Job Opportunities

The following employment opportunities are provided as a member service. Please contact the district or organization directly for more information about the job.

  • Westland Irrigation District General ManagerCloses March 12, 2021
  • Owyhee Irrigation District Manager – Open until filled
  • Swalley Irrigation District Field Tech IIOpen until filled

Westland Irrigation District General Manager

Opening Date: January 4, 2021
Closing Date: March 12, 2021

General Position Summary:
Westland Irrigation District is currently recruiting qualified applicants to fill the position of General Manager. Serving as the district’s chief executive officer, the General Manager is appointed and reports to the five-member board of directors who are elected by the voters of the district. The District is looking to hire a person who, through collaborative leadership, board, staff, and customer engagement, and outstanding management and administrative skills will further enhance the District’s ability to deliver water efficiently and effectively to all customers of the district.
Located in north-central Oregon, Westland Irrigation District is one of the four irrigation districts in the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Umatilla Project. Established in 1917, the district is responsible for delivering Umatilla River water early in the spring and McKay Reservoir water later in the summer to approximately 14,700 acres of farmland, mainly in Umatilla County. Farm and ranch families in the district raise crops which include alfalfa, carrots, beans, corn, grass seed, melons, mint, onions, peas, potatoes, wheat, and pasture for livestock. The district serves approximately 260 patrons.
Westland Irrigation District holds Oregon state water rights to Umatilla River water supplies. Westland’s earliest primary Umatilla River water right is from 1903 for 33.12 cfs. The District holds additional primary Umatilla water rights from 1907 (53.2 cfs), 1961 (35.12 cfs), and 1981 (1.68 cfs). The District gained supplemental water rights for stored water in McKay Reservoir in 1924. The district’s privately owned diversion facilities, the Westland Diversion Dam and Main Canal, are located 1 mile south of Echo. The district works collaboratively with local, state and federal agencies, conservation groups and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. More information about the district can be found at www.westlandirrigation.com.

The General Manager is responsible for leading efforts to develop a strong foundation for current and future operation of the District. The General Manager oversees the management of personnel, budgets, water rights, and facilities. Working with the Board and staff, the General Manager is responsible for developing, evaluating, and implementing professional operating policies and procedures that will assist the district with abiding by state and federal regulations and best practices of operating an irrigation district.

The General Manager must have exceptional communication skills with the ability to address issues calmly, tactfully, and proactively from a variety of stakeholders (customers, staff, board, public, regulatory agencies, etc.). He/she must demonstrate the ability to keep the board of directors well-informed and engaged. It is important for the General Manager to have a good understanding of water rights and the complexities of managing a water delivery system including the infrastructure needed to deliver water throughout the district. The General Manager must demonstrate the ability to lead, manage, and complete long-term complex projects (infrastructure, water source, conservation, technical) which will enhance overall district operations.

Required Education and Experience:
Minimum Qualifications 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent 
  • Five years of experience managing/leading/supervising organizations and/or programs in a related field.

Desired Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, agriculture, engineering, public administration, water resources or closely related field is preferred.  
  • Experience with irrigation water delivery systems and operations, including Oregon water law.  
  • Experience with computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, website platforms, accounting, ArcGIS, mapping programs, and water management.  
    OR
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.  

Pay and Benefits:
Starting Salary Range: $75,000 – $90,000 annually (NEGOTIABLE)
Benefits include: Health Insurance (medical, dental, and vision), District Contribution to Retirement Program, 11 holidays, 12-20 days of vacation based on tenure, sick leave. Monthly Vehicle Allowance

Desirable Starting Date: May 15, 2021

To be considered as a candidate, please submit a completed and signed application, a resume, and a letter of introduction describing why you are interested in the position and how your experience translates to meet the requirements of the position description.

Submit by email or postal service to:
Attn. Shanta Carter
Westland Irrigation District
General Manager Hiring Process
Special Districts Association of Oregon
PO Box 23879
Tigard, Oregon 97281
Email: scarter@sdao.com

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, March 12, 2021

Job description and application available at: https://www.sdao.com/classifieds


Owyhee Irrigation District Manager

General Information
The Owyhee Irrigation District (OID) is currently seeking to establish a list of qualified candidates to fulfill the project manager’s role. This position’s responsibilities are to provide water to district patrons in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, improve the District’s financial standing by seeking funding opportunities, maintain positive working relationships, treat employees with respect and ensure a safe work environment, provide exceptional and professional customer service, maintain public trust through transparency and accountability, build relationships through honesty and cooperation, and implement the Owyhee Irrigation District’s Conservation Plan and Modernization Plan.

OID is an Oregon governmental Special District, non-profit, Bureau of Reclamation project, overseen by five board of directors. The District oversees irrigation water delivery to land in Malheur County, including Adrian, Nyssa, and Ontario, Oregon. OID maintains approximately 300 miles of lined, piped, and open ditch delivery systems to service 1,300 patrons and over 67,000 acres.

The new Project Manager will have the opportunity to be a part of a well-established district with dedicated and capable employees. The District has been fortunate to keep an experienced staff with little turnover over the years, which has allowed the preservation of important history and knowledge.

The Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be capable of representing the District competently in various professional settings with customers, the local community, other organizations, and all governmental agencies to guarantee positive relationships. A personable and innovative leader who will maintain superb public and diplomatic relations, with previous professional accomplishments.

Experience and Qualifications
Any combination of education, training, or experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Experience: Three (3) years of experience as a manager in the operation of similar irrigation works, or who shall have been employed for at least five (5) years, in a responsible position, in the operation and maintenance of irrigation works equivalent in complexity to the project works.

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Engineering, Construction Management, Business or Public Administration, or related field is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits
The starting salary is negotiable and will be dependent on the qualifications and experience of the applicant.

The District offers a benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. Medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage for employee and dependents paid by the District. Life insurance, Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), PERS Retirement, and a District vehicle will be provided.

Job Description
Please read the complete recruitment information before applying. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and application. Full job description and application can be found at www.owyheeirrigation.org/employment-opportunities

Mail your completed application materials to:
Owyhee Irrigation District
422 Thunderegg Blvd.
Nyssa, OR 97913
Or email completed application materials to brittany@owyheeirrigation.org

Direct questions to the current manager, Jay Chamberlin (541) 372-3540 Ext: 102 or jay@owyheeirrigation.org

Propose Start date: ASAP
The job announcement will remain open until the position is filled.


Swalley Irrigation District – Field Tech II
Swalley Irrigation District is seeking to fill the newly created position of:
Field Tech II
. To apply, go to the Swalley website: https://www.swalley.com/job-openings and download the Field Tech II Application and Job Description documents. This new full-time position is being advertised March 2nd, 2021 until filled. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and emailed to the General Manager at jer@swalley.com

Prior experience as an irrigation ditch rider, field technician, or water operator specializing in irrigation and mechanical maintenance will be prioritized. Top candidates will receive an interview and interviews will be held until the position is filled. Start date is flexible and negotiable, but candidates are encouraged to be ready, willing, and able to start as soon as possible.

Appointment to the position is through an open competitive process and will be based on the General Manager and Field Supervisor’s evaluation of merit, qualification, experience, and character. The starting wage for this position is competitive with similar jobs in the County and negotiable depending on experience. The position offers health, vision, dental, life, disability, 401a and 457b retirement benefits. The District provides all of your tools and a work truck.

This is a rare job opening with an expectation to advance. We appreciate your interest. For more information, visit: https://www.swalley.com/job-openings