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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
($59,449.24 - $84,344.00 Annually 
Mesa, Arizona
United States
Job Categories:
Environmental Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Environmental Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Government / Public Sector
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Environmental Programs Specialist

The City of Mesa is a great place to work! In addition to competitive salaries, the City also has a generous amount of other benefits available. For more information, please see our website:  http://mesaaz.gov/benefits/

Environmental Programs Specialist

($59,449.24 - $84,344.00 Annually)

The current vacancy is for the Hazardous Materials/Waste Assignment.

An Environmental Programs Specialist performs professional and technical duties associated with the department's asbestos, air quality, environmental site assessment, hazardous materials and waste, lead paint, storm water, and environmental water quality program areas as assigned.

Duties include:

  • Analyzing proposed and final environmental regulations to determine impact on City operations
  • Interpreting regulatory requirements and providing departments with compliance direction and assistance
  • Developing plans to ensure compliance
  • Reviewing compliance programs and plans to determine compliance status
  • Developing strategies and criteria for correction actions
  • Developing and conducting public outreach and education activities
  • Providing training to City personnel on environmental compliance requirements
  • Conducting inspections of public and private facilities throughout the City
  • Dealing directly with the public; and drafting enforcement actions
  • Responsible for providing oversight of consultant field activities and making decisions and providing direction as to compliance requirements
  • Required to represent the City during meetings of regulatory agencies, regional municipal cooperative efforts, and professional associations
  • Must be able to work cooperatively within a team environment to develop and implement compliance programs
  • Work involves continual learning in order to understand and stay current on environmental compliance issues and enforcement strategies
  • This class performs related duties as required

Hazardous Materials/Waste Assignment: 

  • The primary emphasis of this assignment is on the department's hazardous materials and waste program, including the City's Household Hazardous Materials Facility 
  • Work hours for this assignment include Saturday hours 
  • This classification is responsible for lead duties including training, creating weekly work schedules, and ensuring proper handling of hazardous materials and waste by Environmental Technicians and contract workers

Distinguishing Features: 

  • This classification differs from the classification of Environmental Technician by the performance of work that requires a broader knowledge of the principles and techniques of the professional environmental field and by the more diverse and complex nature of assignments and the greater independence under which the work is performed
  • Works with considerable independence and with limited supervision, regularly exercising independent judgment while performing technical work and is expected to provide a high level of professionalism when dealing with public, other City employees, and outside agencies
  • Expected to have a comprehensive working knowledge of numerous environmental regulations in order to make independent decisions
  • Analyze environmental implementation activities and make accurate compliance decisions during inspections and daily tasks
  • Must possess effective interpersonal skills to manage difficult situations that frequently involve conflict and communication with irate and inflamed individuals
  • Able to present complex technical information and data in a format that is comprehensible to a variety of audiences
  • May be required to work after hours and be on-call.  When on-call during non-work hours, employees must be able to respond to environmental situations and make on-site independent decisions as to appropriate actions and to communicate those decisions in a timely manner to division and department management personnel


This class reports to the Environmental Programs Supervisor, with work reviewed through conferences, meetings, written reports, and by overall results achieved. 

This class is FLSA exempt-administrative.     

Employee Values:  All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City's shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Sciences, or a closely related field 
  • 3-5 years of full-time work experience regarding environmental issues and developing compliance programs 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Special Requirements: 

  • Must possess a valid Class D Arizona driver's license by hire date or promotion date
  • Must meet the qualifications to wear a tight fitting respirator by passing a medical evaluation in accordance with CFR 1910.134 by hire or promotion date and must maintain certification
  • Must be able to obtain Occupational Safety and Health Administration 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification within 12 months of hire or promotion or maintain annual refresher training
  • For those program areas directly managed by this class, must obtain Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) certification, Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials (DOT) certification, and United States Environmental Protection Agency Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) certification within 12 months of hire or promotion date or maintain annual refresher training


Preferred/Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Considerable (3 -5 years) experience in the management of hazardous materials/wastes
  • Considerable (3 -5 years) experience dealing effectively with the general public, consultants, contractors, and regulatory agencies


Substance Abuse Testing. Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures.

City of Mesa offers a competitive benefits package. A CITY OF MESA ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. Applications available 01/10/20 and must apply by 01/23/20. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as we will review applications as they are received. For complete job description, requirements and online application form, please visit our web site by clicking the apply link on this page.


City of Mesa is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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