Water Resources Supervisor/AWSA Program Manager

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 127306

Location: Santa Fe

Posting End Date: 09/27/2022

Agency: Ofc of the State Engineer

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular – PERM for State

Job Posting Type: Standard Requisition


$32.55 – $52.08 Hourly

$67,698 – $108,317 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EG

Purpose of Position

Interviews are anticipated within 2 weeks of hiring manager receiving list of applicants

Why does the job exist?

The purpose of the position is to manage a program within the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission’s (NMISC or Commission) Colorado River Basin Bureau for continued implementation of the agency’s roles, responsibilities and directives related to the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA), and oversee the use of the AWSA funding allocated by the Commission for water utilization projects to meet water supply in southwest New Mexico pursuant to the AWSA and other applicable federal and state laws

How does it get done?

1. Oversee administration of the funding in the New Mexico Unit Fund allocated by the Commission for water supply projects in southwest New Mexico (50%). Subtasks related to this major task include:
a) Assist in setting up a conjunctive process between the NMISC and Water Trust Board
b) Review Water Trust Board’s recommendations and ensure compliance with the requirements in the AWSA, as well as the NMISC criteria/guidelines
c) Make sound and defensible project funding recommendations for Commission consideration and action
d) Manage the Commission’s allocations through funding agreements with grantees
e) Coordinate with other agencies as necessary

2. Supervise two technical staff members within the AWSA Program under the NMISC’s Colorado River Basin Bureau (20%):
a) Work with HR to recruit and hire two new positions, or when a position becomes vacant.
b) Provide ongoing direction and constantly evaluate work flow, and provide assistance and clarification when needed.

3. Prepare and provide reports, presentations, and testimonies to various bodies including the Commission, Water Trust Board, and Legislature (15%): This may include annual status reports and fiscal updates, legislative bill analyses, and technical information resulting from any studies and investigations.

4. Provide back-up and support to the Colorado River Basin Bureau Chief (15%)

Who are the customers?

This position will report to the NMISC Colorado River Basin Bureau Chief. Customers include the NMISC and NMOSE staff, Water Trust Board and New Mexico Finance Authority, AWSA funding grantees in southwest New Mexico (counties of Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna), other state and local agencies, and stakeholders in southwest New Mexico.

Ideal Candidate

The preferred candidate will have:

1. Experience with project management and/or program management
2. Experience/familiarity with various aspects of water resources projects from planning to operations
3. Experience with inter-agency programs with or within the governmental bodies
4. Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

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. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table

No job description available

Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver¿s License in order to driving a state vehicle and a current defensive driving certification.

Working Conditions

State of New Mexico employees may be impacted by the Public Health Order dated August 12, 2022, which requires facilities licensed or certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), including all hospital types, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospice facilities and rehabilitation facilities, as well as assisted living facilities and adult day care settings, to adhere to all COVID-related requirements prescribed by CMS, including, but not limited to masking and staff vaccination.

In addition, employees working in State correctional facilities who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to inmates are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Work is performed in an office setting with extensive personal computer and phone usage.  Occasional fieldwork may be required. Travel may be required.  Work may also be required at alternate work sites. Required to follow all health and safety protocols.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Ali Effati 505-614-4636 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.





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