The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a Monitoring and Assessment Coordinator for our Idaho Falls Regional Office. This position oversees regional surface water monitoring as part of the Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program (BURP) in the Idaho Falls region. BURP is DEQ’s ambient surface water quality monitoring program for wadable streams and rivers.
Example of Duties
Design field monitoring plans used to assess of beneficial uses in Idaho’s streams and rivers.
Hire, train, and supervise a seasonal field crew and maintain the field gear inventory.
Conduct stream surveys following detailed protocols (i.e., collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates, freshwater fish via backpack electrofishing, and various habitat and geomorphological data).
Work with DEQ staff to assemble, organize, and analyze water quality data.
Implement official data quality assurance and control policies and assist with developing a quality assurance project plan and standard operating procedures for project implementation.
Serve as the project lead for regional water body assessments. Collect and interpret high quality data to determine if water bodies meet water quality standards and support beneficial uses.
Assist with regional water quality monitoring activities, such as total maximum daily load development, cyanobacteria sample collection, and water quality complaint response.
Provide technical information and assistance to DEQ staff and private, local, state, and federal partner agencies.
Assist with public outreach and classroom education.
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):
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.
To apply: submit a resume, cover letter and answer to supplemental questions to the governmentjobs.com website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/idaho/jobs/3880506/regional-monitoring-and-assessment-coordinator