Water Quality Monitoring Specialist

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Helena, MT, USA 🇺🇸

We are looking for a Water Quality Monitoring Specialist to join our team.  The Water Quality Monitoring Specialist is responsible for monitoring and assessing water quality conditions and trends of all State’s surface water to determine if water quality standards are met.  Responsibilities of this position include:  1) Compile and analyze information on watershed water quality, stream bank and riparian conditions, land-use and sources to determine needs for monitoring projects in a particular area; 2) Identify and characterize specific causes and possible sources of pollution and pollutants; and 3) Conduct the installation, calibration, maintenance and technical interpretation of field instruments for all Bureaus’ “internal” monitoring projects.

At the Department of Environmental Quality, our ultimate goal is to champion a healthy environment for a thriving Montana.  Come be a part of the Department of Environmental Quality!

To apply for this positions, please submit your resume and cover letter through the State of Montana Careers site.  In your cover letter, describe how your education, knowledge and skills have prepared you for this position. 

The Water Quality Monitoring Specialist position includes a career ladder for professional development and pay progression.


Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, limnology, geomorphology, aquatic ecology, ecology, or a closely related field and two (2) years’ work experience in water quality monitoring.  This position requires extensive travel, sometimes alone or in pairs, and potentially strenuous field work.

Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. 

Training Assignment:  Not Applicable  

Job:  Environmental Sciences 

Salary: $ 45,006.00 – 57,247.00  Yearly 

Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings: 1 

Employee Status:  Regular 

Schedule:  Full-Time 

Shift:  Day Job 

Travel:  Yes, 25 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Helena 

Agency:  Department of Environmental Quality 

Union:  Montana Federation of Public Employees 

Bargaining Unit:  034 – DEQ Employees  

Posting Date:  Nov 16, 2021, 11:01:19 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone): Dec 3, 2021, 9:59:00 AM 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume  

Contact Name:  Christina Lipetzky  |  Contact Email:  [email protected]  |  Contact Phone:  4064446717 

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency’s HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.