Hydrologist/Water Resources Professional III

State of New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM, US

Purpose of Position

Interviews are anticipated within 2 weeks after job posting closes.

Why does the job exist?

The purpose of this position is to conduct hydrologic and hydrogeologic assessments to support water rights administration, interstate steam compact compliance, subdivision review and other water resource management and planning functions in support of the agency mission.  This position serves as a technical expert in adjudications, mediation, administrative hearings and district court trials.  This position characterizes hydrologic conditions, develops and uses hydrologic models for water rights evaluations and other purposes, and effectively communicates methods and results.  It produces hydrologic data and analyses, technical memoranda and reports, exhibits and expert reports, interrogatory questions and responses, written and oral expert testimony, scopes of work, presentations, computer programs, policies and procedures.

How does it get done?

1. Perform hydrologic and hydro-geologic investigations for water rights administration, adjudications, interstate stream compact compliance, subdivision review and other water planning and management functions.
2. Develop and utilize hydrologic models to access the impacts of new and pending surface and groundwater diversions on the hydrologic system.
3. Provide technical support for agency water resources management activities.
4. Participate in the preparation of new rules and regulations and guidelines.
5. Produce technical data, memorandum and reports, exhibits, expert reports, interrogatory questions/responses, and oral expert testimony.

Who are the customers?

Office of the State Engineer, State of New Mexico (Administering the use and development of water resources within the State while protecting existing water rights within the State).

Ideal Candidate

1. Experience working with basic groundwater and surface water flow modeling, and aquifer testing.
2. Experience using GIS software, including creating and maintaining maps and geodatabases.
3. Experience do you have working with physical laws that govern the water flow in the saturated and unsaturated porous media?
4. Experience developing hydrologic and hydro-geologic analyses using USGS groundwater/surface water flow models, particularly MODFLOW.
5. Experience applying the principles of hydrology and water law.
6. Experience collecting and evaluating technical data.
7. Experience conducting hydrologic field investigations and prepared technical reports.
8. Experience interpreting geophysical logs to identify lithology.

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 six (6) years of relevant experience.

Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License and maintain a current Defensive Driving Certification.

Working Conditions

Work is performed mostly in an office setting with extensive personal computer and phone usage. Occasional travel is required for training, meetings, field work with potential exposure to inclement weather and exposure to outdoor elements.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Ghassan Musharrafieh (505) 827-6110 Email

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.

Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.