Monitoring Team Environmental Scientist

New Mexico Department of Environment
Santa Fe, NM, United States
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Entry Level (0-2 Years)
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Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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Due to the available budget allocated for this position, the hiring rate will not exceed $24.72 per hour.

Purpose of Position


Why does the job exist?

This position is in the Monitoring, Assessment and Standards Section (MASS) of the Surface Water Quality Bureau. MASS is responsible for the collection, integration, and assessment of water quality data for lakes, streams, and rivers in the State of New Mexico in order to meet federal Clean Water Act requirements and grant commitments (e.g., assessment of state waters, identification of impaired waters, water quality management planning (TMDL documents), water quality standards development).

How does it get done?

Monitoring Team Scientists plan and conduct surface water quality monitoring throughout the state of New Mexico, which includes: conducting reconnaissance to select sample locations; coordinating with landowners and outside agencies to secure access for sampling locations; coordinating with analytical laboratory personnel to ensure that samples are analyzed in a timely
manner; collecting chemical, physical, and biological (fish, benthic macroinvertebrates, and periphyton) data, including water quality data in response to complaints or spills; assuring the quality of data; entering data into databases as appropriate; developing protocols to standardize tasks; and providing outreach to the public.

Who are the customers?

The customers are the people of New Mexico who rely on clean water and healthy stream habitat for drinking water, irrigation, agriculture, and recreation.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will: 1) hold a bachelor's degree or higher in hydrology, aquatic biology, limnology, environmental science or environmental chemistry, watershed management, or geology; 2) have at least two (2) years of work experience related to water quality monitoring to include chemical, physical habitat, and/or biological data collection; 3) possess skills and experience with the Clean Water Act and knowledge of water quality standards and/or total maximum daily loads (TMDLs); 4) be familiar with New Mexico's rivers, streams, and lakes and the state and federal agencies responsible for their management; and 5) possess effective verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with the public and other state, federal, tribal, and municipal agencies to troubleshoot and resolve problems that arise.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor's degree in Physical, Natural, or Environmental Science, Soil Science, or Engineering and two (2) years of experience in public/environmental health, environmental science, Air Quality Management, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Geology, Hazardous Waste Management, Wildlife Management, and/or Water Resources Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table

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

See original posting for substitution table.

• 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 driver's license.

Working Conditions

Indoor office setting with significant field work required from March - November. Travel and overnight stays required. Field work routinely requires ability to work long hours to complete field work. This position requires working in or around water in all weather conditions and occasionally hiking through rough country to remote sample locations and/or lifting heavy equipment. Significant time is spent walking, standing and crouching. Must be able to lift 25 pounds. This position may be exposed to hazardous substances requiring personal protective equipment.

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Agency Contact Information: Chuck Dentino, 505-946-8868, or Email

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Bargaining Unit Position

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.