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  • 510284
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Aug 14 2022 at 23:55 MST


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To conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department manages fish and wildlife in Arizona and under the authority of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, creates and implements scientific methods and regulations to effectively manage fish and wildlife habitat via conservation, enforcement, hunting, fishing, watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation, and shooting sports. The Arizona Game and Fish Department dedicates itself to excellence, values its employees and supports a culture of stewardship, teamwork and partnerships.

Cost Engineer/Boating Access Coordinator


Job Location:

Address:  5000 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix, Arizona

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,723 - $110,235 

Grade: 25

Closing Date: 08/14/2022

Job Summary:

The Cost Engineer/Boating Access Coordinator will assist in the development and management of construction projects and will work directly with the Engineering team to manage project approvals through JCCR and executive staff. This will include project tracking in coordination with various internal and external customers, stakeholders, and vendors. In addition, the position will serve as the Boating Access Coordinator that will oversee operational budgets, including grant submissions, and be responsible for reporting activities and establishing priorities for buoy installations/maintenance and boat dock maintenance/renovations.

Job Duties:

Budget Control: Monitors project budgets and exerts cost and scheduling controls during all phases of project delivery with current project managers; confirms expenditures to contractors and consultants within budget and funding constraints; reviews contractor or consultant performance against criteria established in the project scope and specifications; facilitates appropriate review of all constructive and technical changes in project scope and documents the change order process to execution with the internal finance teams. Confirms accurate coding to budget categories and financial designations.

Contract Development: develops contract documents for major construction, repairs, maintenance and/or improvement activities for facilities and infrastructure in coordination with the Contracting Officer; supports the Contracting Officer during all phases of the procurement process, including clarification of plans and specifications, coordinating site visits, responding to requests for information, developing addendums and recommendations for final contract award; prepares and seals solicitation amendments, or coordinates with the consultant for the same services; negotiates, administers contracts and agreements related to assigned projects and serves as the official Department administrative contact with consultants, contractors and public agencies

Construction Administration: manages the timely flow of information and decisions to enable completion of the project as required by the contract documents including review and observation of the construction project; determines that the work is proceeding in conformity with the contract documents; detects any inaccuracies, ambiguities or inconsistencies in the design as construction proceeds; Review plans, specifications and contracts to ensure the correct equipment, material and subcontractor services are ordered and/or purchases; manages all paperwork associated with the project; works with project managers, architects, engineers, owners and others to make sure project goals are met

Technical Support: supports project proponents in planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific infrastructure project goals and objectives within the constraints of time, cost, and performance requirements; technical support in maintenance or troubleshooting issues in established lands infrastructure

Compliance: Supports project proponents in obtaining all required compliance for projects which includes JCCR favorable reviews, WSFR approvals, local, state and federal permitting as required; coordinates with and secures the permits necessary for construction from the appropriate jurisdictional agencies which includes but is not limited to the Army Corps of Engineers, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Arizona Department of Water Resources, the State Historic Preservation Office, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, this position is required to coordinate with the appropriate utility services as required by the design.

Boating Access Grant administration: Administer grants for Boating Infrastructure, Clean Vessel Act, State Lake Improvements Funds, WSFR boating access grants, and others as available.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate will have knowledge of/in: Principles and practices of construction management as applied to design, construction, maintenance and estimating project costs for capital and infrastructure projects; Knowledge in tracking cost control for construction and maintenance of capital and infrastructure projects; Knowledge of federal regulations, state statutes, local codes and Department policies and procedures as they relate to the planning, design and construction of AGFD facilities and infrastructure; Knowledge in the grant administration; Knowledge in general biology and environmental compliance

The candidate will have strong skills in: Communications (verbal and written); Document Review of staff or outside vendor's reports, designs, plans, specifications, surveys, construction; Evaluate and analyze both technical and non-technical documents in an effort to reach sound decisions; Staff Delegation.

The candidate will have ability to: Ability to make rational decisions independently and generate desired outcomes within span of authority; Ability to understand and respond constructively to constituent concerns; Ability to develop innovative methods to save costs and improve processes; Ability to operate standard office equipment from personal computers, plotters; Ability to use AutoCad and project management software; Ability to use basic survey instruments such as total stations survey level GPS and construction levels.

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering, Construction Management, Biology or related discipline, or a minimum of five years experience in the successful delivery of engineering and construction projects, preferably within a natural resource management agency.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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 in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.

Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program.


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

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Milani Barron at mbarron@azgfd.gov for assistance.


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.