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INTERN - Pollution Prevention Intern

  • 514858
  • Internship


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.

INTERN - Pollution Prevention Intern

Waste Programs Division 

Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary:  16.50hr

Grade: 04

Closing Date: Open until filled. 

Job Summary:

We are seeking a talented and engaged intern who wants to develop beyond the classroom. The Hazardous Waste Permits and Support Unit has been granted $296,000 in funds per the Pollution Prevention Grant Funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The goal of the grant is to provide automotive facilities in under-served communities with the tools necessary to achieve pollution prevention. The end product would be input in a fact sheet/product/or presentation and maintenance and update of the resulting metrics from the participating automotive facilities. Within this role, the intern would be expected to support our Pollution Prevention Specialist in carrying out the grant requirements, which include but are not limited to; collaborating with Automotive Maintenance and Repair facilities, research, data collection, stakeholder engagement, fact sheet creation, customer support, outreach, and technical assistance

Job Duties:

Intern Project/Outcome Expected from the Intern:
The intern is expected to assist in the support and roll-out of an Automotive Maintenance and Repair grant. This may include: providing technical assistance to industrial and municipal facilities, responsible parties and individuals to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations; identifying site specific opportunities to enhance P2 efforts; analyzing environmental data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance; interpreting correlations between data, human activities and environmental effects with peer or management review; providing scientific or technical information, guidance, support, coordination, or oversight to other governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, contractors and consultants, or the public regarding environmental topics.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

You will bring the following to the internship:
Problem solving skills
Research and data analysis experience
Outstanding outreach and customer service
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
Excellent attention to detail, strong verbal and written communication skills
The ability to calculate and determine environmental risk potential for environmental projects
Knowledge or skills in analyzing environmental data
Knowledge of how to operate a computer and experience with Microsoft Office.
Strong teamwork

You will gain the following from this internship:
Providing technical assistance to industrial and/or municipal facilities.
Problem solving skills, research, stakeholder engagement, customer service and pollution prevention techniques.
Experience with compiling information and reporting data.

Selective Preference(s):

Intern candidates must be in their Junior or Senior year of a BS/BA or working towards a Masters/PhD program.
Selective preference will be given to students with courses in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, and Sustainability.
Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Candidates must have the right to work in the U.S. without requiring sponsorship.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

Compensation and Hours

Compensation is $16.50 per hour, under 20 hours per week, with no other benefits provided.
It is up to the discretion of the respective school to provide academic credit.
The internship will begin in Spring, 2023. Hours can be adjusted to accommodate class schedules.

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.