Position Summary & Responsibilities:

This position will remain posted until filled.                Location: Finney County; Grant County; Gray County; Haskell County; Kearny County; Lane County; Scott County

Job Summary:

This position will be responsible for assisting with the development of Local Enhanced Management Areas (LEMAs) and Water Conservation Areas (WCAs).  This includes public education and outreach, water right research, providing maps and data, and preparing draft plans.

This position will conduct field investigations for related to LEMAs and WCAs.  . These must be conducted with knowledge of the Kansas Water Appropriation act under KSA 82a-701 through 82a-737, Article 5-1 through 5-30, and by applying proper testing procedure and equipment to obtain the actual rates of diversion and determine quantities authorized, diverted and developed under various types of surface and groundwater installations. Determine if all required equipment including water flowmeters are the type specified and are installed properly.  Determine if all provisions including the point of diversion and place of use are as authorized and determine if all other terms, conditions and limitations of the file is in compliance. Record all pertinent information relative to these matters and document all work to bring actions to completion. Review water use records, points of diversion, place of use, rates, and quantities diverted to determine if water is being applied within the terms, conditions and limitations of the permit.

Field investigations related to water administration with programs such as minimum desirable streamflow’s, impairment, illegal diversions, recurring over-pumping, and meter investigations as assigned.

This position has the opportunity to telework per guidelines of the Telework Policy of the Kansas Department of Agriculture KDA after one year of service.


Bachelor’s degree and any combination of the following equal to one year experience and/or education: environmental science, physical sciences, biological sciences, mathematics and/or engineering.
Knowledge of agriculture, water systems and Kansas Water Law
Valid driver’s license


Annual Salary Range: $48,485 Per Year
Hourly Pay Range: $23.31 Per Hour
* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Employment Benefits:

Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
Sick & Vacation leave
Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
Fitness Centers in select locations
Employee discounts with the STAR Program
Retirement and deferred compensation programs

About Kansas Department of Agriculture

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is the nation's first state department of agriculture. The agency is devoted to the total support of agriculture in Kansas. The department works for the entire Kansas agriculture sector, including farmers, ranchers, food establishments and agribusinesses. The department is dedicated to providing support and assistance to make Kansas businesses successful and encouraging more farms, ranches and other agriculture business to expand in or relocate to Kansas.