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WATER RESOURCES SPECIALIST II (Statewide Planning Section)

  • 501158
  • 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 Statewide Planning Section.


Water Resources Specialist II

Statewide Planning Section 

Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  $33,435 Min, $46,624 Mid-pt,  $59,812 Max

Grade: 19

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position will assist in facilitating and providing technical support for stakeholder meetings coordinated by the Arizona Department of Water Resources (Department), particularly the Governor’s Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council and its committees. These meetings may include elected officials, water management staff from cities, towns, municipalities, and private water providers, and non-governmental organizations.

This position will also provide support to the programs within the Department’s Statewide Planning Section. This position will collaborate with other members of the section in researching multi-disciplinary water resource issues, performing analyses, compiling information and reports, and responding to stakeholder inquiries.

Individuals in this position are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of applicable laws, rules, statutes, policies, and procedures pertinent to Department activities, including but not limited to, knowledge of the Groundwater Code, surface water law, Active Management Areas plans and Irrigation Non-expansion Area requirements, the Recharge and Recovery Program, the Assured and Adequate Water Supply Program, and general Colorado River management.

Job Duties:

Duties may include coordination of stakeholder meetings and smaller working group meetings; management and posting of meeting documents and recordings; preparation of meeting materials, including technical documents, meeting presentations and notes; and researching, compiling, analyzing, interpreting, and integrating water resources data and information.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • The nature and occurrence of surface water and groundwater, specifically as it relates to the hydrology of Arizona
  • The ecological, hydrological, engineering, and socio-economic aspects of water usage and water supply
  • Current concepts and practices in water resource management and conservation
  • Current State and Federal water resource management laws and regulations, including water rights administration, annual reporting requirements, and major water use sectors (municipal, industrial, and agriculture)
  • Department policies and procedures as well as the statutes and rules pertaining to water resources management
  • Information sources, research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management
  • Public policy management and practice


  • Working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within ADWR, other governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • Interacting with members of the regulated community, requiring careful exercise of independent judgment, tact, and diplomacy
    Effective written and oral communication.
  • Performing detail-oriented tasks accurately and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate complex, sensitive, and visible water resource management issues and prepare timely documents
  • Researching, reading, analyzing, and interpreting water resource management and related documents

  • Using Excel, Access, and other software to compile, organize, analyze, and interpret water resource management data
  • Assisting with the coordination of projects and collaborating with Department staff, other agencies, and possibly the regulated public
  • Public speaking and possibly presenting complex concepts and materials so they are understandable to diverse audiences

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with the public, in both written and oral form
  • Facilitate projects with other ADWR staff, other governmental agencies, and the regulated public
  • Compile, analyze and interpret water resource management data from a variety of sources including calculations, observations and evaluation of historical records, maps, aerial photography, and census information
  • Ensure adherence to Department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal Statutes and rules
  • Interpret and explain Department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal statutes and rules
  • Prepare reports/recommendations encompassing multiple, interrelated, and sensitive/highly visible water resource management issues
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 checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

Pre-Employment Requirements:


Benefits: 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.

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