State of Arizona HYDROLOGIST II (Field Services) in PHOENIX, Arizona



Hydrologist II

Hydrology Division/Field Services Section

The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is the steward of Arizona's water future and ensures long-term, reliable water supplies to support the continued economic prosperity of the State. ADWR is continually protecting Arizona's water supplies for its next century. ADWR is seeking a Hydrologist II for the Hydrology Division, Field Services Section.


This position primary purpose is to perform hydrologic fieldwork and is responsible for data collection in support of the Department's Arizona Water Initiative, specifically groundwater level measurements, stream flow measurements, well discharge measurements, plus occasional assistance with the operation and maintenance, downloading, and uploading of transducer well data from well sites. Position is expected to maintain and input data into ADWR databases. Assists with the drafting of hydrologic reports and field summaries for management and the general public.

The employee in in this position may occasionally assist with the repair and installation of automated well sites and therefore be able to lift supplies/equipment up to 60 lbs. In addition, candidates potentially may walk with water-level measurement equipment, sometimes over a half a mile, to well site and carry equipment up to 10- 20 lbs.

Please note this position require the ability for over-night travel at least 50% of the time.


Knowledge of:

  • The behavior and occurrence of water in nature
  • How monitoring and sampling programs work.
  • Practical working knowledge of groundwater and techniques for measuring, sampling or investigating groundwater.
  • Information sources, research methods, and techniques utilized in water resources management.
  • Computer applications and equipment, including Excel, Word, Access, GIS and GPS.Current concepts and practices in water resource management.
  • The system of land/property description and identification used in the State of Arizona

Skills in:

  • The use of field equipment and techniques. (sounder, steel tape, hand tools, various discharge measurement devices, transducers, GPS, topographic maps, computers and 4x4 trucks)
  • Performing field testing/measurement activities.
  • Coordinating and conducting field investigations and maintaining an effective working relationship with team members, agency employees and with the public.
  • Preparing timely reports/recommendations involving water resources issues of highly complex, sensitive and visible nature.
  • Drawing maps or sketches based on survey data, aerial photographs, and field observations/measurements.
  • Applying research methods/techniques to compile, analyze, and interpret water resource management oriented data.

Ability to:

  • Use and be acquainted with common tools and field services instruments. (sounder, steel tape, hand tools, various discharge measurement devices, transducers, GPS, topographic maps, computers and 4x4 trucks).
  • Drive off-road 4x4 to well sites, lift equipment 10-20 lbs. with flexibility to maneuver around well sites.
  • Mix concrete, pour well pad, install sounding tube, well shelter, mast and other automated equipment.
  • Apply concepts and instruction provided within the context of the data collection duties assigned.
  • Interpret/explain and ensure compliance with state and Federal water management statutes and Department policies and procedures.
  • Interpret geologic, hydrologic and topographic maps and reports.
  • Effectively communicate in both a written and oral fashion.
  • Be polite and courteous, as this position will often deal with the public.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, or some other related physical science field.

This position requires fieldwork. Candidate must be comfortable with working outdoors and traveling statewide and be able to adapt to changing conditions. 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 plans
  • Accrued vacation pay and sick days
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit Union membership
  • Wellness Plan

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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

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Post Date: 03/12/2018


Grade: 19

Location: PHOENIX

Salary: 40,279.00-46,623.00