Montana Department of Environmental Quality About Us Permitting & Operator Assistance Public Participation


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!


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


HR Manager
Christina Lipetzky (406) 444-6717

HR Specialist
Amy Freund (406) 444-4219

(406) 444-5330

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.

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