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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a solid waste compliance officer for our Idaho Falls Regional Office. This position provides ground water monitoring, siting, and design support for municipal and non-municipal solid waste landfills and transportation. This position is also responsible for overseeing general remediation projects, hazardous waste compliance, and monitoring activities within the region.
Example of Duties:
- Conducts facility audits and participates in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act inspections for the Idaho Falls region.
- Reviews inspection and monitoring reports, operating plans, and other technical documents.
- Provides technical assistance and makes compliance determinations in accordance with solid waste rules and applicable consent order conditions.
- Reviews and approves siting and design documentation and closure plans.
- Coordinates with the program manager on prioritizing activities, inspection schedules, and activities conducted by local health districts.
- Coordinates, reviews, and initiates reports on Idaho Falls Regional Office General Remediation Projects such as work plans, quality assurance project plans, and fieldwork.
- Respond to complaints.
- Assists with regional compliance and enforcement 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 3138 – Inspections: Good knowledge of scientific principles and industrial, municipal, and/or private processes that has been gained through possession of a college degree in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Chemical, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Education or a closely related field; AND one (1) years of fulltime work experience conducting industrial/commercial, municipal, and/or private system inspections, including determining facility compliance with rules, statutes, and permits; conducting onsite educational activities; and investigating citizen complaints as a major function of the job; OR possession of an unrelated degree or a combination of education and experience equivalent to a four year undergraduate degree; AND four (4) years of full time experience as described above.
- DEQ 5637 – Hazardous Waste: Considerable knowledge of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste management implementation and processes typically gained through possession of a college degree in hydrogeology, geology, geophysics, biology, environmental science, chemistry, soil science, engineering (chemical, civil, or environmental), or a closely related field; OR education and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree; AND at least two years of fulltime work experience in RCRA hazardous waste management, including regulatory analysis and interpretation and hazardous waste characterization, remediation, treatment, storage, and disposal; OR possession of an unrelated college degree; AND successful completion of two years of environmental college-level coursework supplemented with four years full-time work experience as outlined above. Education/Experience Equivalency: Successful completion of 60 semester hours of study, including 24 credited hours in a subject required for the particular degree, is equivalent to 2 years of undergraduate education; AND/OR each two years of qualifying work experience as described on the announcement may be equivalent to one year of undergraduate education. Note: Course work requirements are based on a curriculum from an accredited college or university.
- DEQ 5638 – Solid Waste: Considerable knowledge of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) solid waste (nonhazardous waste) implementation and processes typically gained through possession of a college degree in Hydrogeology, Geology, Geophysics, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Soil Science, Chemical, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related field; OR education and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree; AND at least two (2) years of fulltime work experience in Solid Waste management, including regulatory analysis and interpretation, facility siting and operation, and investigation, monitoring and corrective action at solid waste facilities; OR possession of an unrelated college degree; AND successful completion of two (2) years of environmental college-level coursework supplemented with four (4) years full-time work experience as outlined above. Education/Experience Equivalency: Successful completion of sixty (60) semester hours of study, including twenty-four (24) credited hours in a subject required for the particular degree, is equivalent to two (2) years of undergraduate education; AND/OR Each two (2) years of qualifying work experience as described on the announcement may be equivalent to one (1) year of undergraduate education. Note: Course work requirements are based on a curriculum from an accredited college or university.
- 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 climb ladders, staircases, work on uneven terrain
- 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
- Must be able to wear a respirator
- Ability to work on elevated instrument platforms, ladders, etc.
- 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
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.
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