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Working at DEQ

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. 

If you are interested in a career that champions a healthy environment, click the button to visit the State of Montana Careers website. We look forward to learning how you might fit within the DEQ team!


Contacts

HR Manager
Christina Lipetzky (406) 444-6717

Human Resources Generalist
Tiffany Fontenot (406)444-4218

Human Resources Generalist
Crystal Keleti (406)444-4219

Fax
(406) 444-5330

Professional Growth at DEQ

Are you a current student seeking experience in state government? DEQ hires student interns every year to support a variety of environmental work.

Some of the benefits of an internship with DEQ include:

  • Getting a head start finding future employment with a stable government entity.
  • Understanding whether or not DEQ is a good fit for your future career.
  • Having an opportunity to explore the environmental field before completing a degree.

What is a Student Intern?

“Student intern” means a person who has been accepted in or is currently enrolled in an accredited school, college, or university and who is hired directly by an agency in a student intern position.

The term ‘Student Intern’ in state law clarifies that interns are not permanent employees and are not eligible for leave and holiday benefits. It also clarifies that student interns are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

How to Find a Student Intern Position

Late-Winter or early-Spring are the best time of year for student interns to be on the lookout for open positions in state government. These positions are often posted on the State of Montana Careers website at the button above. 

DEQ also accepts letters of interest and resumes from students seeking employment year-round. While we may not always have a student intern position posted, we share all submittals with supervisors across the agency, just in case someone is looking for short-term help. You may find that you would be a great match to assist with ongoing projects or to help build capacity in a particular program.

To indicate your interest in possible intern work:

  • Complete a detailed resume
  • Draft a cover letter explaining your experience, education, and areas of interest
  • Obtain a copy of your current transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable)
  • Submit all materials via email to the Human Resources contacts listed above, on this page
  • Make sure you include information about your availability and the best way to contact you

Your materials will be routed to supervisors and you will be contacted if an intern is needed.

The DEQ Wellness Committee’s (DWC) mission statement is “Promoting Healthy Environments and Healthy People.”  With the recognition that a healthy employee is a productive employee, the benefits of DEQ investing in its staff include a workforce that is better able to fulfill its mission and obligations.  The committee is 100% employee run and offers things like educational lunch and learns, social small groups, and community events to help DEQ employees connect with each other.  The DWC is committed to helping individual employee’s on their personal wellness journey and provides resources and connections to assist DEQ employees in whatever is important to them.

DEQ Employees handing out food at a local Helena Food Share event.DEQ Employees volunteering to put together Thanksgiving kits for Helena Food Share.DEQ Employees volunteering to clean out last seasons community garden beds.

In 2022, DEQ launched a voluntary department-wide mentorship program.  The DEQ-Wide Mentoring Program is a unique opportunity to further encourage an employee’s professional growth and productivity within a positive and connected work environment.  Mentoring Partnerships are outside of the employee’s direct work group with the objective of connecting employees to DEQ’s mission and programs beyond their own work unit.  This is a great opportunity for employees to meet people in other programs within DEQ while also having the opportunity to work on their personal career goals.  Mentoring is providing perspective on the profession or career direction, and encouraging professional growth with the goal of both professional and personal development.  Rather than focusing on hierarchy (connecting junior employees with management), this program is less formal and more embedded in the culture, resulting in more organic connections.  Therefore, rather than a coordinator closely managing and overseeing the program, employees will take much of the process into their hands and take charge of their own learning.  This results in a deeper sense of autonomy, mastery, and connection for the employees.  Mentor/Mentee matches are carefully selected to ensure the program is both beneficial and useful for both.

DEQ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. View a copy of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Plan.

Current Job Postings

Available Positions at Montana DEQ
Job Title  Link Closing Date  Area 
Accountant- Program Financial Specialist Link Ongoing Water Quality Division
Reclamation Specialist   Link Oct 4, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Mining Bureau
Environmental Scientist- Education and Outreach Link Oct 9, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Nonpoint Source and Wetlands Section
Environmental Scientist- Water Quality Link Oct 9, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Nonpoint Source and Wetlands Section 
Financial Manager   Link Sep 28, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Waste Management and Remediation Division
Planner - Air Quality Link Sep 29, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Air Quality Bureau 
IT Systems Developer   Link Ongoing Information Management Bureau
Administrative Assistant 2 Link Sep 26, 2022, 11:59:00 PM DEQ
Administrative Assistant 2 Link Sep 26, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau
Records and Information Management Analyst Link Sep 25, 2022, 11:59:00 PM  Public Information Team
Database Analayst   Link Sep 26, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Underground Storage Tank (UST) Section
Permit Writer - Ground Water Link Sep 30, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Water Protection Bureau
Scientist- Water Quality Monitoring Link Oct 3, 2022, 11:59:00 PM  Monitoring and Assessment Section
Compliance - Environmental   Link Sep 23, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Water Protection Bureau
Environmental Project Officer Link Sep 25, 2022, 11:59:00 PM Petroleum Tank Cleanup Section
Engineer Link Ongoing Public Water Supply
Accountant- Program Financial Specialist Link Ongoing Water Quality Division
IT Systems Analyst   Link Ongoing Information Management Bureau
Web Developer / Systems Administrator Link Ongoing Information Management Bureau

DEQ at Work

Smith River Algae Study
Brownfields - Ming Theater
Air Quality Program & The Forest Service - Prescribe Burning

Word of Mouth

“Superfund takes me places with some of the worst contamination and restores them to the benefit of the public or environment. I can see impact I make on a daily basis.” Jason Rappe - Federal Superfund Project Manager

“I work for DEQ because I care deeply about the environment and water quality, and I enjoy feeling like I make a difference. The focus on work-life balance and positive group environment are also big selling points.” Melinda Horne - Water Quality Permit Writer

“I'm glad to be part of MT DEQ at a time where the spatial sciences are front and center in providing helpful tools and resources” Chris Kangas - DEQ GIS Analyst

“Working for Montanans at DEQ for the past 29 years protecting the environment and human health has been very rewarding. Preventing pollution and protecting the environment are in everyones best interests; and its great when we all work together.” John Podolinsky - Small Business Ombudsperson

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