Water Quality Analyst Pocatello, ID
The Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Pocatello Regional Office is hiring a water quality analyst. This position supports the total maximum daily load (TMDL) and voluntary consent order water quality monitoring programs and water quality surveillance program in the Southeast Idaho Phosphate District. This position will assess compliance with water quality standards across the southeast region, support permitting duties and complaint response, fill a technical and regulatory role in implementing PacifiCorp's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license and settlement agreement as well as other FERC activities in the region.
Example of Duties:
- Design, implement, and report on annual post-TMDL and ambient water quality monitoring.
- Support Bear River Environmental Coordination Committee (ECC) and 401 compliance with PaciriCorp, as well as provide technical and regulatory review for other regional FERC project activities.
- Provide TMDL development support to staff.
- Conduct water quality complaint investigations, project review, and site inspections for 401/404 permitting and inter-agency coordination on National Environmental Policy Act activities.
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.
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 Qualifications (required for this position):
- DEQ 3131 - Water Quality: Knowledge of water quality and work experience in water pollution monitoring, estimation, or control such as reviewing, designing, or implementing surface water quality monitoring projects, watershed, TMDL evaluation, riparian area, aquatic habitat, water quality, source water assessments, environmental assessments, pollutant source assessments, including municipal, industrial and storm water point sources and non-point source activities such as forestry, mining, agriculture, and grazing. Typically met by possession of a college degree in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Fisheries, Biology, Chemistry, Limnology, Hydrology, Environmental Science or closely related field; OR education and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree; AND two (2) years of work experience in water pollution monitoring, estimation or control such as reviewing, designing, or implementing surface water quality monitoring projects, watershed, TDML evaluation, riparian area, aquatic habitat, source water assessments, water quality or environmental assessments, pollutant source assessments, including municipal, industrial and storm water point sources and nonpoint source activities such as forestry, mining, agriculture, and grazing.
- 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 climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven terrain
- Ability to lift and carry up to 50 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
- Ability to work on elevated instrument platforms, ladders, etc.
- Must be able to swim and perform field monitoring work without on-site assistance or supervision
- 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
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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