Colorado residents: Deputy Ground Water Commissioner (Republican River)

Colorado Department of Natural Resources
CO, United States
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Mid-Level (5-7 Years)


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Also known as the Office of the State Engineer.

Our mission is to provide competent and dependable distribution of water in accordance with statutes, decrees and interstate compacts; ensure public safety through safe dams and properly permitted and constructed water wells; maintain and provide accurate and timely information concerning water; promote stewardship of all human, fiscal and natural resources; serve the public through the generation of creative solutions to problems; help the public understand complex water issues; promote stability in the use of the state's limited water resources and apply modern technology to its greatest advantage. Division of Water Resources

The Division of Water Resources (DWR) well metering program administers the Colorado water rights and interstate compacts in river basins where the surface water has been over appropriated and serves to protect senior water rights, and govern the use and/or measurement of groundwater diversions. 

Description of Job

The Deputy Ground Water Commissioner enforces Rules and Regulations governing the measurement of ground water diversions located in the Republican River Basin within Water Division 1. This position handles incoming questions as the Measurement Rules are initiated; helps process variance requests, Power Conversion Coefficient (PCC) reviews, system complexity reviews; and ensure that enforcement actions are verified and properly filed. The position works with well owners to ensure proper measurement technique and equipment. The position assists in the training, certification and recertification of independent meter testers. This position also assists with field inspections and verification of compliance with ground water permitting as may be required by the Ground Water Commission. Duties include but not limited to:

  • Assess the accuracy of well measurement methods, including in-line totaling flow meters, empirically derived relationships between the amount of electrical power consumed to pump water from the well (known as a power consumption coefficient) and other methods to measure a prescribed volume of water in a specific time frames.
  • Review permit and/or decree requirements to determine if a well is operating in compliance of applicable rules
  • Serve as liaison, on behalf of the State Engineer, with well owners, well user groups, conservation and conservancy districts, and determine actions required for compliance which includes orders to cease and desist.
  • Monitoring compliance for those who have been issued cease and desist orders.
  • Prepare evidence of well owners who violate order to cease and desist for referral to the Office of the Attorney General.
  • liaising with and assisting the attorney assigned to the case with filing and prosecuting the complaint;
  • Evaluate the ability of public well testers to assess the accuracy of well measurement methods, which includes a field examination. 
  • Determine if well measurement tests submitted annually by public testers are acceptable.
  • Identify well owners who need to repair or replace faulty or inaccurate meters;
  • Provide QA/QC of public testers' meter tests and identify potential concerns with tests or tester's methodologies.
  • Document tester's conduct, methodology, truthfulness, and other related issues for a hearing before the State Engineer.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

  • High school diploma or GED certificate AND five years of field experience in water measurement, well permitting, groundwater diversions or use, designated basins or ground water commission activities, or similar natural resources related which includes farm or ranch work that include duties for water measurement, use, control, management, and/or distribution.


Satisfactory completion of coursework from an accredited, non-correspondence college or university in civil engineering, engineering, environmental engineering, mining engineering, earth science, geology, may  substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required general experience. 

Conditions of Employment:

  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
  • Must possess and maintain a current valid State of Colorado driver's license.
  • Must be willing and able to obtain a Well Tester Certification, by the Colorado Division of Water Resources within one-year from date of hire.
  • Must be willing and able to be on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to handle routine and emergency situations as they arise.
  • Must be willing and able to work weekends and holidays during the peak season if necessary.
  • Must be in relatively good physical condition.
  • Must be willing and able to spend up to several hours per day standing and/or climbing up and down hills.
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors in varying terrain and weather conditions.
  • Must willing and able to operate an ATV or 4-wheel drive vehicle and travel off road.
  • Must be willing and able to travel throughout districts on foot or using ATV or 4WD, frequently walking up to ½ mile to access wells and metering devices.
  • Must be willing and able to work alone in remote areas.
  • Must be willing and able to perform physically demanding tasks, which may include lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be willing to encounter snakes, mice and other outdoor animals.
  • Must be willing and able to defend and support his/her actions and records in depositions or court testimony.
  • Must be willing and able to maintain a home office.
  • Must reside within the boundary of Water District 49 or 65.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and make real time decisions that may have great impact on water users and the State of Colorado.
  • Knowledge of various surface and ground water measurement functionality and technologies.
  • Professional demeanor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to operate computers.
  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Suite and other database software without training
  • Ability to utilize mapping software and GP/S Units.