State of Arizona Phoenix, AZ


Water Resources Specialist III

Surface Water Permitting Section


This position is responsible for the processing, expediting and approving and/or rejecting surface water right applications and claims. Responsible for ensuring adherence of surface water right applications and claims to Department policies, rules and procedures and State and Federal statutes and rules.

The person in this position will also research, compile, analyze, interpret, and integrate water resource management data through the coordination and completion of field investigations, and from a variety of sources and other program areas. Responsible for participating in complex inter-departmental projects that requires multi-disciplinary expertise. This includes investigating and resolving water resource management issues of a complex, sensitive and visible nature and preparation of reports with recommendations that may impact multiple water resource management program areas.

Additionally, this position is responsible for assisting in the development and maintenance of Department databases and in the development, maintenance, updating, imaging and preserving of Department records.


Knowledge of:

* Current concepts and practices in water resource management

* Information sources and research methods/ techniques utilized in water resource management

* The behavior and occurrence of water in nature

* The historical governmental involvement with water supply, water usage, and water resource management

* Department Policies and procedures as well as the rules and statutes governing surface water rights and Groundwater Management Code

* Current State and Federal water resource management laws and regulations, including water rights administration and water management planning

Skills in:

* Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within the Department, other governmental entities, private section and the public

* Analyzing and interpreting water resources management data

* Effective written and oral communication

* Using computers/computer models to organize/analyze/ interpret water resource management data

* Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, sensitive, and/or visible water resource management issues

Ability to:

* Analyze a situation, identify problem area, propose solutions, and assist in the implementing solutions

* Independently gather appropriate information from documents or through content knowledge experts, to support the decision making process

* Work effectively with individuals within and outside of the agency; ability to maintain a customer services orientation through interactions with clients, consultants, agency staff and others

* Handle State funds in a proper manner


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

All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

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