Water Quality Staff Engineer

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Twin Falls, ID, United States 🇺🇸

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a senior water quality engineer for our Twin Falls Regional Office. This position is responsible for reviewing drinking water and wastewater plans, preliminary engineering reports, facility plans, and maintaining the plans and specifications database. 
This is a great opportunity for a community-minded engineer with interest in preserving Idaho’s water quality while enjoying a work-life balance and the abundant opportunities that northern Idaho has to offer.
 This position is established at the Engineer Tech 1 level and may be under filled at the Staff Engineer level. Upon successful completion of a training plan and when minimum qualifications for the Engineer Technical 1 level are met, the incumbent will be reclassified to an Engineer Technical 1 level and compensated accordingly.

To apply at the Engineer, Tech 1 level, please go to the DEQ Senior Water Quality Engineer announcement.
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 Staff Engineer classification is used for recruitment and training purposes for the Engineer Technical 1 position. Through various types of on-the-job training, employees hired at the staff level will learn to carry out the duties of an Engineer Technical 1. Upon completion of training, including possession of a Professional Engineering license, the employee will be promoted to the Engineer Technical 1 level.

*If you previously applied for this position you do not need to reapply. Example of Duties

  • Review and approve drinking water and wastewater plans and specifications according to Idaho Code § 39-118 and Idaho regulations.
  • Review engineering reports and facility plans and maintain the plans and specifications database.
  • As a project officer, manage water and wastewater grants and state revolving fund (SRF) loan projects. In coordination with the State Office, develop the annual priority list for eligible projects and reviews plans and specification.
  • Conduct public outreach/education sessions for potential loan recipients.
  • Attend construction meetings and inspections; review and approve disbursement requests; and conduct construction and warranty inspections.
  • Conduct compliance inspections at drinking water, wastewater, and construction sites and facilities. Conduct inspections of SRF construction projects and J.C. 39-118 violations.
  • As a senior member of the DEQ engineering peer review group, may provide input on rule and guidance development.

Minimum 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;


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

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 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

Physical requirements:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise
  • May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas
  • May come into contact with hazardous waste/materials
  • Eyesight needs to be 20/20 (as corrected) to observe field compliance

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.

12 days remaining

Apply by 30 September, 2021