Water Resources Specialist I

Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)
Phoenix, AZ, United States
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The mission of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is to protect, conserve, and enhance Arizona’s water supplies by confronting water management challenges in a bold, thoughtful, and innovative manner. Do you want to join our team? ADWR is seeking a Water Resources Specialist I to join the Statewide AMA Section. 


This position is responsible for assisting in the Municipal, Industrial, and Agricultural conservation programs under the Active Management Areas (AMA) Section; assisting with entering, reviewing and verifying data from Annual Water Withdrawal & Use Reports; developing an accurate understanding of applicable laws, rules, statutes, policies, and procedures in use by ADWR. 

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: assisting with the process of Annual Water Withdrawal & Use Report data entry; assisting in the compilation of numeric and non-numeric data from the AMA programs to fill public records requests; assisting with data transparency initiatives, including data dashboards; Data analysis and visualization; assisting with the annual compilation of statewide water-use estimates. Other duties related to the AMA programs and processes may be assigned as needed.


Knowledge of:

  • the occurrence, behavior, and significance of water in nature
  • environmental, social, and economic aspects of water supply and utilization
  • current concepts and practices in water resource management
  • current laws and regulations regarding water supply and utilization in Arizona
  • statewide water resource management issues
  • familiarity with the Arizona Groundwater Code
  • information sources and research methods and techniques

Skills and interest in:

  • data entry as well as quality assurance and quality control
  • working well within a team environment, including establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the department, other governmental entities, private and public sectors
  • using spreadsheets, databases, and statistical systems
  • good interpersonal, oral, and written communication
  • strong customer service
  • researching, reading, analyzing, and evaluating documents

Ability to:

  • enter water use and withdrawal data from annual reports
  • conduct quality assurance of entered data
  • use computers to retrieve, organize, and present water resource management data
  • provide accurate and efficient customer service to all entities
  • apply techniques to study water resource management issues impacting the State of Arizona
  • establish and maintain effective relationships with various levels of governmental and regulated business officials, community leaders and the public
  • organize/compile water resources management data


 The grade 17 salary range is $29,008 (minimum) - $40,524(mid-point) - $52,040 (maximum). Typically, salaries are below the mid-point.


 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 pay and sick days
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit union membership
  • Wellness plans
  • LinkedIn Learning membership
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Discounts 


This position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issue 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).   


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). 

Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27weeks of employment.