The Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District is accepting applications for the position of general manager until “end of day” March 3.

Current District General Manager Terry Scanga said he will retire when his current contract ends Dec. 31.

The District’s Search Committee, made up of board members, will review applications, conduct interviews and recommend a candidate to the board.

Scanga said that, once a suitable candidate has been accepted by the board, that person will be offered a contract and terms. Depending on the qualifications and experience of the person ultimately hired, the new general manager could start work prior to Scanga’s retirement to facilitate a smooth transition.

The general manager reports to the Upper Ark District board of directors, manages the overall day-to-day activities of the District and is responsible for operation of the District’s water rights.

The general manager is also responsible for development of the annual budget and other long-term financial planning and represents the District at the state, regional and local levels on water policy matters.

The preferred candidate will have at least 10 years of relevant experience in organizational management, to include managing employees, as well as experience with and in-depth understanding of water rights administration in the Arkansas River Basin.

The full job description and application are here. Interested parties may also obtain an application by email at or at the District office, 339 East U.S. Highway 50 in Salida.

Submissions must include a completed application form, a cover letter, a resume and two letters of reference.