Water Commissioner

Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Saguache County, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Part-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Not Specified

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If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.
 

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors.  In an effort to build diversity and inclusion, we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
 

Customer service is a key component for every position across state government.  We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).
 

The Division of Water Resources is a small division within the Department of Natural Resources dedicated to maximizing the beneficial use of Colorado's water resources.  Our activities include surface and water administration, dam safety, hydrologic studies, stream flow measurements, water diversion recording and water rights litigation. The Division 3 work unit exists to preserve, protect, develop and maximize the beneficial use of the present and future water supplies in the Rio Grande river basin; to enforce the statutory and judicial laws pertaining to surface water, ground water and dam safety; and to serve the needs of the public.
 

Description of Job
 
This position exists to ascertain available water supply and distribute, control, and regulate the waters in Districts 25/26/27, Division 3 for the State of Colorado.  Water is regulated on a daily basis under the direction of the Lead Water Commissioner, the Division Engineer, the State Engineer and the State's statutes.  This position exists to record and compile permanent records of water diversions and its use; disseminate and explain information pertaining to water, its availability, and use to the public,  more importantly its beneficial use, the livelihood of area ranchers and farmers, the economic benefit and development of the community, to communicate with other water commissioners, monitor dams for unsafe conditions, inspect wells to insure compliance with well permits/decrees, field investigate new water rights and to guide and direct water users to gain their cooperation and resolve disputes.  Specific duties/expectations:
  • Administration and Distribution of Water to In-Priority Water Rights:  Calculate and determine the amount of direct flow water available to each water right priority, and determine the exchange capability of the stream and necessary releases for augmentation or exchange. Regular observation of structures and comprehensive knowledge of the priority system and hydrologic factors within the district and the daily use of a call sheet. Plot location of water structures on maps from legal descriptions in water court decrees, maintain and update water rights and irrigated acres information pertaining to structure location and use on topographic maps. Uses measurements of streams, canals, and ditches by using standard stream flow measurements determined by Hydrographers.
  • Annual Diversion Records and Water Right Tabulations: Compile official record of diversions based upon water rights in priority, water use by observation of structures, collection of data, analysis and calculation of the amount of water distributed according to the several types stated above.  Data input and analysis using a spreadsheet and computer generated information.  Interpret and enforce compliance with terms and stipulation of plans for augmentation and groundwater management plans. Examine decrees and extracts data in order to make revisions to the water rights tabulation.  Verify tabulation and recommend correction of errors as necessary and maintain structure information database based upon current water diversion structures and owners.
  • Enforcement of Colorado Water Law: Enforce the provisions of Colorado Water Law pursuant to Section 37-92-502 CRS and policies of the Division and State Engineer. Identify violations, control and lock headgates; issue verbal and written orders, restrict diversions, investigate conditions of water use and compile reports to support formal enforcement actions. Provide information to the Division Engineer's office, Water Court and Well Permit Evaluation sections concerning permits or conditions of water use by field inspection of wells, gravel pits, small dams and existing or potential water diversions.  Plot location of water structures on maps from legal descriptions in water court decrees and maintain and update water rights and irrigated acreage information pertaining to structure location and use on topographical maps.
  • Additional Related Activities: Disseminate and provide information at public meetings; mediate and resolve water disputes; investigate hydrologic conditions, water laws and decrees, and provide guidance to all parties. Independently reviews and formulates short term and long term schedules to effectively implement the ever expanding duties of the division with available resources.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.
     
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
 
High school diploma or GED certificate AND four years of engineering or physical sciences assistant or technician experience related to water resources.
 
Substitutions
Satisfactory completion of course work from an accredited, non-correspondence college or university in civil engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mining engineering, earth science, geology, or field of study closely related to the work assignment will be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.
 
Conditions of Employment:
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire. 
 
Work Schedule:  This is a permanent, part-time position. During the irrigation season the work schedule may be 7 days per week, 40 hours per week plus the potential for overtime.

Appeal Rights:
It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications.  However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
 
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
 
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.  The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.
 
A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb.  If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300.  The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
 

Supplemental Information
 

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.
 
Your on-line application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.
 
Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process will consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review.  Utilizing your application, resume, cover letter and transcripts (include if substituting education for experience), the review is a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit and in comparison to all other applicants for this position.  It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application, resume and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position.  "See Resume" or "See Attached" will not substitute for the completed and detailed on-line application.
 
Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:

  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.
  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range.
  • Job Fit – Experience will be evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  Current experience is preferred.

It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications.  However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
 

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
 

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.  The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available

at www.colorado.gov/spb received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300.  The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
 

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ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.