Water Resources Specialist III

Arizona State Land Department
Phoenix, AZ, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Posting Details:

Hourly Range $20.00 - $25.00 per hour 

Grade: 20

Opening Date:  12/08/2020

Job Summary:

The Arizona State Land Department manages more than 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.

Under the guidance of the Water Rights Section Manager, the Water Resources Specialist III assists with the management of surface and groundwater resources and water rights projects that are regarded as being complex, sensitive, and/or visible. This position is responsible for broad multi-disciplinary projects impacting several water resource management program areas. The incumbent will also investigate, research, review, analyze, and assess projects with the goal of protecting and enhancing water resources for State Trust land.

Job Duties:

• Review and maintain water related reports and databases and generation of computerized maps as necessary; preparation of reports/recommendations encompassing multiple inter-related resource management issues which may include the integration of report components from other staff into a final product. (35%)
• Coordinate with internal staff, other governmental agencies and private interests in the development and maintenance of the State’s water assets, including the General Stream Adjudication, Colorado River, and surface and groundwater rights. (25%)
• Collect measurements of stream-flow, stockponds and springs, and depth to groundwater for wells, assisting with the Streambed Ownership and Boundary Determination Program (A.R.S. § 37-1101 - 1156), and reviewing and analyzing sovereign lands within this state. (15%)
• Assist in public water sale auctions, water use accounting, and billing. (5%)
• Respond to water related questions, write letters, prepare reports, prepare water right claim documents and other correspondence. (5%)
• Apply the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participating in daily group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement; adhering to established standard work and procedures. (10%)
• All other relevant duties as assigned. (5%)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of groundwater analysis, interaction with surface water, water supply and demand for urban land development, water rights law and administration.
• Knowledge of legal land descriptions and the interpretation of maps, including topographic, land status, aerial, geologic and hydrologic.
• Knowledge of federal, state and local statutes, regulations, standards policies and procedures applicable to water resources.

Skills In:
• Advanced skills in interacting with others to explain/defend water resource management programs, plans, and regulations;
• Advanced skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with governmental/regulated business officials, community leaders, and the public;
• Advanced skills in the use of computers, including software programs such as MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, GIS, and GPS equipment.

Ability To:
• Ability to apply methods/techniques to evaluate water resource management issues Impacting several program areas, requiring multi-disciplinary expertise;
• Ability to aid in negotiating agreements to ensure compliance with water resource management programs/plans; prioritizing/organizing work activities associated with large scale/multi-disciplinary projects;
• Ability to communicate technical water rights/water resource related concepts effectively, both orally and in writing.

A cover letter is required for this position in addition to a complete resume at the time of application. The cover letter should concisely highlight experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the job posting. The cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

Selective Preference(s):

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university majoring In Hydrology, Civil Engineering, Geology, Geography, Watershed Management or related field, and four years of hydrologic or related experience. A Master's degree in one of the above fields may substitute for one year of experience, a Ph.D. in one of the above fields may substitute for two years of the required experience. Prefer water planning/natural resource management experience within the State of Arizona.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Prior to or following interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
• The posted 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 required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

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).
● ASRS is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
● Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
● The current contribution rate is 12.22%

Contact Us:

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