Local recruitment: Water Quality Scientist - TMDL

State of Montana

Helena, MT, USA 🇺🇸

We are looking for two Water Quality Scientist to join our team in the TMDL Section of the Water Quality Planning Bureau.  These positions are focused on the development of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and supporting TMDL implementation and other water quality and watershed improvement activities, including wetland protection activities. Writing and implementing TMDLs supports DEQ’s mission to assure that water quality is maintained & improved so that state waters can support all their beneficial uses. Primary responsibilities of this position include: Developing TMDLs to address pollutant loading sources; Organizing, analyzing, and summarizing water quality data and pollutant source information; Working with other internal DEQ program personnel and external stakeholders to compile water quality information and provide guidance and feedback on water quality and wetland improvement activities; Writing TMDL documents that meet all DEQ and EPA requirements; Presenting TMDLs and scientific information to the public and stakeholders; and Documenting water quality improvement and wetland protection actions and evaluating relative success of these actions. Some field work to collect surface water quality data and assess pollutant sources, as well as travel around the state of Montana is required. 

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 Scientist position includes a career ladder for professional development and pay progression. 

Minimum requirements include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Aquatic Biology, Geology, Limnology, Hydrology, Natural Resource Management, or a closely related field. 
  • Three years of work experience in aquatic science, hydrology, water quality planning, water or environmental resource management, nonpoint source pollution prevention, or a closely related field. 
  • Preferred working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and statistical analysis packages. 
  • Technical writing and public speaking skills preferred 
  • Current valid Driver’s License and clean driving record in accordance with State of Montana Vehicle laws.

Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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 (https://statecareers.mt.gov/) 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:  This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.  

Salary: $ 48,180.00 – 63,590.00  Yearly 

Telework Eligibility:  Telework Eligible (Full-time telework is not available. Telework schedule must be supervisor approved.) 

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, 15 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Helena 

   Agency:  Department of Environmental Quality Union:  Montana Federation of Public Employees  

Posting Date:  Mar 10, 2023, 9:00:00 AM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone):  Apr 1, 2023, 8:59:00 AM 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume  

Contact Name:  Crystal Keleti  |  Contact Email:  crystal.keleti@mt.gov  |  Contact Phone:  4064444219 

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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