Water Rights Specialist

Washington Department of Natural Resources
Ellensburg, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

Product Sales and Leasing Division has an opportunity for a Water Rights Specialist out of the Southeast Region Office in Ellensburg Washington. This position provides support in the management of Washington DNR's owned water rights. This includes tracking of DNR owned water, helping to implement a water use measurement program, providing technical assistance in water rights management and provides a water related analyses and recommendations for agricultural leases on DNR owned lands. 

What will we trust you with?

  • Diligence in researching information
  • Technical level expertise
  • Collaboration with other DNR Staff
  • Detail oriented project work and consultation
  • Creating and maintaining respectful working relationships

Who are we looking for?

The right candidate has:

  • Bachelor's degree involving major study in a water resource management, agriculture, environmental, or other natural resource or technical field related to water. Qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
  • Two to three (2-3) years' professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, water resources or natural resource management.
  • Experience drafting and interacting with experts on documents including but not limited to contracts, compliance orders, and other complex technical documents.
  • Managing a high workload and managing many projects congruently.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and GIS.
  • Excellent communication skills, i.e., writing, reading, speaking, and listening.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in an agriculture or water related field.
  • Working knowledge of water measuring techniques and equipment use.
  • Experience in water right acquisitions, transfers, etc. and knowledge of water right code.

The Location

One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Ellensburg Washington, close to the Cascade Mountains and Seattle.

Why work for DNR?

At DNR, we value public service, innovation and creative problem solving, safety and well-being, and leadership and teamwork. At DNR you'll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state's natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you'll work with the public's interest in mind as we manage more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. But managing lands is only half of our story. We house the Washington Geological Survey, a dynamic program that is the primary source of geological products and services in support of decision making in Washington. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

We are nearly 1,500 employees strong and dedicated to making DNR a great place to work. Our mission is to serve Washington's lands and communities; build strong and healthy rural communities; enhance forest health and wildfire management; strengthen the health and resilience of our lands and waters; and increase public engagement and commitment to our public lands and resources. In partnership with citizens and governments, we provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life.  At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally, economically and socially for current and future generations.
What makes DNR a great place to work?

  • Transitioning to a modern work environment
  • Mobile work
  • Infants at work program
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Work/life balance
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Educational aid and career development stipends
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • Opportunities to stretch your professional skills
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html for more information.

Application Process 

To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.

  • You must attach the following:
    • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements. 
    • A resume including the names of three to five professional references

Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents or complete the entire online application, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor. 

Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account.  Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly. Recruitment may be extended depending on the quantity and quality of the application pool.
Questions?  Please contact Christina Frantz at 509-925-0972,Christina.frantz@dnr.wa.gov or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.