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  • 506525
  • 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.

Unit Manager 

Sampling and Source Identification Unit


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 850007

Posting Details:

Salary: $75,000 - $80,000 

Grade: 24

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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

Job Summary:

As our Sampling and Source Identification Unit Manager, you will work with fellow Unit Managers and the Value Stream manager to ensure unit operations are efficient and effective. Unit operations include: 1) Developing, reviewing and revising Total Maximum Daily Load reports to identity sources of pollutants in impaired waters; 2) Developing and executing sampling plans, standard operating procedures, and quality assurance plans to conduct statewide water quality sampling on lakes, streams and rivers; 3) Water quality data entry, analysis and project management, and associated reports to be submitted to the EPA, including statewide assessments of Arizona waters.

Job Duties:

This position is responsible for supervising staff including assigning work, setting priorities, monitoring and evaluating performance, developing and providing training to staff. The position is also responsible for ensuring that all unit work products are technically sound, accurate and meet program goals, State and Federal statutes, rules, regulations and professional ethics. Review and evaluate technical reports, community involvement relations and outputs, and legal documents such as consent decrees, orders, and access agreements. Attends meetings with other supervisory/managerial staff to give and receive information and to participate in discussion, problem resolution and decision-making.

All DEQ Managers champion continuous improvement projects within the unit and recommend and implement program or operational improvements; assists in the development of goals and strategies; develops policies and procedures related to environmental inspections, enforcement, compliance and/or scientific studies; ensures the unit operations meet established time lines and objectives; provides guidance and interpretation of federal and state laws/regulations related to complex regulatory situations or inspections; manages the most complex or high profile projects or assignments.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of Clean Water Act and Water Quality Standards, laboratory management, management techniques, particularly the coordination of personnel and resources through results-driven leadership, including task delegation, performance specifications, employee motivation, team based problem solving and principles of performance and visual management; analytical data collection, analysis and interpretation, and of statistical procedures and testing methods; contract, grants administration and procurement procedures; project management and community involvement principles; data management principles and techniques to assure data integrity; public relations and meeting facilitation

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental management, environmental or chemical engineering, biology, chemistry, or other environmental discipline
• 3-5 years environmental experience in a regulatory agency, consulting, or private industry
• 2 years of supervisory/leadership experience


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 Plan

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.