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Colorado Rural Water Association (CRWA)

Colorado, USA 🇺🇸


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Colorado Rural Water Association (CRWA) was founded in 1980. CRWA is an affiliate of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) headquartered in Duncan Oklahoma. CRWA’s mission is to provide professional training, technical assistance and political representation to rural and small communities as they endeavor to maintain industry standards, regulatory deadlines, and attain multi-level certifications of their water and wastewater operators.

Position: Source Water Protection Specialist

Reporting to the Lead Source Water Specialist/Grant and Contracts Manager. The primary goal of this position is to assist rural and small communities served by public water systems to reduce or eliminate the potential risks to drinking water supplies through the development of source water protection plans and providing assistance to entities for the implementation of contamination prevention measures.


1. Coordinate activities and facilitate the process of source water protection planning and implementation for public water systems in Colorado.

2. Provide professional one-on-one “on-site” assistance and training to rural and small communities in implementing source water protection plans.

3. Assist in the completion and submission of Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) Development and Implementation Grants and invoices with public water systems.

4. Coordinate with state, county and local agencies in identifying and prioritizing areas for source water protection programs.

5. Facilitate coordination, communication and collaboration between the public water system, their stakeholders, multi-jurisdictional entities, and local, county, state and federal agencies in the development and implementation of the source water protection plans.

6. Assisting and monitoring Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) analysis of public water system data in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the United States Forest Service (USFS).

7. Provide outreach material to rural and small communities.

Basic Functions:

Provides technical assistance to rural and small communities in the formation of source water protection plans. Provides assistance and monitoring of WFDSS analysis of public water system data in coordination with the CDPHE and USFS.

Source Water Protection Specialist (State) Job Description

Specific Responsibilities:

1. Travel extensively throughout the state to complete a minimum of three source water D&I grant applications and to complete a minimum of seven WFDSS analyses of critical system infrastructure on an annual basis.

2. Facilitates and mediates planning meetings between various cross-jurisdictional entities.

3. Offer guidance for best management practices to help mitigate risk of potential contaminants to water sources.

4. Writes reports and develops informational articles for dissemination.

5. Responds to inquiries from facilities, consumers, governmental agencies and others regarding technical matters.

6. Acts as a liaison to create better coordination, communication and collaboration between small community multi-jurisdictional entities and local, county, state and federal agencies.

7. Collect GPS data and utilize GIS software to assist with delineation and mapping of source water protection areas and public water system infrastructure.

8. Assist public water systems with the development of a potential contaminant source inventory by conducting onsite field visits, researching public databases and /or consultation with public and private landowners, industry representatives and local decision makers.

9. Assist in the development of outreach materials, planning materials, source water plan documents and maps per recommendations of public water systems and steering committees.

10. Complete and submit the required reporting as scheduled.

11. Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

1. An understanding of watershed planning and source water principles.

2. Grassroots organizing skills.

3. Strong planning, organizational and time management skills and the demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

4. Facilitation and mediation skills to bring about consensus during planning activities.

5. Ability to conceptualize and implement best management practice strategies that result in effective source water protection.

6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and ArcMap/ArcGIS software.

7. Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to influence a diverse array of people.

8. Experience in research and data analysis

9. An understanding of drinking water operations.

10. Willingness and ability to regularly and extensively travel the state of Colorado as well as occasional out of state travel. Overnight travel may be required on a regular basis and will be required to obtain and use a company charge card for travel purposes.

11. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver’s License.

Education / Experience

1. Degree in Hydrology, Watershed Management, Natural Resources Management or related field.

2. Five years of related work experience, to include but not limited to working in a public water system or wastewater system, time in an Engineering firm working on water projects or environmental work dealing with water.

3. Experience may substitute for education.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to hike over rough terrain. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The employee must be able to operate a motor vehicle for extended periods of time.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $58,000.00 – $68,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Remote




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