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  • 511135
  • 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. The Adjudications Division is seeking Water Resources Specialists 2 to join our team!

Water Resources Specialist 2

Adjudications Division



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  50,000 - $65,000

Grade: 22

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

ADWR serves as the technical advisor to the Arizona General Stream Adjudication Courts and Special Master as described in the Arizona Revised Statutes § 45-256(A). This position will be part of the team that analyzes surface water claims and completes technical reports related to the Gila and Little Colorado River Adjudications and Indian water settlements and water rights claims. This position works closely with other adjudications staff and agency personnel in other sections as necessary to complete work directed by the Division’s Deputy Director.

Responsibilities include GIS data collection, analyzing water-resource information and imagery and drafting of reports. This position requires an understanding of hydrological principles, the ability to accurately process complex data, and a knowledge of GIS mapping procedures. This position may serve as an expert witness for contested cases or other reports in front of the Adjudication Court.

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

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include:

Providing technical support associated with the Adjudications Division, including GPS field data collection, analyzing water resource information and imagery, map production, performing water rights and landownership research, and summarizing water resource related information in technical reports and other documents.

Participation in complex investigatory projects that require multi-disciplinary expertise. This includes researching and planning water resources data collection of a complex, sensitive, and visible nature. Field work to gather data and confirm conclusions will be required.

Understanding complex hydrological principles and applying them to practical situations.
Serving as an expert witness for contested cases or other reports in front of the Adjudication Court.

Interacting with the public, other governmental entities, and other ADWR employees in a professional and efficient manner; providing accurate and efficient customer service to internal and external customers and partners. Problem solving and the ability to manage complex information.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Must have knowledge of hydrological principles, particularly those related to surface water.
  • Knowledge of the ADWR’s policies and procedures, the statutes and rules governing Arizona's General Stream Adjudications, and the legal process to determine water rights.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management and the nature and occurrence of surface water and groundwater.
  • Knowledge of the principles of physical geography, hydrology and/or hydrogeology and the ability to analyze cultural water demands including agricultural, municipal and industrial uses.
  • Knowledge of mapping software including ESRI ArcGIS/Arcview/Arcmap mapping tools, cartographic principles, geographic projections, data sources and formats, information analysis, relational databases and geo-databases.
  • Experience conducting field investigations, working outdoors and collecting a variety of water related data using GPS systems and other equipment such as flow meters, water level recorders, drones, etc.
  • Skills in analyzing and interpreting water resource management data including imagery and preparing maps and drawings based on field data, aerial photography analysis, land surveys, and other information sources.
  • Skills in process improvement and problem solving identification and analysis, utilizing Lean principles.
  • Skills in conveying technical subjects to a non-technical audience and presenting a concept in a concise and organized fashion in both written and oral formats.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present technical data to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to understand and effectively interpret and communicate complex statutes and Department rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to produce detailed reports involving complex subject matter within court directed time frames.
  • Ability to testify and represent the agency, collaborate with other sections and the Legal Division staff.
  • The ability to organize, prioritize and manage diverse technical projects.
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:

Minimum qualifications for this position include: 4 years professional water management experience; or a bachelors degree and 2 years professional water management experience; or a masters degree in a related field.


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.