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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 Science Specialist 1-2 

Inspector/Case Manager


Job Location:

Address:  Phoenix, Arizona (option to telework/work remote)

Posting Details:


Level 1: $40,000-$45,000

Level 2:  $45,000 - $55,000

Grade: 20/21

Closing Date: Open until filled 

Job Summary:

The Environmental Scientist – Inspector/Case Manager will perform investigative functions within the Groundwater Protection and Reuse Programs. They will evaluate risks to human health and environment, and work with responsible parties to resolve complex issues. The selected candidate will draft and issue reports and enforcement documents based on their research within the Aquifer Protection Program (APP). Using knowledge of various scientific and legal disciplines, this person may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurement or observations of soil, water, and other sources. A knowledge of, and ability to interpret State and Local environmental regulations will be an integral part of this candidate’s success.

Job Duties:

Major Responsibilities:
• Data Analysis, Investigative Research and Technical Writing
• Development of Enforcement Cases and Project Management
• Prioritize and manage case load in order to achieve a return to compliance.
• Provide compliance and technical assistance to permitted facilities to ensure compliance with water quality permits and associated regulations in APP
• As needed, provide outreach with regulated industry to increase awareness on best practices to remain in compliance.
Ability to travel 30% of the time, or greater

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Excellent written and verbal skills
• Ability to understand and apply environmental rules, statutes and guidance documents, understand and / or write standard operating procedures, and other technical instructions in performance of tasks.
• Knowledge or wastewater treatment plant operation, mining operations, general hydrogeology and / or basic engineering principles, preferred.
• Driver's license required - Possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license required. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks and driver training.
• Wastewater Operator Certification(s) preferred

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental law, environmental justice, environmental science, sustainability, civil/environmental/chemical engineering, hydrology, geology or closely related field.
• Level 1, requires 0-2 years’ experience
• Level 2, requires 2 years’ 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



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.

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