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Senior Wastewater Engineer

Posting Begin Date: 2024/03/29
Posting End Date: 2024/04/19
Category: Environmental Services
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 40.00
Maximum Salary: 45.81
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho Opportunity

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 p.m. MDT on the posting end date. 

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This position may be eligible for a moving/relocation reimbursement. Moving bonus criteria must be met in accordance with the State of Idaho Moving Policy. This position may be eligible for a sign on/bonus. 

This position may be eligible for hybrid telecommuting in accordance with the Statewide Telecommuting Policy. Telecommuting may be subject to successful completion of probation.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a Senior Wastewater Engineer for our Surface & Wastewater Division in Boise, Idaho.

Salary Range: $40–$45.81


Engineering Reviews

· Employ diversified engineering principles to analyze and review advanced, specialized, and technical engineering plans.

· Serve as an agency consultant for specialized applications.

· Determine the appropriate classifications for wastewater treatment plants and collection systems based on size, capacity, technology, and other relevant factors. Regularly update and maintain the classification system used by Idaho’s Division of Professional Licensing.

· Evaluate and approve septic tank designs and technologies for residential and commercial developments to ensure compliance with state standards for capacity, safety, environmental impact, and sustainable development.

Engineering Support

· Serve as the lead technical engineer in developing, interpreting, and applying engineering-specific wastewater rules.

· Guide agency development of sound engineering principles that are consistent with regulations.

· Provide expert guidance to regional engineering teams on complex wastewater treatment and collection system issues.

· Support the development and interpretation of permit requirements, compliance schedules, and enforcement-related documents with regional and divisional staff to ensure state rules and industry best practices are followed.

· Collaborate with regional engineering teams to develop wastewater engineering technical documents and guidance materials, such as standard operating procedures and policies.

· Stay updated on wastewater engineering regulations, trends, and technologies.

· Foster collaboration and communication across agencies and industry to promote best practices and innovative solutions.

· Lead training initiatives, such as a biennial agency conference, to increase regional engineering teams’ expertise in consistently applying wastewater engineering rules and to ensure permit compliance across the state.


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.

You must identify your PE#, and State of issuance if other than Idaho, on your resume to be eligible for this position.


Required Specialty Minimum Qualification

DEQ 2883 – Water Quality

Must have 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.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to sit and work on a computer for 2-4 hours at a time.

Ability to bend and reach for filing purposes.

Some travel may be required.

Ability to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven terrain.

Ability to work on elevated instrument platforms, ladder, etc.

Occasional travel required.

May work in the vicinity of loud noise.



The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit



The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.


About Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (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.

To protect human health and the quality of  

Idaho's air, land, and water.  

If you have questions, please contact us at:  

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (208) 373-0333