Water Resources Manager I

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸


$30.38 – $48.61 Hourly

$63,198 – $101,117 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EG

Purpose of Position


Why does the job exist?

To supervise staff in the Hydrology Bureau and to perform complex hydrologic, hydrogeologic, and engineering analyses and evaluations to support Water Rights Administration, Adjudications, Interstate Stream Compact compliance, subdivision review and other water planning and management functions.  This position develops and utilizes complex hydrologic models to assess the impacts of pending and new diversions on the hydrologic system and effectively communicates methods and results.  This position produces hydrologic data and analyses, technical memoranda and reports, exhibits and expert reports, interrogatory questions and responses, written and oral expert testimony, scopes of work, presentations, computer programs, policies and procedures.  This position also provides sound technical support for agency water resource management activities and participates in the preparation of new rules and regulations and Guidelines.

How does it get done?

-Provide Bureau management support and supervision of assigned staff (3 Water Resources Professional positions)
-Support water rights administration, adjudications, interstate stream compact compliance, subdivision review, and other agency water management and planning functions. 
-Direct, supervise, evaluate and document employee work and performance.
-Perform personnel management functions such as time sheet approval, employee development, interview/hire, discipline/terminate and conflict resolution.
-Prepare timely employee evaluations in accordance with SPO and OSE rules and regulations.
-Serve as acting Bureau Chief when specifically delegated.
-Assign appropriate staff as experts for protested or aggrieved water rights cases. Lead team technical support for agency litigation activities in selected cases

Who are the customers?

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission and the State of New Mexico.  (Administrating the use and development of the State’s water resources while protecting existing water rights within the State.)

Ideal Candidate

– Experience supervising and mentoring staff.
– Experience with complex hydrologic models and assessing the impacts of pending and new diversions on the hydrologic system.
– Experience with water rights administration, adjudications, interstate stream compact compliance, and subdivision reviews.
– Experience automating geo-processing tasks using scripting language(s).
– Experience interpreting geophysical logs to identify lithology.
– Experience developing hydrologic and hydro-geologic analyses using USGS groundwater/surface water flow models, particularly with MODFLOW.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor’s Degree in a related Water Resources discipline (Agriculture Science, Hydrology, Geology, Environmental Science, Water Resources, Watershed Management, Physics, Biology, Natural Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography Forestry/Forest Science, Conservation Science, Wildlife Science, Emergency Management or Engineering) and eight (8) years of relevant experience. Master’s Degree in the above disciplines and six (6) years of relevant experience or a Ph.D. and four (4) years of experience in the above disciplines will substitute for the required education and experience.

Employment Requirements

Must maintain a valid New Mexico Drivers License and current defensive driving Certification.

Working Conditions

Executive Order 2021-046 requires all employees with the State of New Mexico to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a COVID-19 viral test every week.

The Public Health Order (on Vaccination) dated August 17, 2021, requires Congregate Care Facility Workers and Hospital Workers to be fully vaccinated.

If you have questions about whether these requirements apply to this specific position, contact the agency contact listed on this advertisement.

Links to the referenced Executive Order and Public Health Order can be found on the State Personnel Office website homepage: www.spo.state.nm.us

Work is performed in the office with extensive computer and phone usage where it requires a considerable amount of sitting. This position will be required to work in the field as needed with exposure to inclement weather and there may be periods of extended standing or kneeling while working out in the field. This position is required to meet with the public and may be required to travel to different job sites. The incumbent in the position will need to lift up to 25 pounds, drive an agency vehicle, measure stream flow, collect data. The incumbent also will be required to follow safety protocols in the office and in the field at all times.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Ghassan Musharrafieh (505) 827-6110Email

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.

Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

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