Water Planner (Interstate Stream Commission)

Government of New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Purpose of Position

Interviews are anticipated to be conducted within two (2) weeks of closing.

Why does the job exist?

This position will assist the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) Water Planning Program Manager with regional, state and long-term water planning activities.  The purpose of this position is to provide significant outreach for facilitating development of engineering-based analyses that underpin regional and state water planning. The Water Planner position provides planning and policy expertise to ISC staff, local government officials, planning boards, developers, irrigators, attorneys, engineers, hydrologists, and others involved in water planning, water use development, management and conservation. The position also provides technical expertise, facilitation, writing, and research assistance necessary for the resolution of complex and unique water management challenges, conflicts and disputes. These issues include: planning; population growth; water supply and demand; water use; climate monitoring and assessment; land use planning; public infrastructure planning and development; water rights adjudication and enforcement; collaborative planning on large-scale water planning projects; and public engagement.

How does it get done?

Knowledge of the regional issues, politics, demographics, geology, hydrology and climate of the region is critical. This position requires experience and expertise in conducting research, data collection and analysis and skills necessary to effectively communicate findings to support the planning, project management, public outreach and facilitation capacities of the position
This position may oversee and collaborate with various local, state, federal and tribal partners on high level water projects or may assess environmental and economic impacts based on data and information about New Mexico's past, current and future hydrological realities. 
1.) Develops and makes policy and strategy recommendations to the ISC and the Water Planning Program Manager (Program Manager) to support the overall agency mission. Reports to the Program Manager and supports the Program Manager, Director, General Counsel, and Contracts Bureau Manager in agency work efforts including, but not limited to, planning, budgeting, compliance, and reporting.  Coordinates program activities with other divisions and departments as directed.
2.) Oversees the planning process for regional, state and long-range water plans
3.)  Develops, monitors and maintains planning documents that align with the agency¿s strategic plan for all aspects of the program of work
4.) Creates maps, figures and info-graphics in GIS and other software that serve as visual representations of past, current and future relevant water information
5.) Plans and develops educational materials for the public that convey information quickly and easily to the masses
6.) Defines critical water related themes and understand potential uncertainties and develop plausible scenarios for a wide range of water stakeholders for project implementation

Who are the customers?

This position serves the state of New Mexico, stakeholders, State Engineer, ISC Commission, Director and Water Planning Program Manager.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should have experience with water resources,  policy and strategic initiatives, having the ability to step in for the manager when needed, and working with the public and stakeholders.

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 four (4) years of relevant experience. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table

These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:


High School Diploma or Equivalent
8 years of experience
High School Diploma or Equivalent
8 years of experience

Associate's degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification
6 years of experience
Associate's degree or higher in any field
8 years of experience

Bachelor's degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification
4 years of experience

Master's degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification
2 years of experience

PhD degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification
0 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.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office and field setting with exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT).  In and out-of-state travel and long hours may  be required.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Lucia Sanchez Email

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Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.