Local recruitment: Hydrogeologist 2 (Field Services)

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’s primary purpose is to perform hydrologic fieldwork and is responsible for data collection. This position requires fieldwork.

This position’s primary purpose is to perform hydrologic fieldwork and is responsible for data collection in support of the Department’s programs. Specifically groundwater level measurements, stream flow measurements, well discharge measurements, plus the occasional assistance with the operation & maintenance, downloading, and uploading of transducer well data from well sites.

This position is expected to maintain and input data into ADWR databases. Assist with the drafting of hydrologic reports and field summaries for management and the general public.

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

Job Duties:

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Performing timely field investigation in accordance with ADWR guidelines and procedures. Measures groundwater levels in wells. Must be able to four-wheel drive off road to many well sites, work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, walk with water ­level measurement equipment sometimes over a half a mile to well site and lift equipment up to 10-20 lbs. with flexibility to maneuver around well site.

Preparing reports/recommendations involving water resources management issues. Responsible for compiling, analyzing, and interpreting water data from a variety of sources and databases, including field measurements, calculations, and observations and evaluation of historical records, maps, aerial photographs, and remotely sensed data output.

Assisting with the repair and installation of automated well sites and therefore be able to lift supplies/equipment up to 60 lbs. Contacts owners for permission to measure, travels to well sites to make measurements using electrical sounders, steel tape, etc. and maintains contact and well site information in Master Section files

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Practical working knowledge of:

  • Groundwater and techniques for measuring, sampling or investigating groundwater
  • The behavior and occurrence of water in nature
  • How monitoring and sampling programs work
  • Information sources, research methods, and techniques utilized in water resources management
  • Computer applications and equipment, including Excel, Word, Access, Oracle and GPS
  • Current concepts and practices in water resource management
  • System of land/property description and identification used in the State of Arizona

Skills and interest in:

  • The use of field equipment and techniques
  • Performing field testing/measurement activities
  • Coordinating and conducting field investigations and maintaining an effective working relationship with team members, agency employees and with the public
  • Preparing timely reports/recommendations involving water resources issues of highly complex, sensitive and visible nature
  • Drawing maps or sketches based on survey data, aerial photographs, and field observations/measurements
  • Using spreadsheets and databases to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues

Ability to:

  • Use computers and analytical methods to retrieve, organize, and present data
  • Use and be acquainted with common tools and field services instruments. (sounder, steel tape, hand tools, various discharge measurement devices, transducers, GPS, topographic maps, computers and 4×4 trucks)
  • Drive off-road 4×4 to well sites, lift equipment 10-20 lbs. with flexibility to maneuver around well site.
  • Mix concrete, pour well pad, install sounding tube, well shelter, mast and other automated equipment
  • Apply concepts and instruction provided within the context of the data collection duties assigned
  • Interpret/explain and ensure compliance with state and Federal water management statutes and Department policies and procedures
  • Be polite and courteous, as this position will often deal with the public.
  • Interpret geologic, hydrologic and topographic maps and reports
  • Be comfortable with working outdoors and traveling statewide and be able to adapt to changing conditions.

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:

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in geology, hydrology, or a related field, or a related field, and two years of hydrologic or a related experience; or a Master’s degree 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
  • Accrued vacation days and sick days
  • 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 disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language or an alternative format by contacting ADWR Human Resources. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.





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