Source Water Administrator

City of Boulder

Boulder, CO, US


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Under general direction, perform daily accounting and associated coordination of the city’s water rights portfolio, take the lead in implementing the day-to-day activities of the city utilities instream flow program, and provide support for various water resources tasks.

1. Manages  administration, coordination and accounting associated with the city’s water rights portfolio, including:
• Represents city at weekly meetings with the District 6 water commissioner and other water users.
• Initiates and leads daily accounting coordination with water source operations staff.
• Verifies that source water operations are consistent with water rights decrees and state water administration guidelines and coordinates with operations staff for necessary changes. 
• Represents city in communications with state, ditch company, and other water system personnel to coordinate city water delivery activities.
• Monitors adequacy of flow measurement devices and coordinates necessary repairs and calibrations with operations staff. 
• Leads development and maintenance of accounting spreadsheets for the city’s North Boulder Creek, Middle Boulder Creek and Boulder Reservoir water rights accounting.
• Performs daily water rights accounting in accordance with state accounting guidelines and city water rights decrees for the daily water diversions of the city.
• Coordinates with City Attorney’s Office and water rights consultants as needed for water rights protection activities.
2. Implements the day-to-day activities for Boulder Creek instream flow program, including measuring and accounting for creek flows, calculating reusable flows, tracking leasing of reusable water, maintaining program records and infrastructure, coordinating with water administration officials and other water users, and directing activities of engineering consultants.  Prepares annual instream flow program report for the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
3. Supports irrigation ditch activities, including fulfilling board positions and leading tasks associated with day-to-day irrigation ditch activities.
4. Provides support for Water Resources Engineering, including data analysis in support of policy development, assisting with water supply planning and modeling as well as assistance with evaluation of short term water supply adequacy. Also includes water-related in analysis in support of requests from city attorney’s office. 
5. Provides support for Water Resources outreach and education materials, including maintaining, monitoring and preparing updates for Water Resources related content on the city’s website.
6. May be required to work irregular hours, weekends, evenings, holidays, and/or in emergency situations.  Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment.  Uses all required safety equipment.  Performs related duties as required by management to meet the needs of the City.
Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming

(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Source Water Project Manager
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and four or more years experience in progressively responsible positions in water resources or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Expertise with or ability to learn development of detailed Microsoft Excel equations and development of complex spreadsheets.  Experience with or ability to learn GIS-based analysis and data entry, as well as development of webpage content.  Ability to develop working knowledge of City and local raw water delivery systems and their operation.  Demonstrated water resources coordination and management  skills, including administrative, planning, and organizational skills, and demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage complex projects involving competing interests and objectives.  Ability to manage consultants, and delegate and coordinate complex assignments.  Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems, develop and present recommendations, write reports, produce requests for proposals and implement changes.  Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to assume responsibility, to prioritize and resolve problems, to work under pressure, to pay close attention to detail, to coordinate tasks to completion and provide quality control for responsiveness and customer satisfaction.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate and interact with the public and all levels of personnel within the city and with other water users and state administration officials in a positive and cooperative manner Ability to effectively use computers for word processing, email and electronic calendars.  Ability to walk, kneel, and climb while performing field inspections and operations and in confined spaces.  Ability and willingness to work under adverse field conditions, including high elevation.  Valid driver’s license.  
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:
Knowledge of the Colorado water administration system and water rights.  Irrigation ditch operation and maintenance experience.  Experience in construction management and simple raw water facility design.  Knowledge of water flow measurement techniques.  Knowledge of water court process.  Expertise or ability to develop proficiency with complex computer models associated water rights and water supply.
WORKING CONDITIONS – Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions

Physical and Mental Effort:
Physical ability to stand, walk, and kneel.  Able to use a variety of long handled, manual, and power tools; and to operate equipment while working in and around moving traffic.  Upper body strength to lift up to 65 pounds on a daily basis and over 100 pounds on an occasional basis.  Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person.  Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials.  Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment and other office equipment.  Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and/ or operating a keyboard.  Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.

Work Environment: Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment.  Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises. May work outside with an exposure to a variety of weather conditions.

Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses standard office equipment including personal computers, telephones, calculators and copy/fax machines.  Hydroelectric turbines and generators and all appurtenant electrical and mechanical equipment.  Personal computer, motor vehicle, mobile radio, telephone, calculator, hand tools, power tools, water measuring devices, water system operating and maintenance equipment, trucks, four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles.
ACCOMMODATIONS:  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

*This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days from 2/11/2020 after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.





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