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  • 508753
  • 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 Scientist 2-3

Inspector/Compliance Officer


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:


Level 2: $50K-$55K

Level 3: $60K-$65K

Grade: 21/22

Closing Date:  Open until filled 

This position may be available for remote work within Arizona (3 days per week in the office/hoteling).

Job Summary:

As an Environmental Science Specialist, you will support our Groundwater Protection Program by performing inspections, compliance and enforcement at regulated facilities in Arizona, providing compliance assistance in the field or from office on groundwater rules and improve compliance throughout the state of Arizona, conducting compliance assistance site visits to new owners/operations and customers with open compliance conditions, review available information, use scientific principles, for the purpose of assessing compliance with Arizona statutes and rules, create compliance documentation and assisting with compliance management.

Job Duties:

Primary Responsibilities:
• Conducts risk-based inspections at regulated sites, file reviews and complaint inspections throughout the state of Arizona
• Provides compliance assistance in the field and increases 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 engineering issues through collaboration and compliance assistance with engineering for wastewater systems
• Provides innovative solutions to reoccurring compliance issues.
• Utilize Lean concepts to drive ongoing continuous improvement

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• 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

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental/chemical engineering, environmental/earth science, environmental management/studies, and/or sustainability.
• Level 2: Requires 2 years’ experience
• Level 3: Requires 5 years’ experience
• Masters’ degree may substitute for 2 years of experience, Doctorate for 4 years for Level 3.
• Level 3 requires an Environmental Professional in Training certification or professional certification through an accredited institution
• Experience in project management, MS Office, customer service/outreach and aptitude for problem solving desired.
• Strong organizational skills and ability to schedule, conduct and manage multiple projects at the same time
• Valid Arizona Driver License required.
• Traveling throughout the state, overnight and extended stay may be required

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



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.