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Compliance Enforcement Specialist II (Water Resources Specialist 2)

  • 502575
  • 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. We are seeking water resource professional to join the Legal Division.

Compliance Enforcement Specialist

(Water Resources Specialist 2)

Legal Division


Job Location:

Address: 1110 W. Washington St., Suite #310 - Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary:$43,240 Min, $60,354 Mid-pt, $77,469 Max 

Grade: 22

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for assisting in investigations and actions on suspected violations of the Department's statutes, rules, permits, orders, and management plans. The position will work in the Departments Legal Division under the supervision of the Compliance Coordinator and the Departments Chief Counsel, in conjunction with appropriate department personnel. The position will assist other employees in conducting site inspections and audits. The position will require research and compiling information needed to determine violations of statutes, rules, and permits.

Respond to public inquiries regarding compliance activities and potential violations.

Serve as the Department's witness in compliance actions before the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings and in court as needed.

Job Duties:

Draft documents related to violations and suspected violations of the Department's statutes, rules, permits, orders, and management plans, including correspondence, notices and stipulations.   

Conduct extensive research and detailed reviews of information related to potential violations and investigations, to include field inspections and audits. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Interested candidates should have knowledge of the requirements for site inspections and audits; public complaint procedures outlined in policy, rule, and statute and water resources policy and history.

The candidate should have skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with department personnel, regulated entities, governmental officials, community leaders and the public; conducting site inspections and audits and analyzing and interpreting compliance with the Department's statutes, rules, permits, orders, and management plans, including compliance with reporting requirements and well drilling requirements.

Skills in using a variety of computer software, including Microsoft Suites programs and databases applications and analyzing and interpreting water use and water conservation data and file/records database information input and retrieval. Skill in interpreting legal documents, rules, and statutes and following and documenting processes and procedures is required.

The candidate should have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence; interpret/explain and ensure compliance with the Department's statutes, rules, permits management plans and orders.

Must have the ability to maintain organized files of compliance cases and testify in a credible and professional manner at hearings.

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate should have at least 2 years of compliance experience.
Experience with Information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in determining violations of law, rules, and permits.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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.)


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

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 12.41%.

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.