Water Resource Professional I

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Purpose of Position

Interviews will be conducted within two (2) weeks of the list closing.

Why does the job exist?

The purpose of this position is to populate and maintain New Mexico's water rights database in order to aid the State Engineer in the administration of water rights.  The incumbent independently sorts and combines hard-copy water right files and enters information from the files into the database.

How does it get done?

The incumbent of this position performs the following:

1. Sorts, combines, and abstracts water rights files into New Mexico's water rights database while keeping within project schedules;    
2. Analyzes water rights information from files, identifies the elements of water rights, and populate the database with that information;
3. Maps out locations in geographic information system (GIS) software using water rights files, court documents, property records, aerial imagery, surveys, and maps; and
4. Performs quality assurance checks on abstracts in accordance with quality control procedures and make corrections.

Who are the customers?

This position serves the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer by digitizing water rights records into a database that is used for water right accounting, allocations, mapping, and administration.  In addition, the position serves water users and other interested parties by making water rights records publicly available on the Internet via the Office of the State Engineer website.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal entry-level candidate will have the following:

Bachelor's Degree in a related field or at least two (2) years of experience sorting, researching and analyzing state records and entering the data into an Informix database;
Experience reading and understanding USGS topographic maps, court records, and technical memoranda;
Two (2)  or more years of experience conducting quality assurance in accordance with quality control procedures (QA/QC); 
Two (2) or more years of experience populating and maintaining geo-databases;
Two (2) years of experience following policies, procedures and guidelines;
Communicate clearly and possess good writing skills; and
Excellent customer service skills.

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 two (2) years of relevant experience. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

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Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver's License.  Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification within six (6) months of date of hire as a condition of continued employment.

Working Conditions

Work is performed mostly in an office setting with exposure to visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer, computer equipment and phone usage.  Travel may be required to work at alternate sites and field visits for extended hours.

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Agency Contact Information: Chris Gallegos, (505) 469-5744 Email

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Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.