Water Quality Scientist (TMDL Planner): Montana DEQ

Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Helena, MT
Job Category
Full time Positions
$48,180 - 63,590 Yearly
Last Date to Apply
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is looking for two Water Quality Scientist to join our team in the TMDL Section of the Water Quality Planning Bureau. These positions are focused on the development of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and supporting TMDL implementation and other water quality and watershed improvement activities, including wetland protection activities. Writing and implementing TMDLs supports DEQ’s mission to assure that water quality is maintained & improved so that state waters can support all their beneficial uses. Primary responsibilities of this position include: Developing TMDLs to address pollutant loading sources; Organizing, analyzing, and summarizing water quality data and pollutant source information; Working with other internal DEQ program personnel and external stakeholders to compile water quality information and provide guidance and feedback on water quality and wetland improvement activities; Writing TMDL documents that meet all DEQ and EPA requirements; Presenting TMDLs and scientific information to the public and stakeholders; and Documenting water quality improvement and wetland protection actions and evaluating relative success of these actions. Some field work to collect surface water quality data and assess pollutant sources, as well as travel around the state of Montana is required. At the Department of Environmental Quality, our ultimate goal is to champion a healthy environment for a thriving Montana. DEQ employees are the heart of our organization. We value the people and invest in their professional growth, promoting a culture of cross-agency collaboration as we find solutions to the environmental challenges we face.  DEQ values – leadership, accountability, customer service, efficiency, excellence, and decision making – are fundamental to our work.   Come be a part of the Department of Environmental Quality! The Water Quality Scientist position includes a career ladder for professional development and pay progression.
Minimum requirements include: Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Aquatic Biology, Geology, Limnology, Hydrology, Natural Resource Management, or a closely related field. Three years of work experience in aquatic science, hydrology, water quality planning, water or environmental resource management, nonpoint source pollution prevention, or a closely related field. Preferred working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and statistical analysis packages. Technical writing and public speaking skills preferred Current valid Driver’s License and clean driving record in accordance with State of Montana Vehicle laws. Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In your cover letter, describe how your education, knowledge, and skills have prepared you for this position. Applications, including supplemental materials such as cover letter or resume, must be submitted through the State of Montana Careers site (https://statecareers.mt.gov/) by the closing date of the announcement. 
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Crystal Keleti
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