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  • 512439
  • 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.

Geotechnical Engineer
Solid Waste Unit


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:

Salary:  $100,000 - $115,000

Grade: 29

Closing Date: Open until filled (First review of resumes 10-13-22)

Job Summary:

This position’s primary responsibility is to provide strategic support and work closely with the leadership team as a subject matter expert in all aspects of the Coal Combustion Residue (CCR) Program with an emphasis on dam safety and design. This position will also provide technical support in the review of tailings storage facility (TSF) design reports prepared on behalf of mining companies to evaluate the geotechnical aspects of tailing facility design and operation. 

Primary Duties:
• Reviews CCR permit applications and reports prepared on behalf of utility companies to evaluate the technical aspects of facility design and operation. This will include but not limited to: review of design drawings, specifications, and calculations; slope stability analysis; static liquefaction analysis; seepage studies; dewatering and capping of CCR surface impoundments; and construction over closed or closing CCR surface impoundments.
• Conducts inspections of CCR structures such as dams, landfills, and cooling ponds, as needed.
• Prepares thorough and accurate inspection reports, correspondences, and documentation related to CCR Program.
• Reviews TSF design reports prepared on behalf of mining companies to evaluate the geotechnical aspects of tailing facility design and operation as related to slope stability and safety. This will include but not limited to: design drawings, specifications, calculations, geotechnical investigation, slope stability analysis and related stormwater management design.
• Performs other duties as required/assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Ability to work with people at all levels both within and outside the agency.
• Ability to develop and deliver effective presentations to other personnel, management and external parties.
• Ability to provide expert recommendations based on analysis, trending of data, testing, and investigations.
• Ability to make expert decisions systematically, considers impact of decisions and builds consensus.
• Ability to effectively communicate environmental issues with the customer and external organizations, create accurate and punctual reports, deliver effective presentations, share information and ideas with other interested parties, and possesses good listening skills. Works well in groups, helps resolve conflicts, facilitates meetings, works well with other Units/Value Streams/Divisions, is flexible and open-minded, focuses team on strategies and goals.
• Ability to respond promptly to customer requests, meets commitments and follows up to assure satisfaction.
• Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions
• Ability to plan, prioritize and manage multiple projects and assignments.

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental/civil/chemical engineering.
• Requires 12 years’ experience (Master’s degree may substitute for 2 years exp., Doctorate may substitute for 4 years exp.). Professional Engineer (PE) certification through the Arizona Board of Technical Registration required.
• At least 5 years of experience with the Federal CCR program with the construction and design of impoundment dams, cooling ponds, landfills and water pumping operations.
• In State Travel is up to 10% of this position’s time to inspect CCR facilities.
• Advanced knowledge of environmental and regulatory requirements related to CCR products, dams, landfills, and effluent permits.
• Excellent communication skills to facilitate resolution of projects and problems.
• Proficiency in computer applications applicable to specific work field/discipline.


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.