Colorado River - Water Resources Specialist IV
Company/Organization: Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021
The Colorado River Management Section is responsible for supporting the Governor’s Representative, the Director of the Department of Water Resources, to the seven Basin States agreements, commonly referred to as the Law of the River. This position will support the Colorado River Management Section within the Water Planning and Permitting Division in maintaining accurate records of Colorado River diversions and authorized uses and processing applications for transfers within the bounds of DWR policy, working closely with representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation.
This position could support and be responsible for the modeling of intra-state water uses and impacts using GoldSIM software and may interface with staff from the Arizona Water Banking Authority.
The ideal candidate should have working knowledge of RiverWare modeling software and the CRSS model for the Colorado River and familiarity with the Law of the River and particularly the Drought Contingency Plan adopted in 2019 Position reports to the Manager of the Colorado River Management Section in the Water Planning and Permitting Division.
Maintains and updates Colorado River main-stem contracts and Central Arizona Project sub-contracts and assists with associated contract actions such as amendments, leases, transfers, supplements and terminations of Colorado River contracts. Drafts recommendations for requested water transfers and leases.
Develop/update water use projections in Arizona among multiple beneficial uses and users using modeling software. If candidate does not have extensive modeling experience, the Department is willing to train, internally and/or potentially pay for training seminars.
Consult and coordinate with technical staff at Central Arizona Water Conservation District and Bureau of Reclamation on modeling inputs and outputs and policy implications for those results as relating to Colorado River management and other Arizona waters.
Interpret, analyze, and present to a wide array of audiences, including the public, highly technical and sensitive information pertaining to Colorado River management and modeling.
Create and manipulate maps using ArcGIS Desktop
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
- Familiarity with and ability to use Colorado River Simulation (CRSS) RiverWare model.
- Department policies and procedures and State and Federal laws regarding the Colorado River
- The Law of the River and particularly the Drought Contingency Plan adopted in 2019
- Current concepts and practices used in water resource planning and management
- State and Federal court rulings impacting water resources management in Arizona
- The legal, institutional, and physical aspects of water supply and utilization
- Information sources including databases, research methods and techniques utilized in water resource management.
- Preparing technical 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 within the Department, Public and State and Federal agencies; responding to oral and written inquires.
- Coordinating multi-disciplinary projects impacting water resource management program areas. Researching maps, reports and documents and in gathering needed information to evaluate and process applications and generate reports.
- Meeting project time lines, goals and objectives.
- Analyzing difficult technical problems
- Using computers/computer models to compile, analyze, and interpret water resource management data including database development and GIS applications
- Process improvement and process streamlining.
- Build and manipulate models using GoldSIM. If not currently using the software, must be willing to become trained and proficient.
- Present information to lay audiences as well as technical peers
- Interpret/explain and ensure compliance with State and Federal surface water, adjudication and groundwater statutes, rules and Department policies and procedures
- Produce detailed technical reports involving complex subject matter within Department and court directed timeframes.
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with various levels of governmental and regulated business officials, community leaders and the public.
Prefer candidate should have experience with Colorado River Management and other Arizona waters issues.
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 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 plans10 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 12.22%.
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.