practice law in Montana; have excellent legal research, writing, case management, and communication skills; and have satisfactory word processing skills. Experience or education in water use, water rights, water law, or hydrology is preferred. Experienced attorneys as well as new graduates are encouraged to apply. 


Please limit your response to one type written page per question. 

  1. Please describe your experience in researching, reviewing and interpreting laws, rules, judicial decisions, and legal writing. 
  2. Please describe your experience with water rights, water use, Montana water law, and Montana’s statewide water right adjudication effort. 
  3. Please describe your case management and organizational skills. 
  4. Please describe your knowledge and experience with personal computers and software programs relating to word processing, databases, spreadsheets, electronic legal research, and describe your typing skills. 
  5. Please describe the Water Court’s jurisdiction. 
  6. Please attach a sample of your legal writing, this should be 10 pages in length. 

Please apply on line at or forward a cover letter, resume, references, a writing sample and answers to the attached supplement questions to the following address: Montana Supreme Court, Court Administrator’s Office HR, P.O. Box 203005, Helena, Montana 59620, or fax to (406) 841-2955 or email to . The Judicial Branch is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants may obtain a copy of the Montana Judicial Branch’s EEOP Utilization Report by make their request to the Judicial Branch Human Resources office. 

Applicant Pool Statement:  Not Applicable

Training Assignment:  Not Applicable

Job:  Legal

Salary: $25.39 - 25.39  Hourly 
Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan 

Number of Openings:  2 
Employee Status: Regular 
Schedule: Full-Time 

Shift:  Day Job 

Travel:  Yes, 5 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Bozeman  
Agency:  Judicial Branch 
Union:  000 - None 
Bargaining Unit:  000 - None 

Posting Date:  Mar 7, 2018, 4:17:46 PM

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone):  Ongoing

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume, References, Writing Sample, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)  

Contact Name:  Shelly E. Grandy  |  Contact Email:     |  Contact Phone:  406-841-2965 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources system and each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection process. An employee or applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation during the application or hiring process should contact the state agency human resources staff identified on the job listing as soon as possible or use the relay service by dialing 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer support services including assisting applicants with submitting online applications.

Montana State Government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, or sexual orientation), age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to the merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.