Water Quality Analyst Lewiston, ID
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a water quality analyst for our Lewiston Regional Office. This position is responsible for coordinating and managing the regional Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program (BURP) and providing support for regional surface water program activities. This role will also manage a variety of analytical responsibilities, including assisting with integrated report assessments, generating and analyzing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) data, reviewing environmental permits, and working with state and local organizations to plan, evaluate, and implement grant-funded projects.
Example of Duties:
- Coordinate the BURP program for the Lewiston Regional Office.
- Perform water quality and environmental monitoring duties.
- Support the agency's assessment database, TMDL plans, water pollution and contamination investigations, remediation projects, and surface water monitoring projects.
- Work with local governments, public interest groups, and other agency staff to complete projects and implement programs.
- Assist with the following activities: Water quality assessments, environmental permit authorizations, state environmental rules review and compliance, complaint response, technical assistance, and public outreach.
Possession of a bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences, political science, business or public administration, engineering, or related natural resources management field OR any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a typical four (4) year bachelor's degree. For example: Successful completion of sixty (60) semester hours of study, including twenty four (24) semester hours in a subject required for the specific discipline, is equivalent to two (2) years of undergraduate education; and/or experience performing routine duties in completing multiple tasks such as policy research, data collection, interpretation, analysis and preparation of reports and written documents for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college.
At least four (4) years' experience managing and implementing, projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental, regulatory, or administrative in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.
Possession of a master's degree in any of the above fields AND at least two (2) years' professional experience managing and implementing, or overseeing projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.
Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):
- DEQ 3128 Water - Considerable knowledge of water quality that has been gained through possession of a college degree (or work experience equivalency) and two (2) years of any combination of post bachelorette education or work experience interpreting, enforcing, or ensuring compliance with the requirements of the following: Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Act, and/or state environmental rules. 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.
- DEQ 3131 Water Quality: Knowledge of water quality and work experience in water pollution monitoring, estimation, or control such as reviewing, designing, or implementing surface water quality monitoring projects, watershed, TMDL evaluation, riparian area, aquatic habitat, water quality, source water assessments, environmental assessments, pollutant source assessments, including municipal, industrial and storm water point sources and non-point source activities such as forestry, mining, agriculture, and grazing. Typically met by possession of a college degree in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Fisheries, Biology, Chemistry, Limnology, Hydrology, Environmental Science or closely related field; OR education and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree; AND two (2) years of work experience in water pollution monitoring, estimation or control such as reviewing, designing, or implementing surface water quality monitoring projects, watershed, TDML evaluation, riparian area, aquatic habitat, source water assessments, water quality or environmental assessments, pollutant source assessments, including municipal, industrial and storm water point sources and nonpoint source activities such as forestry, mining, agriculture, and grazing.
- 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
- Some travel may be required
- Must have a valid driver's license
- Ability to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven terrain
- Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds over rough terrain
- Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds over rough 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
- Must be able to swim and perform field monitoring work without on-site assistance or supervision
- May work in vicinity of loud noise
- May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas
- May come into contact with hazardous waste/materials
- Eyesight needs to be 20/20 (as corrected) to observe field compliance
- Other: Overnight and extended stay in the field or assigned facility
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.
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