Water Resources Professional III (GWQB Produced Water Project Manager)

New Mexico Department of Environment

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸


$27.30 – $43.69 Hourly

$56,792 – $90,867 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EF

Purpose of Position


Why does the job exist?

The New Mexico Environment Department is growing and seeks highly engaged talent to assist us in our mission to protect and restore the environment and foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. Learn more about us at: https://www.env.nm.gov/

This position will serve as a Ground Water Quality Bureau technical and regulatory lead for implementing the New Mexico Produced Water Act with respect to the treatment and potential fit-for purpose use of produced water outside the oil and gas field.

How does it get done?

This position serves as an in-house produced water expert and Water Protection Division representative to ensure the protection of groundwater and surface water quality in New Mexico. This position provides technical review and expertise related to produced water treatment technologies, pilot projects, water quality research, data analysis, and related publications. The position interacts with several entities outside of NMED, including universities, water research institutes, non-governmental organizations, stakeholders, land owners, industry, and various state and federal agencies regarding produced water and related treatment technologies. This position drafts proposed regulations, prepares written testimony, and serves as expert witness for produced water regulation and permit actions or certifications using technical knowledge and applicable rules, regulations, and statutes. This position will prepare, review, and deliver presentations, guidance documents, and other produced water outreach and education tools for the regulated community, stakeholders, and staff.

Who are the customers?

The customers are the people of New Mexico who rely on clean groundwater and surface water for drinking water, irrigation, agriculture, and recreation.

Ideal Candidate

An ideal candidate will have: 1) a Bachelor’s (Master’s preferred) degree or higher in a water-related discipline such as hydrology, water resources, geology, hydrogeology, wastewater technology, or engineering; and eight (8) years of relevant work experience; 2) Strong project management skills and experience coordinating a project with multiple tasks and participants; 3) Knowledge and experience with the federal Clean Water Act, New Mexico Water Quality Act, and New Mexico Produced Water Act, including water quality standards/limits and related discharge permitting processes; and 4) Knowledge and experience specific to New Mexico’s (or other semi-arid state’s) groundwater, rivers, and streams and the state and federal agencies responsible for their management and protection.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Science, Hydrology, Geology, Environmental Science, Water Resources, Watershed Management, Physics, Natural Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Forestry/Forest Science, Conservation Science, Wildlife Science Emergency Management or Engineering and six (6) years of relevant experience. Substitutions Apply. 

Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License.

Working Conditions

Executive Order 2021-057 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 mostly in an office setting with exposure to visual / Video Display Terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and phone usage. Occasional travel is required for training, meetings, field work with potential exposure to inclement weather, insects, machinery, and chemicals.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Lynette Guevara, (505) 629-8811 or Email

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.