Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Working at DEQ

DEQ employs a broad range of environmental professionals, ranging from analysts to scientists to engineers. DEQ also hires accounting, information technology, education and public outreach, human resources, and other administrative professionals to support core programs.

Current Job Openings

Classified Title:Buyer 
Working Title:Buyer
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade J: $15.00 - $19.00 per hour
Location:Fiscal Office, State Office, Boise
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Friday, September 26, 2014
Apply By:Friday, October 3, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=01536016092
Contact:Dave Sande at (208) 373-0292
Job Duties:This position will negotiate leases, equipment and service requirements; determine methods of acquisition; prepare specifications, select vendors and request written bids/telephone quotes on purchases within delegated authority; review and evaluate bids, and record bid information including vendor price and payment terms.

Classified Title:Staff Engineer 
Working Title:Staff Engineer
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade M: $21.39 - $25.63 per hour
Location:Technical Services Division, State Office, Boise
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Apply By:Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=03704066780
Contact:Michael Stambulis at (208) 373-0123
MQ Specialties:#2882: Water Quality (question #7 on exam)
Job Duties:DEQ is seeking a licensed professional Staff Engineer. This position will perform professional engineering to assist the water, waste and mining programs.

Classified Title:Scientist 4 
Working Title:Environmental Hydrogeologist
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade N: $23.64 - $27.50 per hour
Location:Technical Services Division, State Office, Boise
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Monday, September 22, 2014
Apply By:Friday, October 3, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=07036023982
Contact:Mark Jeffers at (208) 373-0450
MQ Specialties:Hydrogeologist (3018A) question #8 on the exam.
Job Duties:Responsibilities include managing remediation projects, solving complex problems involving ground water evaluation, interpreting environmental data, and providing technical solutions for remedial actions, mining projects, and water quality issues.

Classified Title:Analyst 4 
Working Title:IPDES Rules/Guidance Coordinator
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade N: $23.64 - $30.00 per hour
Location:State Office, Water Quality Division, Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Program, Boise
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers
Date Posted:Friday, September 19, 2014
Apply By:Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=07046079219
Contact:Mary Anne Nelson at (208) 373-0173
MQ Specialties:3012: Clean Water Act (question #3 on exam); 3025: Wastewater (question #5 on exam); 5217A: Supervision (question #7 on exam)
Job Duties:This position will manage the Rules and Guidance section of the IPDES Program. Principal responsibilities will include but are not limited to: defining specific fee implementation policies and procedures to ensure statewide consistency; promulgating new state rules as required following the APA and using the established rulemaking process; performing program primacy activities associate with adopting Clean Water Act NPDES regulations as required; preparing and providing program information to senior management, IPDES stakeholders, state and local officials, and other interest groups as needed; participating in and assisting with IPDES budget activities, work plans, and program performance reviews.

Classified Title:Analyst 4 
Working Title:IPDES Permit Lead
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade N: $23.64 - $30.00 per hour
Location:State Office, Water Quality Division, Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Program, Boise
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers
Date Posted:Friday, September 19, 2014
Apply By:Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=07046079219
Contact:Mary Anne Nelson at (208) 373-0173
MQ Specialties:3012: Clean Water Act (question #3 on exam); 3025: Wastewater (question #5 on exam); 5217A: Supervision (question #7 on exam)
Job Duties:This position will manage the Permit Section of the IPDES Program. Principal responsibilities will include but are not limited to: developing permitting expertise and assisting in the preparation of the IPDES permitting portion of the primacy package for EPA review and approval; assisting Rules/Guidance Coordinator with preparation of rules, fee structure and guidance; supervising and training the IPDES permit writers; participating in and assisting with IPDES budget activities, work plans, and program performance reviews; working with Attorney General's office to prepare permit appeal responses and presentations to hearing officer or DEQ board.

Classified Title:Analyst 3 
Working Title:Air Quality Inspector
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade M: $21.39 - $24.30 per hour
Location:Pocatello Regional Office
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Apply By:Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=07044051113
Contact:Tom Edwards at (208) 239-5019
MQ Specialties:#3001: Air (Clean Air Act) question #8 on exam
Job Duties:This position will work directly with citizens, businesses, and industries to implement the state's environmental policies and programs in the region of Idaho. The Air Quality Analyst will perform air quality inspections of mobile and area sources and will respond to general air quality complaints.

