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Hazardous Waste Science Officer

Analyst 3

Department of Environmental Quality

Open for Recruitment: December 27, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 07044063275
Salary Range: $22.68 - $25.68 -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.

If you applied under previous announcement #07044085869, you will need to reapply for this announcement in order to be considered.

The Boise Regional Office is filling a position for an Hazardous Waste Science Officer. The successful candidate will review hazardous waste inspections, provide compliance and technical assistance to facilities, and act as one of the DEQ Boise Regional Office Environmental Liaisons.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Plan and Conduct hazardous waste compliance inspections
  • Conduct RCRA inspections
  • Process and respond to required reports
  • Facilitate communication on hazardous waste issues between the facility and DEQ
  • Perform regulatory analysis
  • Interpret and evaluate chemical, physical, and biological data
  • Provide support to the Public Records Request custodian
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in the physical or biological sciences, political science, business or public administration, engineering, or related natural resources management field OR any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a typical four (4) year Bachelor’s degree. For example: Successful completion of sixty (60) semester hours of study, including twenty-four (24) semester hours in a subject required for the specific discipline, is equivalent to two (2) years of undergraduate education; and/or experience performing routine duties in completing multiple tasks such as policy research, data collection, interpretation, analysis, and preparation of reports and written documents for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college. AND, at least four (4) years’ experience managing and implementing, projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental, regulatory, or administrative in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.


  • Possession of a Master's degree in any of the above fields AND at least two (2) years' professional experience managing and implementing, or overseeing projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.

Specialty Minimum Qualification (required for this position): 

  • Data Management (5705): I have at least (1) year of experience performing data management activities such as database development and/or maintenance, data collection, analysis, research, tracking, developing tables, queries, forms  and reports.
  • Hazardous Waste (5637): Considerable knowledge of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste management implementation and processes typically gained through possession of a college degree in Hydrogeology, Geology, Geophysics, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Soil Science, Chemical, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related field; OR education and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree; AND at least two (2) years of full]time work experience in RCRA hazardous waste management, including regulatory analysis and interpretation, and hazardous waste characterization, remediation, treatment, storage and disposal; OR possession of an unrelated college degree; AND successful completion of two (2) years of environmental college-level coursework supplemented with four (4) years full-time work experience as outlined above.
  • Inspections - Hazardous Waste (5649): I have a good knowledge of scientific principles and industrial processes that has been gained through possession of a college degree in the biological sciences, chemistry, geology, environmental science, chemical or environmental engineering, or a closely related field; AND two (2) years of full-time work experience conducting industrial/commercial hazardous waste inspections, including determining facility compliance with permits and hazardous waste rules and statutes, and investigating citizen complaints as a major function of my job. OR possession of an unrelated degree or a combination of education and experience equivalent to a four]year undergraduate degree AND four (4) years of full time experience as described above.

    Education/Experience Equivalency:
    Successful completion of sixty (60) semester hours of study, including twenty-four (24) credited hours in a subject required for the particular degree, is equivalent to two (2) years of undergraduate education;
    Each two (2) years of qualifying work experience as described on the announcement may be equivalent to one (1) year of undergraduate education.
  • Desirable Qualifications (the education and/or experience below is not required but may increase your score):

    Experience in program and/or project management
    Experience in State and Federal regulation, rule, and laws
    Experience preparing and presenting written and oral report

    Physical Requirements
  • Ability to sit and work on a computer for 2-4 hours at a time
  • Ability to reach and bend for filing purpose
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds when working with file boxes
  • Some travel may be required
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Ability to climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven terrain
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds over rough terrain
  • Ability to work in adverse or inclement weather
  • Ability to work in extreme hot or cold temperatures both outside and inside
  • Field sites may involve working near and with drilling rigs, backhoes, trucks, and other large equipment in rough terrain
  • Occasional travel required
  • May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise
  • May come into contact with hazardous waste/materials
  • Eyesight needs to be 20/20 (as corrected) to observe field compliance
  • Respirator required at some locations
  • Respirator fit test required

    Exam:  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 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 driver's 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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