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Environmental Hydrogeologist 3

  • 513648
  • 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.

Environmental Hydrogeologist 3
Remedial Project Unit


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

This position is available for remote work on a full-time basis within Arizona (including virtual office arrangement).

Posting Details:

Salary: $70,000 - $80,000 

Grade: 23

Closing Date: Open until filled (First review of resumes 11-30-22)

Job Summary:

We are looking for a Hydrogeologist to help drive our agency towards accomplishing our vision. This position will provide project management and technical oversight for a variety of sites impacted with soil and groundwater contamination. You will assist the Waste Program Division with investigating, characterizing, and remediating WQARF (state superfund) sites. You will develop and manage complex scopes of work and budgets for multiple sites, while interacting with the public, shareholders, and contractors.

Job Duties:

Project management of state superfund sites (i.e. scope, schedule, budget, quality, risk, procurement, stakeholder, information management, communications, and public record preservation)
•Management and support of agency contractors
• Regulatory and technical evaluation of documents related to the WQARF (state superfund) process that include but not limited to, preliminary assessments, site investigations, remedial investigations, proposed plans, record of decision, remedial design, and remedial action. Ensure adherence to Federal, State, and/or local laws, statutes, policies, guidance, standards, and manuals as applicable to the environmental mission.
•Provide regulatory direction to responsible parties, contractors, and agency staff
• Support community involvement and public meetings which may entail attending meetings held in the evening, public speaking, fact sheet development, ADEQ website submittals, etc.
• Participation and/or lead Technical Project Planning sessions
• Perform site visits within Arizona (approx. 10%), data collection, and investigations regarding environmental impacts.
• Analyze hydrogeological data and assess contaminant transport characteristics. Interpret trends in hydrologic and environmental data.
• Work collaboratively in teams and across the organization
• Build strong professional relationships inside and outside the organization
• Conduct field activity observation, as needed and appropriate. Possible overnight travel may be required.
• Interact with federal, state, and public sector employees, private citizens, and private enterprise representatives
• Develop conceptual site models, identify data gaps and create geologic cross-sections based on data collected
• Provide effective written and verbal communication through technical comment letters, in-person and teleconference collaborative meetings, project summaries to leadership, conflict resolution meetings, public presentations, web page updates, etc.
• Prepare and review Request for Proposals (RFP) and cost estimates
• Mentor entry level staff
• Provide input and actively problem solve project issues and regulatory approach
• Involvement in the Arizona Management System

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Strong customer service skills, excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong project management skills.
• Ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks, lead project teams, build strong relationships of trust with customers and others at ADEQ, and develop and prepare technical documentation.

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in geology, hydrogeology, or similar degree.
• Requires 5 or more years’ experience (Master’s degree may substitute for 2 years exp., Doctorate may substitute for 4 years exp.) GIT/PG certification through the Arizona Board of Technical Registration.
• Ability to manage large projects and develop and mentor staff.
• Experience preparing Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study Reports.
• Experience managing contractors and budgets.
• Experience managing site investigation and characterization projects.
• Experience with remedial technologies including soil vapor extraction, in-situ treatment systems, pump and treat systems, etc.

Pre-Employment Requirements:



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


ASRS Lifetime Pension Benefits

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.