Drinking Water Scientist

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Helena, MT, USA 🇺🇸

We are looking for two Drinking Water Scientists to join the Public Water Supply bureau of the Department of Environmental Quality.  These professionals are responsible for scientific and technical analyses, calculations, assessments and determinations essential to the implementation of the drinking water program in the State of Montana.  Additionally, these scientists:  1) Review treatment specifications, protocols, and processes at existing and proposed public water supplies; 2) Assess and respond to drinking water treatment related functions, questions, and emergencies; 3) Determine whether facilities are utilizing the best available technology, and maintained and operated in compliance with drinking water rules and requirements; 4) Review and implement state and federal statutes, rules, policies, and industry accepted standards; 5) Act as a liaison for the Department to the public and industry on drinking water quality matters; and 6) Function as a mentor and resource for other Department staff, the regulated community, consultants, engineers, and the general public.

At the Department of Environmental Quality, our ultimate goal is to champion a healthy environment for a thriving Montana.  DEQ employees are the heart of our organization. We value the people and invest in their professional growth, promoting a culture of cross-agency collaboration as we find solutions to the environmental challenges we face.  DEQ values – leadership, accountability, customer service, efficiency, excellence, and decision making – are fundamental to our work. Come be a part of the Department of Environmental Quality!

To apply for this position, 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 Drinking Water Scientist positions include a career ladder for professional development and pay progression.


Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences (including physical science, chemistry, microbiology, hydrology, or biology), environmental health field practices, engineering, or a related science or environmental field and three (3) years of job-related experience in environmental regulation, preferably in water treatment.

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: $ 46,006.00 – 56,987.00  Yearly 

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

Number of Openings: 2 

Employee Status:  Regular 

Schedule:  Full-Time 

Shift:  Day Job 

Travel:  Yes, 5 % 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 17, 2021, 11:08:31 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone): Dec 9, 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.





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