Water Conservation Specialist – DNRC

Job Type(s): Administrative, Programs / Services
Salary: $22.42 – $24.63
Deadline: May 29, 2019 12:00 am
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Are you interested in historic water use, water rights, maps, and aerial photo interpretation? Would you find working in a career that has both legal and technical challenges interesting? Would you like assisting water right owners? If so,consider working for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Water Resources Division in Missoula, MT.
At DNRC we are passionate about ensuring that Montana’s land and water resources remain a benefit today and for future generations. We are actively seeking a Water Resource Specialist who values the vast resources in our treasure state as much as we do.

Yes, we fight fires across Montana and provide volunteer fire departments with resources, but are you aware that our agency also owns 5.2 million acres of state land that generates revenue for K-12 schools? Last fiscal year our Trust

Lands Division distributed over forty-three million dollars. $43 million. That’s no chump change. Or how about, that we are a significant resource to assist small communities through grant funding with restoration of their natural resources. Small communities’ matter in Montana.

Division Overview:
The Water Resources Division is responsible for managing Montana’s water for the present and future needs of its people. We compile accurate, up-to-date stream flow data from more than 90 monitoring gages, providing critical data

for managing reservoirs, irrigation schedules, water rights permitting and adjudication, floodplain management and other services for farmers, ranchers, citizens and communities. We also manage the operation and maintenance of 24 state-owned dams and 250 miles of irrigation canals.

Work Unit Overview:
The Water Resources Regional Offices represent the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Water Resources Division that works directly with the public, local, regional, state, federal, and international governmental agencies in a designated region of the state. Within this designated area, the Regional Office conducts field operations and day-to-day activities for the programs of the Water Rights Bureau, Water Adjudication Bureau, Water Operations Bureau, State Projects Bureau, and Water Management Bureau. The regional office administers or participates activities that include but are not limited to: permitting of new water rights, changes of existing water rights, examination of claims to existing water rights, quantification of federal reserved water rights, enforcement of water right compacts, resolving conflicts between private and public water users, water use enforcement, recording and transferring water rights, interstate and international basin water management projects, dam safety, licensing water well contractors, ensuring
proper construction of water wells, managing state-owned dams, reservoirs and canals, floodplain management, drought management, water planning for surface and groundwater supplies, and water measurement on chronically dewatered streams.


Job Overview:
The water resources specialist (specialist) performs a broad variety of duties associated with managing Montana’s water resources. The specialist provides expert technical assistance for each program administered by the Water Resources Division. Specialists work primarily with the Water Right Bureau and Water Adjudication Bureau programs and are assigned to the new appropriations program, statewide adjudication program or a combination of both. The main duties include: water rights investigations, analysis and decisions; public assistance, complaints, and dispute resolution; and
other administrative duties. Primary tasks include analysis of issues pertaining to water use, availability and management; collection and analysis of technical water data; researching water use information; conducting field investigations to collect and evaluate water data; applying Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) analysis and documentation to water right applications; investigating water use complaints; resolving disputes between water users; and performing other water resource management functions as required.


Under the direction of the regional manager, performs technical duties in support of Water Resources Division programs implemented by the Bozeman Water Resources Office and provides assistance and information to the public and other branches of government. Researches, gathers and analyzes water resources information and makes recommendations regarding water use, availability and management. Examines historic water right claims and evaluates water use applications in accordance with state law, rules, policies and procedures. Assists with monitoring of state projects in the region. Appears as a witness at administrative and water court hearings. Serves as a mediator in water right disputes and complaints. Attends meetings and provides information regarding water rights, water appropriation methods,

processes and procedures, new water uses and the adjudication process. Conducts field investigations pertaining to water rights for documentation and to provide answers about pertinent aspects (e.g. location, purpose, period of use, flow rate and volume, operating conditions).
Approximately 15% travel time with occasional overnight travel.


The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.


Your online State of Montana application; Resume; answers to supplemental questions and a copy of your transcripts.

Please answer the following supplemental questions. This provides you an opportunity to present more complete and specific details regarding your qualifications. The responses should be clear and concise since the hiring team may view them as a sample of your written communication skills. This supplement is reviewed separately from the state application

form and is part of the evaluation process.

1. Describe your education and experience as it relates to this position, specifically, water rights, records research, andreport writing.

2. Describe your experience with aerial photo interpretation, USGS topographic map interpretation, and use of legal land descriptions.
3. Describe your knowledge of and experience with various water uses,(i.e. Irrigation systems, ponds, wells, etc.) field investigations, and water measuring devices and techniques.
4. Describe your level of knowledge with personal computers and software programs relating to word processing, databases, spreadsheets, Internet data searches and the use of geographic information systems. (GIS).

HELPFUL HINT: You must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application. 

The knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or the natural sciences, plus a minimum of two years of experience with water resources management. Coursework in water resources, physical or natural sciences, engineering, public speaking, and writing is desirable. Alternate combinations of education and experience may also be considered.


Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver’s license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth
certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a “green card”.