Engineering Technician III

State of Utah

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Job Title: Engineering Technician III, II, I

Job Description:
Do you like to analyze and solve complex problems? Are you comfortable interacting with people? This position will serve in the Adjudication Section to handle public inquiries and assist with completing Water User’s Claims. This will entail handling numerous phone calls, answering questions where appropriate or routing calls to adjudication personnel; processing water users claims; and review and research of records and data to make proper evaluations and recommendations. Field work is required, often over steep and uneven terrain. Subject to management approval, this position is eligible for teleworking 2-3 days per week.

Principal Duties:

Assist the public in person and over the phone to answer questions regarding water right procedures and existing water right records.
Assist with preparing water user’s claims and various water right applications.
Create maps using the Division’s mapping software.
Assist in the technical review of water users claims and other filed documents.
Write technical memoranda.
Manage paperwork flow including filing and logging documents.
The Ideal Candidate:
Engineering Technician III – Pay Range ($14.37 – $24.73)
Working title: Water Right Analyst
BA/S degree in Physical Science + 1 year water rights experience + water rights exam (90% pass)vor MS degree + water rights exam (90% pass).

Engineering Technician II – Pay Range ($16.48 – $27.57)
Working title: Water Right Associate
BA/S degree in Physical Science or Technical School, Associate Degree + 2 years as Tech I + water rights exam (70% pass) or HS diploma + 6 years as Tech 1 or equivalent + water rights exam (70% pass).

Engineering Technician I – Pay Range ($17.39 – $32.43)
Working title: Assistant Technician
HS diploma + Enrollment in college/tech school
or HS diploma + 5 years water right experience + water rights exam (50%).

Why You Should Join Our Team:
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 western 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.

The Agency:
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Example of Duties

Handle inquiries and serve as a public information specialist for water rights adjudication issues.
Assist the public preparing and filing water users claims.
Does research on simple and some complex water right matters.
Prepare field reports and hydrographic survey maps based on water user claims using ArcMap.
Processes paperwork received, including scanning and filing documents.
Assists in the technical review and processing of water users claims, state engineer’s recommendations, proofs/affidavits, or certificates. Reviews claims or proof forms and coordinates activities with engineers in various sections and regional offices.
Assist with larger water right research projects as requested by section management.

Typical Qualifications

Utah water right law, rules, regulations, and statewide policies.
Principles, theories, and practices of water resource management.
Research methods, techniques, and/or sources of information.
Use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions.
Read and interpret maps, plats, charts, plans, and/or blueprints.
Read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures.
Speak clearly, concisely and effectively (in English); to listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally.
Communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing.
Use State or agency-specific software application programs.

Supplemental Information

Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Must hike to field locations carrying equipment in various weather conditions.

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