Class Description/Grade: Professional II, Grade 19
Position/Assignment: Water Rights Program Coordinator
Department/Division (Program and Duty Station): Natural Resources Department –Water Resources Division; 114 Veterans Drive, Lapwai, Idaho.
Direct Supervisor: Water Resources Director
Primary Duties/Essential Tasks:
Tribal Response Coordinator is responsible for implementing projects in the following areas:
• Conduct field examinations to measure the quantity of surface and ground water diversion to determine location, method, purpose, and frequency of water appropriation.
• Evaluates new-use applications, amendments, transfers, and claims pertaining to water appropriations, and recommends appropriate action.
• Investigates, mediates, and recommends action on unauthorized water diversions and water disputes.
• Develop, issue, condition, deny, revise, and revoke permits, as well as monitor compliance with the terms of all permits.
• Facilitate meetings with Tribal Water Rights Administration Commission.
• Inventory and create geospatial database of all existing uses of Tribal water rights.
• Install and maintain streamflow gaging stations, measure in-stream flows, build rating curves for gage sites, and develop professional reports to detail findings.
• Maintain accurate records of work activities, data, and information gathered for program reporting requirements.
• Develop and adopt water conservation plans necessary to preserve the availability of water resources for beneficial uses.
• Supervise field crews, including training, assigning tasks, and evaluating work. May work directly with contractors or field staff to ensure that projects are completed as specified and makes decision on specific project activities. Develop working knowledge of contract and M.O.U. agreement developments for state, federal, and tribal agencies.
• Prepares written and oral reports/statements on project activities.
• Develop and submit grant proposals.
• Reviews and develops comments on Clean Water Act permits (401, 404, NPDES, etc.), total maximum daily loads, environmental impact statements, NEPA documents, and other technical reports or projects Provide environmental education and outreach.
• Other duties as assigned.
Specific Job Requirements/Credentials:
• Requires the ability to be self-motivated and to carry out a task with minimal supervision. Must be able to promote a pleasant and respectful work environment.
• Requires basic problem-solving skills, with some knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to calculate water flow rat3es, pump efficiencies, water storage capacities, and land areas.
• Supervises and trains technicians, interns, volunteers, and professional I staff.
• Requires physical activity, including lifting up to 50 pounds, hiking over various terrain, wading in wetlands and streams. May be exposed to inclement weather and high water conditions.
• Requires B.S. degree in hydrology, environmental science, biology, or a related physical or biological science field (M.S. degree preferred).
• Requires three years of related professional experience, or one year professional experience with Master’s Degree.
• Must have two years of supervisory experience.
• Experience with GIS is highly preferred.
Job Summary for Recruitment
The Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division is a seeking a Water Rights Program Coordinator to administer the Tribe’s water rights by performing tasks such as developing and issuing permits and monitoring compliance; conducting field investigations to measure quantity of surface and ground water diversions; inventorying existing water rights and uses and creating a geospatial database; installing and maintaining streamflow gaging stations and measuring in-stream flow rates; technical report writing; budget management; professional presentations; and grant writing. Position requires a bachelor’s degree in hydrology, engineering, biology, environmental science, or related physical or biological science field (M.S. preferred). Requires three years related professional experience or one year professional experience with Master’s degree (experience must be at the professional level). Minimum two-year supervisory experience required. A successful candidate will have working knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, experience determining a system’s water diversion and conveyance capacity, experience using GIS, and be able to apply Tribal, federal, and state regulations and laws pertaining to water appropriation and/or use in a professional setting.
A complete application package includes:
• 1-2 pg. cover letter demonstrating applicant’s writing ability elaborating on the candidate’s qualifications and interest in the position.
• Completed Nez Perce Tribe Application (including three-year driving record), resume, and college transcripts.
• Three letters of reference.
Position requires a bachelor’s degree in hydrology, engineering, biology, environmental science, or related physical or biological science field (M.S. preferred). Requires three years related professional experience or one year professional experience with Master’s degree (experience must be at the professional level). Minimum one-year supervisory experience required.