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WATER RESOURCES SPECIALIST 3 (Grant Specialist-Water Plng Section)

  • 503771
  • 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. We are seeking a Water Resources Specialist 3 (Grand Specialist) to join the Statewide Planning Section.

Water Resources Specialist 3 (Grant Specialist)

Statewide Planning Section



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

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

Grade: 23

Closing Date: Open Untill Filled

Job Summary:

The position will provide administrative and technical support for funding programs related to the Temporary Groundwater and Irrigation Efficiency Projects Fund and the Drought Mitigation Revolving Fund. Tasks will include receiving applications for funding, evaluating applications for completeness, distributing applications to appropriate individuals within the Department for processing, coordinating with applicants to obtain necessary information, coordinating with internal customers to draft legal agreements, and tracking of awards and budgets.

Job Duties:

This position will also assist in facilitating and providing technical support for stakeholder meetings coordinated by the Arizona Department of Water Resources (Department), particularly meetings related to the Drought Mitigation Board. These meetings may include elected officials, water management staff from cities, towns, municipalities, and private water providers, and non-governmental organizations.

This position will also provide support to the programs within the Department’s Statewide Planning Section. This position will collaborate with other members of the section in researching multi-disciplinary water resource issues, performing analyses, compiling information and reports, and responding to stakeholder inquiries.

Duties may include:

  • Planning and research related to drought mitigation activities
  • Coordinating with various Department programs and legal, financial, and administrative staff
  • Evaluating proposed projects, communicating with applicants, and drafting contracts
  • Tracking budgets, payments, deliverables and progress of projects and programs
  • Communicating with and providing technical assistance to fund recipients
  • Using spreadsheets to track and organize projects, deadlines, and balances
  • Individuals in this position are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of applicable statutes, rules, policies, and procedures pertinent to Department activities, including but not limited to, knowledge of the Groundwater Code, surface water law, Active Management Areas plans and Irrigation Non-expansion Area requirements, the Recharge and Recovery Program, the Assured and Adequate Water Supply Program, Drought Mitigation Board, Temporary Groundwater and Irrigation Efficiency Projects Fund, and general Colorado River management.
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
  • State contracting/grant processes and requirements
  • Information sources and research techniques utilized in water resources management


  • 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
  • Effective written and oral communication.
  • Performing detail-oriented tasks accurately and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate complex, sensitive, and visible water resource management issues and prepare timely documents
  • Researching, reading, analyzing, and interpreting water resource management and related documents
  • Using Excel, Access, and other software to compile, organize, analyze, and interpret water resource management data
  • Assisting with the coordination of grant application reviews and collaborating with Department staff, other agencies, and possibly the regulated public

Ability to:

  • Develop and manage budgets
  • Effectively manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Use computers and analytical methods to retrieve, organize, and present data
  • Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence
  • Read and properly interpret statute, rules, and policies
  • Communicate effectively with the public and with ADWR staff, in both written and oral form
  • Facilitate projects with other ADWR staff, other governmental agencies, and the regulated public
  • Compile, analyze and interpret water resource management data from a variety of sources including calculations, observations and evaluation of historical records, maps, aerial photography, and census information
  • Ensure adherence to Department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal Statutes and rules
  • Interpret and explain Department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal statutes and rules
  • Prepare reports/recommendations encompassing multiple, interrelated, and sensitive/highly visible water resource management issues.
Selective Preference(s):


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.