Water Resources Specialist III (Municipal Planner)

Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)
Phoenix, AZ, United States
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The primary responsibility of this position is to implement the Municipal Conservation Program. This program is included in the Active Management Area (AMA) Management Plans and is required as part of the Groundwater Management Code. Responsibilities include reviewing, verifying, entering and analyzing data from Annual Water Withdrawal & Use Reports; coordinating and leading administration of the municipal conservation program; developing a comprehensive and accurate understanding of applicable laws, rules, statutes, policies and procedures ADWR uses to implement the Municipal Program, including but not limited to knowledge of the Groundwater Management Code, Management Plan requirements, Assured and Adequate Water Supply Rules, Recharge and Recovery Program, and water exchanges. Responsibilities also include developing an in-depth knowledge of the history of 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.

Requirements include the ability to paraphrase and explain ADWR's complex regulatory requirements to the public and regulated water users; ability to communicate through effective public speaking; effective oral and written communication skills; and the ability to explain and summarize complicated statutes, rules, policies and procedures. 


Knowledge of:

  • Statewide water resource management issues
  • Current concepts and practices in water resources planning, conservation and management including knowledge of the Groundwater Management Code, AMA Management Plans, and Departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • History of western water laws
  • Background of major water use sectors (municipal, industrial, and agriculture)
  • Information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management

Skills in:

  • Using spreadsheets, databases and statistical systems
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • Writing technical reports and preparing background information for policy development
  • Oral and written communication
  • Technical analysis and evaluation

Ability to:

  • Use computers to retrieve, organize, and present water resource management data
  • Use analytical methods to analyze water use and supply
  • Organize/analyze water resources management data
  • Apply techniques to study water resource management issues impacting the State of Arizona
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with various levels of governmental and regulated business officials, community leaders and the public 


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.) 


Salary grade 20 range is $36,814(minimum) - $ 51,321 (mid-point) - $65,828 (maximum). Typically, salaries are below the mid-point.


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
  • Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
  • Accrued vacation pay and sick days
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit union membership
  • Wellness plans
  • LinkedIn Learning membership
  • Tuition Reimbursement


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

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