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Legal Specialist

  • 507824
  • 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.

Legal Specialist

Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $68K-$72K

Grade: 22

Closing Date: Open until filled

The position may offer the ability to work remotely, within Arizona, based upon the department's business needs and continual meeting of expected performance measure. 

Job Summary:

As our Legal Specialist, you will perform complex legal analysis to assist with the management of the rule writing process; draft effective and concise rules; provide legal guidance on rule language and impact; testify to rules in development; and plan the rule development strategy.

Job Duties:
  • Review environmental reports, rules, and plans
  • Draft environmental regulations
  • Ensure adherence to regulatory and statutory requirements for issuing regulations
  • Make recommendations concerning compliance and legal issues
  • Assist with impact analyses of new laws and rules
  • Correspond professionally and expeditiously with applicants, stakeholders, and the public on environmental issues
Selective Preference(s):
  • Juris Doctor Degree (required)
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in environmental/chemical engineering, environmental resource management, or environmental science preferred
  • 5 years’ legal experience (JD may substitute for 3-4 years’ experience)
  • Experience with State and Federal environmental regulations, environmental research, agency policies and processes, or other regulatory knowledge is preferred.

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 Benefit

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.