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Senior Hydrogeologist

  • 512003
  • 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 Hydrogeologist
Solid/Hazardous Waste Section


Job Location:

Address:  1110 W Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona

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: 27

Closing Date: Open until filled (First review of resumes 9-29-22)

Job Summary:

We are looking for a hydrogeologist with drive, industry experience, and a real passion for mission good to join our team in the Solid/Hazardous Waste Section. This position will support problem solving with the team to reduce waste and optimize permitting processes with respect to CCR (Coal Combustion Residuals). You will be responsible for expanding the unit's skill-set in field sampling, groundwater monitoring report review, soil gas monitoring report review, moisture migration pilot study development, contaminant transport, groundwater flow and trends, conceptual site model design, site characterization development and review, permit modifications in support of landfills without groundwater monitoring. You will also mentor staff and provide technical oversight for matters related to hydrogeology.

Job Duties:

Primary Duties include:
• Review technical documents and applications pertaining to enforcement/ permitting of solid or hazardous waste sites.
• Coach and mentor solid/ hazardous waste staff on KOUI (Known Ongoing Unauthorized Impact) site investigation, tracking, and resolution.
• Mentoring project managers within the section on planning and facilitation of a Project Management Resources Group
• Write technical/ legal correspondence that conforms to rules and procedures of the program.
• Review hydrogeologic data, create and interpret geologic maps, and cross sections for the purpose of understanding contaminant fate and transport
• Review and interpret geophysical logs and borehole logs and develop and review cross sections.
• Provide regulatory and technical guidance to the regulated community, ADEQ staff, executive leadership, and the public.
• Ability to create concise presentation materials by organizing and visualizing information.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Ability to understand and apply environmental rules and statues; to follow guidance documents, standard operating procedures, and other technical instructions in performance of tasks; to prepare clear, concise and accurate reports; and to summarize completed tasks and/or monitoring data orally and in written communication

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelors of Science degree in hydrogeology, hydrology, or geology. A Masters’ degree is preferred.
• Requires 10 years’ experience
• “Professional Geologist” certification through the Arizona Board of Technical Registration or an equivalent organization in a reciprocal jurisdiction
• Possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license required. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks. Must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training 


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 Plan

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.