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Solid Waste Permit Engineer

Posting Begin Date: 2024/07/09
Posting End Date: 2024/07/23
Category: Environmental Services
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 37.50
Maximum Salary: 45.50
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 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.

This position will require a medical surveillance baseline exam.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a Solid Waste Permit Engineer, Engineer Technical 1 for the State Office in Boise.

Salary Range: $37.50 - $45.50


· Solid Waste Program and Permit Management:

- Develop, implement, and maintain program guidance, policy, procedures, and document templates necessary for the processing and issuance of Solid Waste Program permits and approvals issued under the Solid Waste Facilities Act, the Solid Waste Management Rules, and other solid waste related technical and engineering reviews.

- Ensure permit and approval activities are implemented per the agency's strategic plan objectives.

- Ensure permit and approval activities are implemented following the requirements for Idaho to maintain United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program authorization for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Subtitle D.

- Represent the program in discussions and negotiations with EPA relating to permitting and approvals.

- Assign pre-application meetings, permit applications, reviews, and special solid waste projects to solid waste engineering staff, regional staff, technical services, or outside contractors. Maintain database tracking of project assignments, workloads and perform quality assurance and quality control on database elements.

- Provide technical review on all engineering and permit related decisions from solid waste engineering staff, regional staff, technical services, or outside contractors.

- Provide recommendations to the Solid Waste Program Manager for decision-making on non-routine, complex technical, or policy issues.

- Provide technical and regulatory guidance and policy implementation for the regulated community.

- Provide regulatory interpretations and remain current on proposed changes to state and federal rules and guidance pertaining to solid waste.

- Identify and recommend technology and infrastructure needs.

 · Supervisory Function:

- Analyze permitting program data to identify permit program resource needs and develop a 5-year plan to meet those needs.

- Perform supervisory duties for additional solid waste engineering staff as they are added. Perform staffing duties including interviewing and selecting qualified candidates for vacant positions.

- Provide training, mentoring, and coaching of new and existing permitting and solid waste staff. Provide timely performance reviews and establish objectives for continued professional growth.

 · DEQ Coordination and External Liaison:

- Provide technical and engineering support for the State and Regional Offices.

- Provide technical and engineering support for the Compliance and Enforcement Coordinator in compliance assistance and enforcement decisions.

- Provide technical and engineering support in negotiated rule making efforts.

- Represent the Solid Waste Program at workshops, conferences, public meetings, and public hearings.

- Represent the Solid Wate Program in response to inquiries from the media; consultants; and federal, state, and local officials and representatives.

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.

Required Specialty Minimum Qualification

Considerable knowledge of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) solid waste (nonhazardous waste) implementation and processes typically gained through possession of a college degree in Hydrogeology, Geology, Geophysics, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Soil Science, Chemical, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related field;

OR education and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree; AND at least two (2) years of fulltime work experience in Solid Waste management, including regulatory analysis and interpretation, facility siting and operation, and investigation, monitoring and corrective action at solid waste facilities;

OR possession of an unrelated college degree; AND successful completion of two (2) years of environmental college-level coursework supplemented with four (4) years full-time work experience as outlined above. 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. Note: Course work requirements are based on curriculum from an accredited college or university.

 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 30 pounds over rough terrain.

Ability to work in adverse or inclement weather.

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 come into contact with hazardous waste/materials.

Other Requirements:

Some travel may be required.


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