Local recruitment: Analyst Water Rights & Contracts


Phoenix, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

Responsible for analysis of water resources and water rights issues utilizing state and federal water rights laws, regulations and policies pertaining to a variety of water uses, sources and diversion methods throughout Arizona, and negotiation, preparation and interpretation of water resource agreements (water exchanges, water delivery, water facility interconnections, joint ventures, etc.) with other utilities, governmental agencies and private interests.

Job Responsibilities

  • Researches and analyzes water resource and water rights issues; prepares reports from research with recommended actions for consideration by SRP management and SRP board.
  • Conducts special water rights studies related to the Arizona General Stream Adjudications, acts as project leader in the review of adjudication reports; assists attorneys in the preparation of legal pleadings; and assists in the coordination of adjudication consultants.
  • Analyzes pending federal and state water legislation and regulations for their impact on SRP; recommends SRP’s positions.
  • Negotiates and prepares water resource agreements with other utilities, governmental agencies and private interests.
  • Coordinates internal SRP comments on water agreements to ensure SRP objectives are met.
  • Provides interpretation of water resource agreements to SRP management and other SRP departments.
  • Develops administrative guidelines for negotiated and executed water agreements.
  • Prepares presentations for SRP management and board review and approval related to water rights issues and water resource agreements.


Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution that prepares the employee for the assignment.


Promotion to Level 2 requires a minimum of two years experience at Level 1; demonstrated capability to perform advanced and more difficult work as determined by the supervisor.  Promotion to Senior Level requires a minimum of three years experience at Level 2; is fully competent in all aspects of functional area of assignment and as such would be recognized as a specialist in area of assignment and may have periodic or occasional lead responsibilities.

A minimum of 5 years experience in water rights administration, water and/or natural resources administration, hydrology, watershed management, economics, finance, quantitative business analysis, contract negotiations or administration. Must have knowledge of, and experience in, Arizona water resources, Arizona and western water law 

Additional Information

  • Experience with GIS, database queries and management, and historic research is preferred
  • Must be free to travel up to a week at a time.
  • Frequent contact with regulatory agencies, land management agencies, water users and the public, sometimes under adversarial conditions.
  • Ability to lead other SRP groups through input/review of agreements being negotiated to ensure SRP objectives are achieved.
  • Ability to maintain confidential materials during negotiation and water rights litigation processes.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to work with internal and external contacts.

Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 13582

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.

Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

In order to promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.

Why Work at SRP

SRP’s success is rooted in our employees’ happiness, health and safety. That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:

• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix





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