Water Resource Manager

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. 

 We are seeking a talented, dedicated Water Resource Manager to help lead the Statewide Active Management Area (AMA) Section. The section, which comprises 12 staff members, enjoys an energetic, collaborative working environment in which team members are encouraged to take initiative, problem solve, innovate, and grow their skills. The desired candidate will foster that environment, will have excellent communication and presentation skills, and will be able to resolve complex issues and exercise careful judgement. 


This position will be responsible for a variety of managerial duties and responsibilities, which may include the following: 

  • Supervise and train staff members who work with the following programs: Drought and Conservation, Community Water System, Conveyance and Annual Report
  • Represent ADWR at public meetings and conferences
  • Develop, organize, and disseminate policies, procedures, and training materials
  • Coordinate with Active Management Area Director and with other staff on policy issues and compliance
  • Collaborate with other ADWR sections and divisions on different projects and programs
  • Oversee data entry, data analysis, and data quality control
  • Oversee the annual water use reporting processes
  • Oversee and develop compliance investigations
  • Work cooperatively in the development of management plans
  • Other duties as assigned


 Knowledge of:

  • The ecological, hydrologic and socio-economic aspects of water demand and supply
  • Current state laws and regulations, particularly those governing water resources management, supply and utilization in Arizona
  • ADWR policies, procedures, and programs
  • Familiarity with the Groundwater Code and practices within the Active Management Areas
  • Current concepts and practices in water resource management and conservation
  • Information sources, research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management

Skills in:

  • Working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within ADWR, other governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • Public speaking, including publicly presenting complex materials to diverse audiences 
  • Researching, reading, analyzing and interpreting water resource management and related documents
  • Performing detail-oriented tasks
  • Preparing timely reports/recommendations involving water resources issues of highly complex, sensitive and visible nature
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues
  • Using Excel, Access and other software to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data
  • Interacting with members of the regulated community, requiring careful exercise of independent judgment in cases that may lead to enforcement action 

Ability to:

  • Effectively supervise multiple staff members
  • Establish and maintain productive and positive relationships with various levels of governmental and regulated business officials, co-workers and members of the public 
  • Work alone and collaboratively in a team environment, prioritize work activities, set goals and be self-motivated
  • Understand and communicate complex technical and regulatory information clearly and concisely both in writing and verbally
  • Manage and prioritize numerous projects simultaneously
  • Analyze a situation, identify the problem area(s), propose solutions and assist in the implementation of those solutions
  • Review and understand a variety of legal, regulatory, and technical documents related to water resources management
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts to support the decision-making process
  • Use spreadsheets and databases to retrieve, organize, and present water resources management information
  • Coordinate projects and programs with ADWR staff, other governmental agencies, and the regulated public
  • Work well under pressure  


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.




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  



Preferred candidate should have experience with water management programs in a supervisory position. A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Hydrology, Sustainability, Public Administration, Business Administration, Public Policy,  or a related field is also desirable.


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).  



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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