New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) Modeling Lead

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

Albuquerque, NM, United States 🇺🇸


$30.38 – $48.61 Hourly

$63,198 – $101,117 Annually

This position is a Pay Band EG

Purpose of Position

Interviews are anticipated to be conducted within two (2) weeks of the hiring manager receiving a list.

Why does the job exist?

The purpose of this position is to be the primary modeler for the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) and conduct analyses that support and inform management strategies and policies for the NMISC. This position will serve as the agency’s technical lead on developing, managing, and maintaining hydrologic and hydraulic models, integrated surface water/groundwater modeling, often in coordination with federal, state, and local entities. There are existing models and models in development that the agency utilizes for its water management activities. Those include Upper Rio Grande Water Operations Model (URGWOM), Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS) and other river system models of New Mexico basins. This position will work NMISC staff in operating and analyzing those models, and provide technical assistance in managing New Mexico’s compliance with interstate compacts. This position will also assist in water resource planning and management efforts, and may need to work with legal and technical experts to efficiently and defensibly respond to litigation-related technical work needs and decisions. In addition, this position will work with the agency’s IT department as it relates to data management and identifying software needs.  It will also support agency representatives and/or participate in various inter-agency groups concerning water resources management issues as appropriate.

How does it get done?

1. Develop, maintain and operate complex hydrologic and hydraulic models. Use various sophisticated software platforms to develop river and reservoir operation models taking into account surface water and groundwater interaction and depletions for agriculture and the environment.
2. Conduct analyses related to the model runs and develop technical reports and presentations. Give presentations in public meetings, conferences and technical forums.
3. Coordinate, oversee, and manage contracts and contractor support related to modeling activities as necessary.
4. Support the agency’s representatives and/or participate in inter-agency groups.
5. Apply new concepts, hypotheses, and techniques in water resources management.

Who are the customers?

This position will report to the NMISC Deputy Director.  Customers include the NMISC and NMOSE staff; other state and federal agencies; Tribal parties; and stakeholders throughout New Mexico.

Ideal Candidate

The preferred candidate will have:

1) Experience using modeling platforms such as RiverWare, HEC-RAS, and MODFLOW.  Familiarity and/or hands-on experience with the URGWOM and CRSS models would be beneficial.

2) Experience with computer coding such as Python.

3) Experience with ESRI Geographic Information System (GIS) package.

4) Experience with database platforms.

5) Experience with global climate (CMIP GCM) models.

6) Demonstrated technical writing ability, data visualization, presentations, and publications in peer reviewed journals.

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 eight (8) years of relevant experience. Substitutions Apply. 

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, computer equipment and phone usage.  Frequent travel is required for meetings, and occasional field work with exposure to inclement weather, and rough terrain.  May be required to work at alternate work sites. Required to follow all health and safety protocols.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Hannah Riseley-White 505-695-5592Email

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Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

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