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Senior Water Quality Engineer

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is hiring a senior water quality engineer for the Surface and Wastewater Division at the State Office in Boise. This position is the lead reuse engineer in the state responsible for approving new highly complex wastewater treatment and resuse systems for municipal and industrial treatment facilities. This position is also responsible for developing resuse guidance materials and tools to assist reuse permit writers that are consistent with statewide needs and evaluating wastewater treatment and collection system classifications.
This position is established at the Technical Engineer 1 level and may be under filled at the Staff Engineer level. The Technical Engineer 1 level requires four years POST-Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensure; the Staff level requires P.E. licensure with no requirement of experience post-licensure. Upon successful completion of a training plan and when minimum qualifications for the Technical Engineer 1 level are met, the incumbent will be reclassified to a Technical Engineer 1 and compensated accordingly.
To apply at the Staff Engineer level please apply through the DEQ Water Quality Staff Engineer Announcement.

The Staff Engineer classification is used for recruitment and training purposes for the Engineer Technical 1 position. Through various types of on-the-job training, employees hired at the staff level will learn to carry out the duties of an Engineer Technical 1. Upon completion of training, including possession of a Professional Engineering license, the employee will be promoted to the Engineer Technical 1 level.

Example of Duties:

  • Evaluate new and existing wastewater treatment technologies, assess wastewater treatment and reuse permitting scenarios, and review reuse permit applications for municipal and industrial facilities.
  • Help develop reuse guidance materials, including tools to assist permit writers in crafting permits that are consistent with statewide needs.
  • Determine wastewater treatment and collection system classification and coordinate with Idaho Bureau of Licensing requirements.
  • Assist in rulemaking activities associated with the "Recycled Water Rules" (IDAPA 58.01.17) and represent DEQ on the Wastewater Dispute Resolution Panel.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensure: Licensed in Idaho as a Professional Engineer (PE), or eligibility for comity licensure by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers in accordance with Idaho Code, Title 54, Chapter 12;

AND Valid Driver's license.

Experience: coordinating with State and local government operations in one of the specific engineering specialties described below; evaluating engineering projects and making decisions relative to their merit; writing engineering reports and related correspondence; reviewing engineering analysis; making oral presentations to groups relative to the merits of engineering applications.

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • DEQ 3141 - Municipal and Industrial Wastewater: Experience in evaluating or designing engineering projects related to water quality protection, wastewater treatment and conveyance systems, and making decisions relative to their merit; developing engineering reports/facility plans, point source discharge permits, or biosolids disposal facility plans. This is typically gained by experience as a licensed staff engineer or equivalent position in responsible charge of activities related to physical, biological and chemical treatment of wastewater, and activities related to facility planning grants and State Revolving Fund Construction Loans. To meet this specialty you must have at least four (4) years of post-licensure experience in this area.

Supplemental Information:


  • Flexible work schedule and hourly wage for increased work-life balance.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness – eligibility requirements may apply.
  • Accrue paid vacation every pay period starting with approximately 2 weeks the first year, and increasing with state longevity
  • Paid sick leave separate from vacation leave
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance benefits, Flexible Spending Account     
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Defined benefits retirement plan (pension) through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) and Vested after only 5 years.        
  • 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.
Working at DEQ:

DEQ's vision is an Idaho where the quality of our environment enhances healthy living and supports thriving communities. DEQ works closely and collaboratively with a wide range of public and private partners, including federal and state agencies; the Board of Environmental Quality; city, county, and tribal governments; businesses; community organizations; and Idaho citizens. These partnerships are critical to accomplishing our environmental and human health protection mission. The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions. 
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
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds when working with file boxes
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Occasional travel required
  • May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas

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