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  • 510117
  • 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 professionals to join the Statewide Planning Division.

Water Resources Specialist 2

Stakeholder Outreach Coordinator

Water Planning 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:

This position will serve as a stakeholder engagement coordinator for the Water Planning and Permitting Division. This position may also represent the Department at public meetings that may include elected officials, water management staff from cities, towns, municipalities, and private water providers, and non-governmental organizations. This position is responsible for organizing and conducting stakeholder meetings and speaking to groups of stakeholders to enable discussion of water resource management data and issues. The position is responsible for researching multi-disciplinary water resource issues to provide information to stakeholders and for completing any related data analyses or written reports. Individuals in this position must develop a comprehensive understanding of applicable laws, rules, statutes, policies, and procedures pertinent to ADWR activities, including but not limited to, knowledge of the Groundwater Code, surface water law, Active Management Areas requirements and management plans, and Irrigation Non-expansion Area requirements, the Recharge and Recovery Program, the Assured and Adequate Water Supply Program, and general Colorado River requirements. The candidate will also enjoy working collaboratively with fellow team members to educate and inform the citizens of Arizona on water resource matters.

Position will create summaries and make recommendations regarding complex, high-profile, and sensitive issues of multi-disciplinary water resource management program areas. This position will serve as the key coordinator for stakeholder outreach and engagement for the Water Planning & Permitting Division related to statewide water planning and management tasks. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and customer service skills, will work well on a highly collaborative team, and will be able to speak precisely regarding sensitive issues. Also, will interpret and analyze water resources management data to prepare technical reports for Division Managers, the Division Deputy Assistant Director, ADWR Deputy Directors and ADWR Director.

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

Job Duties:

Lead stakeholder outreach activities for the Water Planning & Permitting Division:

  • Bridge the communication between ADWR and key stakeholders regarding water demand and supply assessments
  • Collaborate and consult with ADWR staff of all levels and with diverse stakeholders to solicit input and feedback
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the history of water demand and supply in the groundwater basins across the state, including applicable laws, rules, statutes, and policies, and including relevant characteristics and political sensitivities
  • Researching and responding to customer requests and inquiries
  • Communicating complex water related issues to the public and regulated community through public speaking, presentations, and in written documents
  • Maintenance and creation of standard work and program guidance documents, possibly including updates to websites and data dashboards
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • The nature and occurrence of surface water and groundwater, specifically as it relates to the hydrology of Arizona
  • The ecological, hydrological, engineering, and socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply
  • Current concepts and practices in water resource management and conservation
  • Current State and Federal water resource management laws and regulations, including water rights administration, annual reporting requirements, and major water use sectors (municipal, industrial, and agriculture)
  • Department policies and procedures as well as the statutes and rules pertaining to water resources management
  • Information sources, research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management
  • Public policy management and practice


  • Working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within ADWR, other governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • Interacting with members of the regulated community, requiring careful exercise of independent judgment, tact, and diplomacy
  • Public speaking, including publicly presenting complex concepts and materials so they are understandable to diverse audiences
  • Researching, reading, analyzing, and interpreting water resource management and related documents
  • Preparing timely reports/recommendations involving water resources issues of highly complex, sensitive, and visible nature
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues
  • Using Excel, Access, and other software to compile, organize, analyze, and interpret water resource management data
  • Managing and coordinating projects with ADWR staff, other agencies, and the regulated public
  • Performing detail-oriented tasks accurately and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Managing competing priorities
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 checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Candidate should have: at least four years of professional level water resource management experience, or Bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience, or a Master’s degree.


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.