Regional Water Planner – Clark Fork River Basin

Job Type(s): Programs / Services
Salary: $30.56
Deadline: May 29, 2019 12:00 am
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The Regional Water Resource Planner (Water Planner) connects the Bureau, Division and other state and federal agencies with individuals, organizations and communities to meet the objectives of DNRC water management through collaborative water use planning and project facilitation and implementation. There are four Water Planners for the state of Montana, each one coordinating the development and implementation of recommendations in the State Water Plan (§85-1-203, Montana Code Annotated (MCA)) and their respective River Basin Plans (Clark Fork/Kootenai, Upper Missouri, Lower Missouri and Yellowstone). The position will coordinate the water planning effort in the Clark Fork/Kootenai River Basin. The Water Planner partners with others to create comprehensive water supply, drought, water management and other specialized water plans and projects. The Water Planning Section also staffs the Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee. Chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and comprised of natural resource agency directors and designees, this committee informs the Governor’s office and the public of water supply conditions and forecasts and recommends statewide drought emergency declarations as-warranted.

This position provides planning and policy expertise to DNRC regional staff, local government officials, planning boards, developers, irrigators, attorneys, engineers, hydrologists, and others involved in water use development, management and conservation.   The Water Planner also provides technical expertise, facilitation, writing, and research assistance necessary for the resolution of complex and unique water management challenges, conflicts and disputes.  These issues include: population growth; increased irrigation demands; water rights adjudication and enforcement; climate monitoring and assessment; land use planning and floodplain management; and public infrastructure planning and development. Each Regional Planner provides direct technical and policy support to multiple DNRC Regional Offices. The Water Planner often serves as a liaison for the Water Resource Division, providing public outreach through professional presentations, materials and the organization of regional and statewide conferences, and state, regional and national technical meetings on water policy, science and management.