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Environmental Science Specialist 3-4

  • 515057
  • 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 Science Specialist 3-4

State Nonpoint Source Program Coordinator


Job Location:

Address: 1110 W. Washington St Phoenix, AZ 85007

This position may be eligible for remote work within Arizona (1-2 days per week in office/hoteling)   

Posting Details:


Level 3: $65K-$70K

Level 4: $80K-$85K 

Grades: 23 & 24

Closing Date: Open until filled (First review of resumes on February 1, 2023)  

Job Summary:

The Watershed Improvement Unit within the Water Quality Division is looking for an Environmental Scientist/Program Coordinator for the state nonpoint source program. ADEQ is currently implementing the federal program required by Clean Water Act Section 319 but is also authorized to establish a state-level program (A.R.S. §49-203). In this role, your first responsibility will be to work with a broad stakeholder group to begin developing a state-level program. Subsequently, you will then coordinate and help manage the state and/or federal program.

To develop a state-level program, you will be involved in extensive stakeholder engagement activities, and you will drive any state rulemaking activities related to a state nonpoint source program. In addition to developing a state-level program, you will assist in the continued implementation of the federal nonpoint source program through planning, coordination, and management of resources, funding, and projects. This role plays a key part in protecting and enhancing Arizona’s waterbodies for the enjoyment of people and wildlife.

Job Duties:

● Develop and deliver engaging public presentations and facilitate stakeholder discussions
● Coordinate with other agencies and organizations to increase ADEQ’s understanding of nonpoint source pollution in Arizona
● Oversee a project team to evaluate components for developing and implementing the state program
● Assist in developing the scope of the state program, budget and resource needs for the program, and any staff training for implementation
● Develop policies, procedures, and standard works to aid in the implementation of a state program
● As needed, work with other team members to efficiently manage the federal program for watershed improvement projects, project deliverables, and measurable environmental outcomes
● Review, analyze, develop, and recommend policies and guidelines for the state nonpoint source program
● Evaluate everything we do on the impact to ADEQ’s mission, including analyzing BMP effectiveness and data to delist impaired waters
● Manage multiple small to medium projects related to nonpoint source pollution and mitigation
● Collaborate with hydrogeologists and environmental scientists on nonpoint source pollution and project implementation
● Provide expertise and guidance to leadership on nonpoint source pollution management

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

● Knowledge of state and federal environmental laws and rules, fundamentals of hydrology, and environmental planning. Knowledge of nonpoint source pollution, watershed planning, Arizona’s sources of water pollution and watersheds, and Clean Water Act is preferred.
● Skills in stakeholder outreach, engagement, and conflict resolution; technical writing; public speaking and presenting; project management; problem-solving individually and in a group; written and oral communication; Lean practices; balancing multiple priorities and projects; data analysis and synthesis
● Ability to translate and communicate complex topics for a general audience; understand and apply environmental rules and statutes; follow guidance documents, standard operating procedures, and other technical instructions in the performance of tasks

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Level 3:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
• Five years of experience (Master’s degree may substitute for two years of experience; Doctorate may substitute for four years of experience)
• Professional certification is preferred: Environmental Scientist in Training (EPI), Certified Associate in Project Management, or Registered Sanitarian

Level 4:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
• Eight years of experience (Master’s degree may substitute for two years of experience; Doctorate may substitute for four years of experience)
• Professional certification is required: Qualified Environmental Professional or Project Management Professional

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications by the Project Management Institute or an environment-related professional certification is preferred


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 Benefit

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.