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Environmental Science Specialist

  • 513912
  • 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 1-3

Agriculture Inspector


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 

This position is available for remote work on a full-time basis within Arizona (including virtual office arrangement).

Posting Details:

Level 1:  $45K - $50K
Level 2: $50K - $60K
Level 3: $65K - $70K

Grade: 20/21/22

Closing Date: Open until filled (First review of resumes on 12/13/22)

Job Summary:

The Agricultural Inspector Environmental Scientist 1, 2,3 position is responsible for carrying out processes in the Agricultural Best Management Practices (AG BMP) Program within the Air Quality Compliance Unit. This includes working with various agricultural operations, agricultural stakeholder agencies, and county air quality agencies.

Job Duties:

Major Responsibilities:
• Investigate environmental problem areas, conduct environmental inspections, respond to environmental complaints, recommend reasonable measures and issue reports as needed.
• Provide technical assistance to commercial crop and livestock agricultural operations and individuals to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
• Provide scientific or technical information, guidance, support, or coordination to other governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public regarding air quality and the Arizona Ag BMP program.
• Perform outreach to agricultural operations on best management practices to reduce PM10 air quality impacts.
• Assist in the coordination of dust mitigation projects.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• General agricultural operations in the state of Arizona. This may include a basic understanding of the type of agricultural industries present in Arizona and a general understanding in agricultural practices such as irrigation, tilling, and planting/harvesting and commercial livestock operations.
• Agricultural best management practices.
• Agency policies and processes, and State and Federal environmental regulations.
• Environmental enforcement and investigative techniques.
• Arizona’s sources of pollution, of the techniques and practices for preventing and remediating the release of pollutants, and of Arizona’s natural features as they pertain to environmental regulation.
• Environmental sciences and its applications.
• Strong customer service skills.
• Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
• Public speaking skills or ability to educate members of the public or the regulated community.
• Ability to understand and apply environmental rules and statutes.
• Ability to follow guidance documents, standard operating procedures, and other technical instructions in performance of tasks.
• Ability to prepare clear, concise and accurate reports as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in law, environmental or chemical engineering, environmental management, sustainability, environmental science, environmental studies or earth sciences
• 2 years of experience for level 2, 5 years’ experience for level 3
• For level 2: Professional “in-training” certification if available through the Arizona Board of Technical Registration or an equivalent organization in a reciprocal jurisdiction
• For level 3: Professional registration through the Arizona Board of Technical Registration or an equivalent organization in a reciprocal jurisdiction. If not available, professional certification through an accredited institution
• Driver's license - Possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks. Must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12) 


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 Pension 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.