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Senior Environmental Science Specialist

  • 514565
  • 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.

Senior Environmental Science Specialist
State Implementation Planning


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $95,000 - $100,000 

Grade: 26

Closing Date: Open until filled (First review of resumes 1/12/23)

Job Summary:

The Senior Environmental Science Specialist will be responsible for developing accurate and complete State Implementation Plans (SIPs), including pollutant-specific nonattainment area, infrastructure, and rule-based SIPs, as required by the Clean Air Act. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, including meteorology, law, air pollution control techniques, and rule writing, the Senior ESS will synthesize data and regulatory actions into SIPs that ultimately protect air quality in Arizona. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of environmental research, State and Federal environmental regulations, environmental rulemaking process, environmental planning in air quality, Arizona’s sources of air pollution, air pollution control techniques, and Agency policies and processes
• Ability to follow guidance documents, and other technical instructions in performance of tasks; to understand and apply environmental rules and statutes; to prepare concise and accurate SIPs for and to present those findings in public meetings; and to balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks and complete assignments by applicable deadlines

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree or above in law, environmental science/resource management/planning/policy, sustainability, or urban planning
• 12 years’ experience (a Masters’ degree may substitute for 2 years’ experience or a Doctorate for 4 years’ experience)
• A Qualified Environmental Professional certification through the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (ipep.org) is required. Or professional certification through an accredited institution, or the ability to obtain a QEP certification within one year of hire. 


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 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.