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Hydrogeologist 2-3

  • 509879
  • 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.

Hydrogeologist 2-3
Oil & Gas Unit


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona

Posting Details:

Level 2:  $60K - $65K
Level 3:  $70K - $75K

Grade: 22/23

Closing Date:  Open until filled 

This position is available for remote work on a full-time basis within Arizona (including virtual office arrangement).

Job Summary:

We are looking for a geologist or petroleum engineer to administer the program requirements of the Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s oil and gas program. As the Oil and Gas Administrator, 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 Oil and Gas Administrator, you will be responsible for implementing the oil and gas program under the direction of the Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Duties and responsibilities will include, at a minimum, review and issue all permit applications to drill for oil and gas in Arizona, conduct all inspection, compliance and enforcement activities of operators of oil and gas wells drilled in Arizona, develop, recommend and, upon approval, implement the policies of the Commission. The Administrator may, from time to time, 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 design, drilling, completion, plugging and abandoning of oil and gas wells. 
  • perform wellsite inspections, documenting and issuing inspection reports
  • Write technical/ legal correspondence that conforms to rules and procedures of the program.
  • Review and interpret geologic maps, 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 drilling and production activities in the field as well as comprehensive tracking and management of operator reporting. 
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Environmental/Chemical / Petroleum Engineering, Hydrogeology, Geology (with oil and gas emphasis), or Earth science
  • Level 2: Requires 2-4 years of experience (Masters’ degree/Doctorate may substitute for 2 years of experience)
  • Level 3: Requires 5 years of experience (Master’s may substitute for 2 years of experience; Doctorate for 4 years of experience). Professional Civil or Geological Engineer/ Geologist certification through the Arizona Board of Technical Registration or an equivalent organization in a reciprocal jurisdiction preferred
  • Must understand plugging & abandonment operations and site remediation
  • Must be able to read, understand and apply rules and regulations
  • 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.