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WATER RESOURCES SPEC. ASSOCIATE

  • 512245
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF WATER RESOURCES
  • Full-time

DEPT OF WATER RESOURCES

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 currently comprises seven staff, enjoys an energetic, collaborative working environment in which team members are encouraged to take initiative, problem solve, innovate, and grow their skills and experience.

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 Specialist Associate

Statewide Planning Division/Surface Water Section

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Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  $70,000 - $90,000

Grade: 25

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the processing, expediting, and approving/rejecting surface water applications and claims, amendments, and transfers that are highly complex, sensitive, and visible in nature, with a focus on severance and transfer applications and instream flow applications.

This position is also responsible for providing technical support to the Arizona General Stream Adjudication Court and Special Master(s) through the investigations of groundwater and surface water filings, adjudication filings, various databases, historical and current documents, preparation of technical reports, and by coordinating among departments to compile technical reports regarding surface water, groundwater and wells, and adjudications.

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

Job Duties:

Processing surface water applications and claims, amendments, and transfers that are highly complex, sensitive, and visible in nature.

Interpreting, explaining, and ensuring compliance with State and Federal surface water statutes, rules, and Department policies and procedures.

Providing technical support to the Arizona General Stream Adjudication court and Special Master(s) through the investigations of groundwater and surface water filings, adjudication filings, various databases, historical and current documents, and preparation of technical reports.

Researching, compiling, analyzing, interpreting, and integrating water resource management data from a variety of sources and databases, including observations and evaluations of historical records, maps, aerial photographs, and remotely sensed data output.

Meeting project timelines, goals, and objectives; establishing, interacting, and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, with the public, and with state, and federal agencies; responding to oral and written inquiries.

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 used in water resource planning and management.
  • Historical governmental involvement with water supply, water usage, and water resources management.
  • Department policies and procedures and state and federal surface, adjudication, and groundwater water statutes; rules and direction regarding managing the state's water resources.
  • Information sources, research methods, and techniques utilized in water resource management.
  • The behavior and occurrence of water in nature.

Skills in:

  • Preparing, analyzing, and interpreting technical and administrative reports, recommendations, and correspondence.
  • Investigating/resolving water resource management issues of a highly complex, sensitive, and visible nature.
  • Coordinating multi-disciplinary projects impacting water resource management.
  • Researching maps, reports and documents and compiling data and information to evaluate and process applications and generate reports.
  • Research and analysis to dissect complex water issues and support the decision making process.
  • Meeting project timelines, goals, and objectives.
  • Maintaining an effective working relationship with team members, agency employees and with the public

Ability to:

  • Interpret and explain and ensure compliance with state and federal surface water, adjudication and groundwater statutes, rules and Department policies and procedures.
  • Research, compile, analyze, and interpret water resource management data from a variety of sources and databases, including subject matter experts, evaluation of historical records, maps, aerial photographs.
  • Prepare and analyze detailed technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence involving complex subject matter within Department and court directed timeframes.
  • Use a variety of software applications and databases to organize/analyze/interpret water resource management data.
  • Balance, prioritize, organize, and manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Effectively communicate in both a written and oral fashion.
  • Exercise careful judgement and discretion.
  • Identify opportunities for use of solutions to improve efficiency and reduce waste.
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 ten years of professional level water resource management experience, or Bachelor’s degree and eight years professional experience in water resource management, or a Master’s degree and six years professional experience in water resource management or PhD and four year experience.

Benefits:

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
  • 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

Retirement:

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.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

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.