Water Resources Technician, Emphasis in GIS - Upper Big Blue NRD, York

Water Resources Technician, Emphasis in GIS - Upper Big Blue NRD, York

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The District’s Water Resources Technician perform a variety of water related tasks to support the Water Department Manager, such as water level measurements, chemigation inspections, flowmeter inspections, water quality sample collections, and compliance checks.  The Upper Big Blue NRD relies heavily on spatial and tabular databases in its everyday operations.  The position will focus efforts on Geographic Information Systems/Global Positioning Systems and related database management, as well as, the other water related tasks listed above.  This will include field data collection, field device management and application deployments, and mapping.


  • Build GIS maps for public consumption
  • Build GIS maps and projects for District staff
  • Maintain and acquire spatial data and imagery
  • Coordinate data collection efforts with other departments and agencies
  • District certified drone operator
  • Follow quality assurance and quality control standards in water quality sample collection
  • Spring water level measurements
  • Perform flow meter installation inspections
  • Conduct chemigation inspections
  • Other duties as assigned by the Water Department Manger


Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, environmental sciences, geography, or agriculture
Proficiency in the use of ESRI software

ArcMap or ArcPro
Spatial Analyst
ArcGIS Online

Must attain a Natural Resources Ground Water Technician License and FAA Drone Certification (both may be obtained after employment)
Hold a valid Driver’s License
Ability to work well and communicate effectively with people
Capability to work independently and take responsibility for results
Use sound judgement in difficult situations to facilitate conflict resolution

Effectively present information to management and the public thru written and verbal communication, published maps, and story maps
Capacity to work in all weather conditions
Computer competency a must
General knowledge of production agriculture helpful


The physical demands described here are typical of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The physical duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Loading and unloading a 4-wheeler from the bed of a pickup or trailer
  • Lifting 50 pounds from ground level to overhead
  • Perform laboratory functions where fumes and airborne particles may be present
  • Work near irrigation wells, both combustion engine with power take off (PTO) shafts and noise, and electrical with 480 volts
  • Walk in uneven and muddy terrain


The employee is expected to comply with the policies outlined in the Upper Big Blue NRD’s employee handbook, including the drug-free and alcohol-free workplace policies, anti-harassment, and safety policies. While representing the District the employee will conduct him or herself in a professional manner and avoid actions or comments that would reflect unfavorably on the NRD. Applicants graduating from college less than 5 years ago please include a photocopy of your college transcript.


This is a full-time position (starting wage $43,000-$46,000 negotiable with experience). The Upper Big Blue NRD offers:

  • Full medical, dental, and vision benefits within 30 days of hire.
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Affordable dependent health insurance available
  • Employer matching retirement
  • 10 Paid holidays
  • Separate vacation and sick leave hours
  • Tuition assistance
  • Wellness program
  • Uniform Reimbursement Program

To be considered, please submit an application, cover letter, resume, and contact information including the e-mail addresses for three professional and one personal references. An application can be found on our website at, or by request. Applicants graduating from college less than 5 years ago please include a photocopy of your college transcript. Both USPS and electronic formats are welcome. Submit information to Marie Krausnick at mebel [at] This position will stay open until filled. Starting date is negotiable.

Upper Big Blue NRD
319 E 25th St.
York, NE 68467
(402) 362-6601

The Upper Big Blue NRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, age, protected Veterans status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.