Entry-Level Water Right Specialist

Aspect Consulting
Various, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Preferred Location: Yakima, WA; Olympia, WA
Posted: Open

Aspect Consulting, LLC, an earth science and engineering consulting firm, has an exciting opportunity for an entry level water right specialist with experience and interest leading to licensure as a Certified Water Right Examiner. This position will support our growing Water Resources practice on a variety of existing and upcoming projects in 2020. The role is a full-time, career-track position with an initial professional development focus on water right beneficial use investigations, water right transfers, and eventually project and client management.


  • Review and interpret water right files
  • Review and interpret water use data including aerial photos, metering data, land use, and crop records
  • Conduct field investigations, including estimation of water use, well inspections, streamflow monitoring, and a range of related activities to support water resource projects
  • Performing simple to complex quantitative spreadsheet analyses
  • Presentations of technical information to state and local agencies and the public
  • Technical report writing

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in geology, engineering, environmental science, environmental planning, geography, or related fields

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Science degree in qualifying fields
  • 0 to 3 years of experience in conducting water right reviews or water right transfers
  • Professional certifications (e.g., Geologist-in-Training (GIT), Engineer in Training (EIT), or Certified Water Right Examiner (CWRE))
  • Ability to collect interpret complex water policy and legal issues, including a high level of attention to detail and thorough documentation
  • Practical knowledge of GIS/CAD, data entry and management using excel and database software, and field data collection and analysis methods
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Clear writing and communication skills

Special Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions in rugged and sometimes remote field locations for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to travel long distances and accommodate occasional overnight travel, travel is most often in central Washington, greater Puget Sound, and northern Oregon
  • Must be able to operate cars, vans, and pickup trucks in various weather conditions and after dark.

Workplace Setting:

  • Interactive team of nearly 100 professionals across seven offices in Washington and Oregon. Preferred location is Yakima or Olympia.
  • Casual, collaborative, and professional office environment.