**Environmental and General Services Department**

Recruitment #2110-4015-001


**The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.**

Be part of a team that serves with integrity, professionalism, and strives for excellence in all we do!

The Environmental and General Services Department is seeking a motivated team-oriented individual to fill an Environmental Scientist position. This position contributes to the needs of the community by providing environmental compliance support following federal and state regulations that protect the environment. Join our team today!! 

General Description

Provides environmental compliance support in achieving, maintaining, and monitoring water, soil, and air compliance with federal and state regulations that protect the environment.

Essential Functions

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.  

Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures.  

Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of work load, monitoring levels of resources, establishing time lines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports.  

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance.  

Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization's values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities.  

Provides customer service by responding to information requests, conducting research, providing solutions to problems, and correcting errors.  

Ensures that unit work conforms to local, state, and federal governmental regulations, and other applicable rules and requirements.  

Identifies new or changing water soil and air regulatory requirements by tracking new and changing regulations, coordinating with other water suppliers and organizations regarding regulatory compliance approaches and policies, keeping organization advised of changes and concerns and participating in regulatory development, including providing written and oral comments.  

Implements the Hazardous Waste Exclusion Program by developing/implementing procedures in case unacceptable waste is discovered, performing technical reviews of waste streams and laboratory methods, researching points of regulations and chemistry, and providing assistance to waste generators as regards to disposal issues.  

Prepares regulatory plans and applications by preparing environmental compliance plans, preparing waiver and reducing monitoring applications for Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's approval.  

Supervises unit staff by generating work schedules, approving inspectors' timesheets, and conducting performance evaluations and providing/enforcing work guidelines.  

Ensures regulatory compliance of water, soil and air issues by coordinating a resolution of compliance concerns with regulatory issues, providing implementation guidance to division regarding new or changing regulatory questions or requirements, participating in and facilitating resolution of compliance situations, auditing, tracking and resolving discrepancies within State or Federal regulatory compliance requirements.  

Provides information, monitors hazardous waste, reviews environmental compliance reports, creates and maintains databases, tracks existing regulatory reporting requirements, and coordinates responses to compliance violations.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years experience in environmental regulatory compliance and remediation

**An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience in a related field, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered**

Selection Plan

As part of the online application process all applicants are required to submit a resume by uploading it under the "Resume" tab or emailing it to EGSD_HR@tucsonaz.gov. Applications received without a resume will be considered incomplete.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and their responses to the supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Panel Board interview.   

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 20% of rating for education and work experience 
  • 80% of panel board interview

Hiring interviews may be conducted.

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to EGSD_HR@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Veronica Haro at (520) 837-5015 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are highly encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important testing dates and information that you will need to refer to later, as it will not be available after the closing date.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.