Senior Water Quality Standards Scientist

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Boise, ID, United States 🇺🇸

Be a part of our mission to protect human health and the quality of Idaho’s air, land, and water!
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a senior water quality standards scientist for our Surface and Wastewater Division in Boise. This position is responsible for supervising and leading the water quality standards subprogram in the Surface Water Bureau, including supervising staff and crafting rules, white papers, guidance, and recommendations for program policy and implementation.

Example of Duties

  • Act as subject specialist on water quality standards and Water Quality Program.
  • Advise regional offices, Surface Water Program Manager, Water Quality Division Administrator, and other Surface Water Program staff in all matters related to water quality standards.
  • Lead rulemaking, including initial justification and negotiations with stakeholders and DEQ’s Board.
  • Draft guidance and implementation documents related to water quality standards.
  • Work with other Surface Water Programs and state and federal partners in interpreting and implementing water quality standards.
  • Respond to questions from the regulated community, consultants, nongovernmental organizations, and other third parties on interpreting and implementing water quality standards.
  • Prepare and present information (written and oral) on water quality standards and their development at informal and formal technical settings.
  • Develop requests for proposal and administer resulting contracts with consultants who support water quality development or implementation.
  • Write and assist others in quality assurance project plans that involve some aspect of water quality standards.
  • Provide field assistance to Surface Water Program staff.
  • Provide direct supervision of water quality standards staff, including reviewing and approving timesheets, travel requests, and purchases.
  • Work with the bureau chief to assign work tasks, develop performance plans, and provide performance evaluations for water quality standards 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.

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • DEQ 3011 Negotiation: Approximately 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.
  • DEQ 3133 Surface Water: 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.
  • DEQ 3137 Environmental Rules and Regulations: Two (2) years of experience involving interpretation and application of federal and/or state environmental rules and at least one (1) year experience developing guidance and/or policies.

Supplemental Information

  • 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 Parental Leave
  • Paid sick leave separate from vacation leave
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance benefits, Flexible Spending Account     
  • Relocation Assistance available to some positions
  • Defined benefits retirement plan (pension) through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)        
  • 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.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to sit and work on a computer for 2-4 hours at a time
  • Some periods of heavy reading and typing required
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds when working with file boxes
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds over rough terrain
  • Ability to work in adverse or inclement weather

About 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.

3 days remaining

Apply by 23 September, 2021