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Department of Environmental Quality

1410 N Hilton
Boise, ID


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Department of Environmental Quality

Open for Recruitment: June 16, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 03700001756
Salary Range: $15.87- $22.83 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

 DEQ is committed to protecting human health and the quality of Idaho's air, land, and water. 

The Boise Regional Office is recruiting for a Staff Engineer. This position is established at the Staff Engineer level and may be under filled at the Associate level or Engineer-in-Training. Upon successful completion of a training plan and when minimum qualifications for the Staff Engineer level are met, the incumbent will be reclassified to a Staff Engineer and compensated accordingly.

The Engineer-in-Training and Associate Engineer classifications are used for recruitment and training purposes for the Staff Engineer position. Through various types of on-the-job training, employees hired at the trainee level will learn to carry out the duties of a Staff Engineer. Upon completion of training, including possession of a Professional Engineering license, the employee will be promoted to the Staff Engineer level.

If you possess a Professional Engineering license and have two years of experience working in a water related position, please apply under the Staff Engineer announcement.

If you possess an E.I.T. certificate and have two years of experience as an E.I.T working in a water related position, please apply under the Engineer, Associate announcement.

If you possess an E.I.T. certificate but do not have the experience required, please apply under the Engineer-in-Training announcement. The Department will hire the candidate that is the best fit for this position.

To apply at the Engineer, Associate level, click here.

To apply at the Staff Engineer level, click here.

Performs and coordinates engineering assignments designed to develop professional working knowledge and criteria necessary to fulfill the experience requirement for licensure as a professional engineer.

  • Responsible for performing complex engineering analyses of Wastewater, Wastewater Reuse, and Drinking Water submittals
  • Project Officer of the drinking water and wastewater grant/loan program for the office
  • Review and approve engineering plans, specifications and reports
  • Assist in resolving complex issues that can involve technical engineering issues and regulatory compliance issues.
  • Responsible for the logging and tracking of projects submitted for review

This is the entry-level position for all professional level engineering related work. Uses prescribed methods, performs specific and limited portions of a broad assignment of an experienced professional engineer.


Candidates must have one of the following: Certification by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers as an Engineer-In-Training; OR Certification as an EIT from another jurisdiction that included graduation from a four-year engineering curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET); OR graduation from a four-year engineering curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) PLUS verification that the candidate has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination.

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To preview the minimum qualifications and the examination for this position, click on "Preview Exam" below (you will not be able to apply from this screen - please follow the directions under "How to Apply").

 SPECIALTY MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (required for this position):
  • Water Quality (2880) - Requires at least six (6) credit hours of education related to water quality inspection procedures; current federal clean water act or Safe Drinking Water Act and related laws, guidelines, and practices applicable to wastewater, public drinking water, or solid waste systems.


Checklist/Narrative. You will receive a score based on your answers. You must receive a minimum rating of 85 to pass this examination. Exam results are available online when the review process is complete.


Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.  When completing or updating your online application information, all items in the Application Checklist must be complete or your application may not be referred to the hiring agency.  Complete Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies, Job Type, and select the following:

  •  Department of Environmental Quality under "Agencies,"
  •  Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  •  Boise under "Cities."
To learn more about state employee benefits, DEQ, or Idaho in general, please visit the links below:

State Employee Benefits
Department of Environmental Quality
Idaho Community Information

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality!

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The Department of Environmental Quality may conduct verification of the information provided in your application, including validation of drivers' 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.


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.