Local recruitment: Advanced Water Planner

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Agency: Ofc of the State Engineer

Posting End Date: 05/01/2023

Job Posting Type: Standard Requisition

Job ID: 129703

Location: Santa Fe

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular – PERM for State


$29.25 – $46.80 Hourly

$60,836 – $97,337 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EF

Purpose of Position

Interviews will be conducted within two (2) weeks from the hiring manager receiving a list.

Why does the job exist?

The purpose of the Advanced Water Planner position is to provide significant contributions to the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) in support of water planning including the State Water Plan, Regional Water Plans, and additional water planning initiatives and publications. The Advanced Water Planner provides policy and planning expertise to NMISC staff, the NMISC Commission, government officials, stakeholders, citizens, and others involved in water planning. The position also serves as a lead in specific projects utilizing technical expertise, facilitation, writing, research, and other skills necessary to address complex and multifaceted water challenges.

The Advanced Water Planner often serves as a liaison for the NMISC providing public outreach through preparation and delivery of professional presentations and materials and at technical meetings on water policy, science and management. The Advanced Water Planner must have a working knowledge of many of topics including state and federal water policies, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, ecology, natural resource monitoring and climate science and be able to effectively correlate and translate the relationship and complexity of these water interactions for diverse audiences.

How does it get done?

Knowledge of regional issues, politics, demographics, geology, hydrology and climate is critical. This position requires experience and expertise in conducting planning research, data collection and analysis and skills necessary to effectively communicate findings to support the planning, project management, public outreach and facilitation capacities of the position.
This position may oversee and collaborate with various local, state, federal and tribal partners on high level water projects or may assess environmental and economic impacts based on data and information about New Mexico’s past, current and projected hydrology. 

Tasks include:
1) Developing Water Plans:
-Developing Regional and State Water Plans
-Implementing the Planning Recommendations from New Mexico’s 50-Year Water Plan
-Overseeing the planning process for Regional and State Water Plans
-Coordinating with natural resource specialists to obtain, compile and analyze information to support water planning program projects
-Developing, monitoring and maintaining planning documents
-Creating maps, figures and graphics in GIS and other software that serve as visual representations of water information
-Planning and developing educational materials for the public that convey complex information in multiple formats
-Develop and implement strategies to expand public engagement and education

2) Provide analysis and represent ISC effectively by performing the following tasks effectively and efficiently:
-Present water planning information to the Commission as needed
-Provide consultation to NMISC staff on issues related to regional and state water planning in New Mexico
-Represent the NMISC at meetings with other agency officials concerning regional and state water planning under the direction of the program

3) Complete assigned special projects including:
– Collaborative identification of projects based on program needs
-Exercising professional expertise and judgment in researching and developing program materials
-Project management including serving as a team leader through the assignation of tasks and accountability for timelines and work product

Who are the customers?

This position serves the state of New Mexico, stakeholders, State Engineer, NMISC Commission, Director and Water Planning Program Manager.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate has experience with:
– Water resources, policy and strategic initiatives
– Conducts planning research, data collection and analysis and skills necessary to effectively communicate findings to support the planning, project management, public outreach, etc.
– Oversees planning process for regional, state and long-range water plans
– Plans and develops educational materials for the public that convey information to many audiences
– Defines critical water related themes and understand potential uncertainties and develop plausible scenarios for a wide range of water stakeholders for project implementation
– Creates maps, figures and graphics in GIS and other software that serve as visual representations of water information
– Presents water planning information

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 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 exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT).  In and out-of-state travel and long hours may be required.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Andrew Erdmann, 505-231-1910 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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