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HYDROGEOLOGIST ASSOCIATE (Groundwater Permitting and Wells Section)

  • 503126
  • 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 an experience professional Hydrogeologist to join the Groundwater Permitting and Wells Section.

Hydrogeologist Associate 

Groundwater Permitting and Wells Section


Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  $55,203 min, $77,352 midpoint, $99,501 max

Grade: 25

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for leading the coordination efforts with ADEQ, EPA and other federal, state and local agencies and private entities concerning well construction, well abandonment, and vertical cross-contamination/plume migration issues near groundwater contamination sites.

Job Duties:

This position is responsible for researching areas of known groundwater contamination to identify site-specific hydrogeology that necessitates site-specific well construction and abandonment procedures to protect human health and the environment by preventing vertical cross-contamination. The selected candidate will participate and represent ADWR at WQARF Advisory Board (WAB) meetings. Responsible for preparing quarterly and annual reports to the WAB, ADEQ, the legislature, and the Governor, as well as monthly ADWR-internal reports.

The person in this position will also: conduct reviews of groundwater withdrawal permits and Notices of Intent (NOI) to drill, abandon, replace, or modify a well; and plan and conduct activities to evaluate potential vertical cross-contamination of aquifers and migration of contamination plumes.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The Hydrologist candidate should have knowledge of well construction (water supply wells, monitoring wells, remediation wells); hydraulics and well impact analysis (groundwater flow and contaminate transport); groundwater flow modeling, analytical and numerical statutes, rules, policies related to wells, groundwater withdrawals and groundwater management, database management and geographical information systems. Knowledge of Excel or other spreadsheet software, data extraction and reporting, data presentation, technical report writing and editing is required.

The candidate should demonstrate skills in developing and maintaining relational databases (Access and Oracle) and creating complex queries to extract and use geospatial techniques to analyze hydrogeological data. Skills in analyzing and interpreting complex hydrogeologic reports, technical writing, including presentation of statistical analyses and conducting complex research involving multiple data sources.

The candidate should have the ability to communicate effectively, organize and conduct field investigations, coordinate the activities of multi-disciplinary internal and external team members, work effectively in a team-oriented environment and across organizations
organize and conduct field investigations and ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships .

Selective Preference(s):

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in hydrology, civil engineering, geology, watershed management or a related field, plus six years relevant work experience.

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 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.