Air Quality Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1) – REQ-112391

Website Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Portland | DEQ | Multnomah Street
time type
Full time
posted on
Posted 3 Days Ago
job requisition id
REQ-112391

Initial Posting Date:

01/20/2023 

Application Deadline:

02/05/2023 

Agency:

Department of Environmental Quality 

Salary Range:

$3,539 – $5,395 

Position Type:

Employee 

Position Title:

Air Quality Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1) 

Job Description:

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 a full-time opportunity for an Air Quality Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1) in Portland, 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); this position is in Northwest Region. 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.

 

Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.

 

What you will do!

You will receive and process citizen complaints regarding air quality, including providing the appropriate response, issuing enforcement actions, and conducting site visits. You will investigate routine complaints with clear directions provided for resolution and will recommend specific actions to resolve the complaints. You will also investigate and respond to complaints where the resolution is less readily identifiable and may require consultation with outside agencies. In your role, you will liaise and form working relationships with regulatory agencies, fire departments and districts, governmental agencies such as the US Forest Service, trade groups, public interest groups, and private citizens as necessary to advance and improve upon the current practices of the agency. Additionally, you will also process permits for well-defined industrial, commercial, and municipal air quality sources where the permit templates need minimal technical input. You will provide assistance to such facilities and perform on-site inspections of these sources. When deviations are noted, you will assist in determining compliance with air quality statutes and regulations of those sources.

 

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:

  • Experience and knowledge in industrial source operations, compliance inspection methods, and air quality permitting.
  • Experience in providing technical assistance to industry, the public, and governmental agencies on environmental laws, procedures, and issues.
  • Experience investigating complaints, documenting violations, writing inspection reports, and writing enforcement referrals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Excel; demonstrated experience using and maintaining databases.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to write reports and letters that are easily understood by the public.
  • Ability to deal diplomatically with upset or adversarial individuals in person and on the phone.
  • Experience in reviewing and interpreting environmental regulations, laws, and technical guidance.

 

 

Working Conditions:

Work is primarily performed in an office setting. This position requires occasional travel on official State business for fieldwork, assessments, meetings, trainings, conferences, and public hearings. Meetings and public hearings are often held in the evenings. Occasional extended work hours and weekend work may occur. During field work, there may be exposure to adverse weather conditions, pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil and water, fumes, airborne contaminants, fall or tripping hazards, stairs, kneeling, crouching, climbing, and substantial walking.

 

 

How to Apply: (complete the application in full)

  • External Applicants Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. Click this link for the External Candidate job aid, and view this video for additional information.
  • Internal Applicants (current State of Oregon employees): Apply through your employee Workday account.  View this job aid for assistance.

 

Helpful Tips:

  • Be sure to attach a resume and cover letter.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to complete and submit the application, resume, and cover letter.
  • Workday will timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • This posting closes at 11:59 PM on the close date listed.
  • Please save a copy of the job announcement for your reference, as it may not be available for you to view after the job posting closes.
  • Be sure to check both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.
  • Workday performs best in Google Chrome.
  • Click here for Resources and a Job Support Page.

 

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.

 

 

Veterans Information:

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.

 

 

Pay Equity:

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.

 

 

Work Authorization:

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.

 

 

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at maddy.ouye@deq.oregon.gov or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

For more information, please contact maddy.ouye@deq.oregon.gov