Local recruitment: Water Quality Engineer Intern

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Boise, ID, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $52,000.00 – $58,240.00 Annually

Location: Boise, ID

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Department of Environmental Quality

Job Number: 3672

Closing: 2/28/2023 11:59 PM Mountain


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a water quality staff engineer for our Technical Services Division located in the State Office in Boise, Idaho.

A one-time $5,000 RECRUITMENT BONUS is offered for this position.
Recruitment bonus criteria must be met.

 The staff engineer performs professional engineering and related administrative work to assist the water, waste, and mining programs with reviewing engineering projects.

Positions established at the staff engineer level may be underfilled at the associate or engineer-in-training levels. After successfully completing a training plan, meeting the minimum qualifications for the staff engineer level, and receiving a professional engineering license, the employee will be reclassified and compensated as a staff engineer.

To apply as an associate engineer, click here.
To apply as a staff engineer, click here.

**THE ENGINEER INTERN CLASSIFICATION IS NOT AN INTERNSHIP. It is a full time, classified position with the State of Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.Example of Duties

  • Review and approve drinking water and wastewater construction project plans and specifications.
  • Review and approve drinking water and wastewater design reports and facility plans.
  • Inspect drinking water, wastewater, and other permitted facilities.
  • Oversee state and federally funded drinking water and wastewater projects.
  • Analyze landfill design and construction documents.
  • Conduct lead and copper corrosion studies.
  • Assist stakeholders in understanding and complying with state and federal environmental rules through outreach efforts. 
  • Analyze, interpret, and apply federal, state, and local laws when applying professional engineering principles and practices including Idaho Rules for Public Drinking Water Systems, Idaho’s Wastewater Rules, Federal Clean Water Act, and Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Prepare technical and programmatic correspondence and reports, summarizing technical reviews of projects.
  • Evaluate, analyze, and interpret engineering reports and engineering plans and specifications.
  • Evaluate quality assurance methods, reports, and plans to ensure data meets desired goals and objectives.
  • Manage the enhanced sanitary survey backlog.
  • Manage geotechnical engineering projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduation from a four-year Engineering curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) PLUS within six (6) months of hire receive certification by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers as an Engineer Intern
  • OR Certification as an EIT from another jurisdiction that included graduation from a four-year engineering curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET)
  • OR graduation from a four-year engineering curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) PLUS verification that the candidate has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination.

Valid driver’s license 

Supplemental Information

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Water Quality (2880): Do you have at least six credit hours of education related to water quality inspection procedures and Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and related laws, guidelines, and practices applicable to wastewater, public drinking water, or solid waste systems.


  • 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
  • Must be able to wear a respirator
  • Ability to work on elevated instrument platforms, ladders, etc.
  • Field sites may involve working near and with drilling rigs, backhoes, trucks and other large equipment in rough terrain
  • Occasional travel required
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise
  • Eyesight needs to be 20/20 (as corrected) to observe field compliance

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.

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.
The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 373-0333, or email recruitment@deq.idaho.gov

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

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


If you have questions, please contact us at:

Email: deq.recruitment@deq.idaho.gov

Phone: (208) 373-0333

Agency: State of Idaho

Address: 304 North 8th Street, Boise, Idaho, 83720

Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/idaho





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