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The vision of the Oregon Water Resources Department is to assure sufficient and sustainable water supplies are available to meet current and future needs.

The Oregon Water Resources Department is committed to creating a workplace culture that understands and appreciates differences among people and is welcoming and inclusive to all. By fostering fairness and equity in its work culture, the Department strives to improve services for all Oregonians. We acknowledge that not all people have experienced equitable opportunities or fair treatment. We are committed to increasing our awareness and understanding of historic injustices and building a foundation for meaningful change. We value a wide range of professional and lived experiences, and people of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Why you should come work with us!

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • 11 paid holidays a year

  • The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources

  • The state offers a plethora of comprehensive optional benefits that are affordable and convenient.

The Oregon Water Resources Department’s strategic priorities for 2019-2024

  • Modernize our management of Oregon’s surface water and groundwater resources to meet instream and out-of-stream uses 

  • Work to secure Oregon’s instream and out-of-stream water future in the face of increasing water scarcity 

  • Foster a forward-looking team dedicated to serving Oregonians with integrity and excellence 

If our vision and strategic priorities align with your interests, we hope you'll check out our job openings!


Current Openings

Field Services Division Administrator (Natural Resource Protection and Sustainability Manager 3) 
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. 07/31/2024

Executive Support to the Director (Executive Support Specialist 2)
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. 07/24/2024

Grant and Loan Manager (Grants, Loans, and Programs Manager 1)
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. 07/10/2024

For more opportunities with the state government, take a look at the state jobs website!


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For career development information, questions on the application process, or for more information related to a job opening, please reach out!

The Oregon Water Resource Department is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.