Local recruitment: Wetland Program Project Officer 

New Mexico Department of Environment

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Agency: Department of Environment

Posting End Date: 05/02/2023

Job Posting Type: Continuous Job Opening

Job ID: 130147

Location: Santa Fe

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 position serves as a Project Officer managing existing fully funded wetlands program projects, developing new projects through inter-agency and local coordination, providing oversight to produce
new wetlands action plans (basin plans) for future wetlands program projects, preparing grant proposals and work plans, conducting procurements as necessary, and ensuring implementation of
projects through contractors and SWQB resources.

How does it get done?

Wetlands Program Project Officers conduct and manage New Mexico’s Wetlands Program Development project activities funded by EPA Region 6. As such, Project Officers prepare grant proposals for new wetlands projects; develop agreements/contracts and scopes of works for wetland projects; oversee and manage contracts and consultants to meet grant commitments with specific intended outcomes; and track grant expenditures and complete grant progress reports as required.

Wetlands Program Project Officers conduct field investigations to collect wetlands data and apply moderately complex technical experience in biology, hydrology, geology, and soils, and geospatial
analyses to make recommendations and assist with development and implementation of wetland planning, restoration, mapping, and monitoring projects in New Mexico. Project Officers also write
and review technical manuals, coordinate project-specific technical advisory committees, and prepare technical water resource reports and articles for the Bureau’s newsletter “Clearing the Waters.” In addition, this position maintains data management systems and handles Geographic Information Systems (GIS) needs for wetlands mapping projects and documentation development.

Wetlands Program Project Officers participate in inter-agency water management and planning efforts to effectively manage water resources at the local, regional, and/or basin or inter-state scale;
coordinate with other coworkers, agencies, watershed groups, and stakeholders to achieve common work elements; provide technical assistance to senior staff and stakeholders for decision-making purposes; and conduct public outreach, including organizing and managing technical outreach meetings (Wetlands Roundtables) attended by 100 or more people from the private and public sectors.

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

For this position, ideal candidates will have 1) a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Wetland Science, Botany, Geohydrology, Watershed Science, or Soils Science; 2) at least three years of experience with wetlands regulation, management, or research; 3) at least one year of experience with plant taxonomy; 4) at least one year of experience applying skills with Geographic Information Systems; and 5) six years of project management experience related to surface water quality and/or wetlands.

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. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table

These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:

 Education Experience
1High School Diploma or EquivalentAND6 years of experience
2Associate’s degreeAND4 years of experience
3Bachelor’s degreeAND2 years of experience
4Master’s degree or higherAND0 years of 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 Driver’s License.

Working Conditions

State of New Mexico employees may be impacted by the Public Health Order dated December 19, 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.

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: Maryann McGraw, Email: Maryann.mcgraw@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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