Local recruitment: Water Resources Specialist 2

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:  $50,000 – $65,000

Grade: 22

Closing Date: Open Until filled

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the processing, expediting, and approving/rejecting surface water right applications and claims. Responsible for ensuring surface water right applications and claims adhere to Department policies, rules, procedures, and State and Federal statutes and rules.

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

Job Duties:

The person in this position will assist with researching, compiling, analyzing, interpreting, and integrating water resource management data through a variety of sources and other program areas. Will assist in the responsibilities of participating in complex interdepartmental projects that require multi-disciplinary expertise. This includes investigating and resolving water resource management issues of a complex, sensitive, and visible nature, and assist in the preparation of reports with recommendations that may impact multiple water resource management program areas.

Additionally, this position is responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of Department databases and in the development, maintenance, updating, imaging, and preserving of Department records and Handing state funds in a proper manner.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Department policies and procedures;
  • State surface water statutes, rules, and direction regarding managing the State’s water resources, including current and proposed management plans; and Federal water resource management laws and regulations.
  • Information sources, research methods, and techniques utilized in water resource management
  • The behavior and occurrence of water in nature.
  • The historical governmental involvement with water supply, water usage, and water resource management
  • Information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management.
  • Principles of physical geography, hydrology and/or hydrogeology.

Skills in:

  • Preparing and analyzing technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence.
  • Using a variety of software applications and databases to organize/analyze/interpret water resource management data.
  • Researching maps, reports, and documents and in gathering information necessary to evaluate and process applications and generate reports.
  • Assist with establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with stakeholders, including agency staff, governmental officials, the regulated community, and the public.
  • Written and oral communications with both individuals and groups.
  • Problem identification and analysis, in addition to problem solving techniques.
  • Analyzing and interpreting water resource management data including imagery.
  • Preparing maps and drawings based on field data, aerial photography analysis, land surveys, etc.
  • Process improvement and lean practices

Ability to:

  •  Assist in analyze a situation, identify problem area, propose solutions, and assist in the implementing solutions.
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts, to support the decision-making process.
  • Handle State funds in a proper manner.
  • Apply Techniques to study water resource management issues impacting the State of Arizona.
  • Understand and effectively interpret and communicate complex statutes and Department rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Research, compile, analyze, interpret and integrate water resources management data.
  • Work effectively with individuals within and outside of the agency; ability to maintain a customer services orientation through interactions with clients, consultants, agency staff and others.
  • Collaborate with other sections and the Legal Division staff.
  • Perform data entry and write technical reports.

Selective Preference(s):

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 preferred candidate should have 4 years of water resources experience, or bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience or master’s degree. 


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

  • 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 plan
  • LinkedIn Learning membership 
  • Tuition Reimbursement 

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 disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language or an alternative format by contacting ADWR Human Resources.





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