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NHDES is a service-based organization that relies on scientists, environmentalists and engineers to fulfill its mission.

An employee bends down while measuring a culvertNHDES promises opportunities for meaningful work that benefits your community and the region. Through your work at NHDES, you will help us achieve our mission of helping to “sustain a high quality of life for all citizens by protecting and restoring the environment and public health in New Hampshire.” The work we do is rewarding and a critical public service.

NHDES has employment opportunities within its three primary divisions – Water, Waste Management and Air Resources – as well as its Commissioner’s Office and Administrative Services and Human Resources units. Some examples of typical positions at NHDES: hydrogeologist, biologist, water resource specialist, soil and water conservationist, environmental engineer, civil engineer, geologist, administrative assistant, accountant, business analyst, public information, GIS specialist, lawyer, and computer and information system engineer and technician. Learn more about NHDES.

Work/Life Balance

NHDES provides a very special work environment that provides career advancement, a team-based approach, telecommuting, good benefits, minimal travel, and scheduled hours that truly support a work-life balance. Benefits include:  comprehensive health and dental insurance; an Incentive-based Wellness Program; Flexible Spending Healthcare and Childcare Reimbursement Account; an Employee Assistance Program; a Defined Benefit Retirement Plan; a Deferred Compensation Plan; a Paid Income Protection Plan; $50,000 of Life Insurance Pension; generous annual, sick and holiday leave; and other additional voluntary benefits. Many NHDES employees enjoy a predictable work schedule for balancing their work and other commitments. Visit the State of NH Employee Benefits website to learn more about benefits, and the salary scales.

The NHDES main building is located at 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH; regional offices are located in Portsmouth, Gorham and Grantham, NH.

Water Division Director

NHDES is searching for candidates for Director of the Water Division. This largest division of NHDES supports public policy and regulatory objectives that reflect stewardship of water resources, the needs of the citizens and economic interests of the State, and the achievement and maintenance of water quality standards based upon sound science.

The Water Division includes: oversight of public drinking water supplies and systems; wastewater control, including the operation of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program; groundwater, surface water, and wetland protection; oversight of the safety and operation of public and privately owned dams; and many other programs involving water as a public resource.

The Water Division Director oversees the development and execution of policies, regulations, rules and technical programs, implements effective integration and collaboration, ensures effective planning, budgeting, and delivery of services, and shares responsibility with the other NHDES Directors for the achievement of the Department’s overall mission, goals, and long-term strategic objectives.

This position consults with the New Hampshire Water Council and the New Hampshire Wetlands Council, serves as an Executive Commissioner on the New Hampshire Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, and supports many other Boards and organizations such as the Rivers and Lakes Management Councils and the New Hampshire Water Well Board, and represents the NHDES at the state and federal levels.

More on position requirements and compensation  

Current Job Openings

To view the current openings at NHDES, please visit State of NH Job Opportunities, and search by Agency (Environmental Services). Applicants are required to create an online profile and complete an electronic State of New Hampshire Application. Paper applications are no longer being accepted. Contact our HR Department with questions.

Requests for Proposals and Qualifications

Looking for contracts? Find all NHDES requests for qualifications and proposals on the State Department of Administrative Services website. Enter “DES” in the Bid # search field.

Human Resources
HR Coordinator
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