Local recruitment: Water Resources Engineer

Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)

Phoenix, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

Job Location:

Hybrid: remote and 1110 W. Washington St., Suite #310 – Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary:  $65,000-$90,000

Grade: 26

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

Developing and updating Arizona Colorado River water use projections, Arizona shortage operation data and modeling reservoir storage impacts of various Colorado River system operating alternatives using surface water modeling programs, such as the Colorado River System Simulation (CRSS) model and the Colorado River Mid-Term Modeling System (CRMMS) model using RiverWare.  Accounting for and tracking Arizona Intentionally Created Surplus and other conservation water.  Candidate will work in a close collaborative environment with one Senior Hydrologist in ADWR’s Colorado River Section and with colleagues across the Basin and the Bureau of Reclamation

nd updating Arizona Colorado River water use projections, Arizona shortage operation data and modeling reservoir storage impacts of various Colorado River system operating alternatives using surface water modeling programs, such as the Colorado River System Simulation (CRSS) RiverWare model.

A hybrid work schedule (some work in the office and some work from home) is available for this position.

Job Duties:

This position works under the supervision of the Colorado River Section Manager. The person in this position will be responsible for:

Analyzing, planning, coordinating, implementing and/or directing the execution of complex, highly technical, sensitive projects and programs including the Intentionally Created Surplus, Inadvertent Overrun and Payback Program, Article V Accounting Report, Unauthorized Users Federal Rule, Central Arizona Projections and reallocations, Colorado River Annual Operating Plan, 24 Month Study, the Yuma Groundwater Transport Permit and others.

Participation and collaborating in high level meetings and programs with the federal government, representatives of the seven Basin States and other stakeholders to prepare for Arizona’s long term needs and by taking an active role in water use projections, monitoring of hydrologic conditions and hydroelectric projects in the Colorado River system.

Analyzing reservoir storage impacts, management strategies, hydrologic conditions and water use demands throughout the Colorado River Basin to determine the projected amount of Colorado River water available for use in Arizona and providing technical support for binational modeling and negotiations with Mexico. Responsible for reviewing Reclamation’s Annual Water Accounting Report data and making projections of water use by water type and by contractors and CAP subcontractors.

Responsible for coordination of the Recovery Planning Advisory Group, including managing meeting invitations, supporting policy decisions for the recovery of Long-Term Storage Credits with the Arizona Water Banking Authority and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District.

Interpreting, presenting and explaining to agency, local governments and other entities and individuals complex, highly technical and sensitive Colorado River management analysis and conclusion, and provide authoritative responses to inquiries on Colorado River matters, including preparing and giving presentations, reports and testimony before boards, commissions, courts etc.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Colorado River supply and demand, Central Arizona Project; social-economic and ecological aspects of water supply and utilization.
  • The laws, treaties, court decrees, rules/regulations, pertaining to water apportionment use and allocation, particularly Colorado River water across the Basin, including Indian Water Rights Settlements.
  • Bureau of Reclamation methodology for water accounting.
  • Modeling and data analysis.
  • Water planning
  • Hydrology and hydraulic principles
  • Climate change and climate modeling principles

Skills in:

  • Experience working with RiverWare software is essential/highly desirable.  If no prior experience in RiverWare, candidate must demonstrate ability to quickly learn new modeling software and manipulate rules within the model. 
  • Advanced Excel skills are essential.
  • Experience with GoldSim modeling software is essential/highly desirable.  Alternatively, ability to learn quickly how to use, manipulate, and build models using GoldSim.
  • Advanced experience with MS PowerPoint.
  • Verbal and written communications.
  • Analysis, planning and organizing.
  • Maintaining effective working relationships.

Ability to:

  • Coordinate with other governmental entities and the public.
  • Understand complex water resources data and analyses and to communicate effectively with other technical and policy staff.
  • Provide technical assistance related to the Colorado River Program.
  • Analyze water resources modeling programs and output from models such as RiverWare.
  • Analyze, negotiate, and recommend changes and/or to point out issues that may adversely affect state interest.
  • Prepare complex hydrological and hydraulic investigations studies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public in general and with other entities.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

Selective Preference(s):

Alternatively, a candidate may hold a Master’s degree in engineering, hydrology, or other closely related field and 3 years of professional experience, or a Ph.D. and 1 year of experience. 

This position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

Pre-Employment Requirements:


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
  • Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
  • Sick Leave
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit union membership
  • Wellness plans
  • LinkedIn Learning membership
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee discounts

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement system (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment. The current contribution rate is 12.17%.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact ADWR Human Resources Office at (602) 771-8500 for assistance. Persons with disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language or an alternative format by contacting ADWR Human Resources.





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