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  • 510340
  • 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 experienced Water Resources Manager to join the AMA Section.


Water Planning Division/AMA Section



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $65,000 - $90,000

Grade: 26

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Job Summary:

This position is a WR Manager within the AMA Section and it is responsible for a variety of activities and managerial duties and responsibilities.

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

Job Duties:

Responsibilities may include the following:

  • Supervision and training of staff
  • Analysis of water use data and development of water budgets
  • Development, organization, and dissemination of policies, procedures, and training material
  • Coordination with Active Management Area (AMA) Directors and with other staff on policy issues, including management plans and Supply & Demand Assessments
  • Representation of ADWR at public meetings and conferences
  • Coordination of data sharing and transparency initiatives
  • Oversight of data entry, data analysis, data quality control, and AMA water-use estimate compilation
  • Oversight of implementation of mandatory conservation programs for Municipal, Agricultural, and Industrial sectors
  • Developing queries to pull data from ADWR databases in response to program analyses and public record requests
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of :

  • The occurrence, behavior, and significance of water in nature
  • The ecological, hydrologic and socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply
  • Current state laws and regulations, particularly those governing water resources management, supply and utilization in Arizona
  • ADWR policies, procedures, and programs
  • Familiarity with the Groundwater Code and practices within the Active Management Areas
  • Current concepts and practices in water resource management and conservation
  • Information sources, research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management
  • Database management and development
  • Data sharing strategies

Skills in:

  • Using Excel, Access and other software to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data
  • Working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within ADWR, other governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • Public speaking, including publicly presenting complex materials to diverse audiences
  • Researching, reading, analyzing and interpreting water resource management and related documents
    Performing detail-oriented tasks
  • Preparing timely reports/recommendations involving water resources issues of highly complex, sensitive and visible nature
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues
  • Interacting with members of the regulated community, requiring careful exercise of independent judgment in cases that may lead to enforcement action.

Ability to:

  • Effectively supervise multiple staff members
  • Manage and prioritize numerous projects simultaneously
  • Work well under pressure
  • Work alone and collaboratively in a team environment, prioritize work activities, set goals and be self-motivated
  • Understand and communicate complex technical and regulatory information clearly and concisely both in writing and verbally
  • Analyze a situation, identify the problem area(s), propose solutions and assist in the implementation of those solutions
  • Review and understand a variety of legal, regulatory, and technical documents related to water resources management
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts to support the decision-making process
  • Use spreadsheets and databases to retrieve, organize, and present water resources management information
  • Coordinate projects and programs with ADWR staff, other governmental agencies, and the regulated public
  • Establish and maintain productive and positive relationships with various levels of governmental and regulated business officials, co-workers and members of the public
Selective Preference(s):

Preferred candidate should have:

  • Experience querying databases and conducting data analyses
  • Management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Experience working within a regulatory environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Hydrology, Sustainability or a related field

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 checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12)

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Candidate should have at least ten (10) years of professional level water resource management experience, or a Bachelor’s degree and eight (8) years, or Master’s degree and six (6) years, or PhD and four (4) years.


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.