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Environmental Scientist Specialist 2

  • 514452
  • 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 Specialist 2

Operator Certification

Job Location:

Address:  1110 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $50K-$60K 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open until filled

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

Job Summary:

ADEQ’s Operator Certification Program establishes guidelines to ensure that only certified operators make decisions about process control or system integrity that affects public health. The program establishes minimum standards for certification and recertification, develops the curriculum, and performs the testing and certification of Certified Operators in Arizona.

Job Duties:

The Environmental Scientist 2 will be responsible for the implementation of the wastewater certification component of ADEQ’s Operator Certification Program. Responsibilities will include coordination with ADEQ’s other Operator Certification Programs and Arizona’s Certified Operators to ensure and to provide effective training, testing, certification, and certification renewals. This includes continuous improvement of the Operator Certification Program to continually improve the skillsets of Arizona’s Certified Operators in support of ADEQ’s mission of protecting public health and the environment and reducing Wastewater Treatment Facility upsets and exceedances of regulatory standards.

Additionally, the selected candidate will contribute to other projects as needed within the Inspections and Compliance Unit under the Groundwater Protection & Reuse Program. Such other tasks may include but not be limited to; inspections, case management, customer/compliance assistance, and root cause analysis problem solving efforts.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of Arizona’s Aquifer Protection Permit Program Rules and requirements and the ability to apply them to curriculum development for the Operator Certification Program.
• Knowledge of Wastewater Treatment Plant operations
• Strong skills and abilities in training professional on technical topics of various complexity
• Ability to prepare clear, concise and accurate reports; and to summarize completed tasks and/or monitoring data orally and in written communication
• Strong organizational skills and ability to schedule, conduct and manage multiple projects at the same time
• 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 physical sciences, hydrology, geology, environmental engineering/sciences/management, chemistry, law or sustainability
• Level 1: 0-1 year experience
• Level 2: 2 years + experience
• Master’s Degree may be a substitute for 2 years of experience
• Currently being Wastewater or Drinking water Certified Operator
• Experience developing and deploying training and certification programs


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 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.