Classified Title:IT Systems Analyst 
Working Title:IT Systems Analyst
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade M: $21.39 - $24.71 per hour
Location:Environmental Management and Information Division, State Office, Boise
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Apply By:Open Until Filled
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=01617091075
Contact:Will Wall at (208) 373-0578
Job Duties:The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct complex data and application analysis and design; software programming; and technical support. As a member of DEQ’s information technology team, the incumbent will analyze user needs and creatively apply their technical knowledge in the design and/or modify of new and/or existing applications and systems.

Classified Title:Analyst 3 
Working Title:Watershed Protection Specialist
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade M: $21.39 - $22.50 per hour
Location:Pocatello Regional Office
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Apply By:Open Until Filled
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=07044059371
Contact:Tom Hepworth at (208) 236-6160
MQ Specialties:#3022: Water Quality (question #8 on exam)
Job Duties:This position will assist communities in the development and updating of drinking water protection plans and source water protection goals. The watershed protection specialist will facilitate the development of source water assessments for public water systems; support and track the development of drinking water source delineations for public water systems; investigate and document potential contaminant sources, well completion data and related technical information for public water systems; and provide general technical support for public water systems. This position will conduct presentations, participate in committee work, and provide background information for agency policy development. This position will also assist with the implementation of water quality programs including water quality certifications and administering the regional portion of the 319 grant program.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

DEQ Job Descriptions

The DEQ Analyst

DEQ Analysts research, develop, implement, manage, and evaluate programs  designed to protect Idaho’s air, water, and land resources. Positions range from the entry-level Analyst 1 to the statewide program manager Analyst 5 level. The majority of Analyst positions are in the journey-level 3 category.

Depending on level, typical duties may include:

  • gathering and compiling data
  • preparing technical reports and policy papers
  • providing technical assistance on environmental rules and regulations
  • conducting inspections of regulated facilities
  • recommending and monitoring budgets
  • reviewing and authorizing complex permits
Level Pay Grade Salary Range
Analyst 1 J
$14.97 - $27.51
Analyst 2 L
$18.92 - $34.79
Analyst 3 M
$21.39 - $39.33
Analyst 4 N
$23.64 - $43.45
Analyst 5 P
$28.01 - $51.49

The DEQ Scientist

DEQ Scientists apply their knowledge of scientific principles, techniques, and theories to plan, design, and conduct scientific projects. Positions range from the entry-level Scientist 1 to the expert Scientist 5 level.

Depending on level, typical duties may include:

  • researching and analyzing scientific data and preparing reports
  • interpreting test results and comparing with determined standards and limits
  • developing technical scientific management guidelines
  • performing peer review of scientific projects, studies, or applications and making recommendations
  • planning and implementing components of scientific programs.
Level Pay Grade Salary Range
Scientist 1 J

$14.97 - $27.51

Scientist 2 L
$18.92 - $34.79
Scientist 3 M
$21.39 - $39.33
Scientist 4 N
$23.64 - $43.45
Scientist 5 O
$25.62 - $47.09

The DEQ Engineer

Engineers are in great demand at DEQ. Work involves air and water quality, wastewater, public drinking water, and solid waste control systems. The engineer career path progresses from the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) level to the journey-level Staff Engineer. Advanced positions provide a managerial or technical alternative.

Depending on level, typical duties may include:

  • analyzing engineering data, interpreting plans and specs, and making technical decisions
  • analyzing pollutant outputs and preparing environmental permits for complex systems
  • performing field work and inspections to determine compliance with standards and environmental permits
  • providing technical assistance to industry on the application and interpretation of engineering standards
Level Pay Grade Salary Range
Engineer in Training J

$14.97 - $27.51

Engineer, Associate L
$18.92 - $34.79
Staff Engineer M
$21.39 - $39.33
Engineer, Technical 1 N
$23.64 - $43.45
Engineer, Technical 2 O
$25.62 - $47.09
Engineer, Manager 1 O $25.62 - $47.09
Engineer, Manager 2 P $28.01 - $51.49

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Staff Contact

Human Resource Officer
Sharon Haylett
DEQ State Office
Human Resources
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0195
sharon.haylett@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ Resources

Benefits Overview for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Is an Environmental Career in Your Future? 

Plan for an Environmental Career

More Information

DEQ.recruitment@deq.idaho.gov
or (208) 373-0333

Idaho Division of Human Resources
700 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83720
(208) 334-2263
www.dhr.idaho.gov

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About the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality