Air Quality Planner 2-3

  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • Mar 20, 2017
Full time Air Quality Environmental Science/Engineering

Job Description

Posting will close when sufficient number of qualified resumes are received. Posting opened for applications on March 16.

The Air Quality State Implementation Plan ESS 3 position is responsible for drafting complex State Implementation Plans (SIPs), including pollutant-specific nonattainment area, infrastructure, and rule-based plans, as well as other regulatory required reports, to be submitted to the U.S. EPA. 

Major Responsibilities:

Develop SIPs using accurate air quality data, control analysis methodologies, and technical modeling demonstrations.

Conduct complex policy analyses referring to case law, other states' air quality regulations, and EPA guidance to develop and write state regulations for the control of air pollution.

Coordinate and host public meetings, hearings, and presentations for the regulated community and general public with the objective of achieving measurable pollution reduction.

Collaborate with other Air Quality Sections, including air quality data assessment and monitoring team, permits, and compliance, to ensure SIPs contain accurate data, applicable regulations, and compliance methodologies.

Team Lead for developing standard work and standard operating procedures.  Serve as a subject matter expert supporting the manager by reviewing Level I and II projects.  Provides program guidance and mentoring for Level I and II scientists by setting objectives with tangible outcomes.



Considerable knowledge of State and Federal environmental regulations

Considerable knowledge of agency policies and processes, and state and federal regulation regarding administration of Agency decisions

Considerable knowledge of environmental sciences and its applications

Considerable knowledge of basic computer software programs, Department databases and mapping tools

Considerable knowledge of environmental legal research

Considerable knowledge of Arizona’s sources of pollution, the techniques and practices for preventing and remediating the release of pollutants, and Arizona’s natural features as they pertain to environmental regulation

Considerable knowledge of environmental research and investigative techniques and statistical analysis 

Strong customer service skills.

Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.

Strong organizational and project management skills.

Strong ability to understand and apply environmental rules and regulations

Strong ability to prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports/plans as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Effective communicator, both verbal and written, be comfortable presenting to small and large groups

Familiarity with continuous process improvement, including Lean Management and/or Six Sigma

Skilled in data-based process 


Demonstrated ability to balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks and complete assignments by applicable deadlines.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams and across organizations.

Demonstrated ability to synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly.

Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships inside and outside the organization.

Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret environmental rules and statutes.

Demonstrated ability to follow guidance documents, standard operating procedures, and other technical instructions in performance of tasks.

Demonstrated ability to prepare clear, concise and accurate reports as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Demonstrated ability to coordinate field and office tasks in an efficient manner.

Demonstrated ability to summarize completed tasks and/or monitoring data orally and in written communication.

Ability to present data and findings in public meetings. 


·         Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field.

·         5 years of experience

·         Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for two years of experience

·         Doctorate in a related field may substitute for four years of experience

·         Professional registration through the Arizona Board of Technical Registration or an equivalent organization in a reciprocal jurisdiction preferred

·         State Bar membership, project management, or similar cert. preferred.


Essential functions of all State ADEQ positions include:

·         Regular and predictable attendance, adherence to State of Arizona and other applicable Standards of Conduct, and any Agency specific policies, procedures and practices.

·         Knowledge of or ability to learn and apply LEAN concepts, principles and tools used to create and deliver the most value from the customer's perspective while consuming the fewest resources, and engaging people in continuous problem solving. 


Driver's license - Possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. 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 (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12)

To apply, go to and serach Job ID: 28892


Government- State/Provincial