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State of Montana Hydro Specialist - 50300, 50350 in Missoula, Montana

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 two (2) Regional Office Hydrology Specialists, 1 in Kalispell and 1 in Missoula, who values the vast resources in our treasure state as much as we do.

The DNRC believes employees are their most important asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Employees are provided with the training and tools necessary to achieve the mission. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained.

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, implementation of Montana's water compacts, 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.

REGIONAL OFFICE OVERVIEW*: *The Water Resources Regional Offices represent the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Water Resources Division’s (WRD) work directly in designated regions of the state. Within this designated area, the Regional Office (RO) conducts field operations and day-to-day activities for the programs of the WRD. The RO administers or participates in 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, resolving conflicts between private and public water users, water use enforcement, recording and transferring water rights, interstate basin water management projects, determining and administering high hazard dams in accordance with dam safety regulations, licensing water well contractors, ensuring proper construction of water wells, managing state-owned dams, reservoirs and canals plus working with water users associations who administer the day to day operations of state owned projects, floodplain management, drought management, water planning for surface water and groundwater supplies, and administer the water measurement program on chronically dewatered streams. Regional offices are in Helena, Bozeman, Billings, Glasgow, Lewistown, Havre, Kalispell, and Missoula.

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*JOB OVERVIEW: *The Regional Office Hydrology Specialists assists water users with explaining the rule requirements on applications for permits and changes in accordance with applicable laws, rules, policy, and procedures. This position will provide technical analysis of surface and groundwater applications as they relate to specific statutory criteria. After reviewing and analyzing each application and all the documents provided, a determination of whether or not the application for a permit or change will be issued, modified, or denied based on the information provided in the application shall be made.

The Hydrology Specialists work closely with the staff in the Water Resource Division (WRD) located in Helena and in other Regional Offices and provide technical support to the regional manager for specific assigned projects, such as working with watershed groups and WRD bureaus, aids on water use complaints, and assists with mitigating to resolution of those complaints. Other duties for these positions include hydrologic data collection and conducting scientific hydrologic investigations. Field data collection may include stream flow measurements, fluvial characteristics, vegetation, soils, and other hydrologic information. Hydrologic investigations are conducted in consultation with the Water Management Bureau, interested stakeholders that may include water users, watershed groups, tribal agencies, elected officials and government agency personnel. Collection of data in the field will normally be from April through October. The incumbents must be able to hike over rough and steep terrain and to carry flow measurement equipment and chest waders to data collection sites and/or well probes and tools to remove well caps to measure static and pumping levels in water wells. Because stream flow measurements at higher flows may involve risks, the incumbents must rely on experience and judgement as to what safety precautions are prudent; normal precautions include the proper use of life jackets and chest waders and safety lines, use of backup personnel should swift-water rescue be required. Installing stream gages requires strength and the ability to stand and work in cold and fast-moving water.

The incumbents must have good driving skills required for both on-road and off-road travel and during times of in-climate weather.

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to correctly answering questions from the public and other agencies regarding existing or new water rights via phone or in-office visits, representing the Division at various meetings and conferences, and participating in ongoing training and educational programs. It is imperative that our water right records are current and assisting in this matter will be assigned.

/These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties that may be assigned to the incumbent. For a complete job description please contact Maggie Jolma

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: 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.

DNRC Benefits:

· Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Holidays

· Health, Dental, Prescription, and Vision Coverage

· Retirement Plans

· Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF.  Look here, to learn more and see if you may qualify!


  • Resume

  • Cover Letter (In your cover letter please indicate your preference for Kalispell or Missoula, and describe how your education and experience have prepared your for technical, regulatory, and administrative duties of this position.)

  • References

  • Technical Writing Sample (please include at least 1 technical report or piece of writing related to water rights, hydrology or other relevant topic that you have authored)

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

*EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: *This position requires a bachelor’s degree in in hydrology, civil engineering, agricultural engineering, water resources, or forest management with an emphasis in surface water hydrology, and a minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience.

Education and experience equivalent and comparable to that specified above may meet job requirements and will be considered on an individual basis.

SPECIAL INFORMATION: 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.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: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".

Job: *Environmental Sciences

Title: Hydro Specialist - 50300, 50350

Location: Missoula

Requisition ID: 21140301

Other Locations: Kalispell