Water Quality Staff Engineer Idaho Falls, Idaho
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a water quality engineer for our Idaho Falls Regional Office. This position is responsible for reviewing and approving wastewater and drinking water facility plans, preliminary engineering reports, and construction plans and specifications for new or modified existing facilities; performing sanitary surveys and inspections; and writing analyses findings. This position is also responsible for tracking permits and evaluating monitoring data and other reports to determine compliance of permitted facilities.
This position is established at the Staff Engineer level and may be underfilled at the Associate level or Engineer-in-Training. Upon successful completion of a training plan and when minimum qualifications for the Staff Engineer level are met, the incumbent will be reclassified to a Staff Engineer and compensated accordingly.
To apply at the Associate Engineer or Engineer-in-Training level, please go to the DEQ Water Quality Engineer (Associate) or DEQ Water Quality Engineer (Engineer-in-Training) announcements for Idaho Falls.
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.
DEQ is committed to protecting human health and the quality of Idaho's air, land, and water.
The Engineer-in-Training and Associate Engineer classifications are used for recruitment and training purposes for the Staff Engineer position. Through various types of on-the-job training, employees hired at the trainee level will learn to carry out the duties of a Staff Engineer. Upon completion of training, including possession of a Professional Engineering license, the employee will be promoted to the Staff Engineer level.
Example of Duties:
- Direct activities to ensure compliance with applicable state environmental
- rules and laws related to drinking water, recycled water, and wastewater systems, including: Complaint investigation, routine inspections and preparation of inspection reports, permit writing and the review and approval of engineering plans, specifications, and reports.
- Assist in resolving complex issues involving technical engineering issues and regulatory compliance issues.
- Use appropriate compliance tools to resolve rule and law violations, including 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 and technical assistance.
Licensure: Licensed in Idaho as a Professional Engineer (PE); or eligible for comity licensure by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers in accordance with Idaho Code, Title 54, Chapter 12;
Valid driver's license.
Experience: analyzing, interpreting and applying federal, state and local laws when applying professional engineering principles and practices; writing technical engineering reports; evaluating, selecting and adapting standard engineering plans, specifications and standards in completing projects; coordinating field work and inspecting projects or facilities for compliance with standards.
Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):
- DEQ 2882 Water Quality: Requires at least six credit hours of education related to water quality and/or water pollution control, including current technologies, construction and operation methods, mechanical systems, and material specifications to include inspection procedures; Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and related laws, guidelines, and practices applicable to wastewater, public drinking water, or solid waste systems; PLUS approximately two years of engineering experience in the areas listed.
- 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 https://ogi.idaho.gov/premium-rates/
- Relocation Assistance available to some positions
- Defined benefits retirement plan (pension) through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) https://persi.idaho.gov/members/base_plan.cfm
- 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.
- 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
- 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 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
- May work in vicinity of loud noise
- May come into contact with hazardous waste/materials
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.
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