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Environmental Program Specialist

  • 507685
  • Full-time


The mission of the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority is to maintain and improve water quality in Arizona by providing financial assistance and technical assistance for basic water infrastructure.

Environmental Program Specialist

Job Location:

100 North 7th Avenue Suite 130

Phoenix, Arizona 85007  

Posting Details:

Annual Salary Range: $50,000 - $65,000

Grade: 20

This position will remain open until filled  

Job Summary:

Under the general direction of the Senior Program Administrator, the Environmental Program Specialist coordinates the environmental and the technical aspects of WIFA's Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance programs; ensures program compliance with federal and state environmental regulations; identifies and applies WIFA's A.AC. rules as they relate to the implementation of technical and environmental processes and recommends revisions to rules and statutes to better comply with WIFA's mission.

The Environmental Program Specialist also develops and implements technical policy and procedures for the Authority; monitors project status and conducts on-site construction observations to ensure compliance with terms and conditions of loans and grants; assists in the facilitation of the bi-annual Clean Water and Drinking Water Needs Surveys; provides guidance and technical assistance to owners, operators and consultants of drinking water/wastewater systems for developing plans and programs to utilize funds from WIFA; evaluates applicant projects to produce written, graphical and verbal analysis for inclusion in staff reports, and coordinates with regulatory agencies.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Coordinate with WIFA's Financial Services Staff to generate environmental and project finance-related due diligence reports and environmental reviews for all programs

• Evaluate and approve engineering cost data to facilitate disbursement of funds for planning, design and construction loans and grants

• Advise WIFA's Executive Director, Board of Directors and staff on technical and environmental issues

• Manage WIFA's engineering and technical contracts for technical assistance and loans

• Establish inspection schedules and complete inspections for all construction sites

• Provide staff support by developing reports and technical analysis

Job Duties:

• Manage multiple projects, including project development, budgeting, financing and conducting on-site construction observations to ensure technical, contractual and financial compliance

• Provide technical analysis, environmental review and analytical reporting to ensure program and project compliance

• Coordinate, generate, maintain Project Priority Lists (PPL's) including technical review of applications

• Maintain Technical Assistance contracts and correspondence

• Develop technical policies and procedures as required

• Other duties as assigned as related to the position

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):


• Knowledge of design, construction, operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment processes, drinking water systems and associated distribution and collection systems

• Knowledge of Federal and State environmental regulations

• Knowledge of WIFA Policies and Procedures


• Skilled in preparing narrative and or statistical reports that include conclusions and/or recommendations

• Skilled in reviewing and analyzing drinking water and wastewater data

• Skilled in conducting on-site construction observations

• Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite applications

• Skilled in oral and written communication

• Skilled in project management principles


• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of personnel (including the public, private and public wastewater and drinking water system owners and operators, legal and financial advisors, other state governmental agencies, federal and local public officials, elected officials, WIFA Advisory Board members, and staff)

• Ability to communicate effectively in a public setting

• Ability to perform technical and analytical research

• Ability to travel throughout the state

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver license record checks, required to maintain acceptable driving records and complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11)

• Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver license appropriate to the assignment


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

• Health and dental insurance

• Retirement plan

• Sick leave

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

Contact Us:

• If you have any questions please feel free to contact Nicole Baker at nicole.baker@azdoa.gov for assistance


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.