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  • YUMA
  • Full-time


Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona.

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES serves more than 3 million Arizonans Our Mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable.

Division of Employment & Rehabilitation Services (DERS)

Job Location:

Yuma, Arizona

Posting Details:

Salary: 16.9420 

Grade: 16

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance? The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is looking for individuals that are committed to service, community, and teamwork.

DERS Mission/ Job Summary:
The Department of Economic Security, Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) performs an integral role in improving Arizona’s workforce by assisting individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, and those with barriers, to prepare for and obtain meaningful employment. DERS supports Arizona employers with recruitment assistance by connecting them to a skilled workforce.

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Migrant & Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) Outreach Specialist 3 with the Workforce Development Administration (WDA). This position is responsible for providing services to Migrant & Seasonal Farmworkers and employers with agricultural employment. They will ensure MSFWs are aware of other DES serves available, as well as Community Based Organizations concerned with their welfare, and provide information relative to the Employment Services complaint system and actions they may take with regard to violations. This individual must be bilingual in English and Spanish, and must be able to work a schedule that aligns with the business needs of the local agricultural community.

The MSFW Outreach Specialist 3 is distinguished from the level 2 by serving as a technical expert and/or performing lead responsibilities.

Job Duties:

• Visit employers or contact by telephone to solicit agriculture job orders prior to the beginning of specific seasons, and write job orders to support all openings.
• Conduct agriculturally specific applicant searches to fill job orders, make referral arrangements for qualified applicants, and complete follow up contacts to obtain results of job referrals.
• Receive and log complaints related to working conditions, wages, heath, equal opportunity, and labor disputes, and attempt resolution or refer to appropriate enforcement agency.
• Travel is required to conduct housing inspections are required in support of the H-2A Program. Work with employers on non-compliant findings. Complete required documents for reporting purposes.
• Conduct prevailing wage and practice surveys as required in support of H-2A Program, interview agricultural employers and farmworkers to gather information on wages, rates, working conditions, tools, housing, and transportation.
• Provide labor market information to MSFW customers and explain other community resource agencies and services available.
• Attend meetings, seminars, and training sessions to enhance productivity, knowledge and professionalism.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Federal and State Employment Service laws, regulations, policies and procedures, to include Department of Labor, Employment Security Administration, Department of Administration rules, policies and procedures.
• Social, cultural, and economic conditions of the area(s} served and specialized program knowledge in relation to employment and trainings.
• Interviewing techniques.

Skills in:
• Verbal, written and interpersonal communication
• Decision-making
• Researching and interpreting policies and procedures
• Operating computers and office equipment

Ability to:
• Resolve problem related issues, establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Ability to relate amicably with co-workers and public and provide quality customer service.

Selective Preference(s):

• Two years public contact and customer service experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• Must have High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma.
• Applicants for this position will be required to apply for and show proof of receipt of a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card that meets DES requirements for a Level One card.
• The position will require the 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 driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Individuals may be required to use their personal motor vehicle.


We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Tuition reimbursement
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.
On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.

Contact Us:

For questions about this career opportunity, please call (480) 737-7516 or email vsapp@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (480) 737-7516 or email vsapp@azdes.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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.