Project Manager 1

Idaho Department of Water Resources

Boise, ID, USA 🇺🇸


The Idaho Department of Water Resources has an opening for a Project Manager 1 located in our State Office in downtown, Boise, Idaho. The Project Manger 1 is a key team member in carrying out the State of Idaho’s Water Resource Sustainability and Aquifer Stabilization Initiative on behalf of the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB). This is a unique opportunity to combine program development, project management, and technical skills to oversee various projects and manage programs to stabilize Idaho’s aquifers and ensure water sustainability for current needs and future economic growth.

 IDWR offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical insurance, retirement benefits, paid leave, holidays, and more.

Example of Duties

The Idaho Water Resource Board’s initiatives cover a wide range of topics and fields of study. Potential duties include:  

  • Project and program management including the assembly and coordination of teams to scope and implement assigned task; all aspects of project tracking (performance, progress, and budget); communication of status and results including development of   informational materials, written correspondence, website content, reports, and presentations.
  • Being part of a team consisting of internal staff, engineering consultants, project partners, and/or stakeholders to solve problems and accomplish specific goals or tasks.
  • Assist with a variety of projects and program throughout the State including the IWRB’s Managed Aquifer Recharge Program, Cooperative Cloud Seeding Program, surface water storage projects, and water sustainability projects.
  • Develop and manage an Asset Management Plan for Idaho Water Resource Board (asset portfolio includes flow easements, water storage contracts, infrastructure, and water rights).
  • Support Idaho Water Resource Board’s water right portfolio including the minimum streamflow water right program, aquifer recharge water rights, and storage water rights.
  • May interact directly with executive leadership to convey technical options and opportunities, report program information to executive leadership, project stakeholders, the public, and government officials.
  • Coordinate or assist in the coordination of internal and external meetings associated with IWRB programs, projects, and initiatives.
  • Represent the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the Idaho Water Resource Board at various meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience planning and implementing projects including coordinating the development of project goals, work plans, timelines, implementation strategies, and measurement processes/methods for assessing progress toward goals and project outcomes.
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting, and applying federal, state, and local laws when applying engineering, hydrologic, geologic, or hydrogeologic principles.
  • Experience developing and monitoring contracts and project budgets.
  • Experience interpreting, explaining, and presenting specialized or complex technical material into information usable by the public.
  • Possession of valid driver’s license.


  • Good knowledge of water rights and water law, preferably in the State of Idaho.
  • Good knowledge of project management principles and project management software.
  • Good knowledge of water resource management systems that relate to water delivery and associated infrastructure.
  • Experience working with stakeholders including the planning, coordination, and facilitation of meetings.

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 the information you provide clearly supports your responses. 

To learn more about the Idaho Department of Water Resources, please visit our website:

Our Mission:

To serve the citizens of Idaho by ensuring that water is conserved and available to sustain Idaho’s economy, ecosystems, and resulting quality of life

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.