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Adjudications GIS INTERN

  • 511328
  • Part-time


ADWR’s mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and economic welfare of the public by protecting, conserving, and enhancing Arizona's water supplies in a bold, thoughtful and innovative manner. ADWR strives to ensure reliable water supplies to meet the needs of current and future Arizonans.

GIS Intern

Adjudications Division



Job Location:

Hybrid: remote and 1110 W. Washington St., Suite #310 - Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $15.00

Grade: 04

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is seeking a paid intern to assist with investigating historic watering uses in various watersheds around Arizona and potentially assist with field investigations of these uses.

Job Duties:

Intern duties: Analyze aerial imagery and topographic maps to identify various types of water use claims using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Assist with the field inspections and surveys of stockponds using small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or drones) and a sonar device. Search databases and provide reports. Other duties as assigned.

Some overnight travel may be required during weekdays. Some field work will be in remote locations. Strong commitment to collaboration, field safety, and teamwork.

Schedule: Hours will vary from 19  hours per week up to 40 hours per week. A hybrid work schedule (some work in the office and some work from home) is available for this position.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro experience preferred.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret aerial imagery and topographic maps.
  • Familiar with the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).
  • Ability to review historic documents and translate information into a spreadsheet or database format
  • Ability to perform field work, operate field tablets, and assist with collecting global positioning system (GPS) coordinates using real-time kinematic (RTK) equipment and handheld GPS devices.
Selective Preference(s):

Candidates must be enrolled in school and pursing a degree in GIS, Hydrology, Water Resource Management, Geology, Geography, or related field.

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:

Valid Arizona Driver’s license.


Learn how to evaluate historic documents and aerial imagery for various water uses, how drones can be used to evaluate water uses, and use GIS for real world problem solving.

Gain valuable experience working in a State Agency.


Positions in this classification may participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment if meets ASRS retirement criteria. The current 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


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.