Colorado residents: Physical Science Researcher/Scientist II

Colorado Water Conservation Board

Denver, CO, US


Are you interested in investing in a career that makes a difference?
Consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. It’s our mission to manage and conserve Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit of people today – and tomorrow. That means we have to balance development with conservation so the state we all love provides similar opportunities for our children and their children.

We invite you to explore our website at to find out more about the work we do to manage Colorado’s natural resources for today – and tomorrow.
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

In addition to offering rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Medical and Dental plans
  • Strong, flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus pre-tax 401K and 457 plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • Employee Wellness programs
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous vacation and sick leave
  • Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options
  • Career advancement opportunities throughout the State system 
Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:!/pslf/launch

Colorado Water Conservation Board
This position is part of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) which exists to advocate the protection, conservation, and development of water of the State in order to secure the greatest utilization of such waters and the utmost prevention of floods for the benefit of the present and future inhabitants of the State of Colorado.  

For more information about the Colorado Water Conservation Board, please go to 


Description of Job


This position is in the Watershed and Flood Protection Section of the CWCB which exists to prevent flood damages and reduce Colorado’s vulnerability to property damage and loss of life, and to create feasible funding packages for flood control and drainage projects for Colorado communities.  The Colorado Water Conservation Board advocates the protection, conservation, and development of the waters of the state in order to secure the greatest utilization of such waters and the utmost prevention of floods for the benefit of present and future inhabitants of the State.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners within Colorado to gather data and prepare reports, project requests and/or proposals for RiskMAP Project Priorities. Performs a variety of educational, technical, and administrative duties relative to planning and conducting state and federal flood hazard mapping projects in coordination with local communities. Works in coordination with the RiskMAP program leader and assists with the Letter of Map Change (LOMC) delegation program management tasks.

Provides flood hydrology and hydraulics technical services such as assisting with the preparation and review and/or creation of basin hydrology and hydraulics models and computations for both floodplain mapping and watershed restoration programs; provides review of floodplain information studies, flood mitigation plans and proposals, and floodplain project feasibility studies; reviews FEMA floodplain mapping and study revisions as needed; and identifies unique mitigation measures to supplement standard practices and guidelines for flood-related projects.

Directs the collection of necessary topographic, structural, and hydrologic, and hydraulic data and directs field surveys to obtain information for floodplain studies including hydraulic/stream conveyance analyses, post-flood documentation, pre- and post-flood mitigation activities, flood control projects, and flood delineation studies.

Prepares and negotiates contracts with consultants for engineering and storm re-constitution studies by formulating and presenting a “Scope of Work” and/or “Work Plan” to qualified parties for the accomplishment of floodplain information studies, flood mitigation projects, or project feasibility analyses.  

Prepares guidelines and specifications for studies and reports completed by other federal, state, and local agencies; performs technical reviews, interviews local floodplain administrators, detects engineering errors, recommends technical revisions, and secures decisions for regulatory compliance (or non-compliance) pertaining to the subject studies/reports with regard to the Board’s “Rules and Regulations”.

Directs or participates in high-level engineering and technical investigations for the prepara­tion or review of watershed assessments, stream management plans, fluvial hazard zone maps and reports, floodplain information studies, flood mitigation plans and proposals, and floodplain or stream restoration project feasibility studies and designs. Identifies unique engineering and mitigation measures to supplement standard practices and guidelines for flood-related projects.  Analyzes scientific correlations and develops new engineering criteria (multi-state recognized) for riparian watersheds that have experienced natural disasters (forest fires).  In addition, work with local stakeholders and other state agencies in analyzing watersheds at risk for forest fires and the potential impacts caused by potential fire events.

Review grant applications for watershed protection, flood hazard mitigation, stream restoration, and recreational enhancement. There are often several dozen applications per grant cycle, and there are several grant cycles per year. Grant application funding request often exceed available funding.  This position will be responsible for developing funding recommendations and managing grant applications including: contracting, invoice payments, project performance, and monitoring.

Work with all members of the unit to address imaging, storage, and management of information related to the section. Lead coordination with other unit members to ensure that information requests from outside stakeholders is delivered in a timely and full manner.  

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado, unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board.  If the residency requirement has been waived for an announced vacancy, it will be noted on the job announcement and applications will be considered from individuals who are not residents of Colorado.  This announcement does not include a residency waiver.
NOTE: For a helpful video that will ensure your application is properly completed, please see:  How to Apply
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, water resource planning and/or management, watershed management, watershed science, hydrology, hydraulics, or a closely related field AND two years of professional experience in hydrology; water resources engineering or planning; and/or water resources management.  One year of experience must have included floodplain mapping or watershed restoration.


Work experience as stated in the minimum requirements demonstrating competencies equivalent to the competencies learned through completion of the required education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis up to four years for the bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree or doctorate in the appropriate fields referenced in the minimum requirements may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and one year of the required experience. There is no substitute for the year of specific experience with floodplain mapping or watershed restoration.
Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in one of the fields listed in minimum qualifications
  • Professional Engineer license
  • Certified Floodplain Manager certification
  • Three or more years experience in watershed restoration
  • Three or more years experience in floodplain mapping
  • Demonstrated experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Ability to work in multiple team environments
  • Willingness and ability to deliver presentations to large audiences
Conditions of Employment 
  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
  • Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs. of force to occasionally move objects
  • Must be willing and able to possess and maintain a valid state of Colorado driver’s license
  • Must be willing and able to travel statewide to attend meetings, sometimes in remote locations with occasional overnight stays
Appeal Rights
It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications.  However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.  The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at
A standard appeal form is available at:  If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.


Supplemental Information

NOTE: For a helpful video that will ensure your application is properly completed, please see:  How to Apply
Applicant Checklist

 Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online Application for Announced Vacancy 
  • A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. 
  • A current resume 
  • If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
The Assessment Process
The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system to be made according to merit and fitness.
Your on-line application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.
Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process may consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review.  Utilizing your detailed on-line application, cover letter, resume and transcripts, the review is a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit in comparison to all other applicants for this position.  It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position.  “See Resume” or “See Attached” will not substitute for the completed and detailed on-line application.
Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:
  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.
  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range.
  • Job Fit – Experience evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  
Upload additional pages if necessary to detail your experience and accomplishments.  Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
 The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
ADAAA Accommodations
 The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Anna Kargobai-Murray, at [email protected]. Please contact the ADAAA Coordinator to request an accommodation for a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments act of 2008 (ADAAA) at least five business days before the date any accommodation will be required. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program’s Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you will are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S.  Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at
Toll–Free Applicant Support – Technical Help
If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues.   Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload it.





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