Water Resources Specialist III (Agricultural Planner)

Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)

Phoenix, AZ, US

The mission of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is to protect, conserve, and enhance Arizona’s water supplies by confronting water management challenges in a bold, thoughtful, and innovative manner. Do you want to join our team? ADWR is seeking a Water Resources Specialist III to join the Statewide AMA Section.  



The primary responsibility of this position is to implement the Agricultural Conservation Program. This program is included in the Active Management Area (AMA) Management Plans and required as part of the Groundwater Management Code. Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing, verifying, entering and analyzing data from Annual Water Withdrawal & Use Reports.
  • Providing technical assistance and resources to customers, including explaining the Agricultural Program’s regulatory requirements, statutes, rules, policies, and specifically the Groundwater Management Code and Management Plans requirements.
  • Writing and revising documents that reflect the Program’s requirements and procedures for internal and external users
  • Coordinating compliance processes for the program
  • Updating and correcting GIS databases and maps related to the Program
  • Developing an in-depth knowledge and understanding of agriculture water demand and supply in the Active Management Areas, including groundwater rights and permits, Salt River Project water, Central Arizona Project water, groundwater and surface water supplied by water providers and irrigation districts, reclaimed water use, etc.
  • Representing ADWR at public meetings and interacting with stakeholders.
  • Additional duties may be assigned as needed



Knowledge of:

  • The ecological, hydrologic, engineering and/or socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply
  • Current State and Federal water resource management laws and regulations, including water rights administration, annual reporting requirements, and major water use sectors (municipal, industrial, and agriculture)
  • Department policies and procedures as well as the statutes and rules, particularly those governing the Groundwater Management Code and management plans
  • GIS, mapping and/or database construction and maintenance
  • Current concepts and practices in water resources management and planning
  • Knowledge of information sources, research methods, techniques utilized in water resources management

Skills in:

  • Strong customer service skills
  • Working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, other governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • Analyzing and interpreting water resource management data
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication
  • ArcMap/ArcPro and editing GIS shapefiles
  • Researching, reading, analyzing and evaluating documents
  • Writing and editing technical reports as well as preparing background information for policy development
  • Using excel, Access and other software 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
  • Organizing and performing detail-oriented tasks
  • Preparing timely reports/recommendations involving water resources issues of highly complex, sensitive and visible nature

Ability to:

  • Present complex technical and regulatory information in a concise and easily understood format, both written and verbally
  • Analyze a situation, identify problem area(s), propose solutions and assist in implementation of those solutions
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts to support the decision-making process
  • Work effectively with individuals and groups, both internally and externally
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with various levels of governmental officials, regulated community and the public 
  • Maintain customer service orientated through interactions with clients, consultants, agency staff and other individuals 


Please include a cover letter along with your resume at the time of application. The cover letter should concisely highlight experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to this position.



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).


The grade 20 salary range is $36,814 (minimum) – $51,321 (mid-point) – $65,828 (maximum). Typically, salaries are below the midpoint, but highly qualified applicants will be considered for higher salaries.


  • 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  


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). 

Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.  




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