Colorado residents: Lead Water Commissioner (Water District 6)

Colorado Division of Water Resources

, CO, US



If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.
Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state’s natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors.  In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

The Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR) strives to be a leader in the water community of Colorado and the western United States. This is accomplished by focusing on the following areas: people, water and stewardship. People, because we recognize that the business of water involves our employees and the public. Water, because the administration, safety and use of the State of Colorado’s water resources are something we are committed to and care deeply about. Stewardship, because we understand and accept our obligation to the taxpayers and ourselves, in using and protecting the resources in the most effective manner possible.

Division 1 administers the waters of District 6, the Boulder Creek basin and its tributaries, in accordance with the priority system so as to maximize the beneficial use of water in accordance with the Colorado Revised Statutes, court decrees, and the State Engineer’s policies, rules and regulations.  Water Commissioners and other DWR staff assist the State and Division Engineer in their statutorily obligated efforts to collect this information and compile in official annual diversion records the amount of water diverted from the public streams and other information deemed relevant to benefit the state.

Description of Job


The District 6 Water Commissioner position exists to ascertain the available water supply and distribute, control and regulate the waters of District 6, the Boulder Creek Basin and its tributaries, on a daily basis pursuant to water decrees, state statutes, and substitute water supply plans. Additionally, this position exists to record and compile permanent records of water diversions and use; disseminate and explain information pertaining to water availability and use to the public; monitor dams for unsafe conditions; investigate new water rights and change of use applications for potential injury to existing water rights; coordinate and administer  transmountain diversions; administer water rights owned and operated by large municipal, industrial and irrigation water users; administer reservoirs; administer daily exchanges and numerous augmentation plans; and to serve as a guide and authority to water users.

This position requires knowledge of different types of water rights and the ability to disseminate this information as may be required.
This position also reviews, creates and operates computerized spreadsheets and databases. Must be knowledgeable of water distribution and regulation, general understanding of Colorado Water Law, Division 1 accounting principles and basic dam safety inspection procedures and techniques.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Note: Applications for this position will be accepted until 03/25/2020 or when 50 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED AND six years of experience assisting engineers, scientists, or technicians in water resources, or personal experience conducting the administration of water measurement, control, and/or distribution related to irrigation, or any other earth science related field of study. (Experience as a ditch rider, rancher or farmer that included regulating and measuring water flow through headgates, canals or streams qualifies as water resource administration, is acceptable experience, but must be noted on your application to receive credit.) 

Satisfactory completion of course work from an accredited, non-correspondence college or university in civil engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mining engineering, earth science, water shed science, geology, geography, or field of study closely related to the work assignment may be substituted on a year-for-year.

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Former employees of the State of Colorado including the Department of Natural Resources must have concluded employment in good standing.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver’s License.
  • Must be willing to maintain and work from a home office located within the boundary of water district 6 or within 30 minutes driving distance from the home office to the boundary line, as approved by the supervisor.
  • Work independently making real time decisions that may have great impact on the parties involved.
  • Be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle routine and emergency situation as they arise.
  • Be prepared to defend and support his/her actions and records in depositions or court testimony.
  • Address frequent and detailed inquires from attorneys, professional engineers and hydrologists from government and private agencies.
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle 4-wheel drive vehicle and travel off road.  If required, provide and operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on a daily basis.  Employee will be reimbursed at the allowable agency reimbursement rate.
  • Work outdoors in humid, cold, and/or hot weather to perform field work.
  • Must be willing and able to tolerate proximity to moving, mechanical parts; exposure to electrical shock; working in high exposed places; and exposure to radiant energy.
  • Perform physical tasks which may include lifting up to 50 lbs. and walking distances over varying terrain.
  • Must have effective interpersonal and communication skills as this work involves a great deal of contact with water users, engineers and attorneys.
  • Must be well organized and capable to independently identifying, prioritizing and completing multiple and varying tasks on a daily basis.
  • Must work well with others.
  • Knowledge of Colorado Water Law.
  • Proficient use of computers with knowledge of Microsoft Office Excel and mapping software.
  • Familiar with dam safety inspection procedures and techniques.
  • Must be capable of supervising at least one subordinate.