Feb 3, 2021 | Employment Opportunities


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Stay up-to-date with employment opportunities in the Western irrigated agriculture water world. Because these positions are often based in rural areas, we attempt to help our friends and partners to help spread the word to those who might be interested in pursuing a change in employment. We will periodically share these opportunities on Facebook, so be sure to follow our page. Note that some of these postings may have been filled.

JULY 2023

Ochoco Irrigation District – Bookkeeper

Ochoco Irrigation District is actively recruiting for the position of Bookkeeper. Under general/administrative direction, the Bookkeeper will oversee the District’s financial data and compliance by maintaining accurate books on accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and daily financial entries and reconciliations. Perform daily accounting tasks such as monthly financial reporting, general ledger entries, and record payments and adjustments. Perform Customer Service: Answer phones, direct messages as appropriate; greet/assist office visitors, takes water orders, and follow up on correspondence as required.

It is OID’s mission to effectively and efficiently serve the current and future irrigation needs of our patrons by economically operating and maintaining the districts resources with honesty and integrity. Ochoco Irrigation District supplies water to 20,062 acres of irrigated land in the Prineville area. Water is stored in the Ochoco and Prineville Reservoirs, and then released into Ochoco Canal, Ochoco Creek and the Crooked River during irrigation season. The District operates numerous pumping plants and over 120 miles of canals and pipelines. OID is beginning an extensive irrigation modernization project with over $40 million dollars of grant funds to be administered over the next 5 years. We are seeking the right person to effectively manage these resources moving forward.

The District offers an excellent benefits package that includes:

  • Salary starting at $30/hour
  • Paid vacation, sick leave & 7 holidays
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits
  • PERS Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Medical Air Services Association Membership
  • 4 day work week

Position is open until filled.  Application and Job Description are posted on the OID Website; www.ochocoid.org, or can be picked up in person by contacting the main office at (541) 447-6449.

Klamath Water Users Association – Director of Public Relations & Marketing

The Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) is seeking a self-motivated, highly productive individual to provide lead marketing and public affairs to an established organization that serves the interests of member irrigation districts and their constituents with regard to natural resources issues, with emphasis on water resources and power costs. This is a unique opportunity to join an organization that is at the forefront of precedent-setting issues.

The Director of Public Relations and Marketing (PR Director) reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for the development and execution of the marketing and engagement plan to direct KWUA’s community relations. The ideal candidate is poised, well-spoken, a good writer, and has the ability to communicate concisely about complex and policy laden issues. They enjoy a fast-pace work environment and is ready, willing, and able to do a variety of public relations activities, such as media inquiries, social media strategies, content creation, strategic planning, and building relationships. It is important that the PR Director articulate and promote KWUA’s vision and objectives through direct and indirect engagement with key media outlets. This role requires someone who is a proven leader, and who is capable of communicating ideas clearly and thoughtfully. In addition, the PR Director should have the ability to identify future trends and needs and be able to collaborate with others to achieve desired publicity outcomes for the organization. The responsibilities of this position will be carried out in a highly visible and sometimes controversial and politically-charged environment.

This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 2+ years’ experience in public relations or marketing. With preference given to a Master’s Degree with 2+ years’ public relations or marketing experience. Weekend and evening work is required for special events and in response to immediate needs; travel occasionally required for conferences and meetings. Must be able to work independently.

To Be Considered

This is a confidential process and will be handled throughout the various stages of the process. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Candidates should apply immediately. This position will be open until filled. However, candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process for optimal consideration. This recruitment may close at any time once a strong pool of candidates is received. To be considered, candidates must submit a:

  • Compelling cover letter
  • Comprehensive resume
  • Salary history
  • Three examples of work

Electronic versions of all submittals are encouraged. Interested candidates may apply via email, mail, or delivery of a cover letter and resume to: 

Chelsea Shearer, chelsea@kwua.org, or 2312 S. Sixth St., Suite A, Klamath Falls, OR 97601.

Full Job Description 

Tumalo Irrigation District – Ditch Rider 

Starting Wage: $22.00 to $25.00 DOE

Benefits (after 6-month probationary period): Health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), District contribution to Retirement plan, 8 paid holidays/year, 5-15 days paid vacation/year (based on tenure), 10 days paid sick leave/year, District vehicle.

Location: Bend, OR

Distributes irrigation water to the users of the District’s water rights within their assigned area in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, District Policies and Procedures and District management direction using information based upon decrees, partial decrees, permits, licenses and transfers. The Ditch Rider encounters and must communicate with District patrons daily. The District places tremendous value on strong relationships and timely, respectful communication with its water users. The employee works under the supervision of the District Manager and/or Field Supervisor during Irrigation Season and Maintenance Season.

This full-time position is being advertised February 2023 until filled.

Application, cover letter and resume should be submitted to the District office by email at staff@tumalo.org or you may drop all three documents off in person at our District office located at 64697 Cook Avenue. To view full job announcement visit our website at: http://www.tumalo.org

Klamath Irrigation District – Assistant Operating & Safety Officer 


RESPONSIBLE TO: District Water Master under supervision of the Director of Operations

COMPENSATION: Pay type: Salary: Starting at $48,000 annual + Benefits

CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time / Permanent

LOCATION: Klamath Irrigation District

6640 KID Ln 

Klamath Falls, OR 97603


The Klamath Irrigation District (K.I.D.) Assistant Operations and Safety Officer provides oversight to District operations and performs the role of District Water Master in their absence. This officer will exercise control over water flow (manually and through computer systems), perform duties as a relief ditch rider, and serves as the District’s primary safety officer. Officer will operate and maintain supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems with various sensors, monitors, radio and internet communications, monitor and train others in water ordering applications and interact with various District contractors on technical implementation of SCADA and water ordering application upgrades. This position is non-union and exempt from overtime. Weekend responsibilities rotate across the management team during the water delivery season. Will perform other duties as required by District management.

Officer must be intuitive and possess technological acumen to understand the implementation of new computer applications, hardware, databases, a variety of internet and radio networks, frequency management, and can demonstrate the ability to manage all components of the Districts operating systems with a good knowledge of internet security and data privacy principals.

Job Application can be submitted to the Klamath Irrigation District office. 

JUNE 2023

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APRIL 2023

Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District – Secretary-Manager-Treasurer ($120K-$160K DOQ)

The Secretary-Manager-Treasurer is responsible for all operations of the District including  planning, organizing, developing, and implementing comprehensive management actions to achieve the policy and program objectives established by the Board of Directors. This position is responsible for the effective direction, operation, and control of the key activities of the District including irrigation operations, hydroelectric operations, financial operations, human resources, union negotiations, administration, governmental affairs and public information activities. Learn more about this position by clicking on the title above or visit www.yakimatietonirrigation.com.