Senior Water Quality Engineer
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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a senior water quality engineer for our Twin Falls Regional Office. This position is responsible for reviewing drinking water and wastewater plans, preliminary engineering reports, facility plans, and maintaining the plans and specifications database. This position also manages water and wastewater grants, State Revolving Fund loans, serves as project officer for the Twin Falls regional office, and is a senior member of the DEQ engineering peer review group and may provide input on rule and guidance development.
This position is established at the Engineer Tech 1 level and may be underfilled at the Staff Engineer level. Upon successful completion of a training plan and when minimum qualifications for the Engineer Technical 1 level are met, the incumbent will be reclassified to an Engineer Technical 1 level and compensated accordingly.
To apply at the Staff Engineer level, please go to the DEQ Water Quality Engineer announcement link below.
DEQ works closely and collaboratively with a wide range of public and private partners, including federal and state agencies; the Board of Environmental Quality; city, county, and tribal governments; businesses; community organizations; and Idaho citizens. These partnerships are critical to accomplishing our environmental and human health protection mission. The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.
DEQ is committed to protecting human health and the quality of Idaho's air, land, and water.
The Staff Engineer classification is used for recruitment and training purposes for the Engineer Technical 1 position. Through various types of on-the-job training, employees hired at the staff level will learn to carry out the duties of an Engineer Technical 1. Upon completion of training, including possession of a Professional Engineering license, the employee will be promoted to the Engineer Technical 1 level.
Example of Duties:
- Reviews and approves drinking water and wastewater plans and specification in accordance with Idaho codes and regulations.
- Reviews engineering reports and facility plans.
- Maintains Plans & Specification database.
- Manages water and wastewater grant and State Revolving Fund loan projects and serves as project officer.
- Conducts public outreach/education sessions for potential loan recipients.
- Serves as a technical resource support to DEQ, local government and businesses on engineering issues.
- Conducts compliance inspections at drinking water, wastewater, and construction sites and/or facilities.
Licensure: Licensed in Idaho as a Professional Engineer (PE), or eligibility for comity licensure by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers in accordance with Idaho Code, Title 54, Chapter 12;
AND Valid Driver's license.
Experience: coordinating with State and local government operations in one of the specific engineering specialties described below; evaluating engineering projects and making decisions relative to their merit; writing engineering reports and related correspondence; reviewing engineering analysis; making oral presentations to groups relative to the merits of engineering applications.
Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):
- DEQ 2883 - Water Quality: Experience applying engineering principles in the following aspects of Water Quality Protection: PUBLIC DRINKING WATER (chemical treatment and stabilization of drinking water/groundwater, well design, well construction, and hydrogeology, treatment of surface water for public drinking water supplies;) MUNICIPAL & INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER (physical, biological and chemical treatment of wastewater, facility planning grants, and state revolving fund construction loans;) SOLID WASTE (activities related to solid waste and biosolids management;) SURFACE & GROUNDWATER PROTECTION (permitting, permit certification, storm water and pretreatment, materials and standards, flow analyses, collection and distribution and cross connection control;)DRINKING WATER & WASTEWATER DISINFECTION AND DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCTS (disinfection of water and wastewater and wastewater by-products.) To meet this specialty you must have a combination of approximately four years of post-licensure experience in at least two of the five areas listed.
- DEQ 5205 - Negotiating/Mediating: Background negotiating or mediating disputes between parties with conflicting goals and objectives. Include related training in this area (length of course, dates taken and a brief course description) as well as any related work experience. Typically gained by successful completion of college level course work covering negotiation and mediation (3 credit hours) OR Completion of a three-day course (approximately 20 hours in mediation or negotiation OR At least 6 months of experience where this was a frequent job requirement.
- Flexible work schedule available to some positions for increased work-life balance
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness – eligibility requirements may apply
- Accrue paid vacation every pay period to accumulate approximately 2 weeks the first year, and increasing with state longevity
- Paid sick leave separate from vacation leave
- 10 paid holidays
- Competitive Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance benefits, Flexible Spending Account https://ogi.idaho.gov/premium-rates/
- Relocation Assistance available to some positions
- Defined benefits retirement plan (pension) through the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) https://persi.idaho.gov/members/base_plan.cfm
- Optional 401K and Deferred Compensation plans with traditional and Roth options
- Eligible for Employee Assistance Program – Confidential support, information and resources for all of life's challenges
- Ability to sit and work on a computer for 2-4 hours at a time
- Ability to reach and bend for filing purposes
- Some periods of heavy reading and typing required
- Ability to lift 30 pounds when working with file boxes
- Some travel may be required
- Must have a valid driver's license
- 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
- May work in vicinity of loud noise
- May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas
- May come into contact with hazardous waste/materials
- Eyesight needs to be 20/20 (as corrected) to observe field compliance
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.
Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.
Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.
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