Cleaner Air Oregon New Business and Technical Assistance Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Website Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Location: Portland | DEQ | Multnomah Street

Initial Posting Date: 10/05/2020

Application Deadline: 10/19/2020

Agency: Department of Environmental Quality

Salary Range: $4,436 – $6,789

Position Type: Employee

Position Title: Cleaner Air Oregon New Business and Technical Assistance Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Job Description:

With more than 40,000 employees who are dedicated to making Oregon a fantastic place to live, work, and play, the State of Oregon enterprise is comprised of a diverse group of employees who are passionate about public service. At the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 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:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for a Cleaner Air Oregon New Business and Technical Assistance Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3) in Portland, Oregon.

Cleaner Air Oregon is DEQ’s innovative program that evaluates and protects public health from industrial air toxics emissions. We are seeking dynamic and dedicated applicants to develop and implement this innovative program.  Please consider joining this dynamic team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Cleaner Air Oregon section of the Air Quality Division at DEQ has lead responsibility to ensure the accurate assessment and the reduction of air toxics using health based standards. This section is responsible for supporting completion of air toxics risk assessments and the determination of permitting and reporting requirements for sources assessed under program rules. This section is primarily responsible for implementation, support, and coordination of an air toxics program in coordination with regional offices, including ongoing risk assessments, policy and guidance development, training, rule and statute revisions, performance monitoring, and community outreach and engagement.

What you will do!
As the Cleaner Air Oregon New Business and Technical Assistance Coordinator, you will provide technical, regulatory, and permitting assistance to smaller businesses and industries in the Cleaner Air Oregon program, and new facilities wishing to cite and be permitted in Oregon. You will review and approve air toxics emissions data, review and perform modeling, complete risk assessment reports, and review and draft related permit requirements. You will review and complete analyses and evaluations of air pollution issues, and create a menu of solutions for permitting options that reduce health impacts from potential emissions. In addition, you will assist smaller businesses with technical assistance for ongoing permitting and compliance with air toxics regulations. Finally, you will help other interested or affected parties understand and implement air toxics assessment and innovative reduction activities, such as pollution prevention and product substitution, required under the Cleaner Air Oregon program.

What’s in it for you!

The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land.  We offer medical, dental, and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Learn more to see whether you qualify at PSLF Program. 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?

  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related field, AND 3 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).
  • At least 1 year of experience at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resource program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities.
  • Experience and knowledge in source operations and emissions, and emission control devices, including the ability to correctly interpret air toxics emission information.
  • General understanding of human health air toxics risk assessment protocols, including the completion of emissions inventories and modeling work that supports the assessment.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to manage technical input from multiple team members to review and approve assessments that result in the issuance of health-protective permits.
  • Experience with assessing and encouraging the use of pollution prevention and product substitution as ways to reduce potential emissions of air toxics at sources.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; skill in writing concise and clear reports describing complex industries and regulatory determinations.
  • Experience communicating complex technical information or controversial environmental issues to stakeholders and lay people; ability to communicate technical data to audiences unfamiliar with the subject matter.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above and complete the online application and all supplemental questions (including the question where you upload a cover letter).

Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter. Please include your name in the file names for your resume and cover letter.

**Please be sure to check both your e-mail and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.**

Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those once you’ve submitted your application via a pop-up with a veterans’ preference questionnaire.

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 or (503) 229-5107.

DEQ strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. DEQ fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.


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After all, when every day we are responsible for caring for the needs of a diverse population and thriving business community, we simply must have the best and brightest workforce. If you take responsibility for your actions, are passionate about helping others succeed, and have a reputation for excellence and honesty, why not make Oregon state government your next career move?

Joining our team means you open the door to many possibilities. From entry level to executive, outdoor work to policy setting, we have a role for nearly every calling, expertise and background.

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