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Regional Engineering Manager

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a regional engineering manager for our Pocatello Regional Office. This position will mentor staff engineers and supervise their development for future professional advancement as well as review and approve engineering documents.

DEQ is committed to protecting human health and the quality of Idaho's air, land, and water.

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.

Example of Duties:

  • Manage staff performance to achieve annual performance measures and objectives within negotiated budgets.
  • Coordinate with the program office to identify priority initiatives, negotiate budgets, negotiate performance measures, and direct resources accordingly to achieve programmatic goals.
  • Direct and supervise activities to ensure compliance with applicable state environmental rules and laws including complaint investigation, routine inspections, permit issuance, and review and approval of engineering plans.
  • Negotiate formal and informal resolutions to violations of rules and laws with appropriate and applicable compliance tools such as enforcement referrals, notice of violations, consent orders, compliance agreement schedules, and civil complaints.
  • Assist stakeholders in understanding and complying with state and federal environmental rules through outreach efforts.
  • Promote DEQ programs and services such as the grant and loan program to encourage improvements of public utilities for increased public health and reduced environmental impacts.

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 2883 - Water Quality: Experience applying engineering principles in the following aspects of Water Quality Protection: PUBLIC DRINKING WATER (chemical treatment and stabilization of drinking water/groundwater, well design, well construction, and hydrogeology, treatment of surface water for public drinking water supplies;) MUNICIPAL & INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER (physical, biological and chemical treatment of wastewater, facility planning grants, and state revolving fund construction loans;) SOLID WASTE (activities related to solid waste and biosolids management;) SURFACE & GROUNDWATER PROTECTION (permitting, permit certification, storm water and pretreatment, materials and standards, flow analyses, collection and distribution and cross connection control;)DRINKING WATER & WASTEWATER DISINFECTION AND DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCTS (disinfection of water and wastewater and wastewater by-products.) To meet this specialty you must have a combination of approximately four years of post-licensure experience in at least two of the five areas listed.
  • DEQ 5217A - Supervision: Successfully completed courses or seminars that included the essential elements of management (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling); OR, have at least one year of experience performing as a supervisor that required work assignment, and direction and monitoring of staff with responsibility (or significant input) into the hiring of employees, preparing performance evaluations, and handling problem-solving procedures.

Supplemental Information:


  • Flexible work schedule available to some positions for increased work-life balance.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness – eligibility requirements may apply.
  • Accrue paid vacation every pay period to accumulate 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 available to some positions
  • Defined benefits retirement plan (pension) through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)        
  • 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.

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
  • 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 work in extreme hot or cold temperatures both outside and inside
  • Field sites may involve working near and with drilling rigs, backhoes, trucks and other large equipment in rough terrain
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise

About DEQ:
DEQ is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act to ensure clean air, water, and land in the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution.

As a regulatory agency, DEQ enforces various state environmental regulations and administers a number of federal environmental protection laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.

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