Physical Science Researcher/Scientist II - Watershed & Flood Protection, CO Water Conservation Board

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO

Department Information


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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.

This position is with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) which exists to advocate the protection, conservation, and development of water of the State in order to secure the greatest utilization of such waters and the utmost prevention of floods for the benefit of the present and future inhabitants of the State of Colorado.

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Description of Job


This position is part of the Watershed and Flood Protection Section of the CWCB which exists to prevent flood damages and reduce Colorado's vulnerability to property damage and loss of life, and to create feasible funding packages for flood control and drainage projects for Colorado communities.

This position exists to support CWCB activities related to the flood protection, watershed restoration and water infrastructure programs of the agency that will lead to flood loss reduction, improved watershed health, and increased water supplies in the State; to provide technical and facilitation expertise to the Board's watershed and floodplain management program to accomplish the agency's projects and long-range goals; to negotiate, oversee, and review contract work by consultants and other study partners for watershed restoration, water infrastructure, and flood protection work; to manage water resource projects as assigned by Senior Management and Section Chief; to direct the tasks necessary to produce watershed restoration and water infrastructure reports; and to provide training opportunities for the subject programs.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Review of hydrologic, hydraulic, and sediment transport models

Provide expertise in the preparation and review of hydrology, hydraulics, and sediment transport models and computations
Develop new technical engineering and hydrology guidelines, criteria, and standards using state-of -the-art methodologies to better represent the discreet homogeneous flood regions of the state
Use the engineering criteria for analyzing surface water hydrology in Colorado watersheds for floodplain studies
Work with fellow employees on the procedures for the use of new engineering models and programs
Manage, participate, or review engineering designs and watershed assessments
Direct or participate in high-level engineering and technical investigations for the preparation or review of watershed assessments, stream management plans, fluvial hazard zone maps and reports, floodplain information studies, flood mitigation plans and proposals, and floodplain or stream restoration project feasibility studies and designs
Participate in completing and reviewing FEMA floodplain mapping and engineering study revisions for the Director
Identify unique engineering and mitigation measures to supplement standard practices and guidelines for flood-related projects
Analyze scientific correlations and develop new engineering criteria (multi-state recognized) for riparian watersheds that have experienced natural disasters (forest fires)
Work with local stakeholders, both internal and external, to include community organizations; non-profits; intergovernmental organizations; special districts; local, state, and federal agencies and departments; agricultural entities, and consultants and contractors in analyzing watersheds at risk for forest fires and the potential impacts caused by potential fire event
Participate in meetings associated with stakeholder driven planning and desired efforts
Grant management
Review grant applications for watershed protection, flood hazard mitigation, stream restoration, and recreational enhancement
Develop funding recommendations and managing grant applications including: contracting, invoice payments, project performance, and monitoring
Floodplain designation
Prepare guidelines and specifications for engineering studies and reports completed by other federal, state, and local agencies
Perform technical reviews; interview local floodplain administrators; detect engineering errors; recommend technical revisions; and secure decisions for regulatory compliance (or non-compliance) pertaining to the subject studies/reports with regard to the Board's Rules and Regulations
Make recommendations to the Board for the designation and approval of 100-year regulatory floodplains by the CWCB
Research and outreach
Communicate and participate in research with other nationally-recognized engineers and scientists for improving the Board's state-of-the-art practices and methodologies in computer modeling, hydrology, hydraulics, stream geomorphology, and hazard mitigation
Research and write technical articles and/or prepares presentations for professional publications, conferences, and CWCB meetings
Manage the Chatfield Downstream Channel Improvement Project
Act as the work leader in the operation, maintenance and repair of the four mile long flood control project, a CWCB asset and liability located in Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan, and unincorporated Arapahoe County

Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


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
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, water resource planning and/or management, watershed management, watershed science, hydrology, hydraulics, or a closely related field AND two years of professional experience in hydrology; water resources engineering or planning; and/or water resources management.

Work experience as stated in the minimum requirements demonstrating competencies equivalent to the competencies learned through completion of the required education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis up to four years for the bachelor's degree. A master's degree in the appropriate fields referenced in the minimum requirements may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one year of the required experience.

Preferred qualifications

Professional experience in watershed restoration and flood protection
Experience in conducting trainings
Experience in leading public meetings, including dealing with controversial topics
Superior written and oral communication skills
PE License and/or Certified Floodplain Manager certification

Conditions of Employment
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing
Must possess and maintain a valid state of Colorado Driver's License
Must be willing and able to travel to offsite meetings, sometimes in remote locations with occasional overnight stays
Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently

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.


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 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.

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 Naomi Nigro by phone or email 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.

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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, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.