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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 experienced water resource professionals to join the Recharge, Assured and Adequate Water Supply Section.


Water Resources Specialist 3

Recharge, Assured & Adequate Water Supply Section



Job Location:

 Hybrid: remote and 1110 W. Washington St., Suite #310 - Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $55,000 - $75,000

Grade: 23

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

These positions serve as key team members of the Recharge and Recovery team, which is a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. These positions work with the team to make recommendations on applications to the Program Manager and to the Agency Director.  Positions are required to take initiative by organizing the extensive review of substantial applications by analyzing and applying statutory regulations and program rules and coordinating with other staff members.

Furthermore, these positions are regularly responsible for multitasking on a variety of complex and time sensitive projects and are responsible for a variety of tasks related to the review of applications for the Underground Water Storage, Savings and Replenishment Program. Perform other duties as assigned. 

A hybrid work schedule (some work in the office and some work from home) is available for this position.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities for these positions include: 

File manager of applications related to water storage permits, groundwater savings facility permits, recovery well permits, and underground storage facility (USF) permits received by the program.  

Conduct review of USF permit applications for technical capability, financial capability, and legal access.

Advise applicants on application strategies, regulatory requirements, and technical needs and coordinate additional review by hydrologist and groundwater modeler and direct all correspondence with the applicant.  Analyze applications and make determinations based upon information provided by the applicant in accordance with statutory requirements.

Operate ArcGIS systems.  This includes the ability to import shapefiles, map areas of impact, and use online ArcGIS tools to plot wells in relation to service areas.

Review and process Long-Term Storage Credit transfers. Conduct all transfer intake procedures and communicate with buyers and sellers concerning account deficiencies or missing information. Conduct database management and deposits fees for transfers. Update all Long-Term Storage Account balances on an annual basis.

Assist with public records requests received by the Recharge and Recovery Team.  

Review annual reports for recharge facilities and recovery well permits to ensure compliance with permit conditions, and calculation of long-term storage credits. Assist the public with annual report filing and assist staff with intake of annual reports as well as data entry.  Performs other duties as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Recharge activities in the State of Arizona.
  • Arizona Groundwater Management Act and current laws and regulations regarding water supply and utilization in Arizona.
  • Arizona Revised Statutes governing the Underground Water Storage, Savings, and Replenishment (Recharge) program
  • Recharge procedures and the accrual and recovery of Long Term Storage Credits.
  • Arizona Administrative Code regulating Recovery Wells.
  • Department policies and management plans related to recharge and recovery.
  • Permit applications and guides related to underground storage facility permits, groundwater savings facility permits, water storage permits, recovery well permits, and permit conveyances.
  • Documentation preparation practices.
  • Basic understanding of hydrology and modeling principles.
  • Department databases used to track water movement in the State.
  • ArcGIS Pro for the purposes of projecting area of impact of stored water.
  • Web development tools and coding for webpage management.

Skills in:

  • Analyzing and interpreting water resources management data.
  • Effective written and oral communication.
  • Problem solving and process improvement.
  • ESRI mapping software - ArcGIS/ArcView/ArcMap mapping tools.
  • Manage Department database programs and tools including Time Tracking, Registry of Groundwater Rights, Recharge Database, and Wells55 Well Registry Database.
  • Data entry and data analysis performance.
  • Website design and coding using Drupal web server.
  • MS Office Suite - Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Google Suite - Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs.

Ability to:

  • Present complex technical and regulatory information in a concise and easily understood format both orally and in writing.
  • Multi-task and manage simultaneous licensing time frames and deadlines.
  • Prioritize work activities, set goals, be self-motivated.
  • Use computers to retrieve, organize, and present water resource management data.
  • Work with large datasets and pay close attention to detail.
  • Write and proofread technical documents.
  • Review a variety of legal, regulatory, and technical documents related to water resources.
  • Analyze a situation, identify problem areas, propose solutions, collaborate with others to assist in implementing solutions.
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through subject matter experts, to support the decision-making process.
  • Communicate effectively with the Department and the public about Recharge and Recovery activities in the State of Arizona.
  • Coordinate projects with other ADWR staff, other governmental agencies, and the regulated public
  • Work independently and work in team environment.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with various business officials, community leaders, and the public.
Selective Preference(s):

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.)

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Candidate should have: at least seven years of professional level water resource management experience, or  Bachelor’s degree and five years professional experience in water resource management, or a Master’s degree and three years professional experience in water resource management or PhD and one year 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 12.17%.

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.