Colorado residents: Decision Support Systems Specialist

Colorado Water Conservation Board

Denver, CO, US

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.
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This position is with the Colorado Water Conservation Board which exists to advocate the protection, conservation, and development of the 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.  


Description of Job


This position is in the Interstate, Federal & Water Information Section of the CWCB which exists to protect Colorado’s decree and compact entitlements and to conduct all studies, analyses, and investigations pertaining to Interstate Compacts and negotiations on the Colorado and Arkansas River, the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program, the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs in the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River Basins, and other miscellaneous water resources. This includes researching and identifying all current uses of water, future projected uses of water, development and evaluation of complex water management models, and understanding the risks associated with all of these elements.  

The position serves as the staff authority and manager in the development, implementation and maintenance of Colorado’s Decision Support Systems (CDSS) and other water information management tools at the CWCB. The CDSS includes data, online tools, water resource models, and software products for Colorado’s major river basins, including the Colorado, White, Yampa, Gunnison, San Juan, Rio Grande, South Platte and Arkansas River Basins.
This position will oversee the management of the CDSS on behalf of CWCB, in collaboration with the Division of Water Resources. The long-term imperative of this position is to ensure that the CDSS and its components are useful, accessible, functional, and maintained in high quality for the state’s water users. One immediate task for this position is management of the development of the Arkansas River DSS (ArkDSS), including oversight of three contractors and coordination with other state agencies and stakeholders. This position must be able to ensure that the ArkDSS meets the needs of the state and the user base, and should have the technical ability to make such an evaluation. This position will also manage the effort to move the CDSS modeling software (e.g., StateCU and StateMod) to open source.

This position will contribute to and perform technical water resource analyses as necessary, utilizing CDSS models such as StateCU and StateMod. These analyses may include depletion accounting for endangered fish recovery programs, annual reporting requirements from interstate organizations such as the Arkansas River Compact Administration, and other water resource analyses needed for supporting CWCB programs such as the Statewide Water Supply Initiative update. In addition, the position develops modeling approaches to assess water management issues in the State, such as determining options for addressing high groundwater in the South Platte River Basin.

An understanding of CDSS models will be critical for this work; expertise in other water resource model platforms will be useful and the successful applicant should demonstrate a willingness and ability to learn to use such modeling programs as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Natural Resources, Watershed Science, Hydrology or a field of study directly related to the assignment AND four years of experience in water resource data collection and analysis and complex computer modeling for water resource planning and operations.

Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

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 possess and maintain a valid state of Colorado driver’s license
  • Must be willing and able to travel occasionally within Colorado or outside of Colorado
  • Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally to move objects

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will have experience with Colorado’s Decision Support Systems and its components (including StateMod, StateCU, HydroBase, and TSTool) and other water resource modeling platforms. Preferred areas of expertise include: state water law, interstate compacts, groundwater hydrology, and project management. The ideal candidate will hold a graduate degree in engineering or hydrology and will have at least eight years of experience.
Appeal Rights:
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

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.
Application materials 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/Résumé Review.  Utilizing your application, résumé and cover letter, the review would be 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.  It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application, résumé and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position. 
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 will be evaluated to determine how well your past experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  Current experience is preferred.
Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain 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.
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