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Seasonal Smoke Specialist

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a Seasonal Smoke Specialist for our Idaho Falls Regional Office. This position will provide support for the Crop Residue Burning and Smoke Management Program for the current season. Duties include burn and no-burn decisions, investigations, database management, and grower education. This position requires a valid driver's license and basic computer skills. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with growers, staff, public, and other government agencies. The preferred candidate should have knowledge of agricultural crop management or biology/ecology, and fire/smoke related behavior.

This is a TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT without benefits. 

Example of Duties:

  • Participate in daily conference calls (comment on current day's events)
  • Notify growers of preliminary and final approvals
  • Observe burns in field
  • Document field observations
  • Stay in contact with growers throughout burn day
  • Have authority to shut down burns if conditions deteriorated
  • Assist/support outreach efforts
  • Respond to complaints and questions
  • Investigate apparent violations
  • Assist in the development of enforcement referral packages
  • Assist/support enforcement activities

Minimum Qualifications:

A valid driver's license and proficiency in basic computer applications and tasks are minimum requirements for the position. See questions #1 and #2 on the exam.

Supplemental Information:

Physical requirements:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Occasional travel required
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise

About DEQ:
DEQ is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act to ensure clean air, water, and land in the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution.
As a regulatory agency, DEQ enforces various state environmental regulations and administers a number of federal environmental protection laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.

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.

To protect human health
and the quality of 
Idaho's air, land, and water.
If you have questions, please contact us at:
(208) 373-0333