Colorado State Physical Science Researcher / Scientist IV - Greeley, CO in Greeley, Colorado

Physical Science Researcher / Scientist IV - Greeley, CO



Physical Science Researcher / Scientist IV - Greeley, CO


$6,592.00 - $9,993.00 Monthly


Greeley, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Natural Resources

Job Number

PEA - 2468 - 3/13/2018


3/27/2018 5:00 PM Mountain

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Department Information

NOTE: This job announcement will remain open until the closing date or until 50 applications received, whichever comes first.


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. If the residency requirement has been waived for an announced vacancy, it will be noted on the job announcement and applications will be considered from individuals who are not residents of Colorado.

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 Division of Water Resources is a small state agency dedicated to maximizing the beneficial use of Colorado's water resources. Our activities include surface and ground water administration, dam safety, hydrologic studies, stream flow measurements, water diversion recording and water rights litigation. This work unit exists to administer the water resources of the South Platte, Laramie, and Republican River basins in accordance with the priority system, interstate compacts, and U.S. Supreme Court decrees while maximizing the beneficial use of water in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes, court decrees and State Engineer policies, rules and regulations.

The work unit administers the water resources of the South Platte, Laramie, and Republican River basins in accordance with the priority system, interstate compacts, and U.S. Supreme Court decrees while maximizing the beneficial use of water in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes, court decrees and State Engineer policies, rules and regulations.

Description of Job

This position provides leadership, guidance and oversight as a work leader to the Division 1 operations group responsible for Augmentation Plan and Water Operations coordination and administration. This group supports water rights administration by developing methodologies to collect and analyze water diversion and delivery data from water users reported water accounting submittals to verify augmentation plans and water diversions are operated and accounted for in compliance with all applicable court decrees, statutes, rules and regulations. This position identifies and determines applicable professional standards and concepts incorporated into governing water court decrees and provide written protocol and guidance to staff regarding proper analysis of Augmentation Plan, water diversions, and return flows operations submitted in water accounting in accordance with water court decree requirements. This position, when necessary, provides recommendations for new process and procedures to collect, report, analyze and coordinate practices to allow compliance of these plans with the applicable decrees. This position prepares expert reports and expert testimony in Water Court trials not related to enforcement actions. Position is the work leader of three or more full-time positions.


  • Oversee the performance of detailed reviews of existing and future Water Court decrees obtained by large capacity well augmentation plan and municipal entities to determine the specific requirements of each decree. Develop methodology for the collection, analysis, evaluation, reporting (water accounting) and administration of these plans on a plan by plan basis.

  • Responsible for the development of methodologies to collect and analyze water diversion and delivery data for large capacity well augmentation plans, water diversions and return flow tracking.

  • Perform and direct the analysis of water diversion, delivery, and return flow data contained in water users submitted water accounting using the application of established procedures, principles, conceptual models, professional standards and engineering/scientific judgment.

  • Oversee the performance of periodic field inspections of large capacity well augmentation and water users diversions structures, return structures, and water measurement devices to assure the structures and devices are all functioning within allowable tolerances, usually with the assistance and input of the applicable Water Commissioner, Well Commissioner and the South Platte Main Stem Coordinator.

  • Participate in all phases of any necessary enforcement actions resulting from the above described data analysis and review.

  • This position is the work leader, supervising the work product of 3 or more subordinate positions including correctness, timeliness and soundness of the work product in accordance to developed methodologies, standards and written protocol. The position assists in aspects of supervisory authority, but will not be directly accountable for signature authority for actions and decisions that directly impact the pay, status and tenure of other employees.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in water resources, civil engineering, hydrology, geology, geography or field of study related to the assignment AND five years of professional experience in any of the following water resources, water rights accounting, water rights operations, or water rights and water rights administration, which includes experience in a combination of the following areas:

  • water rights associated work or water rights administration;

    water court proceedings, or administrative proceedings before boards and/or commissions related to water rights;

  • water rights transactions, such as water rights agreements for the use of water;

  • water rights analysis, including water budget, water accounting, or consumptive use methodology related to the tracking and accounting of water diversions, depletions, storage, etc.

Substitutions: Extensive work experience which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.

Conditions of Employment: 1) Former employees of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources must have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire. 2) Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver's License. 3) Excellent oral and written communication skills. 4) Proficient use of computers, with advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Excel and Access. 5) Experience using Integrated Decision Support Consumptive Use Model (IDSCU), Alluvial Water Accounting System (AWAS) software, or similar software. 6) Excellent organizational skills 7) Ability to multi-task and track several projects simultaneously, 7) Work well with others and maintain a flexible routine, 8) previous supervisory experience.

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

A standard appeal form is available at: 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

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

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.

(For application/resume review only). Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process will consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review. Utilizing your application, resume, cover letter and transcripts (include only the requested/required), 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. 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.

Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:

  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.

  • Leadership – Excellent, leadership, supervisory and team building skills.

  • Supervision – Supervision of a diverse staff including a large number of temporary/seasonal workers.

  • 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 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). 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.

The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with these types of technical issues.