Employer: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality – Idaho Department of Environmental Qaulity
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a water quality staff engineer for our Twin Falls Regional Office. This position is responsible for overseeing reuse activities for permitted facilities in the Twin Falls area; including reviewing annual reports, compliance activities, complaint response, and submittals; conducting inspections of reuse facilities and septage farms; and preparing written reports. This position also provides technical assistance to permittees, conducts enforcement activities, and maintains program tracking. 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 or Engineer-in-Training level, please go to the DEQ Water Quality Engineer (Associate) or DEQ Water Quality Engineer (Engineer-in-Training) announcements for Twin Falls.https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/idaho?department=Department%20of%20Environmental%20Quality&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscendingDEQ 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:Issue permits and staff analysisConduct inspections and prepare written reports for reuse facilities and septage farmsReview annual reports, compliance activity submittals, plans, and specificationsProvide technical assistance to permitteesConduct enforcement activities and maintain program trackingRespond to complaintsMinimum Qualifications: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;ANDValid 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.DEQ 3138 – Inspections: Good knowledge of scientific principles and industrial, municipal, and/or private processes gained through possession of a college degree in the biological sciences, chemistry, geology; chemical, civil, or environmental engineering; environmental science, environmental education or a closely related field; AND one year of full-time work experience conducting industrial/commercial, municipal, and/or private system inspections, including determining facility compliance with rules, statutes, and permits; conducting on-site educational activities; and investigating citizen complaints as a major function of the job; OR possession of an unrelated degree or a combination of education and experience equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree; AND four years of full-time experience as described above.Supplemental Information:Benefits: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 longevityPaid sick leave separate from vacation leave10 paid holidaysCompetitive Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance benefits, Flexible Spending Account https://ogi.idaho.gov/premium-rates/ Relocation Assistance available to some positionsDefined 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 optionsEligible for Employee Assistance Program – Confidential support, information and resources for all of life’s challenges.Physical requirements:Ability to sit and work on a computer for 2-4 hours at a timeAbility to reach and bend for filing purposesSome periods of heavy reading and typing requiredAbility to lift 30 pounds when working with file boxesSome travel may be requiredMust have a valid driver’s licenseAbility to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven terrainAbility to lift and carry up to 50 pounds over rough terrainAbility to work in adverse or inclement weatherAbility to work in extreme hot or cold temperatures both outside and insideAbility 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 terrainMay work in vicinity of loud noiseMay be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areasMay come into contact with hazardous waste/materialsEyesight needs to be 20/20 (as corrected) to observe field complianceAbout 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.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.