Integrated Water Management Specialist
The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR) is looking for an Integrated Water Management (IWM) Specialist to work as part of a technical team solving multifaceted water supply, use, and groundwater/surface water interaction questions. Applicants will be expected to develop their knowledge of the complex integrated modeling tools that the Department currently uses: MODFLOW groundwater model, CROPSIM and watershed models, and STELLA software. We are looking for an individual with strong communication skills, problem solving abilities, and ability to work productively in a team environment.
Hours: 8-5, Monday - Friday.
Job location is the Nebraska State Office Building, Downtown.
- Examples of Work
Working as an integral part of the technical and planning team at the Department, the IWM Specialist is responsible for the development of large and high-level hydrogeological technical data and analyses required for the integrated surface water/groundwater management planning process. The main job duties are to perform groundwater modeling in MODFLOW and hydrogeological analyses of groundwater/surface water interactions and conduct other hydrologic analyses. The duties also include working with Department team members and the natural resources districts to implement integrated water management plans; complete projects needed to meet the integrated water management obligations of the Department concerning the Groundwater Management and Protection Act; retain proper documentation and maintain archiving of completed hydrogeological analyses; prepare and make professional presentations to discuss surface water/groundwater interactions and associated impacts on the integrated management planning process to a wide range of technical audiences; and provide support for integrated management plans and interstate compacts, decrees, and agreements.
- Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Geology, Engineering, Natural Sciences or related field and experience in groundwater hydrology, geology or groundwater modeling.
PREFERRED: Experience with groundwater modeling in MODFLOW; experience with computer programming in python, MATLAB, Fortran, or C++; proficiency in ArcGIS; experience with database creation and management using Microsoft Access or other programs; experience with the Jupyter Notebook App; and experience in technical writing and communicating complex hydrological data with the public and technical audiences concerning integrated management issues.
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: the interconnection of agricultural practices, land use, and the hydrological cycle; hydrogeological processes; water use measurements and assessment technologies; database creation and management; water planning processes; and statistical and mathematical models as applied to the analysis and interpretation of hydrogeological data. Skill in: groundwater modeling in MODFLOW; computer programming to automate modeling processes; developing and analyzing groundwater models; managing large datasets; applying hydrogeological analysis techniques; synthesizing alternative solutions or conclusions; and communicating results of hydrogeological analyses. Ability to: learn various modeling and programming techniques as well as application of analytical tools; interpret data obtained from instruments and equipment; organize and analyze surface and groundwater systems and other available hydrogeological information and reach sound conclusions; read, interpret, and apply Nebraska's surface and groundwater laws, rules and regulations, and integrated management plans; apply critical thinking skills and logic; select, compile and analyze information as necessary to identify, substantiate, and solve a scientific or technical problem; and communicate technical information to other technical experts and the general public through presentations and technical reports.