Irrigation Leader

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources


Governor Ricketts is seeking a thoughtful, customer-focused, and business-minded leader to join his cabinet as director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). DNR is responsible for Nebraska’s water resource management, soil and water conservation, flood prevention, watershed protection, and flood control. The department plans, develops and promotes the implementation of integrated management plans and state water planning in cooperation with other local, state and federal agencies and organizations. The department administers the state’s dam safety and flood plain management programs. As director, you’ll be responsible for the development and execution of water management strategy, engaging with statewide stakeholders in public administration and industry, the operational oversight of an 100 employee agency with a $18 million budget, while also acting as the governor’s subject matter expert and go-to person for all water policy issues. The successful candidate will have subject matter expertise in water management, a track record of effective stakeholder management, and a record of success in progressively more challenging executive roles. This position is subject to legislative confirmation and must be a professional engineer (PE) meeting the requirements of the Nebraska Engineers and Architects Regulations Act. Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to Jason Jackson, care of Elise Woodward at