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  • 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.

ADWR is seeking a talented, committed water resource professional to join the Surface Water Permitting Section.  The section, which comprises 8 staff members, enjoys an energetic, collaborative working environment in which team members are encouraged to take initiative, problem solve, innovate, and grow their skills.

The desired candidate will have excellent research and analytical skills and will be able to resolve complex issues and exercise careful judgment.  The candidate will also have exceptional written and oral communication skills and customer service skills.

Water Resources Spec. 3

Surface Water Section




Job Location:

Address: 1110 Washington St., Suite #310 -  Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary:  $55,000 - $70,000

Grade: 23

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the processing, expediting, and approving/rejecting surface water right applications and claims. Responsible for ensuring surface water right applications and claims adhere to Department policies, rules, procedures, and State and Federal statutes and rules.

Job Duties:

The person in this position will also research, compile, analyze, interpret, and integrate water resource management data through a variety of sources and other program areas.  Responsible for participating in complex interdepartmental projects that require multi-disciplinary expertise. This includes investigating and resolving water resource management issues of a complex, sensitive, and visible nature, and preparation of reports with recommendations that may impact multiple water resource management program areas.

Additionally, this position is responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of Department databases and in the development, maintenance, updating, imaging, and preserving of Department records.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Current concepts and practices in water resource planning and management
  • Information sources, research methods, and techniques utilized in water resource management
  • The behavior and occurrence of water in nature
  • The historical governmental involvement with water supply, water usage, and water resource management
  • Department policies and procedures; State surface water statutes, rules, and direction regarding managing the State's water resources, including current and proposed management plans; and Federal water resource management laws and regulations

Skills in:

  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues
  • Coordinating multi-disciplinary projects impacting water resource management
  • Responding clearly and effectively to oral and written inquires
  • Preparing and analyzing technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence
  • Analyzing and interpreting water resources management data
  • Using a variety of software applications and databases to organize/analyze/interpret water resource management data
  • Researching maps, reports, and documents and in gathering information necessary to evaluate and process applications and generate reports
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with stakeholders, including agency staff, governmental officials, the regulated community, and the public

Ability to:

  • Analyze a situation, identify problem area, propose solutions, and assist in the implementing solutions
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts, to support the decision making process
  • Work effectively with individuals within and outside of the agency; ability to maintain a customer services orientation through interactions with clients, consultants, agency staff and others
  • Handle State funds in a proper manner  


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:



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.