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  • 503785
  • 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 Adjudications Division at ADWR is expanding, and we are seeking two Water Resources Specialist Associates to join our team!

Water Resources Specialist Associate (2 positions)

Adjudications Division



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $55,203 min, $77,352 Mid-Pt, $99,501 Max

 Grade: 25

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position will provide support to the Arizona General Adjudication Courts as described in Arizona Revised Statutes 45-256(A). This position serves as a senior level Hydrogeologist Associate and will be responsible for assisting the efforts of the Adjudications Section. This position will include defining goals and objectives and directing efforts on large and complex hydrological studies and reports, often leading or supporting a project team; reviewing and developing technical documents; and proposing and conducting studies that result in appropriate modeling of groundwater/surface water interactions. This position is expected to understand applicable laws related to Arizona stream adjudications, and will instruct staff regarding procedures and techniques to be used, quality of results expected and project timelines, goals and objectives. Responsible for gathering data that will be used directly or indirectly in legal proceedings.

The position responsibilities include providing GIS studies, hydrological reports, and other documentation to support the General Stream Adjudication Court proceedings. This position will coordinate projects with other ADWR staff, other governmental agencies and the public. This position may act as an Agency technical expert witness in court cases.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a senior level water resources specialist and assisting in defining goals and objectives and directing efforts on large and complex hydrologic studies and reports, often acting as the lead of a project team.
    Reviewing and developing technical documents and proposing and conducting studies that result in appropriate modeling of groundwater/surface water interactions.
  • Providing technical support associated with the Adjudications Division, including GPS field data collection, analyzing water resource information and imagery, map production, performing water rights and landownership research, and summarizing water resource related information in technical reports and other documents.
  • Participation in complex investigatory projects that require multi-disciplinary expertise. This includes researching and planning water resources data collection of a complex, sensitive, and visible nature. Field work to gather data and confirm conclusions will be required.
    Understanding complex hydrological principles and applying them to practical situations.
  • Serving as a technical expert witness for contested cases or other reports in front of the Adjudication Court.
  • Interacting with the public, other governmental entities, and other ADWR employees in a professional and efficient manner; providing accurate and efficient customer service to internal and external customers and partners. Problem solving and the ability to manage complex information.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Knowledge of hydrological principles, particularly those related to surface water.
  • Knowledge of the ADWR’s policies and procedures, the statutes and rules governing Arizona's General Stream Adjudications, and the legal process to determine water rights.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management and the nature and occurrence of surface water and groundwater.
  • Knowledge of the principles of physical geography, hydrology and/or hydrogeology and the ability to analyze cultural water demands including agricultural, municipal and industrial uses.
  • Knowledge of mapping software including ESRI ArcGIS/Arcview/Arcmap mapping tools, cartographic principles, geographic projections, data sources and formats, information analysis, relational databases and geo-databases.
  • Experience conducting field investigations, working outdoors and collecting a variety of water related data using GPS systems and other equipment such as flow meters, water level recorders, drones, etc.
  • Skills in analyzing and interpreting water resource management data including imagery and preparing maps and drawings based on field data, aerial photography analysis, land surveys, and other information sources.
  • Skills in analyzing and evaluating detailed hydrological data and reports including water level elevation maps, well logs, groundwater flow models, geologic interpretations and water budgets; Aquifer test analysis, groundwater modeling and field techniques
  • Skills in process improvement and problem solving identification and analysis, utilizing Lean principles.
  • Skills in conveying technical subjects to a non-technical audience and presenting a concept in a concise and organized fashion in both written and oral formats.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present technical data to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to understand and effectively interpret and communicate complex statutes and Department rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to produce detailed reports involving complex subject matter within court directed time frames.
  • Ability to testify and represent the agency, collaborate with other sections and the Legal Division staff.
  • The ability to organize, prioritize and manage diverse technical projects.
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).

A Masters Degree in hydrology, geology, or other water resources related field and 4 years of directly related experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable (ie 8-year professional WR management, Bachelors and 6 years experience, Doctorate and 2 years 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 12.41%

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.