Colorado State Professional Engineer II - Stream & Lake Protection Section - Colorado Water Conservation Board in Denver, Colorado

Professional Engineer II - Stream & Lake Protection Section - Colorado Water Conservation Board

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Professional Engineer II - Stream & Lake Protection Section - Colorado Water Conservation Board

Salary

$7,296.00 - $9,177.00 Monthly

Location

Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time

Department

Department of Natural Resources

Job Number

PDA-00011-11/18

Closing

11/26/2018 5:00 PM Mountain

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Department Information

OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY

If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Customer service is a key component for every position across state government. We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).

The Colorado Water Conservation Board advocates the protection, conservation, and development of the waters of the State in order to secure the greatest utilization of such waters and the utmost prevention of floods for the benefit of present and future inhabitants of the State.

The work unit exists to advocate the protection, conservation, and development of the waters of the state in order to secure the greatest utilization of such waters and the utmost prevention of floods for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future inhabitants of the state. Within this work unit, the Stream and Lake Protection Program exists to develop and administer the state's Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Program by correlating the activities of mankind with some reasonable preservation of the natural environment through the appropriation, acquisition, and protection of water, water rights and interests in water; and to provide expertise on water quantity and water rights matters by developing strategies for the Water Conservation Board and other state and federal agencies to ensure the wise and beneficial use of Colorado's limited water resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the state of Colorado - both now and into the future. Currently, the work unit provides protection for approximately 9,500 miles of streams and 486 natural lakes within the state.

Description of Job

OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY

This position exists to provide advice, support, and guidance to the CWCB, the CWCB staff, and the Office of Attorney General regarding management and protection of instream flow water rights utilizing sound engineering principles and professional judgment. This position conducts complex engineering and hydrologic analyses to determine diversion requirements, transmission losses, evaporation losses, historical consumptive use, ground water, and surface water return flows, lagged timing impacts, and the general hydrologic regime required for the acquisition, appropriation, and protection of instream flow and natural lake level (ISF/NLL) water rights. This position provides advice, writes expert reports, represents the CWCB at court-ordered meetings of the experts and at mediations, and provides expert testimony at depositions and in water court trials by analyzing and critiquing hydrological models/analyses developed by consulting engineers or by preparing independent analyses to prevent adverse impact on the ISF/NLL water rights. In addition, this position functions as a staff authority to the Board and to the Board staff on water resources engineering by providing technical expertise and guidance/direction for the agency in matters related to the exercise of water rights and water development.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

Water Rights Protection 65%

  • Protects CWCB's water rights by analyzing water resources plans/models/analyses developed by water users' consulting engineers to simulate complex hydrologic systems in support of water development, water right applications, plans for augmentation, changes of water rights, and substitute water supply plans

  • Determines deficiencies of plans, computer models, and analyses, and recommends modifications to make the plans work without adversely impacting instream flow and natural lake level water rights

Technical Expertise 30%

  • Provides technical expertise and guidance to the Board, the Board's staff and the Attorney General in water resources engineering

  • Utilizes appropriate computer software to perform analyses, or by retaining and directing consulting engineers to prepare engineering analyses for the appropriation, acquisition, and protection of instream flow and natural lake level water rights

  • Assists the Attorney General in trial preparation, including preparing engineering reports and water court exhibits, as well as providing expert testimony in water court trials to protect the Board's existing ISF water rights or to change the use of acquired water rights to instream flow use

  • Provides expert opinions and conclusions and provides reports, memoranda, and exhibits in water court to defend the CWCB's positions, policies, and statutory responsibilities related to instream flow water rights

Project Management and Coordination 5%

  • Provides project management and project coordination for special projects, including studies evaluating and analyzing water rights to be acquired by the Board for instream flow use.

  • Develops and reviews proposed work plans and quarterly updates, develops project budgets and timely submittal of invoices, project updates

  • Provides project administration, planning, management and implementation activities.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY

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. This announcement does not include a residency waiver.

Minimum Qualifications

Currently licensed as a professional engineer by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors AND two years of professional engineering experience, one year of which must have been in the area of water rights engineering, including, but not limited to, reviewing, evaluating and analyzing the elements of proposed plans for augmentation and changes of water rights in Colorado.

Conditions of Employment

  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid and current Colorado Driver's License.

  • Must be willing and able to travel to attend meetings that may require overnight travel

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in: (1) reviewing water court resumes, water court applications, proposed rulings and related engineering reports; (2) negotiating settlements of water court cases with water court applicants and their engineers and attorneys; (3) preparing expert witness reports for water court cases and testifying as an expert on water rights matters in depositions and / or water court; and (4) calculating water depletions, return flow obligations, historical consumptive use of water rights, and replacement water availability for water court cases and substitute supply plans. Demonstrated knowledge of Colorado's Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Program, how the Program is implemented, and water rights administration issues related to instream flow water rights.

Appeal Rights

It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, 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 www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at www.colorado.gov/spb. 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

Supplemental Information:

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.

APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COVER LETTER OF INTEREST AND RÉSUMÉ AT TIME OF APPLICATION

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.

Part or all of the assessment for this position may include a review of your application materials. 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. If you are notified that you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you will be given two business days from the date of the notification to submit an addendum in order to attempt to resolve the matter. It is recommended that you submit the addendum or contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below immediately to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications.

Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process may consist of a comparative analysis of all application materials. 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 a 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.

Toll–Free Applicant Support - Technical Help

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues. Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.