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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.

Surface Water Quality Standards Intern


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ

This position is available for remote work within Arizona (including virtual office arrangement).

Posting Details:

Salary:  $16.50 

Grade: 04

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

We are seeking a talented and engaged intern who wants to develop beyond the classroom. As a SWQS intern, you will be involved in reviewing water quality standards documents to determine appropriate key words and meta-data for use in querying a document repository. You will also train with the ADEQ team to calculate, research and verify water quality standards, some of which require complex mathematical equations.

Compensation & Hours
Compensation is $16.50 per hour, up to 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 September 2022. Hours can be adjusted to accommodate class schedules.

Job Duties:

Intern Project/Outcome Expected from the Intern: Results from this project will contribute to the water quality standards document repository and develop collections of data within the repository. Results will also produce calculations of water quality standards to be submitted for review to the EPA for inclusion in published water quality standards for Arizona surface waters.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

You will bring the following to the internship:
• An understanding of toxicology as how it applies to water quality
• The ability to read and understand scientific papers
• The ability to use databases, create and manipulate spreadsheets
• Strong writing skills
• Strong attention to detail

You will gain the following from this internship:
• Knowledge of toxicology as applied to water quality
• Knowledge of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and how it is implemented at the state level
• Knowledge of water chemistry impacts on pollutants in surface water
• Knowledge of water quality standards development process
• Knowledge of legal issues that affect surface water quality standards

Selective Preference(s):

• Intern candidate 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 in Science (chemistry, toxicology) and Environmental Science.
• Candidate must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
• Candidate must have the right to work in the U.S. without requiring sponsorship.
• Candidate must be at least 18 years old. 

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.