Surface Water Professional

State of Wyoming

Cheyenne, WY, USA 🇺🇸


Supports the State Engineer’s Office in management of the surface water resources of the State of Wyoming, primarily through the processing of water right applications.Human Resourses Contact: Rachael Reinhardt [email protected] 307-777-6143

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level. 

  • Processes permit applications and water right petitions for surface water appropriations.
  • Resolves problems, discrepancies, and deficiencies on petitions, applications, maps, and reports in accordance with Wyoming law, rules, and regulations.
  • Formulates detailed correspondence regarding technical issues.
  • Assists surface water appropriators with water right inquiries and filing of water right applications.
  • Assists public, agency, other state agencies, and federal agencies in surface water-related issues.


Bachelor’s degree in geology, hydrogeology, engineering, environmental, physical, or natural science plus 3 years of work experience in water resource management.


  • Knowledge of Wyoming water law; policies, procedures, and business practices of the State Engineer’s Office; geologic, hydrologic, and irrigation principles and practices; flow measuring devices; legal land descriptions; surveying principles; hydrogeologic processes and multiple sciences and engineering disciplines.
  • Skills in interpersonal, written, and verbal communications; managing resources; computer applications (database, spreadsheet, presentation, word processing, GIS software); interpretation, analysis, and reporting of geologic and hydrologic data.
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals and to build strategic relationships among people, workgroups, and divisions (both internal and external); deal with others in difficult and complex situations to achieve resolution or adherence to laws and/or rules and regulations; identify problems and use logic, judgment, and data to evaluate information and use effective approaches for choosing a course of action; present and convey information clearly and concisely to groups or individuals verbally, electronically and in writing to ensure they understand the information.


Bachelor’s (typically in The Sciences )

0-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences )with acquired knowledge at the level of a Natural Resources Specialist


Education & Experience Substitution:
4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences )with acquired knowledge at the level of a Natural Resources Specialist  

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
None Necessary Special Requirements

  • FLSA: Exempt
  • The mission of the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office and Board of Control is to provide for the general supervision and protection of both inter-and intra-state water of this state, including the appropriation, distribution, and application to the beneficial use of water as provided under the prior appropriation doctrine while maintaining the flexibility within that framework to meet the changing needs of the citizens of Wyoming.  Visit us online at

Supplemental Information
037-State Engineer’s Office – Surface Water Division

Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.


The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.