Local recruitment: Surface Water Quality Bureau Project Manager

New Mexico Department of Environment

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Agency: Department of Environment

Posting End Date: 17/02/2023

Job Posting Type: Continuous Job Opening

Job ID: 130426

Location: Santa Fe

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Sponsored Term


$27.09 – $43.35 Hourly

$56,357 – $90,171 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 75

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 mission of the Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) is to preserve, protect, and improve New Mexico’s surface water quality for present and future generations. This position supports the mission of the SWQB by providing technical expertise on complicated and cross-cutting topics and issues, such as Gold King Mine project administration, probabilistic water quality surveys and
reporting, water quality planning projects, and grant and contract management.

How does it get done?

This position works interactively with other Bureau staff, stakeholders (e.g., regulated community, non-governmental organizations, etc.), other state and federal agencies (especially the EPA), the Water Quality Control Commission, and the public to manage complex water quality projects; facilitate coordination and communication between various stakeholders interested in water quality; and, implement, develop and/or revise water quality planning documents to ensure protection of surface water quality in New Mexico. Specifically, this position will manage Animas-San Juan Basin water quality projects including the WIIN Act grant and annual conference, serve as co-lead for the Bureau’s statewide statistical (probabilistic) water quality survey, and update the statewide water quality management plan and continuing planning process (WQMP/CPP).

Project Officers prepare grant proposals or amendments for water quality projects; develop agreements/contracts and scopes of works for water quality 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.

Project Officers conduct field investigations to collect water quality 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 water quality 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, as appropriate.

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 helping to organize and manage technical outreach meetings (e.g., Animas-San Juan Annual Meeting) 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

An ideal candidate will have: 1) a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a water quality-related discipline and eight (8) years of relevant work experience;  2) Experience with grant and contract management;  3) Experience collecting, reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing surface water quality data to determine water quality concerns; 4) Excellent communication, coordination, and technical writing skills ; and, 5) Knowledge and experience specific to New Mexico’s rivers and streams (or other semi-arid rivers and streams) and the state and federal agencies responsible for their management and protection.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor’s degree in Physical, Natural, or Environmental Science, Soil Science, or Engineering and five (5) years of experience in public/environmental health, environmental science, Air Quality Management, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Geology, Hazardous Waste Management, Wildlife Management, and/or Water Resources. 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 NM Drivers License, including the ability to drive larger field vehicles (e.g., Chevy Suburban, Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, Toyota Tacoma, etc).  Successful completion of the New Mexico Defensive Driving Certification Program.

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 individual 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 subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Lynette Guevara, Email: Lynette.guevara@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 covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.





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