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Assist the public in the compliance with and implementation of all state statutes, rules and guidelines pertaining to water right matter. Assist water users in filing acceptably complete applications, distributing water, inspection of dams, adjudication proceedings, and processing of various water right applications.




Satisfactory completion of Engineering degree Engineer in-Training (EIT) or the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) completed by end of 12 month probationary period. This is an entry-level job, which requires close supervision and limited engineering experience while performing engineering related tasks.


Satisfactorycompletion of Engineer -In-Training (EIT) or the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) required. Incumbents have experience working as an Engineer but are not licensed as a Professional Engineer. Most of their work must be reviewed and approved by a licensed Engineer. Incumbents use independent judgment in the modification and evaluation of standard techniques, perform independently on most assignments, receiving technical guidance on unusual problems. Incumbents apply the knowledge and techniques of advanced mathematics and engineering to assignments.


Must beregistered as a professional engineerin accordance with the provisions of Utah Code Annotated 58-22. This is a working level job requiring minimal supervision. Incumbents in this job utilize advanced training, experience and independent judgment in the evaluation and modification of complex engineering situations requiring specialized abilities. Incumbents apply the knowledge and techniques of advanced mathematics and engineering to assignments.


Must beregistered as a professional engineerin accordance with the provisions of Utah Code Annotated 58-22. This is a senior level job. Incumbents are responsible for interpreting, organizing, executing and coordinating engineering assignments and activities; use independent judgment and decision-making abilities; act independently in technical matters pertaining to the field of expertise. May be responsible for the development or construction of a number of complex projects. Other duties may include supervision of subordinate personnel.





As one of the oldest agencies in the State of Utah, the Office of the State Engineer (i.e., the Division of Water Rights) has a long history of playing a critical role in the management of the state's water resources. Consequently, water users rely on the expertise of the Division of Water Rights to provide order and certainty in the distribution of Utah's water. As a member of our team you will have the opportunity to help people from the eastern region understand water rights, work in a challenging profession that has a meaningful impact on every aspect of life in the arid West, and shape the future of the state's most valuable resource.


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Example of Duties:
  • Assist the public in answering questions, reviewing water right and other files, and explaining office procedures, policy guidelines, and statutes. Advise water users and assist in the preparation of applications.
  • Assist regional engineer and direct regional staff in responsibilities related to appropriations.
  • Assist in the management and supervision of established distribution systems within the region. Assist state appointed water commissioners as necessary and operate river modeling programs.
  • Assist the Distribution Section as requested in preparation and verification of information related to the on-going actions to enforce water rights.
  • Assist the State Engineer, Regional Engineer and staff of the Dam Safety section in fulfilling duties pursuant to UCA Sec. 73-5a.
  • Assist the Regional Engineer in the preparation and/or receipt and processing of applications for the renovation or replacement of existing wells, monitor wells, non-production (heat pump) wells and other provisional (\"test\") wells.
  • Assist the Adjudication team in the accomplishment of the court ordered adjudication's.
  • Attend presentations, review and compose written reports, and make public presentations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Typical Qualifications:
  • Principles, theories, and practices of engineering
  • Knowledge of Utah water rights, their characteristics and attributes; water right policies and procedures.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures.
  • A working knowledge of Section 73, Chapters 1-6 UCA, 1953 as amended current office procedures, and policies guidelines; ability to prepare and process water right applications based on these procedures and guidelines and the ability to assume direct responsibility, in consultation with the Regional Engineer, for the referenced applications.
  • An in-depth knowledge of the statutes, current policy guidelines and procedures pertaining to the appropriation of water.
  • Familiarity with the various types of water measurement devices including but not limited to weirs, flumes, digital flow meters, and their use.
  • Familiarity with court decrees, proposed determinations, distribution schedules and other available documents used in the administration of these water right areas.
  • Familiarity with the adjudication manual and current policy guidelines and procedures pertaining to the adjudication of water.
  • An understanding of the responsibilities of division and region staff related to dam safety and ability to participate in the scheduling and accomplishment of mandated dam inspections.
  • Visit construction sites for unscheduled inspections during construction or maintenance on existing dams. Coordinate visits and convey information to the section office.
  • Ability to provide technical assistance to water users.
  • Ability to speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing.
  • Ability to solve a problems using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions; analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusion.
  • Ability to use GIS technology solutions.
  • A working understanding of hydrologic concepts and terms and ability to use river modeling programs.
  • A working understanding of geologic concepts and terms.
  • Ability to teach new concepts and coach in learning situations.


  • Supplemental Information:
  • Engineer -In-Training (EIT) or the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) or PE license.
  • Preference may be given to applicants with a Master's degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or a closely related field.
  • Preference may be given to applicants with professional work experience in Water Rights.
  • Schedule: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
  • Sitting for periods of time doing office work and research.
  • Incumbent must be have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Utah. Must be able to work in extreme and adverse weather conditions (heat, wind, snow, ice, rain, etc. Lift and carry up to 80 lbs as needed. Drive 4-wheel drive vehicles and/or OHV's. Hike carrying equipment. Hike and/or walk over rough terrain and wet or rocky surfaces. Statewide travel with overnight stays which could occasionally last up to 4 nights in duration. Work alone/independently. Must be able to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing. Must be able to ride a horse for hours at a time in rugged terrain.


  • This position is eligible for a full benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, plus paid leave to include annual, sick, and holiday pay. The State requires employees to receive their pay through direct deposit. If selected, you will receive more information about these benefit options and enrollment information through our onboarding process and during your first week or two on the job.
    Associated topics: environmental, environmental impact, geotechnical, green energy, hazardous material, hydrogeologist, landfill, waste management, water engineer, water safety

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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