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  • Full-time


Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission?
Please apply today!
For general information, visit our website: www.azland.gov
1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007



Job Location:

Address:  1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 

Grade: 20

Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met

Job Summary:

Under the guidance of the Trespass Section Manager, the Trespass Investigator is responsible for the investigation and resolution of illegal activities on, and unlawful use of, over 9.2 million acres of Arizona State Trust land located throughout the State. Through experience and training, the incumbent is tasked with recognizing illegal Impacts to Trust land; taking measures to obtain appropriate restitution and compensation for the Trust.

The Trespass Investigator will take direct action regarding trespass issues and make appropriate recommendations to other Land Department staff. The Trespass Investigator is tasked with accurately locating and Identifying Trust land; recognizing improper uses and conditions and dealing effectively with individuals who are committing Illegal acts.

The incumbent will effectively Interact with not only the public, but with representatives of the land Department, other agencies, (federal, state and local) and various law enforcement authorities throughout the State, including the Office of the State Attorney General and the courts.

Job Duties:

• Conducts outdoor field Investigations on 9.2 million acres, which Includes walking in natural, remote and sometimes rugged areas. Routinely includes sign installation, wire and chain link fence repair and the operation of various tools and equipment;
• Manages a high volume of complex flies and negotiates settlements of the highest complexity; grant program and project administration involving State Trust land;
• Prepares, maintains and provides correspondence and reports detailing findings in a timely and efficient manner;
• Attends formal and informal meetings and represents the Arizona State Land Department in hearings to present testimony in criminal and civil proceedings involving State Trust land;
• Applies the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participating in daily group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement; adhering to established standard work and procedures;
• Other duties as assigned as related to the position.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Federal and State Jaws, statutes and local jurisdictional regulations;
• Agency policy and procedures, goals and objectives;
• Principles and practices of land management, measurements and legal descriptions;
• Law enforcement practices and procedures;
• Basic office equipment including desktop computer.
• Microsoft Office Applications (Word and Excel);
• Geographical Information Systems (GIS) practices;
• GPS devices, map reading and navigation;
• Digital cameras.

• Organization in coordinating field activities;
• Effective oral and written communication skills;
• Judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines for numerous and variable circumstances;
• Negotiation skills sufficient to obtain support, cooperation and action from involved parties;
• Defusing volatile situations, calming angry people while remaining professional;
• Grant and Program/Project administration practices.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with various levels of government, law enforcement, business officials and the public;
• Make Independent decisions and judgments;
• Drive on unpaved dirt roads over uneven terrain in a four-wheel drive vehicle under extreme and adverse weather conditions;
• Operate/handle various tools and equipment;
• Lift/push/pull up to 40 lbs.

Selective Preference(s):

A Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resource field or related field, or at least two years of college course work in a natural resource or related field; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) education, training, and/or experience; at least one year of experience in grant and/or program/project administration; prior law enforcement training, certification and experience highly desirable.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

● Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
● 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 required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


• Sick leave
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

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).
● Participation is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
● Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
● The current contribution rate is 12.41%

Contact Us:

If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting AZSLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. 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.