| Serving as Assistant Division Manager of Water Planning, this position works closely with the Division Manager in developing strategic plans for development of and carrying out groundwater and surface water modeling tasks and other technical analyses required for the implementation of integrated water management planning processes across river basins and areas within the boundaries of interstate water compacts, decrees and agreements. Under limited supervision, this position: provides expert technical advice; utilizes and maintains a high level of understanding of special, highly technical/scientific groundwater and interactive surface water and groundwater modeling and analyses in context of division responsibilities; reviews and develops highly technical and complex geological/hydrogeological reports, technical documents, statutes, and presentations; understands and implements state water statutes; leads and coordinates the development of integrated water management plans; demonstrates strong planning capabilities; and coordinates and manages projects. This position will also supervise and coordinate with other members of the Water Planning Division staff while carrying out these duties. Salary range is $28.034 – 34.320 per hour. Salary to commensurate with applicant's education and experience, if approved. |
Plans, assigns, directs and evaluates the work of staff, working closely with other Integrated Water Management Coordinators to ensure efficient use of Division resources. Supervises the technical water modeling staff, which can include Coordinators, and develops an annual technical training plan for modeling staff. Assists the Division Manager in setting priorities for the administration and implementation of technical projects, develops work plans and implements Division procedures. Functions as the Division technical expert regarding specialized highly complex hydrogeologic analysis of water resources in Nebraska and presents technical information, modeling scenarios and program plans and proposals to higher-level management. Maintains working understanding of Division hydrologic models, tools, and analyses in order to collaborate with Division staff to assure successful implementation of integrated management planning goals. Performs quality assurance for all water modeling work products. Prepares analyses and reports about and provides technical expertise on water analysis technologies, materials and procedures to enhance agency processes and results. Works with technical experts and ground water modelers from the NRD's and other state and federal agencies to ensure coordination and accuracy of modeling and other water analysis efforts. Develops and implements integrated water management plans within the context of the Groundwater Management and Protection Act and directs the work of other Water Planning staff assisting with this task. Determines type of technical data needed for the agency and Natural Resource Districts to develop and implement integrated surface water/groundwater management plans. With the Division Manager's approval, initiates and directs technical modeling activities for the plans. Develops short- and long-term plans for other groundwater and surface water projects that coincide with the Water Planning Division goals and objectives. Maintains financial oversight on consultant selection and fees, research costs, etc. and oversees their work. Develop budget for division technical projects; may including providing narrative explanation and frequent modifications while adhering to established state limitations. Develop annual reports and cost analysis to determine project effectiveness, prepare/draft budget modifications and recommendations that will direct function of the division. Attends professional scientific conferences and programs and utilizes professional research literature to stay current and maintain expertise. Presents research lectures and workshops explaining surface and groundwater relationships as pertaining to modeling efforts and integrated water management planning.
Knowledge of: state and federal water laws and regulations; department policies and regulations; the methods and procedures of human resource development; natural resources planning; project management and facilitation; effective science and policy communication techniques; integrated management planning processes; scientific understanding of surface and groundwater hydrology and geology; evaporation, mapping techniques; statistical analyses of data; methods of irrigation and diversion; groundwater and surface water modeling. Ability to: supervise, direct and develop Water Planning Division staff; work as a team leader with Department staff, Natural Resources Districts and consultants to develop and implement integrated water management plans; think logically and understand surface and groundwater systems and the analyses of these systems in the context of planning; independently select, compile, organize and analyze information as necessary to identify, substantiate and reach sound conclusions; interpret results or trends reflected by the data collected; understand and write technical reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, highly technical information to other technical experts and the general public; be an expert witness in court proceedings; assess the need for and develop appropriate research questions related to model scenarios to provide the technical data needed for water resources; design and develop models needed for developing integrated management plans and statewide water resources planning; direct and/or supervise the modeling efforts of other employees and consultants, analyze and interpret streamflow data and surface and ground water interactions and use for guidance in developing ground water models; assess the accuracy and appropriateness of ground water models for developing various planning scenarios, whether done by the Department, other agencies and the states; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, federal, state and local officials, other agency personnel and the public; promote good public relations between water users; meet and relate to diverse groups of people; and, carry out department policies with other government agencies and individuals. Skill in: coordinating agency activities to include analyzing, interpreting and assembling data; communication of scientific ideas and concepts; developing, analyzing and applying hydrologic models and other system analysis techniques; explaining the results of division analyses to decision makers; understanding and comprehending written documents; using logic to identify alternative solutions or conclusions; organization of division program planning; working with diverse, and often, irate clientele including other divisions in the agency, other governmental agencies and the public; presenting information to groups and individuals, both professionals and lay people; and, interpreting results of surveys and studies relating to division function.