Chelan County PUD

Water Resources Program Manager

Onsite - Wenatchee, WA
$100K - $125K Annually
Application Deadline: 12/1/23


Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. For your cover letter, please describe how you would use your education and experience to lead the water quality and water resources program through existing license implementation and future water challenges that the utility may face. Incomplete materials will not be considered.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF document before applying and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date for application materials is scheduled for November 20th.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Human Resources at to discuss the position.


The starting salary range for this position is $100,160 – $125,200 (based on qualifications). With tenure and strong performance in this role an employee may earn up to a maximum of $150,240, annualized.

Introductory Period: New employees holding regular positions must complete an introductory period of twelve months.


In addition to competitive wages Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include zero cost employer funded medical, dental, and vision healthcare benefits, access to the employee assistance program, a VEBA health reimbursement account, and long-term care.

Washington state retirement PERS participation and optional 457 plan participation with an employer matching 401(a) plan.

Leave, life & disability benefits including paid leave starting at 21 days per calendar year up to 35 with tenure, 11 paid holidays per calendar year, paid jury duty, short-term disability & long-term disability, and basic life, AD&D, and optional voluntary life.

The work life benefits include optional flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care, educational assistance, various rewards and recognition programs and position specific stipends.

For more explanation of the district benefits please visit our benefits website


Program Manager – Water Resources

Join our team at Chelan County Public Utility District. As one of the largest hydroelectric generating utilities in the Northwest, our mission at Chelan PUD is to improve the quality of life for the thousands of people who call our pristine desert and mountain community home.


Leads the Water Quality and Water Resource programs in order to maintain compliance with the District’s Rocky Reach, Rock Island, and Lake Chelan hydroelectric project licenses. Responsible for developing short-term and long-term plans and strategies, risk management, contributes to District operational decision making to ensure license compliance with the District’s 401 water quality certification requirements, and NPDES permits. Works effectively and autonomously with governmental agencies, officials, Tribal governments, the public, special interest groups, governmental affairs, executive management, and District Commissioners to implement license measures and settlement agreements. Supports the District’s Strategic Plan by addressing water availability, watershed plans, regulatory mandates, development of a sustainable and balanced approach to regional water source, hatcheries, parks, water/wastewater, and hydro use strategies. Manages field testing and audits and leads project teams.


  • Lead and/or oversee program design, implementation and ongoing management of activities related to the District’s 401 water quality certifications, associated license measures, and NPDES permits. Coordinate with District management, operations, and administration staff to ensure all work associated with implementing District 401 certifications and permits meet compliance and is timely and effective.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of an integrated water resources plan in alignment with overall District strategy. Assess current and future water resource supply and demand and water rights. Identify resource gaps, assess risks and develop risk management strategies. Develop and implement a plan to manage the District’s water portfolio including marketing and cost recovery of District owned and leased water rights. Develop performance goals and reports to monitor achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Perform and/or audit results of field and laboratory tests to measure water quality and complete required reports.
  • Develop, implement and manage a water resources communication and documentation plan to identify communication pathways and protocols to ensure an integrated approach to all water resource issues minimizing compliance or other District risks.
  • Manage consultants and leads or participates in interdepartmental projects.
  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance: Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Comply with District policies. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Employees with access to confidential employee records and information are required to restrict access from any unauthorized person, except on a need to know basis.
  • As an essential function, drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

Reports To, Director – Natural Resources

Overtime exemption – Exempt


Education – Equivalent experience (year for year) may substitute for required education.

Bachelor’s Degree Environmental engineering, hydrogeology, water resource management or a related field of study from a college or university is required.


  • 5+ years of professional experience in the hydro/water utility industry performing environmental program management activities is required.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation of plans is desired.

Licenses and Certifications

Valid Driver’s License at hire and WA Driver’s License within 30 days of hire required

Skills and Abilities

A fully skilled incumbent will have the following knowledge skills & abilities:

  • Demonstrated expertise in hydrology, water quality, and environmental regulatory compliance.
  • Regulatory laws as they pertain to water and other natural resources is required including water rights, municipal water law, federal Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.
  • Management techniques
  • Working knowledge of budget analysis.
  • Working knowledge of power generation and marketing practices and relationship and impacts to water supply.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills using a variety of media PowerPoint, graphics, etc.).
  • Strong critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Statistical analyses skills.
  • Highly skilled at writing professional reports and correspondence.
  • Communicate with a diverse audience, such as the general public, commissioners, and senior management.
  • Read and interpret regulatory documents such as federal and state laws and regulations, license orders, and 401 water quality certification requirements.
  • Analyze issues and recommend forward action.
  • Speak persuasively and effectively before groups of agencies employees of organization, or customers.
  • Strong organizational, coordination and collaboration skills.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials; PeopleSoft Timekeeping/HR; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Access; Microsoft Project; Primavera; Maximo Order Processing; Maximo Asset Management; and General Office Equipment.
  • Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Physical Demands:

  • Sitting – Frequently
  • Standing – Frequently
  • Walking – Frequently
  • Climb Stairs – Occasionally
  • Wrist/hand/fingers manipulation (keyboarding, mousing, etc.) – Frequently
  • Repetitive Motions – Frequently
  • Talking – Regularly
  • Hearing – Regularly
  • Visual – Near Acuity – Regularly
  • Visual – Far Acuity – Regularly
  • Visual – Depth Perception – Regularly
  • Visual – Color Discrimination – Regularly

Working Conditions:

  • Noise Intensity Level: – Quiet

District Values:

  • Safety – Protect public and employee health and safety
  • Stewardship – Acting on behalf of customer-owners, protecting public resources entrusted to us
  • Trustworthy – Competence, integrity, respect
  • Operational Excellence – High-quality innovative work execution


A valid driver’s license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver’s license is required within 30 days of employment.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law.

EEO Law Posters can be found on the main Careers page in English and Spanish. 

Chelan PUD will not be offering any work visa sponsorship for this role.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-I.35(c)

Recruiter Information:

Errin Bratton