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Water Quality Scientist

Company: State of Idaho
Location: Boise
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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 be provided.

  • Write recycled water reuse permits and conduct permit-related work.
  • 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 position):

  • 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 apply.
  • Accrue paid vacation every pay period to accumulate approximately 2 weeks the first year, and increasing with state longevity
  • 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 ;    
  • Relocation Assistance available to some positions
  • Defined benefits retirement plan (pension) through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) ;       
  • 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 challenges.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to sit and work on a computer for 2-4 hours at a time
  • 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 terrain
  • 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, etc.
  • 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 compliance


About DEQ:


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.


If you have questions, please contact us at:




(208) 373-0333

Keywords: State of Idaho, Boise , Water Quality Scientist, Other , Boise, Idaho

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