The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.
Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ: https://youtu.be/E-Cs6M9AAlU
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has 2 full-time opportunities available for an Air Quality Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1).
- 1 position will be in Eastern Region out of Bend or The Dalles, Oregon (finalist may choose work location)
- 1 position will be in Western Region out of Medford, Oregon
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern). The Regions provide the following services: compliance inspection of regulated entities; enforcement of permit requirements and administrative rules; issuance of air, water, and solid waste permits; investigation of complaints; issuance of subsurface permits in counties; response to spills or other incidents with environmental impacts; direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries, and the public; and technical assistance to regulated entities and the public.
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What you will do!
You will investigate open burning complaints, document any violations observed, write inspections reports, review compliance reports, and compose necessary enforcement documents; inspect and write permits for the less complex industrial sources and make enforcement recommendations to ensure compliance with all permit conditions; and investigate general air quality complaints not related to permitted sources. In addition, you will interact with the public and commercial entities to provide basic technical assistance and to verify compliance with environmental regulations.
What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 11 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). If you are passionate about Oregon’s environment, apply today!
This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, natural resources, or a closely related field, OR 3 years of experience in an environmental science or natural resources field.
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
- Demonstrated understanding of environmental justice and the historical impacts for marginalized and underrepresented communities; ability to take personal responsibility for increasing their knowledge of environmental justice and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Experience with air discharge or other environmental permits and sources of pollution,
- Experience with open burning of waste, including pollutants emitted and its regulations.
- Demonstrated proficiency in MS Excel and Word; demonstrated experience maintaining databases
- Experience in providing technical assistance to industry, public, and governmental agencies on environmental laws, procedures, and issues.
- Experience investigating air quality or other environmental complaints, documenting violations, writing inspection reports, reviewing compliance reports, and writing enforcement documents.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to write reports and letters that are easily understood by the public.
- Experience in providing excellent customer service and the ability to deal diplomatically with upset or adversarial stakeholders in person and on the phone.
- Excellent math skills; demonstrated ability to perform emissions or production calculations.
DEQ believes in a diverse and inclusive work environment. All employees are expected to contribute to a work environment that collectively values and benefits from respecting its diversity and promotes a culture of inclusiveness.
This position will be based out of the DEQ office for its respective region, however, the successful candidate may be eligible for hybrid work. The logistics of hybrid work will need to be worked out with the Hiring Manager prior to your hire and may be changed at any time given specific job duties and business needs. DEQ will provide necessary hardware (laptop, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and cell phone) for an employee to successfully work from home. At DEQ sites, you will have access to a workspace, however, it may be shared with other employees.
There will be frequent travel for fieldwork, assessments, meetings, conferences, trainings, and public hearings, some of which may involve evening work and/or overnight stays. During field work, there is the potential for exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil and water, airborne contaminants, inclement weather, fall or tripping hazards, stairs, and substantial walking.
How to Apply: (complete the application in full)
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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.
As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.
DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity. DEQ is an E-Verify employer and will use E-Verify to confirm that hires are authorized to work in the United States.
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.