Colorado residents: Regional Water Coordination Specialist

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Department Information

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Consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. It’s our mission to manage and conserve Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit of people today – and tomorrow. That means we have to balance development with conservation so the state we all love provides similar opportunities for our children and their children.
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The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.
In addition to offering rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Medical and Dental plans
  • Strong, flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus pre-tax 401K and 457 plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • Employee Wellness programs
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous vacation and sick leave
  • Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options
  • Career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

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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.

This position is with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) whose strategic mission is to conserve, develop, protect and manage Colorado’s water for present and future generations.

Description of Job


Position Summary:

This position is part of the Water Supply Planning Section which continually implements and refines the various components of the Colorado Water Plan, including the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan, the Basin Implementation Plans, and the Colorado Water Plan. The position, under the supervision of the Section Chief, is responsible for analyzing and monitoring technical aspects of water supply and use in Colorado, evaluating stakeholder processes and provides high level support for meetings that advance these discussions. This involves conducting and coordinating studies and analyses to help ensure that Colorado has an adequate water supply for its citizens and the environment.  It also involves being inclusive and committed to building collaboration across diverse audiences.  This position in responsible for supporting and coordinating stakeholder groups across the state of Colorado including helping support the nine (9) basin roundtables (roundtables) and the Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) and provides updates to the Colorado Water Conservation Board on these activities. In this role, the position travels supports meetings, events and travels multiple times a month to meetings across the state. This position coordinates with and provides technical support to diverse communities and peoples across Colorado who are represent various water interests across the municipal, agricultural and environmental sectors.

This unit is also responsible for managing and supporting the Water Plan and legislatively defined stakeholder groups like the roundtables and IBCC but also coordinates with local government, water utilities, conservation districts, state legislators, nongovernmental organizations and other groups. As part of this process, the work unit manages grant funding to help implement diverse water projects through the Water Supply Reserve Fund, Water Plan Grants, and other funding sources. The work unit also includes specialists who focus on water conservation, drought, climate, agriculture, community engagement and general water supply and demand planning. This includes distributing grants, providing technical assistance in all of these areas as well as other areas of the Colorado Water Plan related to environmental, recreation and watershed health. Technical support in these areas aims to help advance science, policy and project implementation that ultimately work to advance the Colorado Water Plan and enhance Colorado’s resilience.

The position also analyzes complex water supply and water activity grant and loan applications and determines their conformance with applicable criteria and guidelines and makes recommendations for funding to management and the Board. The position reviews and analyzes scopes of work and project progress to ensure that the terms and conditions of the grant or loan are met prior to approving project costs, invoices, and payments to the grantee/borrower. This position accomplishes the above tasks in consultation and coordination with other federal, state, and local water interests. The position’s responsibilities also include providing public information on these matters, as necessary.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

Analysis of Water, Use, Needs and Planned Projects
Develops and implements technical methodologies to analyze data and information on water use for the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Tech Update), the Basin Implementation Plans, and the Colorado Water Plan.  Applies technical principles to help track and analyze the benefits and risks of planned water projects.  Develops and refines results to be published in reports, letters, memos, and websites.  Analyzes technical data to provide information on water resource planning issues.  Manages consultants on large complicated projects and ensures that work is completed appropriately and within scope.

Stakeholder Involvement and Statewide Planning
Provides high-level technical expertise and staff support to the public policy stakeholder process of the Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) and the 9 Basin Roundtables created by the Water for the 21st Century Act [House Bill (HB) 05-1177].  Serves as staff lead for multiple Basin Roundtables and directs the state consulting team in completing various components of the Colorado Water Plan.  Serves as a staff lead for the IBCC and related subcommittees. Provides staff support to IBCC and roundtable members, including presentation of policy initiatives at IBCC meetings and Basin Roundtable Meetings. Implements statewide planning processes to foster meaningful public outreach and ensure broad information exchange between the roundtables and affected stakeholders. Coordinates roundtable participation for staff from other CWCB sections.

Colorado Water Plan Efforts
Provides research and technical analysis regarding local, basin, and statewide water supply and demand, and resulting gaps.  Assists with the coordination and development of successive updates to the Colorado Water Plan, Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan, and the Basin Implementation Plans.  Manages the design and collection of data on water use and diverse water projects to meet Colorado’s future water needs. Summarizes data and makes recommendations regarding data and research collection methodologies and interpretation.  Works with the CWCB, DWR, and DNR staff members and water providers throughout the state to obtain relevant project and planning data including; water use information, project location, yield, supply source, project status, capital/operating costs, etc. Designs procedures to create standardized data formats to ensure comparability and minimize duplication of efforts.

