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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a senior hazardous waste compliance officer for our State Office in Boise. This position is responsible for conducting statewide hazardous waste inspections and supporting DEQ’s Waste and Remediation Division. This position must obtain and maintain a US Department of Energy “L” Clearance, pass a drug screening test, and is subject to random drug screening tests.
Example of Duties:
- Required to obtain and maintain a US Department of Energy “L” Clearance, pass a drug screening test, and is subject to random drug screening tests.
- Plan, direct, and perform inspections of hazardous waste generators, transporters, permitted treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, and used oil handlers to determine compliance with the Hazardous Waste Management Act, the Rules and Standards for Hazardous Waste (IDAPA 58.01.05), and applicable permits.
- Prepare inspection reports and accompanying documentation, make recommendation for enforcement actions, participate in negotiations with direction from supervisor, and assist with monitoring facilities’ return to compliance.
- Provide regulatory analysis and interpretation and testify in court for civil enforcement cases.
- Lead the annual Idaho National Laboratory (INL) compliance evaluation inspection.
- Investigate citizen complaints and assist with public records requests.
- Provide hazardous waste technical assistance to the regulated community, the public, other DEQ programs, and other agencies and help develop inspector resources, checklists, and outreach materials.
- Train, mentor, and provide inspections support and peer review to regional office hazardous waste staff.
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 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 such as planning, research, regulatory development and/or implementation of components of environmental programs or media for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college. AND At least six (6) years of professional experience providing management, technical assistance, resource allocation, and policy interpretation to staff, special interest groups and the public. OR Possession of a Master’s degree in any of the above fields AND at least four (4) years of professional experience providing technical assistance, allocating resources, managing and/or developing programs; and interpreting policy to staff, special interest groups and the public.
Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):
- 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, 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 full-time 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 (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 curriculum from an accredited college or university.
- DEQ 5649 – Inspections – Hazardous Waste: Good knowledge of scientific principles and industrial processes that has been gained through possession of a college degree in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, Chemical or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related field; AND two (2) years of full-time work experience conducting industrial/commercial hazardous waste inspections, including determining facility compliance with permits and hazardous waste rules and statutes, 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. 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 curriculum from an accredited college or university.
- DEQ 5707 – Operational Support: Have at least two (2) years of experience where you were responsible for performing operational support duties directly related to state or federal public sector activities such as inter/intra governmental liaison or community affairs; legislative, environmental or strategic planning, research and analysis; interpretation and/or implementation of policies and procedures.
- 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 Parental Leave
- 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
- Required to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy “L” Clearance, including successfully passing a drug screening test and subject to random drug screening tests
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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