U.S. citizens: Western States Water Council Federal Liaison Officer

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Salt Lake County, UT, US


This is a national, senior level position which exercises discretion and judgment in acting as an advisor to the Executive Director of the Western States Water Council (WSWC) in the development, planning, and coordination of activities with other Federal, state, and local programs, studies, and activities. You will serve as the intergovernmental program coordinator for the Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) to assist the Director in the formulation and implementation of council policies, practices and agreements, and contracts. You will provide consultation, make recommendations and facilitate collaborative efforts between WSWC and WestFAST. You will work with the Executive Director and Federal, state and local agencies to implement recommendations in the Western Governors’ Associations (WGA) Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future reports and further WGA/WSWC reports.

The WSWC is the primary water resource advisory body of the WGA. The Council members are appointed by their respective Governor and focus on the water issues of the West. The position will function as a conduit for collaboration among the Federal agencies and between the Federal agencies and the WSWC.

This position is assigned, and will report to, the External and Intergovernmental Affairs Office, but will be duty stationed to the Western States Water Council in Salt Lake City (Murray), Utah. Upon completion of the temporary assignment, the incumbent will be returned to his/her grade of record in the office from which selected.

The incumbent will be entitled to 55% reduced per diem rate in effect for Salt Lake City (Murray), Utah for long-term temporary duty assignments (TDE) as determined by Reclamation. No relocation expenses will be paid while on temporary assignment. Travel and per diem expenses will be considered part of the incumbent’s gross taxable income.

LOCATION: Commissioner’s Office, External and Intergovernmental Division, Murray, Utah.

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Incumbent serves as an advisor to the Executive Director of the Western States Water Council (WSWC) in the development, planning, and coordination of Council activities with other Federal, state and local programs, studies, plans and activities. Works closely with the Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST), comprised of key representatives from 12 federal agencies, in collaboration with the WSWC to carry out joint initiatives. Participates in the planning of meetings, conferences, workshops and other communications relating to Western States water issues of considerable region or national importance. Assists in planning and developing intergovernmental public education/outreach programs pertaining to significant water resources development and utilization issues as well as other educational activities and efforts. Responds to inquiries and requests made by agencies, legislators, committees, or subcommittees and represents the Council and WestFAST at community meetings or with other agencies and tracks local, state and federal policies and programs that may impact the Council and/or its interests.