Source Water Protection Specialist

New Mexico Department of Environment

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Agency: Department of Environment

Posting End Date: 10/01/2023

Job Posting Type: Standard Requisition

Job ID: 129530

Location: Santa Fe

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Sponsored Term


$29.25 – $46.80 Hourly

$60,836 – $97,337 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EF

Purpose of Position

We are growing and seek highly engaged talent to assist us in our mission to protect and restore the environment and foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. The Drinking Water Bureau is seeking applications for the position of Source Water Protection Specialist.

As a valued new employee to the NM Environment Department, you will receive five (5) full days of leave in your leave balances right from your start date.

Why does the job exist?

Looking for a rewarding career and growth opportunity? The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking highly engaged talent to assist us in our mission to protect and restore the environment and foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. Come be a part of our great team for change! Learn more at:

The primary goal of this position is to support long term, safe, and sustainable sources of drinking water in New Mexico. This is done by providing technical planning assistance to public water systems and their communities through source water assessments, planning documents, environmental reviews, and  educational outreach.  This position is an integral part of the DWB’s Source Water Protection Program which is essential for providing community assistance in planning to protect public sources of drinking water.  This position will also be highly involved with the Drinking Water Bureau’s Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) research and source water protection programs.

How does it get done?

This works closely with many NMED programs as well as external programs to to identify existing or potential sources of contamination, assess the risk to public water systems, and work with those systems to develop science based source water protection plans and contamination studies.  This position guides the direction of the program, develops program procedures and process methodologies, oversees special water quality studies, and implements the program as set forth in EPA grant work plans.

Who are the customers?

This job is done for all New Mexicans to protect and restore the environment. This position may have occasional contact with external Federal, State and Local regulatory bodies as well as contractors and environmental not for profit organizations. This position will have contact with internal staff as well.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree in fields such as water resources, hydrology, geology, or other natural science field and will have significant work experience with surface and/or groundwater resources, water quality, water contamination, and water resource planning.  Experience with GIS, public outreach, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and and conducting water resource related studies are all highly desired skills for this position.

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 four (4) 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 eight (8) 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 New Mexico Driver’s License.  Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive a Defensive Driving Course certificate as a condition of continued employment.  In state and out of state travel may be required.

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.

This position requires a significant amount of time in an office type setting working on a computer, using the telephone, with extended periods of sitting. The position also requires some time spent in meetings and some time spent in the field on uneven surfaces in potentially extreme weather conditions.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Joe Martinez 505-467-9415 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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