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Job Information
Job Reference ID:  56110 
Grade:  20 
Posted Date:  05/18/2020 
Close Date:   
Job Description

This position is responsible for assisting  the implementation of the compliance-enforcement activities pertinent to the Statutes and Rules governing minimum well construction standards and the licensing of well drillers throughout the State of Arizona, with the exception of those Statutes and Rules administered by the five Active Management Areas (AMAs).







Water Resources Specialist III 

Groundwater Permitting and Wells 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 Water Resources Specialist III for the Groundwater Permitting and Wells Section.




This position is responsible for assisting  the implementation of the compliance-enforcement activities pertinent to the Statutes and Rules governing minimum well construction standards and the licensing of well drillers throughout the State of Arizona, with the exception of those Statutes and Rules administered by the five Active Management Areas (AMAs).


This position is also responsible for inspecting wells in order to verify construction standards, setback requirements, permit requirements, reporting requirements and the withdrawal of water. Assisting with capping of open wells considered public hazards and potential conduits for groundwater contamination, administration of the well driller licensing program, complaint responses and compliance report preparation and will make recommendations to the Section Manager and the Department's Legal Services Section and to the ADWR’s Compliance Coordinator.  This position will also assist with processing Notice of Intention to Drill, Deepen, Replace, Modify or Abandon Well Applications


The person in this position will occasionally conduct field work for site quality assurance, control and review.   




Knowledge of:

·       Information sources and research methods and techniques utilized in water resources management

·       Well drilling industry including the water well drilling, environmental, monitor and piezometer well installation, non-water related well drilling such as mineral exploration and geotechnical borings, cathodic protection, ground source heat pump holes and grounding wells

·       The different types of drilling rigs used in well construction

·       Geology, hydrology and land use planning are used to understand how certain wells are designed and constructed.

·       Techniques for measuring, sampling or investigating groundwater; the behavior and occurrence of water in nature; how monitoring and sampling programs work


Skills in:

·       Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships

·       Researching, reading, analyzing and evaluating documents

·       Conducting field investigations, working outdoors and collecting a variety of water-related data using GPS systems and other equipment such as flow meters, water level recorders, etc.

·       Organizing technical studies and drafting technical reports

·       Analyzing and interpreting water resource data, especially data derived from well installation and capacity to navigate throughout the State (position priority is the investigation of wells and well drilling) utilizing topographic maps and a global positioning system (GPS).


Ability to:

·       Apply a multi-disciplinary approach to resolve complex, time sensitive and potentially dangerous situations involving wells, well drilling and the public

·       Conduct fieldwork in an outdoor setting often requiring walking/hiking through remote areas, occasionally during semi-extreme environmental conditions

·       Apply techniques to study water resource management issues impacting the State of Arizona

·       Work and Communicate effectively with individuals and groups, both internally and

·       Identify opportunities for use of solutions to improve efficiency and reduce waste.


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 record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)




The grade 20 salary range is $36,814 (minimum) - $51,321 (mid-point) - $65,828 (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



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:   
 Work Arrangement:     Employment Type:   
Hourly Rate:  $0.00 / per hour  Salary:  $36,814.00-65,828.00 


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