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Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts have two positions open. 

Project Coordinator

The Colorado Water Plan has prescribed the preparation of integrated watershed management plans including the Middle Colorado River. The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and Southside Conservation Districts are participating in the preparation of the Middle Colorado River Integrated Watershed Management Plan on behalf of the agricultural producers in the Middle Colorado River watershed, including its tributaries.

The Conservation Districts were established by Congressional Act in 1937 to coordinate the efforts of private landowners in the conservation of natural resources. Local guidance focused on promoting the sustainability and stewardship of our natural resources has been a cornerstone of the Conservations Districts model. Agriculture is essential to the vibrant rural communities in the Middle Colorado Watershed and the Conservation Districts take an active role in supporting and improving sustainable agricultural production in this area.

The Conservation Districts coordinate technical, financial and educational resources to assist private landowners in implementing conservation practices. Agricultural producers are keenly aware of water quality and watershed health as these are necessary ingredients for successful production and long-term viability. Local programs that the Conservation Districts have coordinated that have resulted in significant watershed health and water quality improvements include the Silt Salinity Control Program, the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (in conjunction with NRCS), the Conservation Cost Share for Irrigation Projects, and the Noxious Weed Cost Share Program.

Agricultural producers own significant senior water rights in the Colorado River Basin. These senior water rights are private property rights that comprise a considerable percentage of the value of these agricultural enterprises. The ability to buy and sell water rights is an important “stick in the bundle” of property rights incidental to the ownership of water rights.

Despite many agricultural producers owning senior water rights, there remains a shortfall in agricultural water supplies. The Statewide Water Supply Initiative 2010 conducted by the Colorado Water Conservation Board quantified the shortfall of agricultural water in the Colorado River Basin at 100,000 AF and stated that this shortfall may increase substantially if conditional water rights are developed in the future adversely impacting agricultural producers that rely on junior water rights. Maximizing the use of available physical and legal water supplies has impacted the evolution of agricultural water demand through crop selection, irrigation methods and deficit irrigation practices. The Conservation Districts have provided support and advice throughout this evolution.

As recognized by the Colorado Water Plan and the Colorado Basin Implementation Plan, strategic water management is necessary to protect Colorado’s Water Values which include productive agriculture and healthy watersheds and rivers. The Middle Colorado Integrated Water Management Plan is intended to increase security for all water uses in the watershed planning area by understanding and protecting existing uses (both consumptive and non-consumptive) on the mainstem and tributaries, meeting shortages, and maintaining healthy riverine ecosystems in the face of increased future demand and climate uncertainty.

The Districts are seeking a qualified individual or company to assist in: understanding and protecting the consumptive use needs of agricultural producers. Tasks will include: grant writing, outreach to stakeholders, attending the Colorado Basin Roundtable meetings and other meetings of stakeholders in the Middle Colorado River watershed, drafting sections of the Middle Colorado Integrated Water Management Plan related to agricultural consumptive uses, and coordinating with other consumptive use and non-consumptive use stakeholders in preparation the final Integrated Water Management Plan. Applicants must have a thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory framework that consumptive water users operate within including interstate agreements and compacts, international treaties and the Water Right Determination and Administration Act of 1969; technical expertise necessary to create, analyze, or test hydrological models; and excellent communication and writing skills. The scope of work will depend on funding available to the Districts.

Letters of interest should be submitted no later than February 2, 2018 Gar-Pit CD, 258 Center Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or sharie.prow@usda.gov

Conservation Technician

District Conservation Technician position is available for Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts. The ideal candidate will be proficient in GIS mapping, basic conservation practices, and excellent interpersonal skills. This is a full time position. The application form and full description is available here or at our office. Submit application and resume to 258 Center Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or sharie.prow@usda.gov. Applications are due by February 2, 2018.  

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