Colorado River Research Associate

, CO, US


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The Colorado River Research Associate will work as part of the Colorado River Program team to assist with the development of our water markets program.  


The Colorado River Research Associate will support the Water Markets Program assisting with the development of tools and resources for practitioners. Work could include but isn’t limited to:

  • Developing a “Guide to Identifying Water Transaction Opportunities” which will outline steps to 1) determining if water transactions are an appropriate tool in a watershed and 2) developing water transaction projects, including planning, partnerships, and transaction activities.
  • Assist with the development of marketing and communications materials for the water markets program, including fact sheets, infographics, brochures and maps
  • Assist with the development of an internal method for evaluating and prioritizing transaction opportunities across the West.
  • Assist with development of an online clearinghouse to provide access to tools and resources.
  • Provide organizational and technical support to six state Environmental Water Transaction Work Groups focused on developing strategic policy objectives to expand the use of environmental water transactions in AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT and WY.


  • Works under close or infrequent supervision.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.               
  • Duties may require non-routine analysis, research and follow-through.
  • Work within scope of program’s strategic goals.


  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience             
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, two-way radio, etc).
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide application, and driver’s license).
  • Experience writing, editing and proofreading


  • BA/BA in environmental science, policy or related field.
  • Knowledge of current trends in western water markets.
  • Strong organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Proven team player with good attitude.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

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