Local recruitment: Canadian Basin Manager/Water Resources Manager I

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Agency: Ofc of the State Engineer

Posting End Date: 21/03/2023

Job Posting Type: Continuous Job Opening

Job ID: 129777

Location: Santa Fe

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular – PERM for State

Salary

$32.55 – $52.08 Hourly

$67,698 – $108,317 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EG

Purpose of Position

THIS POSTING WILL BE USED FOR ONGOING RECRUITMENT AND MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME. APPLICANT LISTS MAY BE CERTIFIED MORE THAN ONCE.

Why does the job exist?

This position serves as the NMISC lead on all Canadian Basin projects including conducting high-level technical analysis to support decision-making and manages hydrologic and water-resources engineering projects at Ute and Eagle Nest Reservoirs.  The position supervises the Ute and Eagle Nest Dam Caretakers to provide support to the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority and provides oversight of daily water releases and associated accounting to ensure dam operation in accordance with the Permit 71 Eagle Nest Settlement Agreement.

How does it get done?

This new Canadian Basin Manager will serve as the NMISC lead on all Canadian Basin projects including conducting high-level technical analysis to support decision-making and conducting various hydrologic and water-resources engineering projects at Ute and Eagle Nest Reservoirs.

1) Management of Ute Dam and Reservoir – Supervise NMISC’s Ute Dam Caretaker and oversee all operations including providing support to the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA) related to connection of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Pipeline Project (ENMRWPP). This position will also: oversee the Ute Reservoir Shoreline Management Plan and NMISC’s Boat Dock and Encroachment Policy; ensure New Mexico’s compliance with the Arkansas River Shiner Management Plan; oversee management of NMISC fee lands and easements surrounding Ute Reservoir; and ensure proper maintenance, planning, and oversee all contracting related to repairs of, and necessary modifications to, the dam and appurtenant structures.

2) Serving as New Mexico’s Canadian River Compact Engineer Advisor – This position will serve as Engineer Advisor to New Mexico’s Canadian River Compact Commissioner including supporting New Mexico’s compliance with the Compact and the resulting U.S. Supreme Court Decree: conducting high-level oversight of the Basin’s technical data spreadsheets and ensuring they are accurate and up-to-date; performing extensive data analyses including interstate compact accounting; conducting field inspections and data collection as needed; preparing technical memoranda and reports; coordinating with the Texas and Oklahoma Engineer Advisors and planning for and attending all meetings related to Canadian River Compact activities.

3) Oversight of Eagle Nest Dam Operations – Oversee the Eagle Nest Dam Caretaker and all dam operations in accordance with the Permit 71 Eagle Nest Settlement Agreement, including oversight of daily releases and associated accounting. Coordinate with NM Office of the State Engineer water masters working out of the Cimarron District Office.

4) Coordination with State and Federal Partners and Canadian Basin Stakeholders  – Coordinate with various other water management entities, including the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others, on various Canadian Basin activities; represent the NMISC at meetings with the public, including advocating for the State of New Mexico in policy discussions.

5) Providing Support to the NMISC’s Pecos Basin Bureau – As needed, this position will also provide support to the NMISC’s Pecos Basin Bureau.

Who are the customers?

Interstate Stream Commission, Canadian Basin groups, and the State of New Mexico

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate has experience with:
1. Experience managing and supervising technical staff and contractors; the ability to set and meet goals together with staff; conduct performance reviews, hiring, and oversight of assigned work and special assignments
2. Conducting technical oversight of the Basin’s technical data spreadsheets accurately; performing extensive data analyses including interstate compact accounting
3. Conducting field inspections and data collection as needed and prepare technical memoranda and reports
4. Making decisions related to determining level of effort required to meet agency needs
5. Ability to work closely with the Pecos River Bureau Chief to ensure objectives are met and provide support

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 six (6) years of relevant experience. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience as it pertains to the essential duties and responsibilities of this classification totaling ten (10) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

• 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 Defensive Driving Course Certification within six (6) months of date of hire as a condition of continued employment.

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 and field setting with extensive exposure to personal computer.  Use of Xerox machine, computer, telephone, fax machine and calculator.  Stressful at times to meet deadlines. Field work/travel is required as much as 25% of the time.  May make presentations to groups.

Supplemental Information

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Agency Contact Information: Frank Scott, 505-396-1997 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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