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  • 508069
  • 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 and Rehabilitation Services (DERS)
Workforce Development Administration (WDA)

Job Location:

3834 West 16th Street, Yuma, Arizona 85364


Posting Details:

Compensation: $18.6362/ hourly (38,763.29 annually)

*This includes the Critical Service Premium Pay Stipend paid until June 24, 2022.
Base Salary: $16.9420/ hourly +10% Critical Services Stipend

Grade: 16

Closing Date: Open until sufficient resumes are received

This position may offer the ability to work remotely, within Arizona, based on the department's business needs and continual meetings of expected performance measures.

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.

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 Farmworker Outreach Specialist with the Workforce Development Administration (WDA). This position is responsible for providing services to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) and employers in the agricultural industry. They will ensure MSFW’s are aware of other DES services 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 able to work a schedule that aligns with the business needs of the agricultural community, and travel statewide, including overnight stays from time to time; when the individual is not conducting field activities, they may work remotely.

The State of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, commissions, many State employees participate in the State’s Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona, unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.

Job Duties:

• Provide customer service to job seekers and business community, maintain positive working relationship with One-Stop Career Center Workforce partners, community organizations and other agency personnel.
• Provide labor market information to MSFW customers and explain other community resource agencies and services available.
• Visit employers or contact by telephone to solicit agricultural job orders prior to the beginning of specific seasons.
• Receive and log complaints related to working conditions, wages, health, equal opportunity, and labor disputes and attempt resolution or refer to appropriate enforcement agency.
• Travel is required to conduct housing inspections as required in support of the H-2A Program. Work with employers on non-compliant findings and complete required documents for reporting purposes.
• Interview agricultural employers and farmworkers to gather information on wage, rates, working conditions, tools, housing, and transportation.
• Attend meetings, seminars, and training sessions to enhance productivity, knowledge and professionalism.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of Federal and State laws, statutes, regulations, policies and procedures
• Knowledge of interviewing techniques.
• Knowledge of social, cultural, and economic conditions of the area(s) served and specialized program knowledge in relation to employment and trainings.
• Spanish Language.
• Skills in written and oral communication to convey a wide variety of information.
• Skills in effective public speaking.
• Ability to resolve problem-related issues.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Selective Preference(s):

• Two years of public contact and customer service work experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Must have High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma
• 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.
• The position will require a current, valid Arizona Driver’s License. Travel may be required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.) and have an acceptable driving record in accordance with DES Fleet Management-Safety Program policy and procedures (DES 1-07-26 & DES 1-07-26-01). Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.
• Candidate shall have or meet the requirements to obtain prior to their first day of employment, a valid Level One Arizona fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-1758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults.


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

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.

*Critical Services Premium Pay Stipend - This position may be eligible to receive a temporary stipend of 10% in addition to base pay beginning in December 2021. If eligible, the temporary stipend amount will be calculated using the employee's base rate of pay and will be reflected in each paycheck. It is anticipated that this temporary stipend will be available through June 24, 2022.

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.

Contact Us:

For questions about this career opportunity, please call (480) 202-3332 or email emmanuelgarcia@azdes.gov

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (480) 202-3332 or email emmanuelgarcia@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.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.