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  • 508396
  • 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 talented, committed water resource professional to join the Recharge, Assured and Adequate Water Supply Section.  The section, which comprises 10 staff members, enjoys an energetic, collaborative working environment in which team members are encouraged to take initiative, problem solve, innovate, and grow their skills..

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Recharge, Assured & Adequate Water Supply Section



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 serves as a key team member of the Assured Water Supply team, which is in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

The position is responsible for a variety of tasks related to the review of applications for the Designations of Assured or Adequate Water Supplies, Certificates of Assured Water Supply, Water Reports, and Analyses of Assured or Adequate Water Supplies.

The position is regularly responsible for multitasking on a variety of complex and time sensitive projects. Additional tasks and activities will be assigned as needed.

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

Job Duties:

This position is responsible for coordinating with both internal staff and external customers on a regular basis often relating to complex or sensitive issues. The position is regularly required to take initiative by organizing the extensive review of substantial applications by analyzing and applying statutory regulations and program rules and coordinating with other staff members.

Position works with the Assured and Adequate Water Supply team to make recommendations on applications to the Program Manager and to the Director of ADWR.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Groundwater code and current laws and regulation regarding water supply and utilization in Arizona
  • Arizona Revised Statutes governing the Assured and Adequate Water Supply programs
  • Arizona Administrative Code covering Assured and Adequate Water Supply
  • Basic understanding of hydrology and modeling principles
  • ADWR Substantive policies and procedures for the programs
  • Statewide water resource management issues
  • Information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management

Skills in:

  • Reviewing, writing and revising technical reports
  • Using spreadsheets and databases to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Effectively dealing with deadlines
  • Researching, reading, analyzing, and evaluating documents
  • ESRI mapping software - ArcGIS/Arcview/Arcmap mapping tools
  • Data entry and data analysis performance.
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues

Ability to:

  • Multi-task and manage simultaneous licensing time frames and deadlines
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Prioritize work activities, set goals, be self-motivated
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to work with large datasets
  • Review a variety of legal, regulatory, and technical documents related to water resources
  • Problem solve, collaborate with others to address issues
  • Communicate effectively with the public, in both written and oral form
  • Coordinate projects with other ADWR staff, other governmental agencies, and the regulated public
  • Work alone and work in team environment
  • Use computers to retrieve, organize, and present water resource management data
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with various business officials, community leaders, and the general public.
  • Use computers and analytical methods to retrieve, organize, and present data
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement
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 3 years professional experience in water resource management or PhD and one year experience.


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • 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 12.17%.

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.