Natural Resource Economist

State Of North Dakota Bismarck , ND 58502

Posted 2 months ago

Summary of Work

Primary responsibilities involve planning, developing, and executing financial analyses, economic analyses, and life cycle cost analyses pertaining to various types of water development projects.

More specific duties include the following:

  • Plan, develop, execute, and review economic analyses for flood control, water conveyance, and other water development projects as directed by state statute. This includes maintaining and updating the ND Guidance for Economic Analysis of Flood Control and Water Conveyance Projects, and associated technical tools to conduct those analyses.

  • Plan, develop, execute, and review life cycle cost analyses for water supply, and other water development projects as directed by state statute. This includes maintaining and updating the ND Guidance for Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Water Supply Projects, and associated technical tools to conduct those analyses.

  • Provide economic analysis and life cycle cost analysis results to the State Engineer and State Water Commission as part of the agency's project prioritization efforts, and cost-share program project review process.

  • Conduct natural resource management and development planning, with emphasis on financial requirements for project implementation.

  • Analyze and evaluate the potential impact of proposed natural resource development projects, programs, or policies on people, the environment, the agency, and the state.

  • Analyze data, develop conclusions, and formulate recommendations to aid in prioritization of projects that benefit the state.

  • Coordinate and manage the development of special studies to improve management of water resources, support decision-making, and litigation.

  • Develop and coordinate public involvement and review programs.

  • Assist with compiling statewide water project and program funding needs to be used in agency biennial budgeting cycles and Water Development Plans.

  • Represent the agency at public meetings and interagency committee meetings dealing with natural resource management; and work with planning boards, natural resource boards, advisory committees, and other groups and agencies involved in natural resource planning at local, state, regional, federal, and international levels.

  • Manage contract agreements.

  • Prepare technical reports, letters, and other documents.

  • Some travel and overnight lodging may be required to attend, conduct, and participate in various meetings or events.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree in natural resource management, economics, or natural sciences, and two years of work experience utilizing economic analyses methodologies and techniques.

Preferred Qualifications

A master's degree in an economics-focused discipline.

Three or more years work experience conducting economic analyses related to public infrastructure projects.

Application Procedures

Applications will ONLY be accepted online through the ND PeopleSoft System.

  • State of ND employees should access the announcement and application by signing into their ND PeopleSoft account at:, clicking on "my Career," and selecting "Careers" in the drop down menu.

  • Applicants who are not employees of the State of North Dakota can access the announcement and application by visiting:

  • Application materials must reach this office by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

  • In addition to the online application, applicants should upload the following documents:

  • Resume;

  • Cover letter(addressed to Human Resources Division);

  • Copy of all college transcripts(if applicable); and

  • The name, address, and phone number of three professional references (no letters of reference please).

  • Applicants claiming ND veteran's preference must submit documentation proving their ND residency and eligibility under North Dakota Century Code 37-19.1 by uploading the following:

  • Veterans must upload Form DD-214;

  • Disabled veterans must upload Form DD-214 and a current statement of disability from the Veterans Administration which is less than 1 year old;

  • Spouses of disabled veterans must upload Form DD-214, a copy of the marriage certificate, and a current statement of disability from the Veterans Administration which is less than 1 year old; or

  • Spouses of a deceased veteran must upload Form DD-214, a copy of the marriage certificate, and a copy of the veteran's death certificate.

  • Application materials will be scored based on a 100 point job related personnel system.

  • Applications should include information which directly addresses how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications and summary of work. It is very important to be thorough and detailed on all application materials.

  • Applicants who experience difficulties during the application process should contact or 701.328.3290.

  • North Dakota State Water Commission does not provide sponsorships.

  • For questions regarding this position's duties or requirements, please contact John Brintnell 701.328.2751 or

  • TTY users may use Relay North Dakota at 711 or 1-800-366-6888.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. 23-12-10.

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Natural Resource Economist

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