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Environmental Scientist 1-3 - Community Outreach/Compliance Officer

  • 510321
  • 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 1-3 

Community Outreach/Compliance Officer


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona

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: $60K-$70K

Grade: 20/21/22

Closing Date:  Open until filled

Job Summary:

Our Community Outreach Coordinator/Compliance Officer strategically plans, develops and implements solid and hazardous waste environmental education, community outreach, and compliance assistance activities for the solid & hazardous waste value streams.  This is a flexible position with the option to work remotely within Arizona.

Job Duties:

The position is responsible for the development and implementation of outreach strategies, training events, and presentations for the regulated community throughout Arizona resulting in a measurable increase in compliance with state and federal solid and hazardous waste regulations. The position is responsible for ensuring clear and accurate messaging of regulatory requirements and monitors and evaluates the progress of outreach programs for the regulated community, making recommendations to the unit managers regarding community needs. Also, the position is responsible for training other agency personnel on how to effectively present information and materials at public meetings, conferences, conventions, etc. The Community Outreach Coordinator/Compliance Officer is responsible for answering our Waste Inquiry phone line (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday), responding to customers/complainants, and potentially referring complaints to outside agencies.

This position may review information and conduct on-site inspections for the purpose of assessing compliance with Arizona environmental statutes and rules, as well as permits issued by ADEQ. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, the position may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data and information derived from the inspections.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Skills in oral and written communication including writing technical reports and making presentations; meeting facilitation; strong coordination and organizational skills; interpersonal relations; development of informal and educational materials, including presentation materials, notices and reports; preparation of written and visual materials to be presented orally to public and for use in training; project management
• Ability to work independently; work in varied group setting; deal with outside individuals with challenging personalities; maintain professionalism even in challenging situations; effectively manage time to reach goals and performance measures; develop strong relationships with solid and hazardous waste generators, property owners, concerned citizens, governmental agencies and the public
• Knowledge of solid and hazardous waste, compliance and enforcement strategies, State and Federal environmental regulations, environmental sciences and research, AZ sources of pollution, best practices for preventing the release

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental science/engineering, environmental and resource management, sustainability, chemical engineering, earth science or geology
• Level 1: requires 0-2 years’ experience
• Level 2: requires 2 years’ experience
• Level 3: requires 5 years’ experience (Master’s degree may substitute for 2 years of experience, Doctorate may substitute for 4 years of experience) and a professional registration (EPI, QEP, CHMM) 


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.