Engineer, Staff

Idaho Department of Water Resources

Boise, ID, United States 🇺🇸


The Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) has an exciting opportunity for an Engineer working for our Projects and Planning Bureau at the state office in Boise, Idaho.

The person in this position will be a key team member in carrying out the State of Idaho’s Water Resource Sustainability and Aquifer Stabilization Initiative on behalf of the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB). This position provides a unique opportunity to develop your engineering career while working on and managing water projects needed to stabilize Idaho’s aquifers and ensure water sustainability for current needs and future economic growth.

This job announcement is for an Engineer, Staff job classification which is the third level position in the Engineering career tract. This position is used for recruitment and training purposes to underfill the duties of the next full working level job class in the Engineering career tract. Upon completion of qualification and experience requirements, the employee will be re-classified at the Engineer, Technical 1 level.

This announcement will remain open until this position has been filled. Applications will be reviewed periodically as they are received. Applicants are encouraged to apply and submit their applications as soon as possible.

Example of Duties
  • Manage one or more projects to increase Idaho’s surface water storage in cooperation with partner agencies.
  • Assist with operating managed aquifer recharge program for the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
  • Provide recommendations for managed recharge infrastructure and other aquifer stabilization projects for the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
  • Manage the design and construction of aquifer recharge infrastructure projects, or significant portions of projects, in coordination with contractors and water user partners.
  • Monitor construction progress of aquifer stabilization projects accomplished through partnership agreements.
  • Manage development of water resource and supply projects on behalf of the IWRB from feasibility to construction.
  • Identify strategies for stabilization of other aquifers and carry out those strategies.
  • Review, analyze, and provide recommendations regarding water projects proposed to be accomplished through loan agreements.
  • Monitor construction progress of water projects financed through loan agreements.
  • Work in a team setting with internal staff, engineering consultants, project partners, and others during the course of a project.
  • Represent IDWR and the IWRB at meetings.
Minimum Qualifications


  • Licensed in Idaho as a Professional Engineer (PE) OR eligible for comity licensure by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers in accordance with Idaho Code, Title 54, Chapter 12
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Analyzing, interpreting and applying federal, state and local laws when applying professional engineering principles and practices.
  • Writing technical engineering reports.
  • Evaluating, selecting and adapting standard engineering plans, specifications and standards in completing projects.
  • Coordinating field work and inspecting projects or facilities for compliance with standards.
  • Some knowledge of hydrology, water rights, water resource management, and/or agriculture.
  • Construction Management experience with all phases of construction projects, including the planning, design, and construction of water resource projects.
  • Knowledge of project management principles and project management software.
  • Experience presenting complex technical information to a variety of audiences.
Our ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, collaborate in a team environment, and apply initiative and decision making in a professional capacity under general supervision.
Supplemental Information

Working Conditions
The work is primarily performed in an office environment. Periodic field visits to project sites may be required and may involve walking over rough terrain, exposure to variable weather conditions, and lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds. Out-of-town and occasional overnight travel is required.

To learn more about the Idaho Department of Water Resources, please visit our website:
Our Mission: 
To serve the citizens of Idaho by ensuring that water is conserved and available to sustain Idaho’s economy, ecosystems, and resulting quality of life

EEO Statement
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.