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GIS ANALYST-Adjudications

  • 501957
  • 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 experienced GIS Analyst to join the Adjudications Division.

GIS Analyst

Adjudications Division

Job Location:

Address:  1110 W. Washington Street 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 will provide technical support associated with the Adjudications Support program. This will include assisting with GPS field data collection, analyzing water resource information and imagery, map production, performing historic water rights and landownership research, summarizing water resource related information in reports and other documents, and assisting with customer service requests, file management and administration support as required

Job Duties:

The person in this position will be responsible for providing technical support associated with Adjudication Support program. To include GPS field data collection analyzing water resource information and imagery, map production, performing historic water rights and landownership research, summarizing water resource related information in reports and other documents. Additionally, this position will be responsible for compiling, analyzing, and interpreting water resource data from a variety of sources including databases, published reports web searches, calculations, and observations and evaluation of historical records, maps, aerial (imagery) photographs, and remotely sensed data output.

Responsible for participating in complex office and/or field investigative projects that requires multidisciplinary expertise. This includes researching and planning water resources data collection of a complex, sensitive and visible nature.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Interested candidates should have knowledge of information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management and the Arizona General Stream Adjudication proceedings, current local, state and federal laws, rules, and policies related to water resources planning and management. Additionally, knowledge of the principles of physical geography, hydrology and/or hydrogeology; mapping software including ESRI ArcGIS/Arcview/Arcmap mapping tools; cartographic principles, geographic projections, data sources and formats, information analysis, relational databases and geodatabases.  Knowledge of the cultural water demands including agricultural, municipal, and industrial uses.

The selected candidate should possess skills in using spreadsheets, databases and statistical systems, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, researching, reading, analyzing and evaluating documents. Skills analyzing and presenting water resources data and 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 and preparing maps and drawings based on field data, aerial photography analysis, land survey, etc.

The team is looking for candidates who have the ability to use computers to retrieve, organize, and present water resource management data, conduct fieldwork in an outdoor setting often requiring walking/hiking through remote areas, occasionally during semi-extreme environmental conditions. Be able to apply techniques to study water resource management issues impacting the State of Arizona, Create, modify, and manipulate advanced data set, participate on teams in the development of unique GIS applications designed to meet specific user and business needs. Additionally, candidate should be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously, work effectively with individuals and groups, both internally and externally, communicate effectively with the public, in both written and oral forms and identify opportunities for use of solutions to improve efficiency and reduce waste

Selective Preference(s):

A Bachelor's degree in geography or GIS, geology, hydrology, computer science, engineering, natural resource management or related field; OR two years of professional level GIS or water resource management experience involving data analysis/evaluation using GIS. Any combination of training and experience that meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position will be considered.

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 checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any 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
  • Accrued vacation days and sick days
  • 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.

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