Integrated Water Management Coordinator

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources

Lincoln, NE, USA 🇺🇸


The Water Planning Division (Division) at the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR) works with local, regional, state, and interstate partners and stakeholders on integrated management of surface water and groundwater and on interstate water agreements. Our vision is advancing collaborative water management across the State of Nebraska based on sound science, and our mission is to sustain and protect Nebraska’s water supplies and water users for both the near and long term. The Division’s work blends hydrogeological modeling and analyses with water policy and planning.

Under limited supervision, an Integrated Water Management Coordinator (IWM Coordinator) is responsible for coordinating and managing projects, supervising staff, and assisting with Division administration. This IWM Coordinator position will also maintain a complete understanding of the Division’s hydrologic models and analyses used to carry out state statutes and integrated management plans. Some areas of responsibility include:

  • Leading and coordinating the development and implementation of groundwater, surface water, and crop-watershed models, in support of integrated water management plans, basin-wide plans, and interstate compacts, decrees, and agreements,
  • Communicating highly technical modeling processes and analyses with local, state, and federal water mangers as well as the general public,
  • Reviewing and developing publications, presentations, and other documents, such as technical hydrological reports and associated documentation, outreach materials for the public, plans, annual progress reports, internal policies and procedures,
  • Coordinating NeDNR’s involvement in interstate water compacts, decrees, and agreements, and
  • Building and maintaining relationships between NeDNR and external partner organizations.

Some travel is required for this position, including occasional overnight travel. When not traveling, the employee’s work time will include a mixture of teleworking and in-office work.

The salary range for this position is $28.314–34.663 per hour. Salary to be commensurate with applicant’s education and experience, if approved. NeDNR will not sponsor non-immigrant work visas for this position.

Examples of Work

SUPERVISION, ADMINISTRATION, AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Plan, assign, direct, delegate, and evaluate the work of staff. Support Division staff in their professional growth through delegation of tasks, setting and evaluating performance goals, and helping to identify training opportunities. Work closely with Division Managers and other IWM Coordinators to ensure efficient use of Division resources, develop work plans, and implement Division procedures. Maintain financial oversight on consultant selection and fees, research costs, contracts, etc. and oversee their work. Organize and manage records, including some sensitive and/or confidential information.

DATA AND ANALYSES: Coordinate technical analyses to evaluate progress toward plan goals and objectives, inform plan development, and fulfill requirements of interstate water agreements.  Develop working knowledge of complex technical materials and procedures and communicate with others about them. Conduct technical assessments on the adequacy of all tools used in integrated water management plans to ensure successful accomplishment of plan goals. Work with consultants and the Division’s technical staff, determine what data are needed to support development and implementation of integrated water management plans. Attend professional scientific conferences and programs and professional research literature to stay current and maintain expertise. 

WATER POLICY AND PLANNING: In partnership with Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) and in collaboration with other Division staff, provide support for the development and implementation of integrated surface water/groundwater management plans through hydrologically connected surface and groundwater modeling analyses. Work with NeDNR leadership and other staff to represent the State’s interests in interstate water compacts, decrees, and agreements. Develop and demonstrate working knowledge of Nebraska water statutes.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND OUTREACH: Coordinate and support facilitation of stakeholder committee meetings, public meetings, public hearings, and surveys. Develop and deliver presentations, reports, and outreach materials to convey Division activities and complex hydrological and integrated water management concepts to public and professional audiences.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Geology, Engineering or Natural Sciences and 5 years experience in hydrology, geology and groundwater modeling some of which in a supervisory capacity. Candidate must submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position and summarizing their previous hydrologic analyses experience. If there is a hydrologic/hydrogeologic model you have helped create which has been published, please submit a copy of the published document as an attachment to your application, and please also describe your level of involvement with that document in your cover letter.
PREFERRED: Master’s degree in natural resources planning, science policy, hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, engineering, or natural resources. Experience working in a supervisory capacity. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

KNOWLEDGE OF: The methods and procedures of human resource development; natural resources planning; project management; facilitation; effective science and policy communication techniques; integrated management planning processes; and complex scientific concepts related to surface water and groundwater hydrology and geology, including groundwater and/or surface water modeling. 

ABILITY TO: Instruct, supervise, and direct staff; learn and apply Nebraska’s surface and groundwater laws; think logically; understand surface water and groundwater systems and the analyses of these systems in the context of planning; organize and analyze available information and reach sound conclusions; work as a team leader with NeDNR staff, NRDs, and consultants to develop and implement integrated water management plans and basin-wide plans; collaborate and communicate professionally with interstate and intrastate water resources partner agencies; communicate highly technical information to other technical experts and the general public; organize and write technical reports; be an expert witness in court proceedings; select, compile, and analyze information necessary to identify, substantiate, and solve a scientific or technical problem and prepare reports based on that analysis; demonstrate tact and professionalism in internal and external interactions; help facilitate or mediate discussions among parties with differing opinions; listen to and try to understand the viewpoints of others and consider their input; accept direction and decisions from NeDNR and Division leadership when appropriate; communicate clearly and professionally when writing or speaking.

SKILL IN: Project management; managing highly technical projects such as developing, analyzing, and applying hydrologic models and other system analysis techniques; communication of scientific ideas and concepts; explaining the results of division analyses to decision makers; understanding and comprehending written documents; using logic to identify alternative solutions or conclusions; public participation; natural resources planning.