Senior Water Quality/Solid Waste Engineer

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Boise, ID, United States
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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a senior technical engineer for water quality and solid waste in our Boise Regional Office. This position serves as the lead wastewater engineer in the region and performs complex engineering analyses and evaluations of engineering plan submittals. This position also serves as the lead solid waste engineer and implements and oversees the Idaho Solid Waste Facilities Act and the "Solid Waste Management Rules" (IDAPA 58.01.06) for the Boise region. 

Additional responsibilities include working with private and public engineers and officials representing cities, counties, developers, and individuals on wastewater and solid waste facility proposals; working with local health districts and DEQ's hazardous waste and remediation group on responses to solid waste accumulation or mishandling; and serve as a resource to our Wastewater and Solid Waste Bureaus for engineering support, program development, and procedure implementation.

This position is established at the Technical Engineer 1 level and may be under filled at the Staff Engineer level.  The Technical Engineer 1 level requires four years POST-Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensure; the Staff level requires P.E. licensure with no requirement of experience post-licensure.  Upon successful completion of a training plan and when minimum qualifications for the Technical Engineer 1 level are met, the incumbent will be reclassified to a Technical Engineer 1 and compensated accordingly.

To apply at the Staff Engineer level, please apply through the DEQ Water Quality/Solid Waste Engineer (Staff Engineer) Announcement shown below.
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. These partnerships are critical to accomplishing our environmental and human health protection mission.  The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.

The Staff Engineer classification is used for recruitment and training purposes for the Engineer Technical 1 position. Through various types of on-the-job training, employees hired at the staff level will learn to carry out the duties of an Engineer Technical 1. Upon completion of training, including possession of a Professional Engineering license, the employee will be promoted to the Engineer Technical 1 level.

Example of Duties
  • Implements and oversees the Idaho Solid Waste Facilities Act, Waste Tires Disposal Act, and the “Solid Waste Management Rules” (IDAPA 58.01.06) for the Boise Regional Office.
  • Reviews siting applications, designs, alternative liner and cover designs, ground water monitoring, and financial assurance demonstrations.
  • Conducts three- and five- year inspections of municipal and non-municipal solid waste projects as well as coordinates with counties and health districts on operation and inspection activities. 
  • Reviews wastewater facility planning studies, engineering reports, and plans and specifications submittals for sufficiency and compliance with DEQ’s “Wastewater Rules” (IDAPA 58.01.16).
  • Reviews contracts, applications, bid documents, and awards, conducts construction project oversight and inspections, and approves change orders and pay requests for state-funded wastewater planning grants and State Revolving Fund loan projects.
  • Supports 401 water quality certification staff in performing technical engineering reviews for stream channel activities permitted under the Corps of Engineers §404 Dredge and Fill Permit Program.
  • Reviews large soil absorption system engineering projects, supports groundwater staff on nutrient-pathogen studies and supports the health districts on non-domestic wastewater checklists.
Minimum Qualifications
Licensure: Licensed in Idaho as a Professional Engineer (PE), or eligibility for comity licensure by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers in accordance with Idaho Code, Title 54, Chapter 12;

AND Valid Driver's license.

Experience: coordinating with State and local government operations in one of the specific engineering specialties described below; evaluating engineering projects and making decisions relative to their merit; writing engineering reports and related correspondence; reviewing engineering analysis; making oral presentations to groups relative to the merits of engineering applications.

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • DEQ 2883 - Water Quality: Experience applying engineering principles in the following aspects of Water Quality Protection: PUBLIC DRINKING WATER (chemical treatment and stabilization of drinking water/groundwater, well design, well construction, and hydrogeology, treatment of surface water for public drinking water supplies;) MUNICIPAL & INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER (physical, biological and chemical treatment of wastewater, facility planning grants, and state revolving fund construction loans;) SOLID WASTE (activities related to solid waste and biosolids management;) SURFACE & GROUNDWATER PROTECTION (permitting, permit certification, storm water and pretreatment, materials and standards, flow analyses, collection and distribution and cross connection control;)DRINKING WATER & WASTEWATER DISINFECTION AND DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCTS (disinfection of water and wastewater and wastewater by-products.) To meet this specialty you must have a combination of approximately four years of post-licensure experience in at least two of the five areas listed.
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 sick leave separate from vacation leave
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance benefits, Flexible Spending Account     
  • Relocation Assistance available to some positions
  • Defined benefits retirement plan (pension) through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)        
  • 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
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Ability to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven 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
  • 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.

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.