Federal Reporting Lead

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Boise, 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 a federal reporting lead for our State Office in Boise. The federal reporting lead is responsible for the development, publication, and approval of Idaho’s biennial Integrated Report (IR), and assists with the development of assessment policies and procedures. The federal reporting lead assists the Water Quality Division’s total maximum daily load (TMDL) program with reviews, database management, and programmatic prioritization of 303(d)-listed water bodies. Example of Duties

Directs the development, publication, and approval of ldaho’s biennial IR, a Clean Water Act requirement, and assists with development of assessment policies and produces. Produces the IR document, including coordination with DEQ Regional Office staff, GIS analyst, internal management, and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff.

  • Integrated Report Development:
    • Work with supervisor on program priorities, guidance, and policies related to IR.
    • Coordinate with EPA on DEQ IR policy changes and additions.
    • Coordinate with regional offices on watershed advisory group and basin advisory group consultation.
    • Conduct data research and coordinate public comment on draft IR.
    • Prepare DEQ response to public comments.
    • Participate in EPA coordination of regional and national workgroups dealing with IR updates and changes to the assessment database.
    • Serve as an expert resource in ATTAINS and assessment databases and internal DEQ applications used for assessments.
  • Assessment Procedures Development:
    • Work with supervisor and other program coordinators on program priorities, guidance, and policies related to water quality assessments.
    • Coordinate water quality assessments with regional and State Office staff, including travel to regional offices to assist with assessments.
    • Develop assessment training that covers input of results into the assessment database.
    • Coordinate with programmers, web designers, database management coordinator, and GIS analyst in creating , supporting, and maintaining management infrastructure to support IR development.
  • TMDL Program Support:
    • Review draft TMDLs and TMDL 5-year reviews to ensure consistency with IR.
    • Update ATTAINS database after TMDL submittals.
    • Assist TMDL coordinator with 303(d)-list queries.
    • Support 303(d) prioritization for TMDL development.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in the physical or biological sciences or related field; AND at least four years’ experience in scientific assessment, environmental protection and pollution control techniques, such as designing, reviewing, or implementing scientific projects, investigations remediation projects, monitoring projects; OR organizing and interpreting laboratory and field data; performing activities associated with pollution prevention and mitigation; and recommending and overseeing the completion of remedial actions. OR Possession of a Master’s degree in the sciences or related field; AND two years’ experience as defined above; OR Possession of a Doctor of Philosophy in the sciences or related field. 

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • 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.

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
  • Some periods of heavy reading and typing required
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work in adverse or inclement weather
  • 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.





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