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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 3 to join the Statewide AMA Section.

Water Specialist Specialist 3

Statewide AMA Section



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  $46,932 min, $65,545 Mid-Pt, $84,157 Max

Grade: 23

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Job Summary:

The primary responsibility of this position is to assist in implementing the Agricultural, Conservation Program. This program is included in the Active Management Area (AMA) Management Plans and is required as part of the Groundwater Management Code. Responsibilities include assisting in the development of potential conservation programs and policies; determining effectiveness of current and past conservation programs; and scenario planning for conservation plans.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities may also include assisting in the implementation of the agricultural conservation program where tasks include reviewing, verifying, entering and analyzing data from Annual Water Withdrawal & Use Reports; processing customer requests; answering customer inquiries, and assisting with statewide water use compilations. Responsibilities also include developing an in-depth knowledge of the history of water demand and supply in the agricultural sector of the Active Management Areas, developing a comprehensive and accurate understanding of applicable laws, rules, statutes, policies and procedures ADWR uses to implement the Agricultural Program, including but not limited to knowledge of the Groundwater Management Code, Management Plan requirements, Assured and Adequate Water Supply Rules, Recharge and Recovery Program, and water exchanges.

Requirements include the ability to paraphrase and explain ADWR's complex regulatory requirements to the public and regulated water users; ability to communicate through effective public speaking; effective oral and written communication skills; the ability to explain and summarize complicated statutes, rules, policies and procedures; and the ability to think creatively and use data to analyze existing and future agricultural conservation programs.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Statewide water resource management issues
  • Current concepts and practices in water resources planning, conservation and management including knowledge of the Groundwater Management Code, AMA Management Plans, and Departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • History of western water laws and policies
  • Natural resource policy development, policy analysis
  • Scenario planning or long-range conservation planning
  • Agricultural water use and related challenges in Arizona
  • Information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management

Skills in:

  • Using spreadsheets, databases, and statistical system
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • Research, writing technical reports and preparing background information for policy development and analysis.
  • Oral and written communication
  • Technical data analysis and evaluation including the use of GIS and Microsoft Excel software

Ability to:

  • Use computers to retrieve, organize, and present water resource management data
  • Use analytical methods to analyze water use and supply
  • Organize/analyze water resources management data
  • Apply techniques to study water resource management issues impacting the State of Arizona
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with various levels of governmental and regulated business officials, community leaders and the public
Pre-Employment Requirements:

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).


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.