Western States Water Council

A Voice for Water in the West 


Job Posting: Nevada Division of Water Resources

The Nevada Division of Water Resources is currently recruiting for a Deputy Administrator. This position is open to anyone who qualifies.


Posting Close Date:  9/30/2021

Location:  CARSON CITY, NEVADA, US, 89701

Requisition Id:  4271





*Pay Grade: GRADE 46

Salary Range: $83,394.72 – $126,386.64

Fulltime/Part-time: Full Time


Phone: 775 684-0126

Email: Darrell.Morlan@admin.nv.gov

Position Description

Under general administrative direction, the incumbent serves as Deputy Administrator to the Administrator of the Division of Water Resources in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Duties include management of professional, technical and administrative support staff; budget development and monitoring; development of policies and regulations; engaging in the state legislative process on agency budget and policy priorities; and ensuring compliance with applicable State and federal regulations and statutes.

Under the direction of the State Engineer, this position administers the activities and programs under major sections within the Division of Water Resources. The position will assist the State Engineer on a nearly daily basis with decisions related to the responsibilities of the Division. The position responsibilities may include a review of water rights applications, rulings, extensions of time, hydrologic analyses, relinquishments, withdrawals, domestic well credit requests, and other duties described below.

The position directly supervises major sections within the Division of Water Resources and is responsible for guiding the work output of the Sections. The position will assign work projects, check the progress of assignments and verify that the final product meets the Division’s high standards in order to best carry out the responsibilities of the Division. The position develops the Divisions’ biennial budget; assists with managing budget spending; establishes goals and objectives for supervising Sections; plans, directs, coordinates, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff; and assigns work activities and manages the prioritization of work and projects.

Position Description (continued)

The position will actively participate in the Division’s water policy and planning development efforts; communicate extensively with internal and external stakeholders, governmental officials, and regulatory representatives of local, State and federal agencies; and serve as key liaison with stakeholders and external constituencies to build consensus on high-profile water resources issues. The position also conducts informal and formal presentations before a variety of interested groups including local governing bodies, legislative committees, civic groups, professional organizations and the public. The position works closely with the State Engineer, other Divisions and Programs within the Department, and with the Director’s office. This position may also serve on technical advisory committees to explain Division policy, state statutes and regulations regarding water resource issues.

To see full Class Specifications visit: http://hr.nv.gov/Resources/ClassSpecs/Class_Specifications-6_0//

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, the natural or physical sciences, public administration, law or related field and four years of experience supervising natural resource regulatory programs or relevant specialized programs in areas of water resources or environmental protection. The required experience must have included program planning, budget development and maintenance, policy analysis and interpretation, and training and supervision of professional staff; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The Examination

Training and Experience Evaluation Exam

  • The exam will consist of a rating of training and experience weighted 100%. It is essential that applications/resumes include extensively detailed information with time frames regarding education and experience. Your score will be based on the information provided in your application/resume and your responses to the questions asked. If there are several parts to a question, answer each part separately. Along with each answer, identify the position(s) and/or training (as described in your application/resume) where you gained the background asked for in the question. Absence of experience/training asked for in a question is not necessarily disqualifying. Failure to answer the questions will result in a score based solely on the application. Once you apply for the position, you will be taken to a series of questions.

This recruitment may close at any time based on the number of applications received.  Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

*The salary range indicated in this announcement is based on the Employee/Employer retirement compensation schedule. An employer-only option is available at a reduced salary range.

The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.

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