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Environmental Scientist - Project Manager

  • 511155
  • 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

Project Manager


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: $65K-$70K

Grade: 20/21/22

Closing Date: Open until filled  (First review of resumes on 9/1/22) 

Job Summary:

We are looking for a project manager to administer the program requirements of the Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (Commission) oil and gas program. As the project manager, the successful candidate must be versatile, forward thinking, an independent problem solver, and have a passion and drive to improve processes using Lean skills and techniques.

As the project manager, you will be responsible for helping to implement the oil and gas program under the direction of the Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Administrator. Duties and responsibilities will include, at a minimum, review and make recommendations on plugging and abandonment of orphaned wells in Arizona, conduct inspection, compliance and enforcement activities of wells being plugged and abandoned under Arizona’s infrastructure grant. The project manager will develop and manage complex scopes of work and budgets for multiple well sites, while interacting with the public and contractors. The project manager may, from time to time, work in the office, or in the field, collect and interpret analytical results (including technical reports), research, design, plan, and develop solutions to solve unique operator problems. 

Job Duties: Primary Duties include:
  • Review technical program documents and applications pertaining to the plugging and abandonment of wells. 
  • Perform wellsite inspections, document findings and issue inspection reports.
  • Write technical/ legal correspondence that conforms to rules and procedures of the program.
  • Review and interpret geologic maps, and cross sections.
  • Review and interpret geophysical logs and borehole logs and interpret cross sections developed from this data.
  • Provide regulatory and technical guidance to the regulated community, ADEQ staff, Commission members, and the public.
  • Project management and tracking of all plugging and abandonment activities in the field as well as comprehensive tracking and management of operator reporting.
  • Support community involvement and public meetings which may entail attending meetings held in the evening, public speaking, fact sheet development, ADEQ website revision submittals, etc.
  • Participation and/or lead Technical Project Planning sessions.
  • Project Management of Federal Grant (i.e. scope, schedule, budget, quality, risk, procurement, stakeholder, information management, communications, and public record preservation). 
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Environmental/Chemical / Petroleum Engineering, Hydrogeology, Geology (with oil and gas emphasis), Earth science, Environmental Management/Science/Studies or Sustainability.
  • Level 1: Requires 0-2 years experience
  • Level 2: Requires 2 years experience
  • Level 3: Requires 5 years experience (Masters degree can substitute for 2 years experience, Doctorate degree can substitute for 4 years experience).
  • At Level 3: Environmental Professional in Training Certification through the Institute of Environmental Practice (ipep.org) or an equivalent required organization required, or the ability to obtain within one year of employment. 
  • Knowledge of oil and gas, helium and geothermal operations preferred
  • Must understand plugging & abandonment operations and site remediation.
  • Must be able to read, understand and apply rules, regulations 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.
  • 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.