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  • 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 a Water Resources Specialist II to join the Statewide AMA Section.

Water Resources Specialist II

Statewide AMA Section


Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $33,435 Min, $46,624 MidPt, $59,812 Max

Grade: 19

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position will be responsible for the groundwater right conveyance efforts within the Active Management Area (AMA) Section.

Job Duties:
  • Reviewing, processing and verifying groundwater right conveyance applications;
  • Reviewing, inputting, analyzing, and interpreting water resources data;
  • Providing technical assistance and resources to customers via phone, emails and face-to-face meetings;
  • Updating, analyzing and correcting GIS databases and maps related to conveyances of groundwater rights;
  • Assisting with the annual water withdrawal & use report efforts;
  • Writing and revising internal documents that reflect the section's requirements and procedures for internal users;
  • Assisting with compliance processes for the section including tracking incoming applications and completing Licensing Timeframe Reports;
  • Processing financial deposits and tracking time for billing purposes.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of GIS and ArcMap; accessing online county GIS maps and recorded documents of Groundwater Code especially pertaining to groundwater rights and permits and annual reporting requirements. Knowledge of the occurrence, behavior, and significance of water in nature, including environmental, social, and economic aspects of water supply and utilization;

Knowledge of the current concepts and practices in water resource management,  current laws and regulations regarding water supply and utilization in Arizona and Statewide water resource management issues;

Knowledge of information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management and deeds, legal descriptions and cadastral locations.

Skills and interest in working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, with other governmental entities, and private and public sectors. Skills in, excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication;

Skills in using and creating spreadsheets, databases and statistical systems; researching, reading, analyzing and evaluating documents and analyzing and interpreting data to draw conclusions.

Ability to use computers to retrieve, organize, and present water resource management data and to communicate complex technical information in a concise and easy to understand format. Ability to coordinate projects and programs with ADWR staff, other governmental agencies, and the regulated public and be able to handle multiple projects  simultaneously;

Ability to provide accurate and efficient customer service to all entities, apply techniques to study water resource management issues impacting the State of Arizona and  use different analytical methods to solve problems;

Ability to develop knowledge of the Groundwater Code, AMA Management Plans, and Departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures;

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with various levels of governmental and regulated officials, community leaders and the public, and be able to work alone, work in a team environment, prioritize work activities, set goals and be self-motivated.

Selective Preference(s):

Ability to develop knowledge of the Groundwater Code, AMA Management Plans, and Departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedure

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
  • Accrued vacation days and sick days
  • 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 disability 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.