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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 Water Resources Specialist 1 to join the Groundwater Permitting and Wells Section.

Water Specialist Specialist 1

Groundwater Permitting and Wells Section



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  $37,000 Min, $51,321 Mid-pt, $65,828 Max

Grade: 20

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This entry level position will be responsible for assisting in the management of well, permits and water rights. Responsible for assisting in research of the department's public records for the general public, other state and federal agencies; for accepting and processing well permit applications and for setting up physical files.

Job Duties:

Responsible for ensuring that groundwater right applications and permits adhere to department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal statutes. Responsible for researching, compiling, analyzing, interpreting, and integrating water resources management data. data are gathered through the coordination and completion of filed investigations; and from a variety of sources and other program areas including field measurements, calculations, observations and evaluation of historical records, maps, deeds, aerial photographs, remotely sensed data output, water management databases, Department policies, rules and procedures, State and Federal statues, and from Federal, State and private entities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • The occurrence, behavior, and significance of water in nature.
  • Environmental, social, and economic aspects of water supply and utilization.
  • Information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resource management, including flood control and water rights administration.
  • The system of land/property description and identification used in the State of Arizona.

Skill in:

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, other governmental entities, private and public sectors.
  • Analyzing and interpreting water resource management data.
  • Effective written and verbal communication.
  • Using computers and computer models to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data

Ability to:

  • Research, compile, analyze, interpret and integrate water resource management data through the coordination and completion of field investigations, from a variety of sources and from other program areas.
  • Must be proficient in the use of legal descriptions and must be able to use aerial and photography, assessor's records.
  • Use computers to retrieve, organize, and present water resource management data.
  • Ability to interpret and explain Department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal statutes
Selective Preference(s):


Pre-Employment Requirements:

Positions in this class require regular attendance and frequently work in both the office and remotely.


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 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.