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:Administrative Assistant 1 
Working Title:Administrative Assistant 1
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade H: $12.00 - $14.74 per hour
Location:Boise Regional Office
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Apply By:Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Announcement Link:
Contact:Vickie Smith at (208) 373-0595
MQ Specialties:#1404B: Type 50 WPM (question #12 on exam); #1409B: Some knowledge of bookkeeping (question #14 on exam); #1810C: Microsoft Word (question #25 on exam)
Job Duties:This position supports the Boise Regional Office and will be used to fill a current vacancy. If you have previously applied for Administrative Assistant 1, and wish to be considered for the current vacancy, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used.

Responsibilities include:

• Perform a wide variety of secretarial functions

• Proof/edit all outgoing correspondence/reports/presentations

• Compose letters, correspondence, and memos requiring independent judgment as to content

• Prepare travel vouchers; process state purchasing card transactions; and process invoices

• Batch invoices and forward to state office for payment

• Act as a liaison between Department of Environmental Quality and external customers

• Respond to public records requests; direct requests to appropriate managers; gather information and forward to requester

• Order files from storage; send files to storage

• Back up the front desk receptionist

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
$14.81 - $27.24
Analyst 2 L
$18.73 - $34.44
Analyst 3 M
$21.17 - $38.94
Analyst 4 N
$23.39 - $43.04
Analyst 5 P
$27.71 - $50.98

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

$14.81 - $27.24

Scientist 2 L
$18.73 - $34.44
Scientist 3 M
$21.17 - $38.94
Scientist 4 N
$23.39 - $43.04
Scientist 5 O
$25.35 - $46.63

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

$14.81 - $27.24

Engineer, Associate L
$18.73 - $34.44
Staff Engineer M
$21.17 - $38.94
Engineer, Technical 1 N
$23.39 - $43.04
Engineer, Technical 2 O
$25.35 - $46.63
Engineer, Manager 1 O $25.35 - $46.63
Engineer, Manager 2 P $27.71 - $50.98

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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

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
or (208) 373-0333

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

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About the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality