Be a part of our mission to protect human health and the quality
of Idaho's air, land, and water!
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a
water quality scientist for our Boise Regional Office. This
position is responsible for implementing and overseeing recycled
water reuse permitting and compliance for the region.
This position is overseen by a Professional Engineer and is open
to Engineering Interns. Should an Engineering Intern be the
successful job candidate, opportunity to review Facility Plans,
Preliminary Engineering Reports, and Plans and Specifications will
- Write recycled water reuse permits and conduct permit-related
- Track applications to ensure that permits are completed and
issued within specified timeframes.
- Conduct inspections at assigned sites, prepare inspection
report, and issue report to permittee.
- Conduct compliance activity reviews, complete annual report
reviews, and prepare enforcement referrals.
- Oversee permitting activities performed by DEQ's Technical
Services Division for assigned permitted sites.
- Maintain databases and spreadsheets to track workload and
report to management.
Possession of a Bachelor's degree in the physical or biological
sciences or related field; AND at least four years' experience in
scientific assessment, environmental protection and pollution
control techniques, such as designing, reviewing, or implementing
scientific projects, investigations remediation projects,
monitoring projects; OR organizing and interpreting laboratory and
field data; performing activities associated with pollution
prevention and mitigation; and recommending and overseeing the
completion of remedial actions. OR Possession of a Master's degree
in the sciences or related field; AND two years' experience as
defined above; OR Possession of a Doctor of Philosophy in the
sciences or related field.
Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this
- DEQ 3025 Wastewater: Have experience demonstrating considerable
knowledge of Wastewater, Water and Waste Management that has been
gained through possession of a college degree in Civil Engineering,
Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Biology or
closely related field OR any combination of education and/or
experience equivalent to a typical four (4) year bachelor's degree
and two years full-time work experience in drinking water or
wastewater management such as: reviewing, designing or implementing
drinking water or wastewater treatment and conveyance systems,
source water protection and development plans, engineering
reports/facility plans, point source discharge permits, water
quality certifications and municipal solid waste or biosolids
disposal facility plans. Education/Experience Equivalency:
Successful completion of sixty (60) semester hours of study,
including twenty-four (24) credited hours in a subject required for
the particular degree, is equivalent to two (2) years of
undergraduate education; and/or Each two (2) years of qualifying
work experience as described on the announcement may be equivalent
to one (1) year of undergraduate education.
- Flexible work schedule available to some positions for
increased work-life balance.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness - eligibility requirements may
- Accrue paid vacation every pay period to accumulate
approximately 2 weeks the first year, and increasing with state
- Paid Parental Leave
- Paid sick leave separate from vacation leave
- 10 paid holidays
- Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability
insurance benefits, Flexible Spending Account https://ogi.idaho.gov/premium-rates/ ;
- Relocation Assistance available to some positions
- Defined benefits retirement plan (pension) through the Public
Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) https://persi.idaho.gov/members/base_plan.cfm ;
- Optional 401K and Deferred Compensation plans with
traditional and Roth options
- Eligible for Employee Assistance Program - Confidential
support, information and resources for all of life's
- Ability to sit and work on a computer for 2-4 hours at a
- Ability to reach and bend for filing purposes
- Some periods of heavy reading and typing required
- Some travel may be required
- Must have a valid driver's license
- Ability to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven
- Ability to work in adverse or inclement weather
- Ability to work in extreme hot or cold temperatures both
outside and inside
- Ability to work on elevated instrument platforms, ladders,
- Field sites may involve working near and with drilling rigs,
backhoes, trucks and other large equipment in rough terrain
- May work in vicinity of loud noise
- Eyesight needs to be 20/20 (as corrected) to observe field
DEQ is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental
Protection and Health Act to ensure clean air, water, and land in
the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health
impacts of pollution.
As a regulatory agency, DEQ enforces various state environmental
regulations and administers a number of federal environmental
protection laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act,
and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
The agency is committed to working in partnership with local
communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement
cost-effective environmental solutions.
The Department of Environmental Quality may conduct verification
of the information provided in your application, including
validation of driver's license status, education, employment, and
criminal history. Omission and/or falsification of information
provided in your application will result in your removal from
consideration for employment, appointment, or promotion.
Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national
origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations
to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of
Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.
Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and
federal laws and regulations.
To protect human health
and the quality of
Idaho's air, land, and water.
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