Water Resource Program Administrator I

North Dakota Water Commission
Bismarck, ND, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Summary of Work

The Regulatory Division fulfills many of the State Engineer's regulatory responsibilities, including permitting drainage, projects on sovereign lands, and the construction of dams, dikes, and other water resource facilities.

The individual in this position will assist the Regulatory Division’s Sovereign Land Manager in the administration and management of the state's sovereign lands.  The state's sovereign lands are those areas below the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM), including the beds and islands, of the state’s navigable waterbodies.  Generally, the position is responsible for aiding in permitting activities on Sovereign Land; field investigation of areas or projects of interest; collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies; and researching proposed uses and delineation of the OHWM.  Specifically, this position requires the employee to:

  • Review sovereign land permit applications and make recommendations to the State Engineer.
  • Maintain multiple electronic files and databases pertaining to sovereign land permits, sovereign land related projects, problems, violations, studies, legal issues, and historical information.
  • Assist in conducting and contracting OHWM delineations on navigable waters of the state using the State Engineer’s OHWM Delineation Guidelines.
  • Assist in locating, compiling, and documenting any printed, digital, and archived evidence of navigability for state title purposes for any water body in the state for which the question of navigability arises.
  • Conduct land and water field investigations to identify sovereign land implications from proposed projects and unauthorized uses. 
  • Assist in all efforts necessary to support the identification, outreach, defense, and management of North Dakota’s sovereign land.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Botany, Zoology, Agronomy, Natural or Physical Science, Crop, Weed, or Range Science, or field closely related to the specialization of the position.
  • 2 years of work experience related to the duties to be performed. 
  • Strong research, database management, and organizational skills. 
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be able and willing to travel as necessary.
  • Ability to navigate uneven terrain, including minor obstacles and abrupt grade changes

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience reviewing project description and design documents and drawings for complex projects such as pipelines, bridges, water intakes, and riverbank stabilization structures.
  • Working knowledge of North Dakota upland and wetland plant species and ecology. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the North Dakota State Engineer’s OHWM Delineation Guidelines and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Wetland Delineation Manual: Great Plains Edition. 
  • Experience in legal and legislative processes.
  • Research experience in North Dakota history, researching historical documents, archival work and data organization.

Application Procedures

Applications will ONLY be accepted online through the ND PeopleSoft System.

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