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Source Water Protection Specialist Featured

  2022-09-23     Idaho Rural Water Association, Inc.     6395 W. Gowen Rd.     $20 - $23 per hour hour     Hybrid Remote  

Provides technical assistance for the creation and implementation of Source Water Protection Plans as well as other on-site training and support primarily for rural and small public drinking water systems in the State of Idaho.


  • Provide assistance and support to both small drinking water systems and to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) by compiling and documenting data for the creation of Source Water Protection Plans.
  • Assist with the implementation of existing Source Water Protection Plans by responding to requests, assisting with community outreach, and sharing implementation efforts with DEQ.
  • Assist in investigations, surveys and studies to compare possible courses of conduct and actions related to management policies or general business operations of rural and small drinking water systems, including all areas of operation, maintenance, management, compliance, health and environmental issues.
  • Review, analyze and explain policies, rules, regulations, legislation, and laws as they pertain to rural and small drinking water systems.
  • Consult with staff and others in government, business, and private organizations to discuss issues, coordinate activities, and resolve problems facing rural and small drinking water systems.
  • Provide assistance in all areas of operations, maintenance, management, health and environmental issues for small and rural drinking water systems.
  • Provide the type of on-site assistance that offers “training" rather than "fixing."
  • Travel extensively throughout the state to offer on-site technical assistance and perform trainings or other requests as needed. Occasionally travel outside the state as needed for conferences and trainings.
  • Attend National Rural Water Association (NRWA) sponsored in-service training programs and other training sessions as appropriate to obtain skills necessary for assisting small and rural drinking water systems and governing bodies.
  • Create technical outreach material such as newsletter articles, brochures, flyers, and displays as needed to fulfill the requirements of the position and to aide in the implementation of Source Water Protection Plans.
  • Respond to inquiries from drinking water systems, consumers, government agencies, and others regarding technical matters in a timely manner.
  • Participate in activities to promote and expand membership, training courses, conferences and other services. Provide assistance for association sponsored conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Ensure grant/contract requirements are fulfilled or exceeded, which may include annual planning symposiums, meeting minimum Source Water Protection Plan requirements, meeting on-site technical assistance requirements, or other requirements according to the grant/contract terms.
  • Accept responsibility for all equipment issued to his/her care and ensure proper care and maintenance as prescribed by the manufacturer of specific equipment. Records of such maintenance shall be maintained for each piece of equipment.
  • Accurately complete and submit required monthly and yearly reporting documents in a timely fashion.
  • Attend all staff or other meetings as requested.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Program Manager or Chief Executive Officer.

Job Requirements / Education & Licensing

  • The Source Water Protection Specialist should possess, at a minimum, any combination of education equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in geology, hydrology, water resource management, environmental science, or a related field and/or multi-year experience in a compatible area with drinking water protection or land use planning. Knowledge of local government operations and public utilities is preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental limitations impacting water users in Idaho is preferred.
  • Highly skilled in public speaking to all levels of management and community residents in a professional manner.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse groups and develop a consensus using mediation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently to complete projects on time without daily supervision.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment while working independently and presenting sensitive information to diverse interest groups.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize requests to ensure those requests with serious health or economic risks are resolved first.
  • Basic to intermediate skills in Microsoft software applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Ability to learn new technology and apply skills for the benefit of the position is preferred.
  • Ability to travel extensively, self-manage job tasks appropriately, and work some weekends.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle for transportation. Travel reimbursement is provided.

Personal Qualities

  • Multi-year employment or educational background in the water industry and/or local or county government in a compatible area to source water protection or land use planning.
  • Technical knowledge of surface water, ground water and the public water supply.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with operation specialists, decision makers, regulatory agencies and other professionals.
  • Ability to facilitate and mediate meetings towards consensus.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently to complete projects on time without daily supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize requests to ensure those requests with serious health or economic problems are resolved first.
  • Willingness to travel extensively. At least two trips out of state annually.
  • Written approval of the NRWA Administrator prior to employment.

Employment Details

The Source Water Protection Specialist is a full-time, non-exempt position and requires a minimum of 40 hours per week. Overtime may be required occasionally. Hours will be flexible from time to time but will generally be consistent with the office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The starting pay is $20.00 per hour to $23.00 per hour depending on experience ($41,600 to $47,840 annually). A generous benefit package includes health, life and disability insurance as well as vacation and sick days. Participation in the IRWA 401k plan after six months of employment.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should submit resumes and cover letter to

Idaho Rural Water Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, or religion as prohibited by the federal Civil Rights Act, or on the basis prohibited by any other applicable law. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the IRWA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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