SPECIAL AGENT (Job Id 51945)

Website Office of the Arizona Attorney General

Post Date 11/18/2019 Close Date
Location PHOENIX Salary 68,000.00-68,000.00


Please note: The position is open until filled, resumes will be reviewed weekly.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division/Special Investigations Section is seeking a Special Agent. The position will work directly with the Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) and their client agency, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

As a Special Agent, the position will:

1. Conduct interviews of victims, witnesses, investigative leads, and suspects.

2. Properly collect, process, control, and analyze evidence.

3. Prepare clear, concise, grammatically correct, and detailed written reports to document all aspects of the investigation.

4. Communicate regularly and effectively with prosecutors and provide courtroom/Grand Jury testimony as needed.

5. Be able to physically control a suspect and be prepared and able to use deadly force if necessary.

6. Provide support to other AGO employees and perform administrative tasks as needed.

7. Be safety conscious and use proper work methods by following standard police policies and procedures.

8. Maintain proficiency with a firearm and maintain AZPOST peace officer certification.

9. Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.

As a Special Agent assigned to the Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) and the Special Investigations Section (SIS), this position will also:

1. Attend and effectively participate in meetings with attorneys; representatives of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ); and environmental consultants and experts in furtherance of administrative, civil, and criminal investigations.

2. Conduct and analyze interviews of environmental scientists and technical experts with knowledge of facts relevant to civil and criminal investigations.

3.  Conduct analysis of bank statements, ledgers, financial statements, SEC reports, corporate documents, income tax returns, real estate documents, court records, contracts, and other documents frequently at the center of white collar crimes and environmental enforcement investigations of regulated entities and responsible parties.

4.  Use computer software to conduct analysis of data found on the Internet, personal computers, servers, mobile phones/computers, and other storage devices, including all types of electronic files, emails, text messages, domain registration information, logs, and other technical data frequently encountered during civil enforcement and criminal investigations.

5. Review and analyze pollution emission, discharge, and disposal documents, such as discharge monitoring reports and waste manifests, that frequently evidence violations of and compliance with environmental statutes and regulations.

6. Review and analyze United States Environmental Protection Agency documents and files that frequently evidence violations of and compliance with environmental statutes and regulations.

7. Attend and assist with environmental inspections conducted by ADEQ personnel.

8.  Prepare search/seizure warrant affidavits and operational plans and coordinate/execute the warrants with other members of the Special Investigation Section.

9.  Conduct occasional undercover operations, trash covers, mail covers, surveillance, and other standard law enforcement investigative techniques as needed to advance investigations.

10. Prepare investigation reports related to environmental enforcement.

11. Communicate regularly and effectively with attorneys and provide testimony in environmental administrative, civil, and criminal court proceedings as needed.

12. Conduct and attend training programs in law enforcement and environmental regulation, including hazardous waste management and air and water pollution.

13. Other duties as assigned.

As a Special Agent conducting felony investigations, operational considerations may require you to work varying hours, weekends, holidays, and respond after hours; agents can also be deployed to assist allied agencies in response to a critical incident that falls within the protocols of the National Incident Management System or the  State of Arizona Mutual Aid protocols.

·       Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.

·       Requires certification by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (A.Z P.O.S.T.). Applicants must be a certified Arizona peace officer in good standing or be eligible to obtain Arizona peace officer certification via the AZPOST waiver process within 90 days of hire date. To be eligible, a person must have previously served as a certified peace officer in Arizona, another state, or federal agency; must have completed basic and advanced training that demonstrates substantial comparability to the Arizona basic course; and must meet all of the minimum qualifications for certification as an Arizona Peace Officer. Refer to https://post.az.gov/certification-process/waiver-process for more information on the waiver process.

Knowledge needed:

·       As a Special Agent, the position will be expected to know and understand various Arizona criminal and civil statutes and regulations; the Arizona criminal justice system; rules of evidence; and tactics, procedures, and techniques for general investigations, searches, seizures, and arrests.

·       As a Special Agent assigned to the Environmental Enforcement Section and the Special Investigations Section, the position will be expected to know and understand general concepts and pertinent statutes and regulations for the control of air pollution, water pollution, and waste disposal and the remediation of  water and soil contamination; be expected to know general business principles (such as understanding financial statements, types of companies and corporate structures, financial controls, intellectual property, and C-level roles and responsibilities); be familiar with general real estate and loan principles (such as types of deeds, multiple-advance notes, escrow, collateral, tax deferred exchanges, and liens); be familiar with various types of investments/securities (such as bonds, equity, stocks, and swaps); have knowledge or a strong desire to learn the technical skills needed to extract investigative information from corporate and government records, the Internet, computers, local area networks, e-mail, and social media.

Skills needed:

·       As a Special Agent, this position must have the skills to communicate effectively with people of various backgrounds and education levels using both verbal and non-verbal communication skills; conduct effective interviews and interrogations; maintain strict compliance with chain-of-custody and evidence control procedures; prepare search/seizure warrant affidavits; safely plan and execute search/seizure warrants; safely make arrests; manage time and resources effectively;work effectively with team members including attorneys, forensic accountants, computer forensics experts, administrative staff, and other investigators; and maintain proficiency with a firearm.

·       As a Special Agent assigned to the Environmental Enforcement Section and the Special Investigations Section, this position must have the skills to interpret and apply complex laws pertaining to environmental regulation and white collar crime; analyze and accurately interpret copious amounts of information; use a computer and software to prepare reports and perform complex data analysis; and use investigative resources to discover responsible parties to and evidence of environmental contamination, discharge and disposal violations, and non-obvious relationships between entities.

Abilities needed:

·       As a Special Agent, this position must have the ability to find, collect, preserve, and evaluate information to determine the validity of and relevance to the alleged violation(s). This position must demonstrate initiative, self-motivation, and determination to consistently advance investigations and bring them to a successful conclusion.

·       Ideal Candidates possess Bachelor’s or advanced degree in law, computer science or engineering; or a Master’s degree in business administration plus: at least two years professional work experience, or possess one of the following credentials: Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Ideally applicant will have a minimum of five years’ investigative experience.
All peace officer applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General’s Office are required to be fingerprinted, complete a criminal background check, pass a polygraph test, and complete a medical examination. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.


During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the AG’s Human Resources office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at HumanResources@azag.gov.  The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.

For more information, please contact HumanResources@azag.gov