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WATER RESOURCES SPECIALIST 2 - Groundwater Permitting and Wells

  • 500548
  • 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 water resource professional to join the Groundwater Permitting and Wells Section.

Water Resources Specialist 2

Groundwater Permitting and Wells Section



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  $43,240 Min, $60,354 Mid-pt, $77,469 Max

Grade: 22

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Job Summary:

This Water Resources Specialist position is in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. This position will be responsible for the processing, expediting and approving and/or rejecting groundwater right applications and permits. Responsible for ensuring adherence of groundwater right applications and permits to department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal statutes and rules.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include:

Researching, compiling, analyzing, interpreting, and integrating water resources management data through the coordination and completion of field investigations; and from a variety of sources and other program areas including but not limited to, field measurements, calculations, observations and evaluation of historical records, maps, deeds, aerial photographs, remotely sensed data output, water management databases, Department policies, rules and procedures, State and Federal statutes and rules.  

Providing accurate and efficient customer service to all entities, conducting data entry as well as quality assurance and quality control and researching, reading, analyzing and evaluating documents. Developing and maintaining databases and in the maintenance, updating, imaging and preserving of records.

Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Occurrence, behavior and significance of groundwater and surface water, artificial recharge and the hydrologic cycle as well as knowledge of the ecological, hydrological, engineering and socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply.
  • Past and current concepts and practices used in water resource planning and management.
  • Knowledge of State and Department policies, procedures, rules and statutes to be used to achieve the goals, objectives, timelines and quality of results expected.
  • Department's policies and direction regarding managing the State's water resources, including current and proposed management plans. (Groundwater Code, Management Plan)
  • Information sources, research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management, including US Census data and geographic information systems data

Skills in:

  • File/records database information input and retrieval, using computers to organize/analyze/interpret water resource management data.
  • Effective written and oral communication. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Applying analytical and research methods and techniques to study and prepare draft reports and recommendations that may impact multiple program areas.
  • Investigating and resolving issues of a highly complex, sensitive, and visible nature.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, other governmental entities, private and public sectors.
  • Effective written and verbal communication.
  • Using computers and computer models to organize, analyze and interpret water resource management data.
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues.
  • Proficiency in the use of legal descriptions, aerial photography, and assessor's records.

Ability to:

  • Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts to support the decision-making process.
  • Work effectively with individuals and groups, both internally and externally
  • Identify opportunities for use of solutions to improve efficiency and reduce waste.
  • Working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, other governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication
  • Strong customer service skills
Selective Preference(s):

Strong customer service skills.

Pre-Employment Requirements:



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.