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Drinking Water Bureau Chief

The State Office in Boise is hiring a Drinking Water Bureau Chief. This position manages the drinking water program by providing day to day leadership, management, and oversight of the drinking water program staff. This position hires and supervises staff, prepares and manages the budget, negotiates the Performance Partnership Agreement with EPA, develops work plans, provides oversight of compliance and enforcement, develops guidance, and promulgates rules. This position also develops and manages seven contracts with the local health departments in conjunction with the regional offices.

Example of Duties:

  • Provide leadership, management, oversight, and managerial support for the drinking water program staff with the goal to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of drinking water by public water systems statewide
  • Maintain primacy and administer the Safe Drinking Water Act through the adoption and enforcement of the Idaho Rules of Public Water Systems
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of data to EPA and the public through the on-going operation of the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) database and related software components
  • Develop the statement of work and contracts for the local health districts and with technical services to assist with implementing the drinking water program
  • Develop work plans for the federal funding sources and negotiate the Performance Partnership Agreement with EPA
  • Develop and track the drinking water budget, which includes the public water system supply grant, set-aside grants, and fees
  • Provide supervision and coaching to drinking water staff as well as complete performance reviews, plan staff development and review and approve travel.

Minimum Qualifications:

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 full-time work experience managing and implementing, 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 for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college; AND, At least (8) eight years' 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 the sciences or related field and at least five (5) years of professional experience providing management, technical assistance, resource allocation, and policy interpretation to staff, special interest groups and the public.

Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):

  • DEQ 3137 Environmental Rules and Regulations - Requires two (2) years of experience involving interpretation and application of federal and/or state environmental rules and at least one (1) year experience developing guidance and/or policies.
  • DEQ 5217A - Supervision - I have successfully completed courses or seminars that included the essential elements of management (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling); OR, I have at least one year of experience performing as a supervisor that required work assignment, and direction and monitoring of staff with responsibility (or significant input) into the hiring of employees, preparing performance evaluations, and handling problem-solving procedures.

Supplemental Information:

Desirable Qualifications: Knowledge of the Safe Drinking Water Act

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 work in adverse or inclement weather
  • Ability to work in extreme hot or cold temperatures both outside and inside
  • Field sites may involve working near and with drilling rigs, backhoes, trucks and other large equipment in rough terrain
  • Occasional travel required
  • May work in vicinity of loud noise
  • May be required to travel and stay overnight in remote areas

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.

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

Phone: (208) 373-0333