Water Resources Professional II/Statewide Projects Coordinator

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸


$22.69 – $36.31 Hourly

$47,199 – $75,518 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EE

Purpose of Position

Interviews will be conducted within two weeks of job post closing.

Why does the job exist?

This position in the WRAP Administrative Office on the Statewide Projects team is critical for the State to maintain legally licensed water well drillers.  With the help of advanced staff, the incumbent will assist with well driller licensing program, perform inspections on well construction, make recommendation to supervisor and initiate enforcement action, assist IT department with software development which will automate business processes, review submittals to add new meters to approved list, update approved material lists, and assist in writing rules, make policy recommendation, and revising existing regulations.  This position will assist the Water Resource Professional III and the Manager with Continuing Education Classes for water well drillers, identifying staff and topics that need training and or the creation of job aids, supply ordering and all other duties as assigned.

How does it get done?

– Research procedures relating to water well construction or licensing matters that align NM with other western states procedures.
– Process applications for the well driller licensing program, reviewing them for completeness and compliance.
– Perform well inspections based upon complaints, documents or observed construction violations using GPS (Global Positioning Systems), GIS (Geographical Information Systems-ESRI ArcMap), cameras, and notes to produce field inspection reports, and enforcement letters with maps.
– Review requests to add products on the list of approved materials (totaling meters, well casing, etc.) ensuring proposed products meet the agency standards or specifications.
– Assist with software development and beta tester for new applications.
– Identify staff and topics that require additional training and create job aids including videos and handouts.
– Training to groups ranging from 10-250 in size.

Who are the customers?

Statewide Projects team serves the needs of the Director of the Water Resource Allocation Program, all employees in all districts and bureaus, other state/federal agencies, the public, and the regulated well drilling industry.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have:

– Experience in processing applications and file management.
– Experience in researching code for compliance, conducting inspections or enforcement of resource regulation or law.
– Experience conducting field inspections using GPS, GIS, water level measurement tools.
– Advanced technical writing skills, memo, field reports, etc.
– Experience querying databases, involvement in creating or rebuilding databases, or other software development.

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 four (4) years of relevant experience. Substitutions Apply. 

Employment Requirements

This position is required to drive a state vehicle. Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License. Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification within six (6) months of date of hire as a condition of continued employment.

Working Conditions

This position will be required to work in Santa Fe Statewide Administrative office with extended periods of sitting.  There is extensive personal computer and telephone usage required. Applicant must be able to lift 25 lbs. Out of town and/or weekend travel will be required to provide training to groups ranging from 10-250 in size.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Jerri Pohl (505) 827-7848 Email

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Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.