Local recruitment: River Stewardship Program Project Officer

New Mexico Department of Environment

Albuquerque, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Agency: Department of Environment

Posting End Date: 21/01/2023

Job Posting Type: Continuous Job Opening

Job ID: 129779

Location: Albuquerque

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Sponsored Term


$24.31 – $38.89 Hourly

$50,560 – $80,895 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EE

Purpose of Position

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: https://www.env.nm.gov/

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?

The Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) preserves, protects, and improves New Mexico’s surface water quality for present and future generations. To support the SWQB Mission, this position serves as a River Stewardship (RSP) Project Officer managing water quality and stream habitat improvement projects, and implements other activities of the Nonpoint Source Management Program (NPSMP) and Wetlands Program Plan (WPP) described at www.env.nm.gov/surface-water-quality/nps-plan and www.env.nm.gov/surface-water-quality/wetlands, respectively.

How does it get done?

This position serves as a RSP Project Officer and is responsible for managing and providing oversight for stream and watershed restoration projects, which may include development of agreements and scopes of work, oversight/management of outside contracts and consultants with specific intended outcomes, and participating in other project-related activities such as stakeholder meetings and outreach opportunities. In addition, the RSP Project Officer will assist the RSP Coordinator with drafting Requests for Proposals (RFPs); coordinate and participate in evaluation committees that review proposals or applications; conduct procurement for large and small projects; track and report expenditures to the Program Manager and RSP Coordinator; conduct site evaluations of completed work; complete required project reporting; conduct or support watershed-based planning and wetlands planning in cooperation with partner organizations; review Clean Water Act Section 404 permits and permitted activities; draft Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certifications; assist with review and comment on New Mexico Mining Act permit applications for regulated mining activities that may impact surface water quality; provide technical support for water quality protection; coordinate with other agencies to support implementation of the Nonpoint Source Management Plan; and conduct education and outreach.

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

An ideal candidate will have the following: 1) A bachelor’s degree or higher in hydrology, natural resources management (including range, wildlife, or forest management), or fisheries biology; 2) Experience with restoration and habitat improvement methods applicable to streams and wetlands; and, 3) Knowledge of New Mexico’s rivers and streams and the state and federal agencies responsible for their management.

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 two (2) 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 six (6) 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.

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.

Working Conditions for individuals positions in this classification will vary based on each agency’s utilization, essential functions, and the recruitment needs at the time a vacancy is posted. All requirements are submitted to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Davena Crosley, (575) 636.3425 Email: Davena.Crosley@env.nm.gov

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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