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Water Resources Office Technician

State of Colorado - Department of Natural Resources
Steamboat Springs, CO Full-time
Posted on February 13, 2020

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.

Division of Water Resources (DWR)
State Engineers Office
Our mission is to administer the waters of the State to maximize lawful beneficial use, ensure that dams and water wells are properly constructed and safe, and provide information about water resources to the public. Division of Water Resources.

This work unit preserves, protects, develops and maximizes the beneficial use of the present and future water supplies in the Yampa, Green, White and North Platte river basins; and enforces the statutory and judicial laws pertaining to surface water, ground water and dam safety; in order to serve the needs of the public.

Description of Job
This position provides technical and administrative support to the division engineer and lead water administrator/assistant division engineer and responds to inquiries from the public, manages the operating budget for the Division office, issues well permits for Division 6, reviews water court filings for accuracy, tabulates new water court decrees, and assists in various data projects. This position also assists with other administrative activities as delegated, which includes but not limited to personnel actions, accident reports, vehicle usage etc.

Specific Duties include:

Well Permitting
Interpret and apply technical knowledge of statutes, basic principles, rules, regulations, policies, standard operating procedures and other guidelines. Review, evaluate, determine Conditions of Approval, authorize well permits without prior approval; inform, and counsel team members and the public regarding permitting processes, statutes and regulations; detect, expose and provide information to appropriate authorities regarding illegal drilling practices and driller violations. Administers licensing test for well drillers and pump installers

Accounting and Budget
Provide oversight of the budget for Division 6; advises the division engineer of potential budget issues and recommends solutions. Collaborates with the State Engineer's Office and Executive Director's Office accounting; interprets and applies appropriate fiscal rules; estimates and forecasts budgetary obligations to prevent cost overruns; evaluates, recommends and prioritizes budget requests and authorizes and processes invoices.

Office Administration and Management
Office liaison for administrative coordination and advises Division employees on policies and procedures operation of State lease vehicles. Reconciles travel and procurement card expenditures, and instructs office staff on the procedures involved in the use of these cards. Collaborates with Division personnel, State Engineer's Office and Human Resources, regarding policies and procedures relating to leave practices, benefits, and insurance; disseminates information to Division staff dealing with these areas. Uses interpersonal skills, and technical knowledge and experience in assisting the division engineer and other staff with written communication that includes editing and finalizing court consultations, orders, general correspondence and the Division's Annual Report

Water Rights Tabulation and Database Projects
Provide technical support to the Division in maintaining the Hydrobase databases which includes review, interpret, analyze, and tabulate new water court decrees into the state-wide Hydrobase utilizing standard procedures and guidelines to determine the proper coding based on the court decrees. Assist the Division in special database projects.

Public Interaction and Customer Service
Disseminate information to the public on water issues based on experience and knowledge of applicable statutes, rules, regulations and guidelines; investigate and research databases, topographic and subdivision maps, water court cases and decrees, and interpret this data to guide customers with completing water right and well permit applications. Educate the public in the use of online database tools and the interpretation of the data.

Water Court and Data Management
Review Water Court cases including applications, rulings and decrees for errors, omissions, needed corrections, and alerts the division engineer of such when appropriate. Researches and updates ownership and structure information for inclusion in DWR databases.

Other duties as delegated.
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:
High school diploma or GED certificate AND four years of engineering or physical sciences assistant or technician experience related to water resources.

Satisfactory completion of course work from an accredited, non-correspondence college or university in civil engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mining engineering, earth science, geology, or field of study closely related to the work assignment will be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

Conditions of Employment:
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources must have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.

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

Supplemental Information
The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness. Your online application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition relate to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to eligible military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Barbara Ring, at or call 303-866-2667 x 8646.

Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process will consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review. Utilizing your detailed on-line application, resume, cover letter and transcripts (include transcripts if substituting education for experience), the review is 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 and in comparison to all other applicants for this position. It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application, resume and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position. "See Resume" or "See Attached" will not substitute for the completed and detailed on-line application.

Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:
Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties out lined 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 evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position. Current experience is preferred.

Upload additional pages if necessary to detail 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.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Barbara Ring at or 303-866-2667 x 8646 at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

E-Verify: The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program's Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at