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  • 508424
  • Full-time


The mission of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) 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. The Adjudications Division at ADWR is expanding, and we are seeking a Water Resources Supervisor to join our team!



Adjudications Division



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $65,000 - $85,000

Grade: 25

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

ADWR serves as the technical advisor to the Arizona General Stream Adjudication Courts and Special Master as described in the Arizona Revised Statutes § 45-256(A). This position will work under the direction of the Assistant Manager for the Adjudications Division and will lead a team that will analyze surface water claims and complete technical reports related to the Gila and Little Colorado River Adjudications and Indian water settlements and water rights claims. This position works closely with other adjudications staff and agency personnel in other sections as necessary to complete the work.

This position has flexibility to telework. 

Job Duties:

This position will supervise professional staff within the Adjudications Division and will ensure that team goals are met. Responsibilities of the team include GIS data collection, analyzing water-resource information and imagery and drafting of reports. This position requires an understanding of hydrological principles, the ability to accurately process complex data, and a knowledge of GIS mapping procedures. Some field work in remote parts of the state to support investigations and data collection may be necessary.

This position may serve as an expert witness for contested cases or other reports in front of the Adjudication Court.

This position may represent the Division in meetings or hearings with other state, federal and local agencies concerning technical support for the general stream adjudication.
Acts as the Agency technical expert witness in cases concerning the general stream adjudication.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Knowledge of supervision principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of hydrological principles, particularly those related to surface water.
  • Knowledge of the ADWR’s policies and procedures, the statutes and rules governing Arizona's General Stream Adjudications, and the legal process to determine water rights.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management and the nature and occurrence of surface water and groundwater.
  • Knowledge of the principles of physical geography, hydrology and/or hydrogeology and the ability to analyze cultural water demands including agricultural, municipal and industrial uses.
  • Knowledge of mapping software including ESRI ArcGIS/Arcview/Arcmap mapping tools, cartographic principles, geographic projections, data sources and formats, information analysis, relational databases and geo-databases.
  • Experience conducting field investigations, working outdoors and collecting a variety of water related data using GPS systems and other equipment such as flow meters, water level recorders, drones, etc.
  • Skills in analyzing and interpreting water resource management data including imagery and preparing maps and drawings based on field data, aerial photography analysis, land surveys, and other information sources.
  • Skills in process improvement and problem solving identification and analysis, utilizing Lean principles.
  • Skills in conveying technical subjects to a non-technical audience and presenting a concept in a concise and organized fashion in both written and oral formats.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present technical data to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to understand and effectively interpret and communicate complex statutes and Department rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to produce detailed reports involving complex subject matter within court directed time frames.
  • Ability to testify and represent the agency, collaborate with other sections and the Legal Division staff.
  • The ability to organize, prioritize and manage diverse technical projects.
Selective Preference(s):

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:

Candidate should have: at least eight years of professional level water resource management experience, or Bachelor’s degree and six years professional experience in water resource management, or a Master’s degree and four years professional experience in water resource management or PhD and two year experience.

At least 3 years of supervision experience preferred.


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
  • Sick Leave
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit union membership
  • Wellness plans
  • LinkedIn Learning membership
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Discounts 
  • Flexible work schedule

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).
Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment. The current contribution 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.