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  • 514676
  • 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 

Posting Details:


Level 1: $45K -$50K

Level 2: $50K-$60K

Grade: 20, 21

Closing Date: Open until filled

This position is available for remote work within Arizona (including virtual office arrangement)

Job Summary:

The Environmental Science Specialist will serve a dual role: 50 percent of the role will be responsible for performing inspections at wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection systems and mining sites as needed in order to determine compliance against permit requirements. The other 50 percent will be responsible for outreach and support for the regulated community. This may include setting up training and outreach evens with the regulated community to improve their understanding of environmental rules and regulations. This position will also work to support compliance officers as well analyze and act on data that is reported to ADEQ as required by the facility’s operating permit. Additional duties include reviewing and evaluating environmental permit applications, reports, facility designs, plans and cost estimates. in accordance to Arizona Rules and Regulations.

Job Duties:

• Conducts inspections at regulated sites, file reviews and complaint inspections throughout the state of Arizona with the expectation of travel across the state requiring overnight stays.
• Provides compliance assistance in the field and in the office in order to increase compliance at the time of inspection.
• Works with permitted facilities to reduce the number of open compliance cases, and reduce the time required to return facilities to compliance.
• Reduces Aquifer Quality Limit (AQL)/Discharge Limit (DL) exceedances through inspections, outreach and compliance assistance.
• Accelerates resolution of issues through collaboration and compliance assistance.
• Provides innovative solutions to reoccurring compliance issues.
• Utilize Lean concepts to drive ongoing continuous improvement

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of wastewater system design and operation
• Knowledge of Agency policies and processes, interpret State and Federal environmental regulations, environmental sciences and research, AZ sources of pollution, best practices for preventing the release of pollutants, environmental research, investigation techniques and statistical analysis
• Ability to understand and apply environmental rules and statues; to follow guidance documents, standard operating procedures, and other technical instructions in performance of tasks; to prepare clear, concise and accurate reports; and to summarize completed tasks and/or monitoring data orally and in written communication
• Experience in project management, MS Office, customer service/outreach and aptitude for problem solving preferred
• Strong organizational skills and ability to schedule, conduct and manage multiple projects at the same time
• Strong communications skills and ability to work effectively in a team based collaborative environment

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental/chemical engineering, environmental/earth science, environmental management/studies, and/or sustainability.
• Level 1: Requires 0-1 years experience Bachelor’s degree
• Level 2: Requires 2 years’ experience (Masters degree may substitute for 2 years exp)


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 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.