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Job Title:  Hydrologist III - Surface Water Section 
Job Reference ID:  54231 
Grade:  21 
Posted Date:  02/20/2020 
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Job Description






Hydrologist III

Surface Water Section


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 Hydrologist III for the Surface Water Permitting Unit.

JOB SUMMARY                                                                                                                        

This position is responsible for providing technical support for the processing, expediting and approving and/or rejecting surface water right applications and claims, with an emphasis on instream flow and sever and transfer applications.  Responsible for ensuring adherence of surface water Department policies, rules, procedures and State and Federal statutes.

The person in this position is responsible for researching, compiling, analyzing, interpreting and integrating water resource management data through a variety of sources and other program areas; participate in complex inter-departmental projects that requires multi-disciplinary expertise and written and oral reports and letters.  This person will be a team leader for field inspections/investigations of water resource rights/claims to ensure correct procedures and techniques are used, quality of results expected and that project timelines, goals and objectives are met, in addition to serving as a project leader/liaison for 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.   This position will also provide technical support related to groundwater/surface water interactions and provide hydrologic reports that will be used in the processing of applicable surface water applications and may act as an agency technical witness in hearings.     

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 and assisting lower lever professional staff regarding procedure and techniques to be used, quality of results expected and project time lines, goal and objectives.    




Knowledge of:

  • Current concepts and practices used in water resource planning and management
  • Department policies and procedures and State surface water statutes, rules and direction regarding managing the State's water resources, including current and proposed management plans
  • Information sources, research methods and techniques utilized in water resource management
  • Agricultural practices as they relate to livestock and irrigation and the methods used to quantity water needs for different uses of water
  • Streamflow measurement techniques and the statistical analysis of streamflow data 
  • Geomorphology as it relates to streamflow, floodplains, erosion and sediment transportation
  • Knowledge of the design of dams, ditches, pipelines, canal irrigation systems and reservoirs

Skills in:

  • Preparing written and oral reports/recommendations for implementing/impacting multiple water resource management programs; investigating/resolving water resource management issues of a highly complex, sensitive and visible nature
  • Establishing, interacting and maintaining effective working relationship with Public and State and Federal agencies; responding to oral and written inquires
  • Coordinating multi-disciplinary projects impacting water resource management program areas
  • Identification, evaluation and interpretation of the design, integrity and effectiveness of structures constructed to divert, transport, capture or store water
  • Gathering field data using surveying techniques and GPS technology and software applications for field use
  • Researching maps, reports and document and in gathering needed information to evaluate and process applications and generate reports
  • Being a team leader, including training and supervising of lower level profession staff regarding procedures/techniques to be used, quality of results expected and projected timelines, goal and objectives 

Ability to:

  • Interpret/explain and ensure compliance with State and Federal surface water statutes, rules and Department policies and procedures
  • Compile, analyze and interpret water resource management data from a variety of sources and databases, including field measurements, calculations, observations and evaluations of historical records, maps, aerial photographs and remotely sensed data output, Department policies, rules and procedure and State and Federal Statutes and rules and from the Public, State and Federal entities
  • Identify water sources, directional flow paths of water sources and the interaction between groundwater and surface water
  • Conduct fieldwork independently statewide and often in remote areas
  • Design and modify field data collection and measurement techniques for every project as may be required
  • Use tape measures, surveyor wheels, compasses, hand levels, surveyor rods and cameras
  • Determine the volume of tanks and reservoirs, stream discharge, depth of water, heights, ground surface elevations and distances.
  • Communicate effectively



The grade 21 salary range is $42,799 (minimum) - $55,773 (mid-point) - $71,563 (maximum). Typically, salaries are below the midpoint but highly qualified applicants will be considered for higher salaries.




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



Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in hydrology, civil engineering, geology, watershed management or a related field, plus three years relevant work experience; a Master's degree in one of the above field substitutes for one year of the required experience; a Ph.D. in one of the above fields substitutes for two years of required experience.


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).  




Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.


Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting ADWR Human Resources Office at (602) 771-8500. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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

Position Requirements
Position Level:    Hours:   
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Hourly Rate:  $0.00 / per hour  Salary:  $42,799.00-71,563.00 


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