Water Resources Professional IV/Lower Rio Grande Manager

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Agency: Ofc of the State Engineer

Posting End Date: 19/02/2023

Job Posting Type: Continuous Job Opening

For more Job Requirements & Classification Description:

Job ID: 129007

Location: Santa Fe

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular – PERM for State


$32.55 – $52.08 Hourly

$67,698 – $108,317 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EG

Purpose of Position


Why does the job exist?

This position provides high level technical expertise to guide effective water resources management and to support the ISC’s Rio Grande Compact activities in the Lower Rio Grande basin (LRG) within New Mexico and into Texas.  It is a highly technical position that also has responsibility to manage, monitor, and report on all the ISC¿s LRG efforts including overseeing contracts, contractors, projects, and reporting.  Initial assignments for the position will be to engage in LRG data collection activities; support mediation efforts related to the on-going United States Supreme Court (USSC) litigation; and to support continued development of the Water Management Pilot Project (LRG Pilot Program) that is developing and examining a variety of actions and tools to conserve groundwater. The LRG Pilot Program will examine and test various groundwater management actions, including rotational fallowing, aquifer recharge, infrastructure improvement, and supply augmentation.   The Program Manager will propose potential new approaches for ISC engagement in the outcomes of the USSC litigation and will lead the new Program as it becomes better defined through either mediation or the litigation. This work will include coordinating efforts with the NM Office of the State Engineer (OSE), the US Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, water users groups, selected attorneys and technical experts from the private sector as well as other stakeholder groups in the LRG.

How does it get done?

1. Lead existing ISC LRG work efforts – coordinating with the stakeholder groups and agency to conduct studies, collect data, account for use of deliveries under the Compact in the LRG, evaluate how effectively  different groundwater management actions promote aquifer health and improve surface water deliveries.
2. Explore, recommend, and develop alternatives for successful ISC engagement in LRG activities associated with accounting and reporting under the Rio Grande Compact.
3. Develop studies and information required to effectively implement compact management actions without harm to the LRG economy.
4. Provide technical and management support to the LRG Pilot Program that includes coordinating with local water management entities and seeking and using local, state and federal resources to implement the Program in the long-term.
5. Provide the necessary technical expertise to inform the development of any agreements or legislation necessary to support the ISC’s LRG efforts.

Who are the customers?

The Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission, ISC Water Groups, and the State of New Mexico.

Ideal Candidate

1. Experience with New Mexico groundwater and aquifers.
2. Experience with surface water supplies, reservoir and agricultural system operations and accounting.
3. Experience coordinating efforts with other government entities.
4. Experience with New Mexico and federal water laws.
5. Experience developing Projects or Programs.

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. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling ten (10) years may substitute for the required education and experience. Substitutions Apply.

• Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.

• If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of “semester hours” in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.

Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License and an approved Defensive Driving Certificate.

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 mostly in an office setting with exposure to visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer, computer equipment and phone usage with extended periods of sitting.  Frequent travel is required for meetings, and occasional field work with exposure to inclement weather, and rough terrain. Presentations to groups may be required. May be required to work at alternate work sites. Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License in order to driving a state vehicle.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Page Pegram (505) 383-4051 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.