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  • 510814
  • 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.



Job Location:

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

Posting Details:



Grade: 24

Closing Date: Open until filled

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

Job Summary:

Do you have passion in how solid waste is managed in your community? Do you have a background and experience in the management and regulation of solid waste from generation to transfer stations to landfills? Are you passionate about management of used oil, biohazardous medical waste, composting, and Arizona special waste?

Our Program Manager for the Solid Waste Unit is responsible for managing the operating functions of the unit. This position is responsible for supervising staff including assigning work, setting priorities, monitoring and evaluating performance, developing and providing training to staff.
The position is also responsible for ensuring that all unit work products are technically sound, accurate and meet program goals, State and Federal statutes, rules, regulations and professional ethics. You will supervise staff that review and evaluate technical reports, community involvement relations and outputs, and legal documents such as consent decrees, orders, and access agreements. You will attend meetings with other supervisory/managerial staff to give and receive information and to participate in discussion, problem resolution and decision-making.

All ADEQ management positions champion continuous improvement projects within the unit and recommends and implements program or operational improvements; assists in the development of goals and strategies; develops policies and procedures related to environmental inspections, enforcement, compliance and/or scientific studies; ensures the unit operations meet established time lines and objectives; provides guidance and interpretation of federal and state laws/regulations related to complex regulatory situations or inspections; and manages the most complex or high profile projects or assignments

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of or the ability to learn department policies and procedures, state and federal environmental compliance and enforcement protocols and their interpretations, including regulations regarding the development of State implementation plans and required components of the plan; functions of the various department environmental programs
• Experience leading continuous improvement exercises including LEAN, Six Sigma, or others is preferred but not required

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in Environmental related field such as Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Environmental or Chemical Engineering, Biology, Hydrology, or other Environmental discipline
• 3-5 years of environmental experience in a regulatory agency, consulting, or private industry
• 2 years of supervisory experience minimum
• 40 hour OSHA certification is preferred but not required


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 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.