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  • Full-time


The mission of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is to protect, conserve, and enhance Arizona's water supplies by confronting water management challenges in a bold, thoughtful, and innovative manner.

ADWR is seeking a talented, motivated water resource professional to join the Statewide Planning Section and coordinate ADWR’s Community Water System (CWS) Program.


Water Resources Specialist 3

Statewide Planning Division/Water System (CWS) Program



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  $55,000 - $75,000

Grade: 23

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for coordinating and administering the CWS Program, as well as supporting Statewide Planning Section functions. Job responsibilities include the development, planning and execution of the CWS annual reporting and System Water Plan (SWP) processes, including expansion and improvements of online forms and tools; providing technical assistance and resources to customers; reviewing, inputting, analyzing, and interpreting CWS annual report and SWP data; writing and revising CWS documents that reflect the Program's requirements and procedures for internal and external users; coordinating compliance processes for the program; and expanding the accessibility and usage of CWS data.

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

Job Duties:

This position will coordinate with other Statewide Planning programs, ADWR sections, and agencies to improve processes and strengthen customer support. Responsibilities also include updating, analyzing and correcting GIS databases and maps related to demographic data and CWS service areas.

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, hydrologic, engineering, and socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply
  • 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
  • GIS, mapping, database construction and maintenance
  • Current concepts and practices in water resources management
  • Information sources, research methods, techniques utilized in water resources management

Skills in:

  • Strong customer service skills
  • Interacting with members of the regulated community, requiring careful exercise of independent judgment, tact, and diplomacy
  • Working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, other governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • Analyzing and interpreting water resource management data
  • Researching, reading, analyzing, and interpreting water resource management and related documents
  • Preparing timely reports/recommendations involving water resource management and related documents
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication
  • ArcMap/ArcPro and editing GIS shapefiles
  • Using Excel, Access, and other software to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues
  • Organizing and performing detail-oriented tasks

Ability to:

  • Present complex technical and regulatory information in a concise and easily understood format both written and verbally
  • Analyze a situation, identify problem area(s), propose solutions, and assist in implementation of those solutions
  • Prioritize work activities, set goals and be self-motivated
  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts to support the decision-making process
  • Work effectively with individuals and groups, both internally and externally
  • Maintain a customer service orientation through interactions with clients, consultants, agency staff and other individuals
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:

Candidate should have: at least seven years of professional level water resource management experience, or Bachelor’s degree and five years professional experience in water resource management, or a Master’s degree and three years of related experience.


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
  • 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.