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  • 508783
  • Full-time


We are looking for results-oriented, driven individuals with a thirst for problem solving.

At Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) our vision is to be the number one state in the nation in balanced, leading-edge environmental protection; through technical and operational excellence; and radical simplicity for customers and staff. We are currently looking for employees who are committed to our Agency, passionate to excel in their career and engaged in our mission. Only this caliber of employee will be successful in driving our Agency towards accomplishing our vision.


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary:  $55K-$60K

Grade: 20

Closing Date: Open until filled 

Job Summary:

As our Emergency Response Specialist, you will coordinate efforts and resources within the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to respond to and investigate hazardous materials/pollutant events or actual and potential threats. The unit works to minimize injuries, deaths, property damage and threats to the environment from chemical spills, fires, explosions and other pollutant releases. The ERU is on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that all environmental emergencies are promptly addressed.

Job Duties:

Major Responsibilities:

• Conducts complex field investigations to assess and evaluate hazards
• Provides technical advice and assistance to other local, state, and federal agencies regarding the environmental damage resulting from hazardous materials spills (e.g. ADOT, DPS, City of Phoenix Fire Dept., US Forest Service)
• Responds to hazardous materials emergencies
• Plans, implements, and monitors clean-up and disposal activities
• Conducts surveys and scientific studies to assess damage and evaluate adequacy of clean-up activities.
• Performs a broad range of response, assessment, and monitoring duties and responds to the most complex emergencies, involving significant geographical areas and/or the most hazardous and complex materials
• Writes detailed reports based upon research, analysis, and evaluation of data

Provides training on Hazardous Material Emergency Response and Hazardous Waste Operations
• Determines appropriate monitoring and sampling strategies based on the incident type

Selective Preference(s):
  • The preferred candidate for this position will possess a Bachelor's/Master's Degree in fire, emergency, disaster management or environmental science or a related field with coursework in chemistry, biology, toxicology, or related
  • Alternatively, Military experience in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) or Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN), or Technical Escort trained personnel
  • Hazardous Materials Technician level certification required
  • Experience in Emergency Management planning and preparedness activities 
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Ability to be on call and able to work any time in 24 hour period, all days of week
  • Physical required at offer stage
  • Driver's license - Possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license is required

Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
· 10 paid holidays per year
· Accrual of sick and annual leave beginning at 12 and 13 days per year respectively for full-time employees
· A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
· A robust and affordable insurance plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability
· An incentivized commuter club and public transportation subsidy program
· We promote the importance of work/life balance by offering workplace flexibility
· We offer a variety of learning and career development opportunities

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


ARSR Lifetime Benefit

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting HPO@azdeq.gov.
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 Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.