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Water Resource Management Program


Jeff Cooper

(208) 732-6405

Program Overview

Water Resource Management is specifically intended for people who desire employment involving water quality, measurement, regulation and application. Career options are most abundant in municipal and industrial wastewater management. Specific courses are offered to assist students who desire to sit for the Idaho operator-in-training (OIT) exam. Graduates are also qualified for a variety of local, state, and federal positions with agencies such as IDWR, DEQ, BLM, and Forest Service. Internships are often available at these agencies so students can obtain first-hand experience in the interested field.

Admission Requirements

There are specific requirements for enrollment in our career technical programs.  Students should be familiar with demands of a particular occupation and how that occupation matches with their individual career interests and goals. The specific requirements are established by the technical program.  A student who does not meet the established requirements for entrance into a program will have an opportunity to participate in the appropriate level courses to improve their skills for program consideration.  The program requirements and admission procedures can be obtained by contacting the program advisor.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Water Resource Management  program, a student will be able to:

  1. Perform open channel, closed conduit, and theoretical water measurement techniques.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental water quality sampling techniques with industry-adopted instrumentation and protocols.
  3. Apply state and federal laws pertaining to water allocation, distribution, and quality.
  4. Indicate different irrigation planning methods and water application methods for given soil and field conditions.
  5. Summarize in detail the role of the soil-water interactions and the importance of soil in the water system.
  6. Identify various water delivery and conveyance systems.
  7. Utilize mapping tools, such as GIS & GPS, to evaluate and inventory watersheds.
  8. Evaluate the impacts and interactions of human and biological factors on the water system.

Sample Career Opportunities:

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
  • Hydrologic Technician
  • Environmental Science Technician

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices

Gainful Employment

The following majors are included in this program:

This information provided in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about Gainful Employment can be found at