IPDES Compliance Officer

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA 🇺🇸

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 an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) compliance officer for our Coeur d’Alene Regional Office. This position serves as the regional inspector for the IPDES program and is instrumental in DEQ’s ability to provide effective implementation of the program, service to permit holders, and ensure compliance with permit requirements.

 Example of Duties

  • Conduct on-site inspections of facilities to determine compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) or IPDES permits, including recording information on an electronic device and uploading to central database.
  • Review required reporting documents, such as discharge monitoring reports and other compliance records.
  • Determine compliance with rules and permit conditions.
  • Complete reports, such as sewer overflow reports and inspection letters.
  • Prepare documentation for enforcement actions when necessary.
  • Participate in enforcement negotiations.
  • Provide technical assistance to enhance promote compliance.
  • Review preliminary IPDES permits.
  • Conduct permit hand-offs for new or modified permits.
  • Investigate complaints regarding discharges to surface waters and other IPDES Program-related elements, including evaluate compliance and recommend solutions to discharge noncompliance; initiate enforcement actions when appropriate; and develop enforcement referral documentation.
  • Maintain working knowledge of the IPDES rules.
  • Provide timely updates and status reports to the IPDES compliance, inspections, and enforcement lead.
  • Participate in ongoing discussions to improve customer service in the IPDES Program.
  • Participate in developing and enhancing the statewide IPDES Program.
  • Act as a quality assurance officer for regional project plans.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a bachelor’s degree in the physical or biological sciences, political science, business or public administration, engineering, or related natural resources management field OR any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a typical four (4) year bachelor’s degree. For example: Successful completion of sixty (60) semester hours of study, including twenty four (24) semester hours in a subject required for the specific discipline, is equivalent to two (2) years of undergraduate education; and/or experience performing routine duties in completing multiple tasks such as policy research, data collection, interpretation, analysis and preparation of reports and written documents for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college.


At least four (4) years’ experience managing and implementing, projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental, regulatory, or administrative in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.


Possession of a master’s degree in any of the above fields AND at least two (2) years’ professional experience managing and implementing, or overseeing projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.
 Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • DEQ 3126 IPDES: Requires a college degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, or a closely related field; 
  • AND 
  • One (1) year of full-time work experience with: a governmental regulatory agency developing, or determining compliance with, water quality permits for municipal or industrial (production, construction, mining) sources; OR A consulting firm or contractor with primary responsibility for preparing water quality permit applications and supporting documentation; OR Ensuring compliance with water quality permit conditions at municipal or industrial sources, OR Operations subject to water quality general permit conditions.

Supplemental InformationBenefits:

  • 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
  • Some travel may be required
  • Other : Must be skilled in the manipulation of data and familiar with data quality objectives
  • 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 on elevated instrument platforms, ladders, etc.
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise
  • May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas

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.