Water Resources Manager

Sandia Resort & Casino

Albuquerque, NM, US

Position Summary

Manages the Maximum Sustainable Water Resource Project for the Pueblo of Sandia.  The manager will establish a water rights office and a water rights commission and collect data with regard to Tribal water use and history.

Supervision Exercised

Supervised by the Environment Director.

Supervises the Field Supervisor, Ditch Rider, and Environment Technician.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Establishes and maintains a fully functional water rights office, including management and administration
  2. Performs management of Tribal water rights laws, Tribal usages, and practices.
  3. Develops a legal and administrative plan for protection of the Pueblo’s ground and surface water rights.
  4. Collects and develops information necessary to create Tribal water rights database.
  5. Coordinates archival research of historical Tribal water usages with Water Management Commission.
  6. Works to guide the Water Management Commission and develops a comprehensive water program tailored to the needs of the community.
  7. Coordinates with appropriate federal and state agencies in the collection of hydrological and geological data on the reservation.
  8. Works with Tribal GIS Specialist in entering water resource data into the Geographic Information System.
  9. Coordinates water management activities with Sandia Tribal Administration, Water Rights Commission, and reports to the Tribal Council.
  10. Implements training for the Sandia Water Resource Management Commission.
  11. Works and coordinates with consultants and Tribal personnel to enhance the Water Resource office.
  12. Identifies potential economic development activities pertaining to water usage (i.e. leasing, purchasing, etc.)
  13. Identifies potential uses and existing market demand for the development of the Pueblo’s water resources.
  14. Assists the Environment Director with the tracking of existing grant funds and researching potential grant opportunities.
  15. Performs additional duties and responsibilities as necessary or assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Ability to work with federal, state, and local agencies and deal effectively with the public.
  2. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  3. Ability to effectively manage and develop a new program.
  4. Ability to track grant management activities including reporting and budgeting.
  5. Ability to travel and meet physical requirement.
  6. Knowledge of federal, state, and Indian water rights law.
  7. Knowledge of Tribal government.
  8. Knowledge of the natural sciences, hydrology, and watershed management.
  9. Knowledge of and ability to apply excellent oral and written skills.
  10. Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and database software.
  11. Knowledge of and/or willingness to learn about water management issues including field collection procedures.
  12. Knowledge of general office methods, procedures, and equipment


Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience


  1. High School Diploma, GED certification or equivalent
  2. Bachelors of Science degree in Water Resources Management, Watershed Management, Hydrology, Law or Economic Development.
  3. Five (5) years of experience directly related to the position duties including one (1) year of supervisory experience.
  4. Knowledge of state, federal, and Indian Water Law
  5. Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted New Mexico Driver’s License


  1. Masters of Science degree

Licensing Status

  1. Must be able to successfully pass a stringent background investigation.
  2. Will require a post-offer, pre-employment and random drug screening.