Scientist (Water Quality Permitting)

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Helena, MT, USA 🇺🇸


We are looking for Water Quality Permit Writers to join our team in the Water Protection Bureau of the Water Quality Division. This position focuses on Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) Permitting. Whenever a municipality, industry, or other entity wishes to discharge water to a surface water of the state, that entity must first obtain a permit from DEQ. Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) permits regulate wastewater discharges by limiting the quantities of pollutants to be discharged. The limits and/or requirements in the permit help ensure compliance with Montana’s Water Quality Standards, and State and Federal Regulations, all of which were written to protect public health and the aquatic environment. 

The Water Quality Permit Writer performs scientific and technical analyses, calculations, assessments and determinations essential to the implementation of water quality programs in the State of Montana. Responsibilities of this position include: Reviewing specifications and processes at existing and proposed discharge facilities or water quality projects; Assessing and responding to permit applications and registration materials; Analyzing and interpreting environmental, hydrologic, geologic, ecological, and water quality data; Determining whether facilities are operated in compliance with water quality rules and permit requirements; Reviewing and implementing state and federal statutes, rules, and policies; and Acting as a liaison for the Department to the public and industry on water quality matters. 

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!

The Water Quality Permit Writer position includes a career ladder for professional development and pay progression. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in geology, hydrology, environmental engineering, or other physical science. 
  • Two years of experience with demonstrated ability to understand environmental regulations, water quality standards, environmental permitting, water quality monitoring and data analysis, and water pollution control technology. 
  • Current valid Driver’s License and clean driving record in accordance with State of Montana Vehicle Use Policy 

In your cover letter, describe how your education, knowledge, and skills have prepared you for this position. 

Applications, including supplemental materials such as cover letter or resume, must be submitted through the State of Montana Careers site ( by the closing date of the announcement.

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: $ 47,046.00 – 67,579.00  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, 10 % of the Time

Primary Location:  Helena

Agency:  Department of Environmental Quality 

Union:  Montana Federation of Public Employees 

Bargaining Unit:  034 – DEQ Employees  

Posting Date:  May 5, 2022, 12:47:42 AM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone):  May 19, 2022, 8:59:00 AM 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume

Contact Name:  Amy Freund  |  Contact Email:  [email protected]  |  Contact Phone:  406-444-4219 

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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Apply by 19 May, 2022