Under limited supervision, this position reviews and implements state water statutes, assists in the development of integrated water management plans, demonstrates strong planning capabilities, coordinates and manages projects, maintains an understanding of relevant hydrologic models and analyses in context of division responsibilities, and performs related work as assigned.
In collaboration with other Water Planning Division staff, develop and implement integrated water management plans within the context of the Groundwater Management and Protection Act; demonstrate working knowledge of Nebraska water statutes; planning and project management skills; ability to communicate complex scientific concepts and programs to a large variety of audiences while utilizing multiple communication platforms; coordination and facilitation skills. Maintains a 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. Provides input on consultant selection and oversees their work for division activities. Assists with the financial oversight of integrated water management planning including consultant selection/fees, staff additions/recommendations, research costs, etc. Presents research lectures and workshops explaining surface and groundwater relationships as pertaining to integrated water management planning. Attends professional scientific conferences and programs and utilizes professional research literature to stay current and maintain expertise.
Master’s degree in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Geology, Engineering or Natural Sciences and two years of experience in groundwater hydrology, geology or groundwater modeling. OR a Bachelor's degree in any of the above mentioned fields and four years of experience in groundwater hydrology, geology or groundwater modeling.
Preferred: A strong background in natural resources planning, and/or natural resources, science and policy.
Knowledge of: 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. Skills in: project management; communication of scientific ideas and concepts; explaining the results of division analyses to decision makers; understanding and comprehending written documents; using logic to identify alternative solutions or conclusions. Ability to: learn and apply Nebraska's surface and groundwater laws; think logically and understand surface and groundwater systems and the analyses of these systems in the context of planning; organize and analyze available information and reach sound conclusions; work as a team leader with staff of the Department, Natural Resources Districts and consultants to develop and implement integrated water management plans; communicate highly technical information to other technical experts and the general public; organize and write technical reports; be an expert witness in court proceedings; select, compile and analyze information as necessary to identify, substantiate and solve a scientific or technical problem and prepare reports based on that analysis.
Finding a balance between competing demands is a key to Nebraska's resource future. Assessing impacts of alternative soil and water management options requires an understanding of complex issues and substantial amounts of reliable data. The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR) is committed to providing Nebraska's citizens and leaders with the data and analyses they need to make wise re...source decisions for the benefit of all Nebraskans both now and in the future. The NeDNR is a State agency with responsibilities in the areas of:
•Natural Resources Planning
•Water Planning and Integrated Management
•Storage of Natural Resources and Related Data
•Administration of State Funds