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Department of Environmental Quality

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Boise, ID


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Engineer, Staff

Department of Environmental Quality

Open for Recruitment: March 10, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 03704049756
Salary Range: $ 22.02 - $26.49 -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

DEQ is committed to protecting human health and preserving the quality of Idaho's air, land, and water for use and enjoyment today and in the future.

The State Office is recruiting for a Staff Engineer. This position is established at the Staff Engineer level and may be underfilled 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.

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 E.I.T. level, click here.


  • Review drinking water and wastewater construction project plans and specifications.
  • Review drinking water and wastewater facility planning projects.
  • Conduct inspections of drinking water and wastewater inspections.
  • Review wastewater lagoon seepage tests.
  • Review state and federally funded drinking water and wastewater grant and loan projects.
  • Review landfill design and construction documents.
  • Review lead and copper corrosion studies.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensure: 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
  • Experience: 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

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • Water Quality (2882) - 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 operation 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, or solid waste systems;
    PLUS approximately two (2) years of engineering experience in the areas listed.

Examination:  Checklist/Narrative. You will receive a score based on your answers. You must receive a minimum rating of 70 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 provided 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"

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.

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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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.