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Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/14
Posting End Date: 2024/05/28
Category: Environmental Services
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 34.25
Maximum Salary: 38.82
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 PM 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 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 Water Quality Analyst for the State Office located in Boise, Idaho.

Salary Range: $34.25 - $38.82


· Prepare and review total maximum daily load (TMDL) projects and documents using data analysis and software modeling.

· Apply advanced theories and principles to projects for the DEQ's Surface Water Program, analyzing surface water quality pollutants including sediment, bacteria, nutrients, and metals.

· Act as a temperature pollution specialist, using stream modeling programs to establish input parameters, interpret model output, and incorporate shade data from riparian plant communities into daily heat loads for TMDLs.

· Perform biological, environmental, and water quality data analysis and interpretation as requested.

· Serve as a Quality Assurance Officer in DEQ's Quality Assurance/Quality Control process.

· Perform technical lead role responsibilities for assigned projects and tasks.

· Perform selective field studies as requested, including but not limited to, TMDL fieldwork (McNeils, Pathfinder, sediment erosion inventories (SEIs)).

· Train and mentor new TMDL staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

Possession of a Bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences, or a related field; 
At least six years of professional experience designing and implementing scientific applications, investigations, studies such as chemical, physical, or biological monitoring, corrective action plans, analysis, and assessment. OR Possession of a Master's degree in the sciences or related field; AND four years' experience as defined above; OR Possession of a Doctor of Philosophy in the sciences or related field; AND two years' experience as defined above.

Required Specialty Minimum Qualification

Good knowledge of Surface Water. Typically met by at least two (2) years of full-time work experience in surface water quality such as reviewing, designing or implementing monitoring projects and quality assurance project plans; watershed, riparian area, aquatic habitat, water quality or environmental assessments, pollutant sources assessments, including municipal, industrial and storm water point sources and non-point source activities, such as forestry, mining, agriculture and grazing.

Requires at least four (4) years of experience preparing scientific or technical reports AND at least two (2) years of experience presenting scientific, technical, or regulatory information to students, the general public, local governments, and professional organizations.

Desired Specialty Minimum Qualification

Two (2) years of full-time work experience negotiating environmental actions. This experience may be as a technical advisor negotiating environmental plans, legislative issues, rules and regulations; OR Approximately two (2) years full-time work experience coordinating multi-interest committees to produce consensus or dispute resolution within the regulated community.

Requires at least two (2) years of experience leading committees or work groups involving federal, state, or local government representatives to collaboratively plan and implement statewide activities; or three (3) years of experience successfully implementing interagency collaborative projects involving the collection and management of water quality data.

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 periods of heavy reading and typing are required.

Ability to lift 30 pounds when working with file boxes.

Ability to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven 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 the vicinity of loud noise.

Eyesight needs to be 20/20 (as corrected) to observe field compliance.

The person in this position is routinely exposed to motor vehicle and road hazards; slips, trips and falls associated with walking in rugged terrain and streams, and extreme hot or cold air temperatures while in the field. They may be exposed to heavy equipment, loud noise, and other hazards associated with proximity to heavy equipment. Field conditions may require traveling great distances from areas with no logistical support or emergency facilities. The person in this position may be required to backpack up to 50 pounds.

Other Requirements:

· Valid driver’s license

· Some travel may be required and stay overnight in remote areas


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