Senior Hydrogeologist

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Boise, ID, United States
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5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a senior hydrogeologist for our Technical Services Division in Boise. This position provides technical support to several DEQ programs, including source water assessments, ground water modeling and reporting, superfund and active mine project oversight, Idaho National Laboratories bioremediation, Resource Conservation Recovery Act program permitting and compliance, and waste-water reuse permitting and compliance.


Example of Duties
  • Determine ground water and aquifer characteristics; develop conceptual site models and ground water time-of-travel delineations using analytical models, conduct sensitivity analysis, and write technical reports describing methods used and results.
  • Develop monitoring networks, serve as technical lead on projects relating to ground water evaluation and interpretation, and evaluate environmental analytical data.
  • Provide technical expertise for waste remediation projects, including Superfund Comprehensive Environmental Response; Compensation, and Liability Act and Resource Conservation Recovery Act projects; and solid waste landfills.
  • Provide technical assistance for ground water and soil remediation techniques and procedures. 
  • Provide technical expertise for ground water protection at mining-related sites; including identifying project goals and objectives, and developing work plans and actions to achieve site remedial goals.  


Minimum Qualifications
Possession of a Bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences, or a related field;


At least six years of professional experience designing and implementing scientific applications, investigations, studies such as chemical, physical, or biological monitoring, corrective action plans, analysis, and assessment. OR Possession of a Master's degree in the sciences or related field; AND four years' experience as defined above; OR Possession of a Doctor of Philosophy in the sciences or related field; AND two years' experience as defined above.

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • DEQ 3023 Water: Have at least two years of full-time work experience in remediation specific to groundwater pollution control such as investigating, monitoring and remediating groundwater contamination evaluating fate and transport of contaminants, applying short-term and long-term control and clean up technologies, interpreting and enforcing or complying with applicable state or federal environmental laws, regulations or permits.
  • DEQ 3120 Registered Geologist: Must be a registered Geologist as certified by the Idaho Board of Professional Geologists and in compliance with Idaho Code 54-2802; OR a registered Geologist certified by another state and eligible for cooperative licensing in Idaho.
  • DEQ 3129 Modeling: Requires a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, chemistry, hydrology or related field; AND I have successfully completed at least two (2) college-level courses covering topics related to estimation of water quality, predicting erosion of sediment, or the fate and transport of pollutants; OR I have at least one (1) year experience in predicting water quality using either deterministic or statistical models.
  • DEQ 3018A Hydrogeologist:  Have successfully attained a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in either geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, environmental /civil engineering or a closely related field AND I have a minimum of two (2) years full time work experience in the areas of aquifer assessment, aquifer protection, ground water contaminant transport and/or design of ground water remediation projects, ground water monitoring networks or the study of aquifer properties OR possession of a master’s degree in any of the previously listed fields and a minimum of two (2) years of full-time work experience performing the previous examples of work.
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 Parental Leave
  • 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
  • Ability to reach and bend for filing purposes
  • Some periods of heavy reading and typing required
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds when working with file boxes
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Ability to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven terrain
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 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
  • Ability to work on elevated instrument platforms, ladders, etc.
  • Field sites may involve working near and with drilling rigs, backhoes, trucks and other large equipment in rough terrain
  • Must be able to swim and perform field monitoring work without on-site assistance or supervision
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise
  • May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas
  • May come into contact with hazardous waste/materials
  • 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.