Colorado residents: Outdoor Water Conservation Coordinator

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Denver, CO, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $68,460.00 – $77,166.00 Annually

Location: Denver Metro, CO

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Department of Natural Resources

Job Number: PDA TBD 2/23

Closing: 3/3/2023 5:00 PM Mountain

Department Information


TERM LIMITED Position through June 30, 2025

 Are 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
  • 10 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

Colorado Water Conservation Board 

The Colorado Water Conservation Board exists to advocate the protection, conservation, and development of water of the State in order to secure the greatest utilization of such waters for the benefit of the present and future inhabitants of the State of Colorado. The Water Supply Planning Section manages the operation of legislatively required stakeholder groups including the nine basin roundtables and the Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC), oversees regular updates to and implementation of the Colorado Water Plan, funds and manages water plan and other grant programs and integrates water conservation, drought, climate and agricultural planning efforts as they relate to the Colorado Water Plan. The work unit exists to fulfill the CWCB’s mission, meet legislative requirements, advance integrated water planning, promote the wise use of water resources and support adaptive water policy in Colorado. This includes coordinating with stakeholders who represent environmental and recreation, agricultural and municipal interests. This work includes researching and identifying all current uses of water, understanding factors that influence water use, identifying future projected uses of water, development of future needs assessments, identifying potential solutions and utilizing complex water management models, and understanding the risks associated with all of these elements. The work unit is also responsible for providing the bases for the CWCB Board to make findings, decisions or policy related to water supply and demand planning. This includes working with DNR to ensure that other state agencies, the legislature and the Governor’s office are informed about future needs, challenges and opportunities.For more information about the Colorado Water Conservation Board, please go to of Job


TERM LIMITED Position through June 30, 2025
The position will manage contracting with eligible entities with existing programs to support or expand those existing programs. The position will also support the development of new turf replacement programs through development of program materials, management of application and data portal, liaising with potential applicants and consultants supporting the program, conducting field audits and inspections, responding to data and media inquiries, and facilitation of groups and discussion to develop guidance and best practices. 

  • Supports the Section Chief in turf replacement program management, other outdoor water conservation work as assigned, and grant management and planning initiatives.
  • Works to increase the number and effectiveness of turf replacement programs in Colorado.
  • Leads the development of turf replacement and outdoor water conservation educational materials and guidance.
  • Spearheads program development actions around the turf replacement program and other outdoor water conservation and efficiency efforts for municipal water supplies
  • Acts as a technical lead for municipal outdoor water conservation programs including data analysis, inspections and audits, and developing technical reports. 
  • Coordinates technical assistance, contracting support,  and communications with groups including but not limited to Resource Central or other contractors, and eligible entities as defined in statute statewide.
  • Manages contractors to develop tools, communications and research that support adaptive water planning and turf replacement.
  • Responding to difficult and technically challenging questions from stakeholders in a diplomatic and open-minded fashion.
  • Choosing technical information that is appropriate for use in educational and outreach materials to connect with entities such as water providers, nonprofits and local government.
  • Determines where and when audits, inspections and consultations may be needed to determine appropriate water use, low-water vegetation or other measures of outdoor efficiency.  
  • Communicates information stakeholders, consultants, and team members on the best ways to optimize outdoor conservation and efficiency.
  • Identifies ways to best promote and market programs and grant opportunities for turf replacement.
  • Chooses how to best present technical content in marketing materials via tone, level of detail, technicality of terms, language and imagery.
  • Determines realistic outreach plans based on timing of work, competing priorities, travel needs, and program support and funding.
  • Integrates turf replacement support into other ongoing work into conservation, drought, climate and outreach work as it relates to implementing the Water Plan
  • Acts as a program guide, consultant or facilitator -helping navigate data and options for implementing outdoor water saving strategies for both those with existing and without any pre-existing turf replacement programs.
  • Coordinates with water providers and entities interested in outdoor water savings to help evaluate the best options and project types within a budget to help maximize outdoor water savings. 
  • Develops supporting documents and comparative data that help define CWCB outdoor water efficiency support, best practices and guidance.
  • Oversees program resources to meet identified water supply needs within authorized funding allocations including timeline review of applications, preparation of any board and/or contract materials, processing of invoices and reviews of required submittals (e.g. reporting; data).
  • Travel to various meetings in state and out, with occasional international travel as needed.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


TERM LIMITED Position through June 30, 2025

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado, unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board. This announcement does not include a residency waiver.
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Minimum qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree environmental sciences, natural resources, natural sciences, hydrology, public administration, political science, urban planning, horticulture, environmental economics, environmental education, environmental communications, environmental engineering, sustainability or climate science with a focus on water. 


Two (2) years of professional working with water users, water providers, government and/or non-governmental entities on water conservation and sustainability issues that involve data management and public communications.


  • Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current or former State experience relevant to this position.
  • Experience working with water providers/water utilities on water supply, water demand, conservation, and outdoor water efficiency.
  • Experience researching water efficiency, water conservation, outdoor water savings and turf removal strategies.
  • Experience working with landscapes, irrigation and low-water vegetation. 
  • Experience with building customer/stakeholder relations through communications and outreach.
  • Experience helping facilitate workgroups and meeting discussions with diverse viewpoints to help develop outcomes and strategies.
  • Experience with grant applicants, program management or business experience managing budgets and coordinating with customers.
  • Field experience traveling to meet with stakeholders to discuss programs, challenges and/or projects.
  • Experience developing program materials and working with teams on communications strategies.
  • Experience working on water with low-income, disproportionately impacted and/or indigenous communities.
  • Experience working with and communicating to elected officials and decision-makers.
  • Ability to work with databases, data and exporting data to create reports and presentations.  
  • Ability to present publicly in small or large group meetings.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Spanish.
  • Masters degree in Public Administration or Environmental Science.

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Colorado residency is required at the time of application.
  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
  • Must be willing and able to possess and maintain a current, valid Colorado driver’s license.
  • Must be willing and able to travel in-state and out-of-state as needed to meet with Board members and stakeholders, as well as for meetings and workshops
  • Must be willing and able to occasionally exert up to 20 lbs. of force to move objects


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 Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.
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 Applicant Checklist:
 Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online Application for Announced Vacancy 
  • A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your online  application.
  • A current resume uploaded as an attachment to your online application
  • If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
  • If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

The Assessment Process:

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system to be made according to merit and fitness. Your on-line application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.
Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process may consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review.  Utilizing your detailed on-line application, cover letter, resume and transcripts, the review is a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit in comparison to all other applicants for this position.  It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position.  â€śSee Resume” or “See Attached” will not substitute for the completed and detailed on-line application.

Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:

  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.
  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range.
  • Job Fit – Experience evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  Current/recent experience is preferred.
  • Upload additional pages if necessary to detail your experience and accomplishments.  Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.

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 will 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 at
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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