Water Commissioner - Colorado DNR Division of Water Resources

  • Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Jackson County, CO
  • Mar 22, 2017
Full time Administrative/Executive Environmental Science/Engineering Natural Resources Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Note:  1) This job announcement will remain open until the closing date or until 50 applications received, whichever comes first.  2)  This position has been downgraded for training purposes.

Closing 3/27/2017 5:00 PM Mountain

Description of Job

This position distributes water in assigned areas of Water District 47 according to Water Court decrees, State Statutes and policies of the State Engineers Office; to monitor dams for unsafe conditions and to enforce safe storage restrictions; to assemble diversion records for ditches, reservoirs, wells, exchanges and plans of augmentation; to serve the needs of and provide water related information to water users and the public; to conduct field investigations for the Division.
Specific Duties include:

  • Regulates the diversion and distribution of water in District 47 as dictated by applicable Water Court decrees, State statutes and policies of the State Engineer. Regulates complex stream systems involving direct flow rights, storage rights, rights of exchange and trans basin diversions. Regulates and distributes reservoir releases, trans basin water and plans for augmentation.
  • Observes, computes and records the amount of water diverted, stored and released through each structure.  Analyzes and codes diversion records and enters them into database using personal computer.  Qualify control's irrigated acreage data and mapping produced by Denver GIS.  Maintains records and verifies accuracy of the amount of water stored each year.
  • Performs field inspections to verify applications for water rights, well permits, non-jurisdictional water impoundment structures and stock water tanks. Provides reports and recommendations to the Division Engineer.  Performs field inspections of wells under construction to monitor compliance of drillers with the Rules and Regulations for Well Drillers and Pump Installers. Investigates water disputes and makes recommendations to the Division Engineer or immediate supervisor on possible course of action.
  • Calculates and monitors the amount of water available for storage for irrigation in compliance with the Supreme Court decision in Nebraska v Wyoming. Utilizes GIS data, topographic maps, and aerial photography for use in consumptive use calculations, historical records, & court decrees. Collects and compiles information on irrigated acreage, reservoir storage and trans basin diversion records for inclusion in the annual report required of Colorado under Nebraska v Wyoming.
  • Visually monitors the condition of dams in the District and advises the Dam Safety Engineer of any safety related changes. Collaborates with the Dam Safety Engineer during dam safety inspections and participates in the implementation of Emergency Preparedness Plans. Enforces reservoir storage restrictions ordered by the State Engineer.
  • Assists the public in the completion of applications for well permits, water rights, non-jurisdictional water impoundment structures and stock water tanks.  Establishes good working relations with water users and the general public.  Attends public and organizational meetings to provide water-related information and input.  Mediates and resolves water disputes using knowledge of Colorado Water Law. Make recommendations to the Division Engineer regarding settlement of disputes.
  • Enforces Colorado Water Law and policies and orders of the State and Division Engineers by controlling head gate diversions and regulating releases of water stored illegally in reservoirs.  Investigates and reports inadequate water controlling devices, violations of dam safety standards, inappropriate water storage and water usage and recommends to the Division Engineer or the issuance of Orders.  Testifies in Water Court as a factual witness on water related matters.
  • Reviews Water Court Decrees & Water Rights Tabulation for errors and omissions. Researches & updates ownership & structure information for inclusion in DWR databases.
  • Collaborates with Hydrographer and makes on-site adjustments of satellite monitoring equipment when necessary.  Evaluates flow measuring devices for adequacy of installation, maintenance, and accuracy of measurements.  Performs flow measurements in canals, ditches, and streams to verify the accuracy of measuring devices.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications
High school diploma or GED certificate AND four years of engineering or physical sciences assistant experience in water resources that involves the administration of water measurement, control, and/or distribution and which included one year at the Engineering/Physical Sciences Assistant II or equivalent level.  Computer experience is required for this position.  Position requires a current and valid Colorado driver's license. 
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 may 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. 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid and current state of Colorado driver's license.
  • Must be willing to spend up to several hours per day standing and/or climbing up and down hills.
  • Work must be done seven days a week if water conditions warrant during the irrigation season.
  • May be required to respond to calls for water/regulations of streams outside the normal business hours. 
  • Much of the work is performed outdoors in varying terrain and weather conditions.
  • Candidates must be willing to work on weekends and holidays during the peak season if necessary.
  • Must be willing to work alone in remote areas.
  • Perform physical tasks, which may include lifting up to 75 lbs.
  • Must have effective interpersonal and communication skills. This work involves a great deal of contact with water users.
  • May encounter bears, snakes, mice and other outdoor animals.
  • May be beneficial to know how to swim.
  • May require work in close/tight/damp areas.
  • Must travel daily throughout the water district.
  • Must be able to provide and operate a personal 4-wheel drive vehicle (mileage is reimbursed) and travel off road.
  • Must be located in or willing to relocate upon assignment to a location within Water District assigned.
  • Must provide and maintain a home office located within Water District assigned during the irrigation season.
  • Must be capable of understanding and using computers, spreadsheets and other computer software.


Government- State/Provincial


$3,885 - $5,484 Monthly