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  • 510009
  • 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.

The Water Banking Authority is seeking a Water Resources Specialist to join our dynamic team!

Water Resources Specialist 3

Water Banking Authority (Waterbank)




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:

The mission of the Arizona Water Banking Authority (AWBA) is to help create a sustainable water future in the face of declining Colorado River supplies. The AWBA assists in alleviating water supply reductions by making its stored supplies available to certain water users during shortages.

This Water Resources Specialist 3 position supports the functions of the AWBA related to policy implementation, water planning, and data analysis including activities related to Colorado River shortages. This position requires preparing technical reports; compiling data; and assisting in developing recommendations for AWBA policies and procedures. It also involves collaboration with federal and state agencies, municipal corporations, Tribal communities, and public and private sectors on matters pertaining to AWBA operations.

The individual in this position is expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of applicable laws, statutes, rules and policies and procedures pertinent to AWBA activities, including but not limited to knowledge of Colorado River and Central Arizona Project operations, the Department of Water Resources Recharge and Recovery Program and Active Management Area Plans. Successful applicants will demonstrate an understanding of or ability to learn Arizona water policy, as well as an ability to interact with and present to Commission members and stakeholders regarding both technical and policy issues.

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

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Compiling, analyzing, and interpreting water use data and hydrologic modeling results.
  • Assisting in developing annual operating plans and reports in collaboration with other governmental organizations and public and private entities.
  • Preparing meeting materials, including technical documents and presentations.
  • Presenting analyses and results to AWBA Commission members, other agencies and public forums.
  • Maintaining and preserving AWBA records.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The selected candidate should have knowledge of Colorado River and Central Arizona Project operations, groundwater and surface water management in the State of Arizona including recharge and recovery activities. Additionally, the candidate should have knowledge of federal, state and local government regulations that affect water management practices.

Must have ability to work with minimal supervision, present and communicate complex technical and legal information in a concise and easily understood manner, and work as a team member on technical issues related to the obligations and objectives of the AWBA. Ability to coordinate group activities with representatives of ADWR, other government agencies, municipalities, and members or the public.

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to develop effective work relationships with various levels of governmental, community leaders and the public. Skills in problem solving and using computer applications to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data. Understanding of simulation applications such as GoldSim is a plus, but not required.

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 professional experience in water resource management or PhD and one year 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
  • 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.