This position is the primary point of contact for Colorado River Section 5 contract transfers, assignments and conveyances. The successful candidate will support the Water Planning and Permitting Division's Colorado River Management Section in maintaining accurate records of Colorado River contracts and associated water use and will work closely with representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation. The successful candidate will analyze requests for transfers and assignments of Colorado River entitlements and draft the Director's Recommendation. The position is frequently called on to answer novel questions for which no clear answer has been identified in the past. The position requires initiative, critical thinking, and independent problem solving, particularly when looking at legacy/outstanding and historical issues.
The position involves working with highly sensitive and confidential information and discretion is critical. The successful candidate will thrive in a detail oriented role where a large portion of the work is highly technical, solitary, and involves research and writing. Strong writing and presentation skills are essential. Legal training is highly desirable, but not required. A J.D. may be substituted for an M.S. degree. Knowledge of real property mapping and parcel location would be beneficial. This is not an entry level position.
Interested candidates should submit their Cover Letter and Resume to apply.
A hybrid work schedule (some work in the office and some work from home) is available for this position.
This position may support the Manager of the Colorado River Section to assist in implementing and managing System Conservation agreements, including contracts and payment documents.
Analyzes complex water issues involving the management of Arizona's Colorado River apportionment. Maintains and updates Colorado River main-stem contracts and Central Arizona Project sub-contracts and manages contract action processes such as amendments, leases, transfers, and terminations of Colorado River contracts. Researches legacy actions awaiting disposition. Monitors other basin state meetings of interest to the CRM Section and ADWR leadership and keep detailed notes for reporting to management.
Maintains master hard-files and electronic files for the associated Colorado River contracts and CAP subcontracts. Assist the CRM Manager with working through the ADWR Records Management update process. Provides detailed contract information and Indian Water Rights Settlement information as requested. Assists in the accounting and administration of System Conservation Agreements for Colorado River water users. Interface with Finance Department to facilitate payment of conservation related invoices. Tasks may also include working with CRM colleagues to maintain annual ICS records. May be asked to present highly technical and sensitive information pertaining to Colorado River management and modeling to a to a wide array of audiences, including the public. May assist in preparing FAQs and talking points for the Communications staff and assist in responding to media inquiries.
Knowledge of the regulatory process, the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is essential. Prior experience with Reclamation Law is highly desirable.
Knowledge and application of rules of statutory and regulatory interpretation and construction is essential.
Seven years of professional level water resource management experience, or a bachelor's degree and five years of related experience, or a master's degree and three years of experience, or a Ph.D. and one year of experience. Valid Arizona Driver's License.
The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
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%.
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.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
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.