Hydrogeologist 3

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: Min $50,000-$75,000

Grade: 23

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for providing technical support and assisting the coordination efforts with ADEQ, EPA and other federal, state and local agencies and private entities concerning well construction, well abandonment, and vertical cross-contamination/plume migration issues near groundwater contamination sites. Additionally, this position assists with preparation of quarterly and annual reports to ADEQ, the legislature, and the Governor, as well as periodic ADWR-internal reports.

This position has flexibility to telework.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include:

Researching areas of known groundwater contamination to identify site-specific hydrogeology that nesses site-specific well construction and abandonment procedures to protect human health and the environment by preventing vertical cross-contamination. The person in this position will participate and represents ADWR at WQARF and remedial action site meetings, conduct hydrologic reviews of groundwater withdrawal permits and Notices of Intent (NOI) to drill, abandon, replace, deepen or modify a well; and will plan and conduct activities to evaluate potential vertical cross-contamination of aquifers and migration of contamination plumes..

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Well construction (water supply wells, monitoring wells, remediation wells) Hydraulics
    and well impact analysis (groundwater flow and contaminate transport), lithologic logs, and aquifer testing.
  • Groundwater flow modeling: analytical and numerical, familiar statutes, rules, policies related to wells, groundwater withdrawals and groundwater management
  • Database management and geographical information systems
  • Excel or other spreadsheet software, data extraction and reporting, data presentation, technical report writing and editing.

Skills in:

  • Developing and maintaining GIS-Based well screening tool to identify potential impact associated with known water quality issues
  • Maintaining relational databases and creating queries to extract and using geospatial techniques to analyze hydrogeological data
  • Analyzing and interpreting complex hydrogeologic reports, technical writing, including presentation of statistical analyses
  • Conducting hydrologic research involving multiple data sources
  • Must have strong interpersonal as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Organizational, Problem identification and resolution skills.
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Process improvement

Ability to:

  • Balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks.
  • Understanding of principles of research methods and reporting techniques used in organizational studies.
  • Produce quality work and meet deadlines.
  • Learn new analytical tools.
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents, data or publications to support technical decision-making process. 
  • Participate in technical meetings with applicants, consultants, and technical work groups.

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 record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in hydrology, civil engineering, geology, watershed management or a related field, plus five years relevant work experience; a Master’s degree and three years required experience; a Ph.D. and one year of experience in one of the above fields.


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 plans
  • LinkedIn Learning membership
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Discounts
  • Flexible work schedule

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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development