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Water Resources Specialist 1 (Adjudications Division)

  • 503694
  • 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. Do you want to join our team? ADWR is seeking a Water Resources Specialist I for the Adjudications Section.


Water Resources Specialist 1

Adjudications Division



Job Location:

                                                                                                Address:  1110 W. Washington St. Suite #310

                                                                                                                 Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary:  $36,814 Min, $51,321 Mid-pt, $ 65,828 Max

Grade: 20 

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position will work under the direction of the Administrative Services officer and will support the GIS/database, administrative and technical teams within the Adjudications Section. The position will help the Department provide support to the Arizona General Stream Adjudication Courts as described in the Arizona Revised Statutes 45-256(A).

This position will assist entering and maintaining data in multiple databases, researching paper documents and records related to water right claims and investigations, reviewing electronic and paper maps, and providing other support for the ADWR Adjudications Program.

The Adjudications Program is tasked with providing technical and administrative support for the adjudication through the investigations of claims for water rights and preparation of technical reports. The program maintains databases of claimant information and the wide variety of data and records.

Job Duties:

This position is responsible:

  • Processing statements of claim and related documents.
  • Ensuring adherence of statements of claim and related documents to Department policies, rules and procedures and state and federal statutes and rules.
  • Assist with improvement of Adjudications processes.
  • Assisting the development and maintenance of Department databases and in the development, maintenance, updating, imaging and preserving of Department records and the improvement of those processes.
  • Researching, compiling, analyzing, interpreting, and integrating water resources management data from a variety of sources and other areas including, but not limited to, field measurements, calculations, observations and evaluation of historical records, maps, deeds, aerial photographs, remotely sensed data output, water management databases.
  • Providing accurate and efficient customer service to all entities both public and private; and for the handling and accounting of state funds.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • The nature and occurrence of surface water and groundwater, specifically as it related to the hydrology of Arizona.
  • Information sources, research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management, especially as related to Arizona.
  • State and Department policies, procedures and statutes to be used to achieve the goals, objectives, timelines and quality of results expected for the adjudications program.
  • Database systems and record keeping processes.
  • Standard office software tools: word processing, spreadsheets and others.
  • GIS or other electronic mapping functionality and uses.

Skills in:

  • Problem solving, process improvement and lean practices.
  • Verbal and written communication.
  • Data management.
  • Records management.
  • Customer service for internal and external customers.

Ability to:

  • Research, compile, analyze, interpret and integrate water resources management data.
  • Interpret and explain complex data, information and processes, including Department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal statutes and rules.
  • Provide accurate and efficient customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Handle state funds in the proper manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, governmental officials and the public.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and design solutions.
Selective Preference(s):


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 12.41%

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact ADWR Human Resources Office at (602) 771-8500 for assistance. Persons with disability 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.