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HYDROLOGIST III (Assured and Adequate Water Supply)

  • 501540
  • 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 a Hydrologist for the Recharge, Assured and Adequate Water Supply Section.

Hydrologist III

 Recharge, Assured and Adequate Water Supply


Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $39,983 Minimum, $55,774 Midpoint, $71,564 Maximum

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for reviewing and calibrating numerical groundwater flow models to achieve an acceptable comparison between submitted models and projected conditions.

Provides modeling expertise within and outside of ADWR. Performs hydrologic analysis for special projects as required.

Job Duties:

The person in this position will be responsible for:

  • Collecting and analyzing geological, hydrological, and demographic data used to construct groundwater flow models and predictive scenarios.
    Automating data processing and developing custom applications.
  • Documenting analyses of data, interpretations, and calculations used to construct groundwater flow models or predictive scenarios.
    Writing scientific report for completed projects.
  • Using groundwater flow models to simulate future water uses and impacts to the modeled aquifer(s).
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Construction and use of numerical groundwater flow models
  • The occurrence, behavior and nature of groundwater resources
  • Standard and innovative techniques of solving a variety of groundwater problems including numerical and statistical analyses, database use and design and GIS

Skills in:

  • Documenting groundwater flow model studies, results and analyses in writing
  • Oral communication, presenting analyses and results to agency staff, other agencies and public forums
  • MATLAB, Python, ARCGIS Pro and, Groundwater Vistas
  • The collection, analysis and interpretation of hydrologic and geologic data

Ability to:

  • Coordinate team’s activities with various internal divisions, government agencies, municipalities, educational organizations and public groups
  • Conduct work product reviews and serve as leader on various groundwater modeling projects and other types of hydrologic activities
  • Communicate technical information, both orally and in writing
Selective Preference(s):

Six years of experience in hydrology or a related field.
Knowledge of Department rules, statutes, and policies pertaining to the Recharge and Assured Water Supply Programs.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in hydrology, civil engineering, geology, watershed management or a related field. A master's degree or Ph. D may substitute for some of the years of experience.


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.

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