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FEDERAL/ STATE LICENSING SURVEYOR (Laboratory Compliance Officer)

  • 510308
  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefits package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.



Job Location:

Address: 150 N 18th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007


Posting Details:

Salary: $52,134.78 

Grade: 21

*** Hiring Incentive Offered for this Position: Bachelor's Degree $1,000. BS/Masters $2,500 ****

*****$1000 Referral Incentive and $5000 Hiring Incentive****

Job Summary:

Issues licenses to Environmental laboratories and Medical Marijuana engaged in compliance testing and prescribes rules providing for minimum standards of proficiency, methodology, quality assurance, operation, and safety. The compliance samples being monitored are subject to regulations to:
- Title 49 or rules adopted by the Department of Environmental Quality.
-Federal environmental statutes and regulations administered of enforced by the USEPA relating to Safe Drinking Water, Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERLA, TSCA, and Clean Water Act.
-Bottled water and ice an enforced by ADHS and the USFDA.
- AZDHS Medical Marijuana Testing Regulations.
Conducts initial and annual inspections of laboratories to determine compliance with the Statutes or Rules. May investigate the operation of a licensed laboratory upon receiving a complaint or of an unlicensed laboratory performing compliance testing.
This position is required to perform work at/attend, meeting at alternate locations, and/or travel (in and out of state) when necessary, possibly requiring a state, personal or rented vehicle.

Job Duties:

− Travel and perform on-site laboratory evaluations.
− Write laboratory evaluation reports and laboratory response reports.
− Technical review of secretarial work, participate in formulating regulations, and do administrative paperwork.
− Investigate complaints, evaluate materials submitted by laboratories in applications.
− Participate in staff and advisory committee meetings; pre-on-site evaluation workups; participate, attend and organize seminars and/or arrange workshops and arrange in-service training.
− Flexible remote work schedule.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
-Federal Regulations (FDA/EPA), Arizona Revised Statutes, and ADHS Rules pertaining to environmental laboratory licensing, quality and methodologies.
-A good understanding of laboratory management concepts and operational concepts
-Safety precautions to be used when working with infectious agents and hazardous materials and potentially hazardous laboratory settings
-Performing various laboratory tests, operating laboratory instrumentation, and preparing and interpreting performance evaluation audit samples
-Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies

Skill in:
- A high level of oral and written communication skills
-A high level of math and science skills

Ability to:
-Work independently with minimal supervision
-Participate in providing feedback or information at environmental training seminars and workshops
-Analyze analytical data, reporting, and evaluation of analyst qualifications in providing compliance data
-Work independently with minimal supervision
-Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate will have:
− Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry, Biology or related degree required and a minimum of 4 years of analytical background in environmental or medical marijuana laboratory experience 1 year on the job training as a laboratory certified consultant under the supervision of the Program Manager. Work experience with organic and inorganic chemistry and quality assurance.

*** Hiring Incentive Offered for this Position: Bachelor's Degree $1,000. BS/Masters $2,500 ****

*****$1000 Referral Incentive and $5000 Hiring Incentive****

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the 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 checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

EPA Drinking Water Certification Officer in either chemistry and/or microbiology or the ability to obtain certification within 12 months of hire.


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


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.