DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY 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.
Environmental Scientist 2-3
Address: 1110 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Water Quality Division
Level 2 $50K - $60K
Level 3 $65K - $70K Grade: 21, 22 Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Environmental Science Specialist will support senior and legal staff regarding relevant portions of the Clean Water Act. The scientist in this position will add skills and knowledge in implementing the current state program for Arizona's surface waters. Serve as the team lead for proactively developing and updating standards that are scientifically defensible. Provide technical assistance and expertise on water quality standards issues and take responsibility for updating and implementing yearly (or more frequent) reviews of water quality standards and the impaired waters identification rule. We will rely on you to perform complex analysis of environmental data and conduct research or investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Coordinate with outside groups for data collection or other activities that help us meet agency objectives. Communicate the results of your work to diverse audiences, including management, stakeholders, the public, and nearby communities.
This position is available for remote work on a full-time basis within Arizona (including virtual office arrangements).
The State of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, and commissions, many State employees participate in the State's Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
• Knowledge of the Clean Water Act; State and Federal environmental regulations (specific Federal regulations include the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and/or the National Environmental Policy Act); environmental sciences and research; AZ sources of pollution and best practices for preventing the release of pollutants; environmental research, investigation techniques, risk assessment, and statistical analysis
Skills and Abilities:
• Strong communication skills, including technical writing and public speaking
• Wetland specialist experience preferred
• Ability to understand and apply environmental rules and statutes; to manage complex projects involving multiple stakeholders; to follow guidance documents, standard operating procedures, and other technical instructions in the performance of tasks; to prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports; and to summarize completed tasks and/or monitoring data orally and in written communication
• Experience with supervision, mentoring, and leading a team of scientists desired
• Experience with Water quality data collection and analysis
• Project Management skills and/or certification (CAPM, PMP) desired but not required initially
• Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, toxicology, environmental science, water resources, hydrology, geology, law, or other related subjects.
• 2 years' experience for level 2
• 5 years' experience for level 3 (at level 3 Master's degree can substitute for 2 years of experience and a Doctorate can substitute for 4 years of experience) and an Environmental Professional in Training Certification through the Institute of Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP.org) or the ability to obtain certification within 1-year of hire.
All newly hired State employees are subject to and must successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).
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
By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
ASRS Lifetime Benefits
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. The State of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.