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Environmental Engineer

Scientist 3

Department of Environmental Quality

Open for Recruitment: March 3, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 07034022930
Salary Range: $22.02 - $24.78 per hour -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 Technical Services Division of Idaho DEQ in Boise, Idaho is hiring an environmental engineer (Scientist 3) to join DEQ's airshed modeling team in the areas of  MOVES modeling, emission inventory development, and atmospheric modeling.


  • Assists in developing local inputs for the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) model.
  • Performs mobile source modeling using the MOVES model and MYSQL database.
  • Provides quality assurance reviews of emission inventories.
  • Provides Idaho specific MOVES input databases and training on using them to Idaho users, including consultants, MPOs and other agencies in support of transportation conformity determinations and hot-spot analyses.
  • Develops or evaluates transportation "hot-spot" analyses using AERMOD and MOVES.
  • Develops air pollutant emission inventory information and modeling.
  • Prepares technical reports to document modeling and other technical analyses.
  • Assists in statistical analysis of environmental data in air quality or other media.
  • Assists in dispersion/puff modeling for emergencies, wildfires and agriculture burning.
  • Assists in developing inputs for photochemical modeling.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in the physical or biological sciences or related field; AND at least four years’ experience in scientific assessment, environmental protection and pollution control techniques, such as designing, reviewing, or implementing scientific projects, investigations remediation projects, monitoring projects; OR organizing and interpreting laboratory and field data; performing activities associated with pollution prevention and mitigation; and recommending and overseeing the completion of remedial actions.

  • Possession of a Master's degree in the sciences or related field; AND two years' experience as defined above;


  • Possession of a Doctor of Philosophy in the sciences or related field

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • Air Quality Airshed Management or Regional Program Implementation (3114): Requires possession of a college degree in Meteorology, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Engineering, or closely related field; OR education and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree as described below; AND at least one (1) year of full-time work experience supporting the implementation of air pollution control and air quality improvement strategies; conducting air emission inventories, or ambient air quality monitoring; working closely with a specific category of emission sources, such as industrial source testing, mobile source emissions and controls, or air quality characteristics of residential wood burning and controls; or experience in air pollution control involving interpretation and application of the Clean Air Act and environmental rules, such as reviewing, developing or implementing monitoring networks, inspection programs, environmental compliance with state and federal rules, emission inventories, receptor modeling, air quality improvement plans for non-attainment areas, construction or operating permits and smoke management programs.


  • Possession of an unrelated degree; AND at least four (4) years experience as outlined.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong data analysis and database skills including Excel, Microsoft Access, and MySQL.
  • Experience with one or more of the following are preferred: the MOVES model, air pollutant emission inventories, and/or the AERMOD dispersion model.
  • Ability to work in Linux environment.
  • Strong statistical analysis skills.
  • Two years of experience performing routine scientific duties in completing multiple tasks for a project or application such as applying formal scientific training to perform investigations and scientific analyses or modeling projects.
  • Knowledge of the scientific and engineering principles of air quality modeling techniques gained through successful completion of college level coursework in meteorology, physics, chemistry, environmental science, engineering or a closely related field.
EXAMINATION: Checklist/Narrative. You will receive a score based on your answers. You must receive a minimum rating of 70 to pass this examination.  Notification of your test results will be 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. Complete and/or update the Personal and Optional Information sections of the Application Checklist anytime you apply for a position. For the current position, you must select:

  • Department of Environmental Quality under "Agencies"
  • Full-time under "Job/Type Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

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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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