Local recruitment: Water Resource Professional II 

New Mexico Department of Environment

Albuquerque, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Agency: Department of Environment

Posting End Date: 18/03/2023

Job Posting Type: Continuous Job Opening

For more Job Requirements & Classification Description: 

Job ID: 131246

Location: Albuquerque

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular – PERM for State


$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.

This posting will be used for ongoing recruitment and may close at any time. Applicant lists may be screen more than once.

Why does the job exist?

This position will be a mid-level professional position in the Solid Waste Bureau’s Permit Section and will be responsible for ensuring consistency and timely action in the protection of the environment, natural resources, and the public against the adverse impacts from solid waste facilities through the implementation of the New Mexico Solid Waste Rules and the New Mexico Solid Waste Act. This purpose is achieved by making certain that construction, operation, and environmental monitoring activities impacting groundwater quality at active solid waste facilities comply with regulatory requirements and are performed in a manner that is technically and scientifically appropriate. This purpose is further achieved by ensuring that inactive landfills undergo permanent closure and post-closure monitoring actions that are implemented in a manner consistent with regulatory requirements and are technically and scientifically sound.

How does it get done?

This position provides mid-level expertise in technical fields of Geology, Hydrology, Geochemistry, Hydrology, Chemistry, or Environmental Science for review of solid waste permit applications, and registrations for assessing appropriate actions for operations and closure of solid waste facilities and whether those facilities are in compliance with their solid waste facility permits. This position is responsible for:
– Reviewing solid waste facility permit applications, closure plans, construction quality assurance plans, financial assurance, and data base entry for compliance with the Solid Waste Rules, general engineering design guidelines and relevant standards, including ASTM Standards.
– Reviewing and performing hydrologic modeling, including Hydrologic Evaluation of Landfill Performance (HELP), and MULTIMED.
– Preparing written and oral technical testimony for public hearings.
– Assessing appropriate actions for operations and closure of solid waste facilities and whether those facilities are in compliance with their solid waste facility permits.
– Reviewing water quality investigations, monitoring and performance evaluations.

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

The ideal candidate will have strong written and verbal communications skills; ability to work independently with little supervision, ability to communicate complex issues verbally and in writing to supervisors, coworkers and solid waste facility personnel, and the general public. Extensive experience reviewing solid waste permit and registration applications; expertise interpreting and implementing environmental policies, statutes, and regulations including the New Mexico Solid Waste Act; New Mexico Solid Waste Rules; Recycling and Illegal Dumping Act; Recycling, Illegal Dumping, and Scrap Tire Management Rule; and RCRA; experience interpreting environmental monitoring data; experience drafting technical and legal documents, including formal reports in anticipation of possible litigation; and experience providing testimony at public hearings.

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 New Mexico Driver’s License.  Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive a Defensive Driving Course certificate as a condition of continued employment.  In state and out of state travel may be required.

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.

Office setting with occasional field work and occasional travel (30%), including occasional overnight travel to participate in public hearings; occasional walking on rough terrain and exposure to inclement weather; routine use of a personal computer, phone, and the driving of state vehicles; possible exposure to dust, noise, and odors.

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Agency Contact Information: Joan Snider, 505-660-2209Email

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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