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Engineer, Staff - Water Resources and Project Management

Engineer, Staff

Department of Water Resources

Open for Recruitment: August 8, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 03704073462
Salary Range: $25.00 - $31.00 -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

 The Department of Water Resources (IDWR) currently has an opening for a Staff Engineer in its Boise Office in the Water Projects Section.  In attempt to fill this position in a timely manner, applications will be periodically reviewed and qualified candidates will be interviewed on an ongoing basis.


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.


  • 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 needed 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.
  • Monitor construction progress of aquifer stabilization projects accomplished through partnership agreements.
  • Identifies strategies for stabilization of other aquifers and carries 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.
  • Works in a team setting with internal staff, engineering consultants, project partners, and others during the course of a project.
  • Represents IDWR and the IWRB at meetings.

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
  • Experience writing technical engineering reports
  • Experience evaluating, selecting and adapting standard engineering plans, specifications and standards in completing projects
  • Experience coordinating field work and inspecting projects or facilities for compliance with standards
  • Experience in water resource management and/or agriculture

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Construction Management experience
  • Knowledge of project management principles and project management software
  • Experience presenting complex technical information to a variety of audiences
  • The ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • Knowledge of the planning, design, and construction of water resource projects
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written
  • Some knowledge of hydrology and water rights
  • The ability to apply initiative and decision making in a professional capacity under general supervision


Education and Experience. You must meet the minimum requirements to qualify for this position. Scoring is based on the information you provide. A minimum score of 58 is needed to pass. Test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

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

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