Company/Organization: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2021
The Surface Water Quality Improvement Planning Value Stream in the ADEQ Water Quality Division (WQD) is seeking an experienced and qualified researcher to assist staff members in managing tasks related to jurisdictional evaluations under the federal Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) for Arizona waterbodies. This position will support ADEQ staff by managing, organizing, reviewing, editing, formatting and entering data and information related, but not limited, to:
- Jurisdictional evaluations for Clean Water Act or state surface water protection program application,
- Flow regime determinations, and
- Designated uses of Arizona waters and applicable water quality standards.
This position will be funded through a temporary staffing services contract with the State of Arizona. The candidate will not be a direct employee of ADEQ. The position is funded July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. This position will be paid $20-$25 per hour at 40 hours per week with flexibility for part-time depending on the candidate.
The federal NWPR became effective in June 2020. The NWPR narrowed the definition for a Waters of the United States (WOTUS). In response, ADEQ developed a process and associated tools by which to evaluate potential jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act of Arizona waters under the new definition. The State of Arizona legislature also approved House Bill 2691 to develop regulations for some waters that were no longer WOTUS. ADEQ is now applying the tools to add jurisdictional clarity for Arizona waters under the Clean Water Act or the state program, which is in development.
Solidify process and complete initial jurisdictional evaluations of Arizona waterbodies.
Minimum Requirements, Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree
- Master’s degree or PhD (preferred or can be in-process)
- 1 to 3 years’ experience in natural resources, hydrology, or environmental science (preferred)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of:
○ Project management processes
○ Scientific research document preparation and editing
○ Google Workspace and Microsoft Office
○ GIS applications, Google Earth imagery
○ General hydrology, preferred Arizona specific
○ EPA Clean Water Act & Navigable Waters Protection Rule (optional)
○ House Bill 2691 in the 2021 Arizona State legislative session (optional)
- Ability to:
○ Use Geographic Information Systems software at a basic level
○ Conduct basic data analysis
○ Review and provide analysis of peer-reviewed scientific research
○ Research, draft, revise, and assess scientific white papers and fact sheets
○ Utilize & oversee databases
○ Able to research and analyze peer-reviewed scientific research
○ Advanced communications skills, including reading, speaking and writing
○ Advanced research and problem-solving skills
○ Highly organized and capable of multitasking
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