Water Resources Manager I

State of New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM, US


$30.38 – $48.61 Hourly

$63,198 – $101,117 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EG

Purpose of Position

This position will be used for on-going recruitment and will remain open until is filled.

Why does the job exist?

The purpose of this position in the Mining Environmental Compliance Section (MECS) of the GWQB is to review and coordinate NMED responses to all New Mexico Mining Act permit applications to ensure environmental standards will be met. In addition, the position provides project management oversight of technically and regulatorily complex mine permitting and abatement activities, ensuring that activities associated with the sites are protective of human health and the environment. The position also supervises two technical staff in MECS.

How does it get done?

The position provides administrative and technical supervision through evaluation of complex technical documents including reclamation closure plans, mine operational plans, groundwater and surface water abatement proposals, regulatory oversight and project management of environmental investigations and remediation, and supervision of two technical staff who provide regulatory oversight of similar tasks including ensuring compliance with groundwater discharge permits and abatement plans. The position is accountable for ensuring that Mining Act Team work is performed in accordance with overall management objectives, including protection of New Mexico’s groundwater and surface water resources. The position is responsible for coordination between water resource professionals in multiple federal and state agencies, writing and review of complex technical documents, public outreach, conducting interviews and hiring actions in accordance with SPO and HR guidelines, and providing testimony at hearings before the Water Quality Control Commission and the New Mexico Mining Commission, and providing expert advice to Senior Staff at NMED.

Who are the customers?

This position must interact with representatives from other NMED bureaus, other federal, state, local, and tribal agencies, and the public when making decisions while ensuring that applicable State regulatory requirements are met. Decisions made affect the public welfare, human health, and environmental resources.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate would have experience in water resources regulatory oversight including supervision of water resources technical staff, critical review of technical water resources documents, providing written technical critique of those documents, and project management and oversight, in particular as it relates to operation, reclamation, and remediation associated with complex mine facilities. A masters degree in a field of physical or environmental science is preferred.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor’s Degree in a related Water Resources discipline (Agriculture Science, Hydrology, Geology, Environmental Science, Water Resources, Watershed Management, Physics, Biology, Natural Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography Forestry/Forest Science, Conservation Science, Wildlife Science, Emergency Management or Engineering) and eight (8) years of relevant experience. Master’s Degree in the above disciplines and six (6) years of relevant experience or a Ph.D. and four (4) years of experience in the above disciplines will substitute for the required education and experience. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.