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  • Full-time


Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission?
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For general information, visit our website: www.azland.gov
1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007



Job Location:

Address:  1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 

Grade: 20

Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met

Job Summary:

The Arizona State Land Department manages more than 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.

Under the general supervision from the Water Rights Section Manager, the Water Resources Specialist III (WRS III) actively participates in the organization, management and maintenance of Arizona State Land Department’s (ASLD) portfolio of water assets, which includes but is not limited to the completion and filing of water related applications and reports and the monitoring of annual water use on Arizona State Trust lands. The WRS III is responsible for researching, analyzing and assessing complex, sensitive and other highly visible broad multi-disciplinary projects with the goal of protecting and enhancing ASLD’s water assets. Working with other local, state and federal agencies, the WRS III also performs field inspections to protect, support and ensure compliance with federal and state statutes and rules and administrative policies and procedures.

Job Duties:

• Coordinate with internal staff, federal, state, local and private entities in the monitoring and maintenance of ASLD’s portfolio of water assets, including General Stream Adjudication, Colorado River and surface and groundwater rights; maintain accurate databases and files; image documents. (15%)
• Research, review, analyze and prepare reports and recommendations on multi-disciplinary and inter-related projects or resource management issues, that are regarded as being complex and sensitive and/or highly visible and which may include the integration of report components from other staff into a final product; generate accurate and computerized maps. (15%)
• Complete and file water related applications, forms and reports; assist in the processing of ASLD applications, including issuing public notices, doing public water sale auctions and flex credit transfers; request and transmit filing fees. (15%)
• Process, file and track Annual Water Use Reports for unleased State Trust lands; assist lessees in filing Annual Water Use Reports; account and bill for water use on State Trust lands. (15%)
• Track monthly and annual use of Colorado River water entitlements; obtain and report projected use annually; prepare crop reports; assist in the preparation of the five-year conservation plan. (15%)
• Assist with and conduct well and surface water inspections; prepare field inspection reports: track open and abandoned wells (15%)
• Apply the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participate in daily group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identify areas for process and quality improvement; prepare and adhere to established standard work and procedures. (5%)
• Respond to water inquires and assigned cases; prepare memos and correspondence; attend relevant meetings, other relevant duties as assigned. (5%)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Groundwater and surface water use and associated applications and forms; principles and practices of groundwater and surface water analysis; water supply and demand for land development.
• Property descriptions, titles and deeds; legal land, metes and bounds and cadastral land descriptions; interpretation of geographic features on maps including topographic, land status and aerial photography maps.
• Federal, state and local statutes and rules, regulations and administrative policies and procedures applicable to the use of groundwater and surface water.

Skills In:
• Communicating technical water resource related concepts effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Interacting with internal staff, federal, state and private entities to explain water resource management programs and plans.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with Federal, State and private entities.
• The use of computers, including software programs such as MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, GIS; use of field equipment including Global Positioning System and surveying equipment.
• Applying problem solving skills to resolve water resource management issues.

Ability To:
• Research, compile, analyze and interpret written materials including technical reports and data; produce accurate reports and maps.
• Apply methods/techniques to evaluate water resource management issues requiring multi-disciplinary expertise.
• Assist in ensuring compliance with water resource management programs and plans and federal and state statutes, rules and administrative policies and procedures.
• Prioritize and organize work activities; handle large scale multi-disciplinary projects.

Selective Preference(s):

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Hydrology, Civil Engineering, Geology, Geography, Watershed Management or related fields, or four years of related experience. A master's degree in one of the above fields may substitute for one year of experience, a Ph.D. in one of the above fields may substitute for two years of the required experience. Prefer water planning and natural resource management experience within the State of Arizona.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
• 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 required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


● Sick leave
● Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
● Health and dental insurance
● Retirement plan
● Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.
● Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

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).
• Participation is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
• Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
• The current contribution rate is 12.41%

Contact Us:

If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting ASLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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.