Grant Program Management
Performs detailed review and analysis of grant applications to ensure conformance with criteria and guidelines and state laws and regulations.  Reviews scopes of works and funding requests to ensure that they achieve the goals of the project proponent and legislative intent of the program.  Monitors project implementation and requests for payment to ensure that the project is completed on-time and within the budget.  Makes recommendations for modification of program elements and project implementation as needed to ensure successful implementation. Explains and promotes the program to water users, water interests, and local stakeholders.  

Other Duties
Responds in a timely and thorough manner to customer requests for information and help. Communicates regularly to keep the Section Chief, other staff and the public informed about issues. Prepare written status reports for the CWCB Director’s Report and board memos according to established schedules. Prepare written information for annual reports as requested. Provide professional and technical assistance through public appearances, speeches, meetings, and workshops. Identify and document accomplishments for inclusion in reports, newsletters and press releases, and websites for the CWCB and the public. Ensure all appropriate documents are imaged for access via the website. Ensure website content is up to date. Timely completion of Kronos (timecard), monthly travel reimbursements, project updates, and other project administration, planning, management, and implementation activities.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, water resource planning and/or management, watershed management, watershed science, environmental science, environmental studies, biology, natural science, natural resources, human dimensions of natural resources, science education, science communication, geology, hydrology, hydraulics or a closely related field AND two years of professional experience in water resource planning, water resource education and/or water resource management.
Work experience as stated in the minimum requirements demonstrating competencies equivalent to the competencies learned through completion of the required education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis up to four years for the bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree in the appropriate fields referenced in the minimum requirements may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and one year of the required experience.

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. 
  • Colorado residency is required at the time of application.
  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify their application from the current position.  (Please Note: Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with DNR).
  • A current & valid Driver’s license is required for operating a state vehicle and occasional travel is anticipated.  
  • Must be willing and able to travel frequently throughout the state, up to 2 or 5 times per month
  • Must be willing and able to travel in state and out of state to attend meetings
  • Must be willing and able to occasionally exert up to 20 lbs. of force to move objects 

Preferred qualifications

The highly desirable candidate will have experience in water planning at a state level; experience with the Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) and Basin Roundtables; and/or experience in the Colorado water community. This includes:

  • Experience working on Colorado specific water quantity issues locally, regionally and/or statewide.
  • Knowledge of both water quality and water quantity issues in Colorado
  • Experience working across broad stakeholder groups that may not always agree on solutions, including municipal, environmental, recreational, agricultural or other stakeholder groups
  • Demonstrated experience leading and facilitating stakeholder discussions; giving presentations to stakeholders and decision-makers; planning and developing programs; working with diverse teams to develop strategic plans
  • Experience supporting, processing and/or managing grant applications processes.
  • Proven ability in effective communications to take technical and scientific data/information and make it accessible to community members and decision makers
  • Graphic design, GIS and/or other data visualization experience in reporting and/or presenting data to the public
  • Event coordination including support for special events and meetings involving audio visual support, scheduling, contract management and logistics.
  • Experience developing education and outreach initiatives that help expand public understanding.
  • Experience integrating equity, diversity and inclusivity discussions into processes and/or programs such as expanding community outreach, education and program access in ways that enhance community input, access to grants and/or public awareness
  • Political savvy working across diverse groups.
  • Bilingual skills in speaking, reading or writing another language (e.g. Spanish).


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 this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. 

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.
Supplemental Information


The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.
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Applicant Checklist:
Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online Application for Announced Vacancy 
  • A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your online  application.
  • A current resume uploaded as an attachment to your online application
  • If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
  • If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

The Assessment Process:
The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system to 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 may consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review.  Utilizing your detailed on-line application, cover letter, resume and transcripts, 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 in comparison to all other applicants for this position.  It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position.  â€śSee 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 evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  Current/recent experience is preferred.
  • Upload additional pages if necessary to detail your experience and accomplishments.  Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Anna Kargobai-Murray, at [email protected].

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 Anna Kargobai-Murray at [email protected] at least five business days before the date that any accommodation will be required 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.
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