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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 experienced Dam Safety Engineers to join the Engineering Division.

Dam Safety Engineer

(Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer)


Posting Details:

Salary: $59,971 Min, $84,163 Mid-pt, 108,355 Max

Grade: 26

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Department has jurisdiction over 250+ dams in the State of Arizona. The Department is seeking an engineer to provide geotechnical engineering support associated with dam safety projects. The selected candidate will act as a member of a group of registered professional engineers and non-registered professionals that provides regulatory oversight for jurisdictional dams in the State.

Job Duties:

The ideal candidate is will be expected to conduct independent analyses of the various aspects dam safety requiring special knowledge and application of advanced engineering practices and procedures; advise the Director through the Chief Engineer on the safety of various existing and proposed jurisdictional dams, represent the Department in meetings with other agencies, dam designers (consultants), dam owners and contractors, and serve as an expert witness or provide technical assistance at formal hearings as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Hydraulic and hydrologic engineering for dam safety projects including development of inflow hydrographs, routing of storm events through reservoirs, and simulating dam breach outflows
  • Civil engineering as applied to the design, construction and operation of dams, dam breach analysis, and EAPs
  • 2D modeling is a plus.
  • Structural design and analysis for hydraulic structures a plus
  • Geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics related to dams a plus
  • GIS applications for H&H and Civil Engineering applications a plus

Skill in:

  • HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS and related computer programs
  • Oral and written communication
  • Technical report writing
  • Presenting

Ability to:

  • Work independently but also work as part of an experienced dedicated team of professionals.
  • Analyze and interpret a wide variety of engineering data related to dams
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, governmental officials, consultants and the general public. 
Selective Preference(s):

5+ years relevant experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Registration as a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering or closely related field of engineering in the State of Arizona; OR eligibility for reciprocity in the State of Arizona within six (6) months of start of employment with the Department is required.

However, we also highly encourage less experienced and unregistered Civil Engineers who possess a BS, MS or PhD in Civil Engineering, or related fields to apply for this position. If selected, the candidate would be classified as a Junior Level Engineer. 

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
  • 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 disability 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.