Drinking Water Analyst

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Boise, ID, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a drinking water analyst for our State Office. The analyst is lead for several statewide drinking water-related rules and is responsible for assisting with the rule adoption and oversight, guidance development, and outreach support.
Example of Duties
  • Oversee statewide implementation of assigned rules (i.e., Surface Water Treatment Rules, Disinfection Byproduct Rules, Consumer Confidence Rule, and Public Notification Rule) and assigned backup rules (i.e., Revised Total Coliform Rule and Ground Water Rule). Assist with statewide rule interpretation and technical assistance, as needed. 
  • Establish policies, procedures, and directives to ensure statewide consistency and coordination in implementing the rules.
  • Ensure consistent application of rules by evaluating violation determinations, reviewing and querying databases, reviewing or developing quality assurance queries and reports, and reviewing correspondence, and analytical results.
  • Coordinate rule implementation with other DEQ programs and state and federal agencies as necessary.
  • Perform primacy activities and respond to federal regulations and inquiries, including reviewing Federal Register notices, drafting technical comments to Federal Register notices, reviewing and commenting on federal guidance documents, and reviewing federal support documents.
  • Coordinate with the State Drinking Water Information System lead and monitor statewide compliance and trends.
  • Participate in local, regional, or national workgroups and workshops as approved.
  • Develop and provide training and outreach materials, guidance, correspondence, and other resources for staff and public water system owners and operators.
  • Conduct planning and implementation activities with field managers, DEQ programs, and other agencies related to drinking water and harmful algal blooms.
  • Participate in statewide drinking water meetings, staff meetings, and project meetings.
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 any combination of 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 in completing multiple tasks such as policy research, data collection, interpretation, analysis and preparation of reports and written documents for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college.


At least four (4) years' experience managing and implementing, projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental, regulatory, or administrative in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.


Possession of a master's degree in any of the above fields AND at least two (2) years' professional experience managing and implementing, or overseeing projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • DEQ 3130 Safe Drinking Water Act: Comprehensive knowledge of the Safe Drinking Water Act and corresponding state rules for public drinking water regulations. Typically gained by two (2) years of full-time work experience interpreting, enforcing, or ensuring compliance with all aspects of the regulatory requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and state drinking water rules, including National Primary Drinking Water Standards and contaminant MCL's, treatment techniques, monitoring requirements for public drinking water systems, operator licensing requirements and facility operations, with some knowledge of engineering facility standards.
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 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
  • Some periods of heavy reading and typing required
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must have a valid driver's license

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.