Local recruitment: Temporary Entry-level Geoscientist/Hydrogeologist

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $22.00 Hourly

Location: Denver Metro, CO

Job Type: Temporary (9 months or less)

Department: Department of Natural Resources

Job Number: TEMP- PEA 2440057 12/22

Closing: Continuous

Department Information


This announcement will remain open until FILLED.  You are encouraged to apply early.Division of Water Resources (DWR):

Our mission is to administer the waters of the State to maximize lawful beneficial use, ensure that dams and water wells are properly constructed and safe, and provide information about water resources to the public.Description of Job

The Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR) seeks a Geoscientist/Hydrogeologist to assist staff within the Hydrogeology Section Department. The position will be working on a project to provide data to the National Groundwater Monitoring Network (NGWMN) as well as other duties of the Section.

DWR has a Cooperative Agreement with the US Geological Survey to add water-level sites within the Lower South Platte Alluvial Aquifer to the NGWMN.  You will be reviewing the current monitoring wells and selecting the best wells to add to the network in accordance with the framework of the NGWMN.

Specific job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing the current Colorado groundwater-level monitoring wells and selecting the best wells to add to the national network in accordance with the framework of the NGWMN. 
  • Confirming the well construction and lithology data for each new well site.
  •  Completion of manual data entry for available well construction information and transposing available handwritten lithology information into an electronic database by assigning standard lithology categories and descriptions.
  • Entering groundwater levels into online databases.
  • Processing and uploading data from continuous monitoring equipment.
  • Processing incoming geophysical logs and associated files, and other database-related tasks. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

The employee will have a hybrid office (Tuesday-Thursday) and remote work schedule with a computer and monitors provided by DWR.  DWR cannot provide or reimburse for internet service. Starting date will be early to mid January 2023. Temporary employees are not eligible for benefits or leave, All employees are required to contribute to their own retirement plan. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:High school diploma or GED. 


Two years of engineering or physical sciences (geology/hydrogeology/hydrology)  assistant experience in water resources that involves the administration of water measurement, control, and/or distribution.    


  • 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. 
  • If you are using a degree to substitute for the required experience, you may be required to provide copies of your educational transcripts for verification of your qualifications if requested.

Please note: The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. Your resume will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications; only the work experience section of your application will be reviewed to determine this. “See Resume” statements on the application will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets and MS Access (or other database management systems) is preferred.
  • The preferred candidate will have a geoscience Bachelor’s degree with relevant geologic and hydrologic science course work, or at least 2 years of schooling in this field.
  • Knowledge of DWR/CDSS Online Tools, ArcGIS,  and relevant job experience in groundwater monitoring, monitoring well construction, geologic mapping, lithologic logging, geophysical logs, and/or water rights administration is a plus. 
  • Experience with computers and writing documents.

Supplemental Information

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 anna.kargobai-murray@state.co.us.

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 anna.kargobai-murray@state.co.us 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.


The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program’s Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Toll–Free Applicant Support – Technical Help

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues.   Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload it.

Agency: State of Colorado

Department: Department of Natural Resources


1313 Sherman Street
Suite 415
Denver, Colorado, 80203

Phone: 303-866-3311

Website: http://dnr.state.co.us




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