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Department of Environmental Quality

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Engineer, Associate

Department of Environmental Quality

Open for Recruitment: April 28, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 03702058289
Salary Range: $20.06 - $23.50 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Coeur d'Alene

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

The Coeur d'Alene 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 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 associate 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 an 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 this 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.

The Department will hire the candidate that is the best fit for this position.

To apply at the Staff Engineer level, click here.

To apply at the E.I.T. level, click here.


  • Direct Activities to ensure compliance with applicable state environmental rules and laws related to drinking water and wastewater systems
  • Assist with the administration 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.
  • Assist in negotiation of formal and informal resolutions to violations of rules and laws with appropriate and applicable compliance tools
  • Assist stakeholders in understanding and complying with state and federal environmental rules through outreach efforts. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have one of the following: Certification by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers as an Engineer-in-Training OR certification 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):


A Valid driver’s license;


Two years of E.I.T. experience: reading and interpreting engineering plans, specifications, and standards on projects; interpreting and applying federal, state, and local laws, when applying standard engineering principles and practices; coordinating field work and inspecting projects or facilities for compliance with standards.

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • Water Quality (2881) - WATER QUALITY: Requires at least six (6) credit hours of education related to water quality and/or water pollution control including current technologies, construction and operational methods, mechanical systems, and material specifications to include inspection procedures; current federal clean water act or safe drinking water act and related laws, guidelines and practices applicable to wastewater, public drinking water, wastewater reuse, or solid waste systems AND approximately two years of E.I.T. experience in Water Quality.
Examination: To preview the minimum qualifications and 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").

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.

How To Apply:

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

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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.