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The mission of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is to protect, conserve, and enhance Arizona’s water supplies by confronting water management challenges in a bold, thoughtful, and innovative manner. Do you want to join our team? ADWR is seeking a GIS Application Developer to join the Information Technology Division.

GIS Developer

Information Technology Division/GIS Team



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  $59,971 Min, $84,163 Midpt, $108,355

Grade: 26

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Developer is a member of the GIS team within the Information Technology (IT) Divisioin, collaborates frequently with the Application Development team, and works under the supervision of the GIS Supervisor. This position requires a programming professional with Esri development experience. The GIS developer designs, develops, documents, and maintains custom GIS web applications in an Esri/Windows environment.

See new.azwater.gov/gis for examples. In addition to web application development, this position supports GIS desktop software extensions, scripts, and database queries.

Job Duties:

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual who learns new technologies quickly, stays abreast of technology changes, takes the initiative to propose improvements, gives effective technical presentations, and thrives in a highly collaborative environment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Interested candidates should have working knowledge of web development for the Esri platform, including the ArcGIS Developer resources, the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, and ArcGIS Web App Builder.

The GIS Developer will use .NET/C# and JavaScript to update legacy GIS web applications and build new applications. The qualified candidate will have prior experience using JavaScript libraries and frameworks in conjunction with Esri’s GIS Developer tools. Additionally, the qualified candidate will have front-end web development experience, including HTML, CSS, XML, Bootstrap, and RESTful APIs (particularly ArcGIS REST services).

The GIS Developer must be able to write intermediate level SQL queries and develop applications that link multiple systems, including ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise Geodatabase, and Oracle Database.

The GIS Developer will utilize Python/ArcPy to build custom extensions for ArcGIS Pro and write scripts to manipulate spatial data. The GIS Developer will apply basic knowledge of geospatial analysis and cartographic design to develop interactive geospatial applications.

The person in this position must have experience utilizing best software development practices, including the Agile software development lifecycle, testing environments, and version control. The qualified candidate must have prior experience using Git. This position is responsible for gathering initial requirements from agency business units and communicating with stakeholders throughout the development process.

The candidate should have the ability to quickly learn new programming languages and software as well as master the data and workflows used by business units across the agency. The candidate should be able to efficiently troubleshoot and resolve technical issues, working in a highly collaborative team environment. The GIS Developer must be comfortable prioritizing competing deadlines and communicating any delays to customers in a timely and courteous fashion. The GIS Developer must be able to translate technical concepts for non-technical audiences and write detailed technical documentation.

Selective Preference(s):

A strong candidate will have at least two years of professional programming experience, including one year of Esri development experience. A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, GIS, or a related field is preferred.

Experience with React and Dojo are preferred and experience with jQuery is desirable.

Experience using Microsoft Team Foundation Server or a similar version control platform is desirable.

Experience working with large GIS datasets and imagery is desirable.

Pre-Employment Requirements:



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
  • Flexible work schedule 

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. 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.