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:Analyst 5 
Working Title:Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Program Manager
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade P: $27.71 - $37.00 per hour
Location:DEQ State Office, Water Quality Division, Boise
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Monday, August 11, 2014
Apply By:Friday, August 22, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=07048054769
Contact:Barry Burnell at (208) 373-0194
MQ Specialties:#3012: Clean Water Act (question #8 on exam); #0804: Budgeting (question #10 on exam); #5217A: Supervision (question #12 on exam)
Job Duties:This position will provide leadership, management, supervision, oversight, and administrative support for the IPDES Program.

Classified Title:Regional Administrator 
Working Title:Regional Administrator
Type:Non-Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:$36.00 - $37.50 per hour
Location:Twin Falls Regional Office
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Friday, August 8, 2014
Apply By:Friday, August 29, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=NONCLS035901
Contact:Curt Fransen at (208) 373-0240
Job Duties:This position manages the Twin Falls Regional Office and oversees the regional administration and implementation of multiple statewide regulatory and non-regulatory environmental protection programs.

Classified Title:Analyst 3 
Working Title:Air Quality Permitting Analyst
Type:Classified, Full-Time
Pay Rate:Pay Grade M: $22.50- $23.50 per hour
Location:Air Quality Division, State Office, Boise
Open To:All qualified candidates: external candidates, internal promotional candidates, voluntary demotions, or lateral transfers.
Date Posted:Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Apply By:Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Announcement Link:https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/jobannouncement.aspx?announcement_no=07044059403
Contact:Michael Simon at (208) 373-0212
MQ Specialties:#3030: Air Quality Permitting (question #10 on exam); and #3001: Air-Clear Air Act (question #8 on exam)
Job Duties:The position will provide technical, policy, and planning support for DEQ air quality permitting, compliance, and enforcement programs in ensuring timely permit development and implementation.

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
$14.81 - $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
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