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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


Job Location:

Address:  Phoenix Arizona

Posting Details:


Level 1: $40,000 - $45,000 

Level 2: $45,000 - $55,000

Level 3:  $55,000 - $65,000

Grade: 20/21/22

Closing Date:  Open until filled

Job Summary:

As an Environmental Science Specialist with the air quality compliance unit, you will investigate, research, and perform environmental inspections to ensure compliance or assist in the prevention, control or mitigation of air quality pollution across the State of Arizona.  This position is based in Phoenix, Arizona (option to telecommute or work remotely).

Job Duties:

Primary Responsibilities:
• Conduct site visits, data collection, inspections, and investigations regarding air quality permitted facilities.
• Review technical/program documents and applications.
• Assist in the development of permits, action plans and recommendations of permitted air quality facilities.
• Provide technical assistance to the regulated community, staff, and the public pertaining to environmental impact and compliance.
• Perform technical review of performance test protocols for diverse stationary air pollution sources to determine agreement with permit requirements, test methods, and Departmental guidelines and standards.
• Observe performance tests to ensure the proper implementation of test methods and document findings.
• Analyze test data to determine a facility's compliance status.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Ability to understand and interpret environmental rules and statutes; balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks and complete assignments by applicable deadlines; synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly; develop and write technical documentation; and to summarize completed tasks and recommendations to senior staff through reports.
• Knowledge of State and Federal environmental regulations, principles and practices, chemical composition, structure and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations they undergo in the environment, Agency policies and processes.

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental science/studies/technology, mathematics, statistics, chemistry, environmental/chemical engineering.
• Level 1: Requires 0-2 years’ experience
• Level 2: Requires 2 years’ experience
• Level 3: Requires 5 years’ experience (a Masters degree may substitute for 2 years’ experience, Doctorate 4 years).
• Environmental Professional in Training required for Level 3, or the ability to obtain within a year of hire.
Field work required 70% of the time (occasional overnight stay).
Driving at least 20-25% of the time.  Must have a valid drivers license


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

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.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.