Unit Manager (Surface Water)

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Phoenix, AZ, United States 🇺🇸


Job Summary:

As our Surface Water Monitoring Unit Manager, you will work with fellow Unit Managers and the Value Stream manager to ensure unit operations are efficient and effective. Unit operations include: 1) Developing and executing sampling plans, standard operating procedures, and quality assurance plans to conduct statewide water quality sampling on lakes, streams and rivers; 2) Completing and submitting Clean Water Act documents, reports, metrics, including review of, creating and updating surface water quality standards; 3) Water quality data entry, analysis and project management, and associated reports to be submitted to the EPA, including statewide assessments of Arizona waters; 4) Creating and maintaining GIS products for Clean Water Act regulatory purposes, including updating flow regime maps and analysis of data

Job Duties:

This position is responsible for supervising staff including assigning work, setting priorities, monitoring and evaluating performance, developing and providing training to staff. The position is also responsible for ensuring that all unit work products are technically sound, accurate and meet program goals, State and Federal statutes, rules, regulations and professional ethics. Review and evaluate technical reports, community involvement relations and outputs, and legal documents such as consent decrees, orders, and access agreements. Attends meetings with other supervisory/managerial staff to give and receive information and to participate in discussion, problem resolution and decision-making.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of Clean Water Act and Water Quality Standards, laboratory management, management techniques, particularly the coordination of personnel and resources through results-driven leadership, including task delegation, performance specifications, employee motivation, team based problem solving and principles of performance and visual management; analytical data collection, analysis and interpretation, and of statistical procedures and testing methods; contract, grants administration and procurement procedures; project management and community involvement principles; data management principles and techniques to assure data integrity; public relations and meeting facilitation

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental management, environmental or chemical engineering, biology, chemistry, or other environmental discipline
• 3-5 years of surface water or environmental experience in a regulatory agency, consulting, or private industry
• 2 years of supervisory/leadership experience

Pre-Employment Requirements:



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



Contact Us:

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