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Posting Begin Date: 2024/06/10
Posting End Date: 2024/06/24
Category: Natural Resources
Sub Category: Environmental Services
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 43.74
Maximum Salary: 48.00
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 Mountain Time on the posting end date. 

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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 Groundwater Bureau Chief – Analyst 5 for Drinking Water Protection and Finance for the State Office in Boise, ID.


Salary Range: $43.74- $48.00



The Groundwater Bureau Chief oversees the Groundwater Program and the Source Water Protection Program through authorities granted by the Idaho Ground Water Quality Act and the federal Safe Water Drinking Act.

Program Management and Leadership:

· Provide leadership, management, and support for both programs statewide to protect groundwater and source water.

· Provide and manage a strategic plan, metrics, and reporting with the regional offices and associated programs for the bureau.

· Develop, revise, or maintain guidance, policy, templates, and tools for the smooth operation of the programs.

· Provide technical and regulatory assistance to internal and external stakeholders.

· Coordinate and oversee monitoring projects, associated project plans, and quality assurance plans. This includes nitrate priority area monitoring, local and regional groundwater investigations, point of compliance related to mining, and managed aquifer recharge operations.

· Review and provide technical assistance for other related groundwater monitoring, such as nutrient-pathogen studies and Underground Injection Well monitoring through the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

· Lead the Groundwater Monitoring Technical Committee.

· Coordinate and consult with other agencies and other DEQ bureaus and divisions, including the Drinking Water Bureau, Grants and Loans, Surface and Wastewater Division, and Waste Management and Remediation Division.

· Manage source water assessment and source water protection activities, including modeling, susceptibility, protection plans, and grants.

· Plan, coordinate, and execute outreach activities in accordance with the goals of the Idaho Ground Water Quality Plan.

· Track regional office and state office related performance measures.

· Coordinate, develop, and publish groundwater technical reports.

· Ensure data, databases, and websites are updated and managed.

· Initiate or provide overview in enforcement of the Ground Water Quality Rule.

· Conduct annual statewide training.


Staff Supervision:

· Supervise and coach staff.

· Conduct performance reviews and staff development plans.

· Manage performance and workload in a hybrid (remote/in-person) working environment.

· Review and approve travel and training.


Budget Management, Contracts, and Work Plans:

· Prepare and monitor budgets and the associated work plans.

· Manage budgets and contracts.

· Develop program reports as needed.

· Manage and report as needed and participate with United States Environmental Protection Agency on the Performance Partnership Agreement.


Minimum Qualifications:

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, 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 full-time work experience managing and implementing, 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 for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college; AND, At least (8) eight years' professional experience providing management, technical assistance, resource allocation, and policy interpretation to staff, special interest groups and the public; OR, Possession of a Master's degree in the sciences or related field and at least five (5) years of professional experience providing management, technical assistance, resource allocation, and policy interpretation to staff, special interest groups and the public. 


Required Specialty Minimum Qualification

DEQ 3018 - General Environmental

Must have good knowledge of the geosciences. Typically met by possession of a Bachelor's degree in geology, hydrogeology, soil science, or a closely related field; AND at least seven (7) years of POST degree experience working as a professional hydrogeologist or ground water hydrologist performing technical evaluations, data analyses, and technical report writing in the field of ground water hydrology.


DEQ 5217A - Administrative

Must have successfully completed courses or seminars that included the essential elements of management (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling); OR, I 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.



Desired Specialty Minimum Qualification

DEQ 0804 – Administrative

Have approximately two years of full-time work experience developing and monitoring a budget with responsibility for planning and preparing budget requests coupled with monitoring spending of an operations budget.

DEQ 3123 – Water

Have 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.


DEQ 3136 – Water

Have 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.


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.

Some travel may be required.

Ability to work in adverse or inclement weather.

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.

Occasional travel required.

May work in the vicinity of loud noise.

May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas.



Optional Licensure or Certifications:

Please identify your PE#, and State of issuance if other than Idaho, on your resume.

Professional Geologist (PG):


Other Requirements:

· Valid driver’s license




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