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  • Full-time


Since its inception in 1915, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission?
Please apply today!
For general information, visit our website: www.azland.gov
1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007



Job Location:

Address:  1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 

Grade: 20

Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met

Job Summary:

The Arizona State Land Department manages more than 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.

Under the guidance of the Field Services Section Manager, the Field Services Investigator (FSI) is responsible for the investigation and resolution of any unlawful or un-permitted use of Arizona state trust land located throughout the state, this position will be based in and primarily responsible for Southern Arizona. This is a non-sworn position that will support Southern Arizona.

Utilizing GIS software, the FSI is tasked with accurately locating reported problems at sites across an assigned area and identifying land ownership.Through experience and training, the candidate is then tasked with recognizing illegal and unpermitted activities on State Trust Land, mitigating the impacts of this use and taking measures to obtain appropriate criminal charging, seeking restitution and compensation for the trust. Investigations will also include responding effectively to reporting parties and individuals who are committing Illegal or un-permitted acts.

The FSI will also occasionally attend community meetings or law enforcement briefings to present information that explains what State Trust Land is and explain all applicable rules or laws. The FSI will act as a liaison for ASLD with local “boots on ground” law enforcement (LE) officials to ensure all questions, concerns and investigative needs are addressed.

The incumbent will frequently and effectively Interact with the public, federal, state and local government agencies and participate in joint operations to address mutual agency problems.

Job Duties:
  • Conducts outdoor field Investigations across the state of Arizona on more than 9.2 million acres managed by ASLD. This Includes walking and/or driving in natural, urban, remote and sometimes rugged areas. Routinely includes sign installation, barbed wire/chain link fence repair, removing abandoned property, and the operation of various tools and equipment (25%)
  • Manages a high volume of complex cases ranging from addressing community member complaints, removing squatters to property line encroachments (20%)
  • Frequent in state travel with occasional overnight stays (20%)
  • With limited supervision, performs work in both urban and remote areas (10%)
  • Completes project management of on ground projects involving State Trust Land which sometimes includes managing volunteer groups (5%)
  • Routinely prepares reports, communicates frequently through emails, and details investigative findings in a timely and efficient manner (5%)
  • Represents the ASLD in court hearings to present testimony in criminal and civil proceedings involving State Trust Land (5%)
  • Applies the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System (AMS) while adhering to established standard work and procedures (5%)
  • Other duties as assigned related to the position. (5%)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Federal state and local laws, statutes, and ordinances as they relate to State Trust Land
  • ASLD mission, policy, procedures, goals and objectives
  • Principles and practices of land management, measurements and legal descriptions
  • Law enforcement practices and procedures
  • Basic office equipment, Microsoft Office applications (Word and Excel), and Google mail
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Palms, and Arcgis
  • GPS devices, map reading and navigation
  • Hand tools and light machinery operational safety practices
  • A basic understanding of the operation of Light construction equipment (skidsteer, chain saw etc)
  • Understanding of procurement procedure and laws


  • Coordination of field investigations and project management
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Complex problem solving
  • Defusing volatile situations, calming angry people while remaining professional


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with various government, law enforcement, business officials and members of the public
  • Make Independent decisions and demonstrate good judgment
  • Operate/handle various tools and equipment
  • Lift/push/pull up to 40 lbs
  • Experience operating a 4x4 vehicle and/or OHV in rugged conditions
Selective Preference(s):
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resource related field, or at least two years of college coursework in a natural resource or related field.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) education, training, and/or experience
  • At least one year of experience in program/project administration
  • Prior (sworn) law enforcement certification and experience are highly desirable
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
  • 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 required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)
  • 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

  • Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
  • Participation is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
  • Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
  • The current contribution rate is 12.17%
Contact Us:

If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting AZSLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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.