Drinking and Wastewater Manager

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Lewiston, ID, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $59,841.60 – $80,017.60 Annually
Location: Lewiston, ID
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Department of Environmental Quality
Job Number: 4016
Closing: 8/12/2022 11:59 PM Mountain


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 Drinking and Waste Water Manager for our Lewiston Regional office.This position provides compliance assistance to communities and industries that manage systems regulated by the Idaho Rules for Public Drinking Water Systems, Wastewater Rules, Recycled Water Rules, IPDES Rules, and Ground Water Quality Rule. This position is responsible for managing engineering functions and technical staff responsible for administering the Idaho water quality standards.
A one-time $5,000 RECRUITMENT BONUS is offered for this position. **Recruitment bonus criteria must be met.
DEQ works closely and collaboratively with a wide range of public and private partners, including federal and state agencies; the Board of Environmental Quality; city, county, and tribal governments; businesses; community organizations; and Idaho citizens. mission.
Example of Duties

  • Personnel Management:
    • Manage staff performance to achieve annual performance measures and objectives within negotiated budgets. 
    • Complete annual performance evaluations and ensure that staff follow DEQ policies and procedures in the course of completing duties.
    • Support staff professional development.
  • Program Management:
    • Coordinate with the bureaus to identify priority initiatives, negotiate budgets, negotiate performance measures, and direct resources accordingly to achieve programmatic goals. 
    • Programs include recycled water, wastewater drinking water, ground water, source water, IPDES, grants and loans, and solid waste.
  • Environmental Compliance:
    • Direct and supervise activities to ensure compliance with applicable state environmental rules and laws, including complaint investigation, routine inspections, permit issuance, and review and approval of engineering plans. 
    • Negotiate formal and informal resolutions to violations of rules and laws with appropriate and applicable compliance tools such as enforcement referrals, notices of violation, consent orders, compliance agreement schedules, and civil complaints.
    • Work with responsible parties to comply with enforcement agreements.
  • Environmental Outreach:
    • Assist stakeholders in understanding and complying with state and federal environmental rules through outreach efforts. 
    • Promote, as appropriate, DEQ programs and services, such as the grants and loans programs, to encourage improvement of public utilities for increased public health and reduced environmental impacts.

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 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 such as planning, research, regulatory development and/or implementation of components of environmental programs or media for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college.


At least six (6) years of professional experience providing management, technical assistance, resource allocation, and policy interpretation to staff, special interest groups and the public.


Possession of a Master’s degree in any of the above fields AND at least four (4) years of professional experience providing technical assistance, allocating resources, managing and/or developing programs; and interpreting policy to staff, special interest groups and the public.

Supplemental Information

Desirable Qualifications (not required to qualify for the position but additional points will be awarded to applicants who meet this criteria):DEQ 3025 Wastewater:
Do you have knowledge of Wastewater and Water and Waste Management as well as knowledge in drinking water or wastewater management.
Typically met by possession of a college degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Biology or closely related field OR any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a typical four (4) year bachelor’s degree AND two (2) years full-time work experience in drinking water or wastewater management such as: reviewing, designing or implementing drinking water or wastewater treatment and conveyance systems, source water protection and development plans, engineering reports/facility plans, point source discharge permits, water quality certifications and municipal solid waste or biosolids disposal facility plans.

5217A Supervision (Good Knowledge of): Do you have education that included the essential elements of management (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling); AND/OR  

Do you have experience performing as a supervisor that required work assignment, direction and monitoring of staff with responsibility into the hiring of employees, preparing performance evaluations, and handling problem-solving procedures.

Typically met by completion of courses or seminars that included the essential elements of management (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling); OR,

At least one (1) year of experience performing as a supervisor that required work assignment, and direction and monitoring of staff with responsibility (or significant input) into the hiring of employees, preparing performance evaluations, and handling problem-solving procedures.


  • 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
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds when working with file boxes
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven terrain
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds over rough terrain
  • Ability to work in adverse or inclement weather
  • Ability to work in extreme hot or cold temperatures both outside and inside
  • Field sites may involve working near and with drilling rigs, backhoes, trucks and other large equipment in rough terrain
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise
  • May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas
  • May come into contact with hazardous waste/materials

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.

To protect human healthand the quality of  Idaho’s air, land, and water.


If you have questions, please contact us at:Email:[email protected]

Phone:(208) 373-0333