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HYDROGEOLOGIST 2 (Hydrology-Field Services Section)

  • 504578
  • 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. ADWR is seeking a Hydrogeologist 2 to join our team!



Hydrology Division/Field Services Section



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $43,240 Min, $60.354 Midpoint, $77,469 Max

Grade: 22

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position is essential to the Department as a highly specialized hydrologic team member which will be part of the Field Services Section within the Geophysics/Surveying Unit. This position will perform GNSS surveys in the field to monitor land subsidence, for recording accurate location and elevation information for automated index sites and any other projects that requires accurate location and elevation data. The position will also perform gravity surveys in the field to monitor aquifer storage, to calculate aquifer properties (such as specific yield values), and for depth-to-bedrock and water-in-storage estimate projects.

Job Duties:

The person in this position will responsible for processing GNSS data using OPUS and OPUS Projects, updating spreadsheets and databases, GIS analysis and projects, and assisting with analysis, reports, and presentations. This position may also assist with taking manual water-level measurements at well sites state-wide, and generally assist with data collection activities within the Section as needed.

The selected candidate must be able to four-wheel drive off road to various sites, work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, walk with various types of equipment (gravimeter, GNSS, and water-level measurement) sometimes over a half-mile to the site and lift equipment up to 40 lbs with flexibility of maneuverer around the site.

This position is responsible for the timely preparation of reports/recommendations using ArcGIS and databases for gravity and GNSS analysis and other water resources management issues. Responsible for compiling, analyzing, and interpreting data from a variety of sources and databases, including field measurements, calculations, and observations and evaluation of historical data.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management
  • Principles of geology, physical geography, hydrology and/or hydrogeology.
  • Computer applications and equipment, including Excel, Word, Access, Oracle, ArcGIS, geologic software and GIS current concepts, used in water resource management
  • Techniques for measuring, sampling or investigating groundwater; the behavior and occurrence of water in nature; how monitoring and sampling programs work

Skills in:

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • Researching, reading, analyzing and evaluating documents
  • Conducting field investigations, working outdoors and collecting a variety of water-related data using GNSS and gravity equipment
  • Preparing maps and drawings based on field data, aerial photography analysis, land survey, etc.
  • Organizing technical studies and drafting technical reports

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
  • Apply techniques to study water resource management issues impacting the State of Arizona
  • Work effectively with individuals and groups, both internally and externally
  • Communicate effectively with the public
  • Identify opportunities for use of solutions to improve efficiency and reduce waste
Selective Preference(s):

Field experience is preferred. 

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in geology, hydrology, hydrogeology or a related field, and two years of hydrologic or related experience.

This position requires fieldwork. Candidate must be comfortable with working outdoors and traveling statewide and be able to adapt to changing conditions. 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
  • Sick Leave
  • 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 disabilities 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.