Water Quality Analyst 2

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Idaho Falls, ID, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 water quality analyst for our Idaho Falls Regional Office. This position will be responsible for planning and implementing short- and long-term project goals and milestones related to meeting the total maximum daily load (TMDL) settlement agreement and regional commitments. 

This position is established at the Analyst 3 level and may be under filled at the Analyst 2 level. Upon successful completion of a training plan and when minimum qualifications for the Analyst 3 level are met, the incumbent will be reclassified to an Analyst 3 level and compensated accordingly.
If you meet the minimum qualification for the Analyst 2 position then please apply under this announcement.

If you meet the minimum qualification for the Analyst 3 position please apply under the announcement for DEQ Water Quality Analyst 3 position here.


Example of Duties
  • Provide project leadership for the regional TMDL program including planning, monitoring and interpreting results for TMDLs and 5-year Review documents.
  • Draft, review, and comment on TMDL and 5-year Review documents, in coordination with regional and state office staff.
  • Communicate project status, monitoring results and conduct public meetings.
  • Participate in outreach efforts with the public and partner organizations, including watershed advisory, basin advisory, and nonprofit conservation groups.


Minimum Qualifications
Possession of a Bachelor's degree in a physical or biological science, political science, business or public administration, a related natural resource management field, engineering, 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) credited hours in a subject required for the particular degree, is equivalent to two (2) years of undergraduate education; and/or work experience performing routine activities in sampling, monitoring, surveillance, field inspection, compliance and enforcement activities for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college.


A minimum of two (2) years experience performing routine duties in completing multiple tasks such as policy research, data collection, interpretation, analysis, and preparation of reports and written documents.


Possession of a Master's degree in any of the above fields.

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • DEQ 3065 - Water: Have knowledge of Water Quality gained through successful completion of college level coursework in Hydrology, Geology, Soil Science, Hydrogeology, Environmental Health or a closely related field covering the principles of water quality protection and pollution control, including at least one (1) college-level course covering topics related to federal and state environmental rules OR I have at least one (1) year water pollution control work experience performing activities such as: remediation of surface and/or ground water, implementing surface and/or ground water quality monitoring projects, drinking water or wastewater management treatment and conveyance systems, watershed, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) evaluation, wetland evaluation, riparian area, aquatic habitat, water quality or environmental assessments, and/or pollutant source assessments, including municipal, industrial and storm water point source and non-point source activities, such as forestry, mining, agriculture, and grazing.
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
  • Ability to reach and bend for filing purposes
  • Some periods of heavy reading and typing required
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • 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
  • May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas

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.