Colorado nationals: Water Resources Engineer (PE II)

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Pueblo, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $92,916.00 – $140,844.00 Annually

Location: Pueblo, CO

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Department of Natural Resources

Job Number: PEA 00462 02/23

Closing: 2/26/2023 11:59 PM Mountain

Hiring Pay Rate: Employees new to State Government will be paid on a bi-weekly basis.

Department Information

OPEN ONLY TO CURRENT RESIDENTS OF COLORADOAre you interested in investing in a career that makes a difference?
Consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. It’s our mission to manage and conserve Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit of people today – and tomorrow. That means we have to balance development with conservation so the state we all love provides similar opportunities for our children and their children.

We invite you to explore our website at to find out more about the work we do to manage Colorado’s natural resources for today – and tomorrow.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

In addition to offering rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Medical and Dental plans
  • Strong, flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus pre-tax 401K and 457 plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • Employee Wellness programs
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • 11 paid holidays per year plus generous vacation and sick leave
  • Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options
  • Career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:!/pslf/launch

Division of Water Resources (DWR):

State Engineer’s Office

Our mission is to administer the waters of the State to maximize lawful beneficial use, ensure that dams and water wells are properly constructed and safe, and provide information about water resources to the public. Division of Water Resources.

This work unit exists to serve the needs of the public and to preserve, protect, develop and maximize the beneficial use of the State’s present and future water supplies through the distribution of native and non-native waters according to the laws of the State of Colorado, the policies and regulations of the State Engineer, and the terms and conditions of court decrees pertaining to the diversion, storage, and use of water.Description of Job


This position exists to provide engineering support to water resource administration and operations activities in Water Division 2 and serves as a Unit Supervisor for the Engineering/Technical Data Team within Division 2, including identifying and classifying water diversion structures; collecting, processing and maintaining data about those structures, their ownership and use, diversions and replacement/augmentation requirements; monitoring, evaluating and enforcing all applicable Statutes, Rules, Plans and Conditions of Approval; and assuring compliance with Colorado Water Law and the Arkansas River Compact.  Leads Reviews of applications for and oversees operations of Augmentation/Replacement Plans.  Operates, develops and maintains databases containing related information.  Coordinates with Ground Water program managers in other Water Divisions to establish and maintain consistency in administration of Ground Water.  Revises or develops operational policies and procedures as needed and shares information with other Divisions and Water Users and Associations about Ground Water issues in general and specific to Division 2 practices. This position coordinates the review of sources of return flow maintenance supply for Rule 10 Plans with PEA453.  This position provides engineering support for Water Court cases and Water Commissioners as needed.  This position takes the lead of coordination on Water Court cases as assigned by the leadership team. This position supports River/Reservoir Operations by providing technical/modeling support and limited weekend coverage during the irrigation season. In addition, this position reviews the Offset Account operations and drafts required correspondence with Kansas on Offset operations. This position supervises the lead groundwater commissioner and oversees groundwater field activities. This position supports the CDSS activities around the development of administrative tools such as the Colors of Water tool and the Alluvial Depletion and Accretion Tool (ADAT).
Specific job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee Water Information Team and Groundwater Field Staff, including development of work plan, goals and objectives; documentation of policies and procedures; duty assignments; approval of leave requests; development of annual performance plans; conduct  interim and annual evaluations.
  • Apply legal and engineering principles and perform engineering analysis of water systems, including seepage losses and historical consumptive use analysis in support of a variety of water administration objectives.  
  • Review plans that will provide augmentation/replacement of stream depletions to protect Senior Water Rights and meet Colorado’s obligations under the Arkansas River Compact.
  • Oversee operations, maintenance and migration of Ground Water Data Management System (GWDMS), both the historical (“Legacy”) system and the development and implementation of the new system in the HydroBase environment.
  • Coordinate with Plan Applicants including Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District (Fort Lyon and Non-Fort Lyon Plans), LAWMA, PRWCD and AGRA  on operations, issues and studies and grants related to these plans.
  • Utilizes knowledge of hydraulic principles to evaluate and train others concerning proper methodologies to ensure accurate pipe-flow measurements

Other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications:Current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.


Two years of professional experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position, one of which must have been as a licensed professional engineer.


Appropriate education in addition to that required for the professional engineer license will

substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current or former State experience relevant to this position.
  • Knowledge and experience with Colorado Water Law. 
  • Knowledge and experience with Colorado Water Rights. 
  • Experience in water resource engineering.
  • Experience with groundwater modeling.
  • Experience with Historic Consumptive Use Analysis.
  • Experience in database management.
  • Experience with Microsoft Access. 

The current work arrangement for this position is as follows:
 (Please note, this arrangement can be subject to change)

Hybrid schedule – working from a home office in combination with two to three days in-office work at 310 E. Abriendo Ave., Ste B., Pueblo, CO 81004 and field duties as needed.  

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify their application from the current position.  (Please Note: Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with DNR). 
  • Must be willing and able to possess and maintain a State of Colorado Driver’s License
  • Must possess a current / valid Colorado P.E License

It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.Supplemental Information

The Assessment Process 

  • All applications received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed by an HR Specialist against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. 
  • Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position will be a structured application review by Subject Matter Experts.
  • Resumes, cover letters and other attachments are not considered as part of initial reviews, therefore, it is important to document in your application your education, experience, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications as outlined in the job announcement
  • Please thoroughly answer all supplemental questions (if listed) since question responses may be evaluated for content, writing ability, spelling, grammar, and effective communication. 
  • This recruitment may involve additional testing and/or exams to arrive at the top group for interviews.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Anna Kargobai-Murray, at

ADAAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Anna Kargobai-Murray at at least five business days before the date that any accommodation will be required to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.


The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program’s Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Toll–Free Applicant Support – Technical Help

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues.   Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload it.

Agency: State of Colorado

Department: Department of Natural Resources

Address: 1313 Sherman Street, Suite 415, Denver, Colorado, 80203

Phone: 303-866-3311





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