Emergency Response Specialist / Daytime Duty Officer (Natural Resource Specialist 3) – REQ-93241

Website Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Location: Portland | DEQ | Multnomah Street
Time type: Full time
Job requisition id: REQ-93241

Initial Posting Date: 06/08/2022

Application Deadline: 06/29/2022

Agency: Department of Environmental Quality

Salary Range: $4,547 – $6,959

Position Type: Employee

Position Title: Emergency Response Specialist / Daytime Duty Officer (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

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/iP3K7JoLe1k

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for an Emergency Response Specialist / Daytime Duty Officer (Natural Resource Specialist 3) 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. The Land Quality Division supports the agency’s mission by managing environmental cleanups, assessing cleanup sites, promoting manufacturing and recycling of non-toxic commercial products, safely managing the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, overseeing the state’s underground storage tank and heating oil tank programs, ensuring timely response and cleanup of spills of oil and hazardous materials, and regulating safe discharge of ballast water to state waters.

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What you will do!

You will be DEQ’s first point of contact for spills and releases reported to the Oregon Emergency Response Program. You will coordinate and conduct 24/7 emergency response operations for the Department, managing emergencies in accordance with the DEQ Emergency Response and Recovery Plan (ERRP), Emergency Response Standard Operating Guidance Documents (SOGs), and the DEQ Business Continuity Plan. You will advise and coordinate efforts of first responders and responsible parties to immediately prevent the spread and eliminate the threat of a release during an emergency incident; collect information; and conduct investigations for the State of Oregon in response to spills and releases of oil and hazardous substances. In addition, you will be responsible for oil spill planning and preparedness through review of facility plans and participation in industry exercises, as well as coordination of business continuity planning and preparedness for the agency.

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 a physical science, environmental science, natural resources, 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.

Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • In-depth knowledge and experience with the Incident Command System (ICS), including completion of ICS 100, ICS 200, and ICS 300 courses as directed under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Demonstrated experience making decisions requiring rapid evaluation and response under relatively stressful situations, including instructions or negotiations that may be required to manage or prevent releases of oil and other hazardous substances.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience, and the ability to collect information and analyze threats to human health and the environment due to spills of oil or other hazardous materials.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to work with diverse stakeholders and communicate effectively with staff, many sectors of the public, other natural resource agencies, emergency response agencies, the US Coast Guard, and the media; professional level presentation acumen; demonstrated ability to provide guidance to the public, other agencies, and department staff on technical issues including agency policies.
  • Experience developing, implementing, and coordinating emergency response programs and strategies.
  • Spill management experience (including emergency response and on-scene coordination); experience working on emergency response incidents of varying sizes, including drills and exercises; experience as Incident Commander, Planning Chief, or Operations Chief would be beneficial.
  • Experience in database entry, maintenance, and analysis with excellent attention to detail.

Working Conditions:

Most work is performed in a professional office setting. There will be occasional off-site meetings and site (field) visits. Deployment to spills of oil and other hazardous materials may be required, and these field activities may present risks to personal safety and health. Field activities in support of response or training may be conducted at all hours of the day or night, often during adverse weather conditions. Some field visits require traversing rough terrain, such as river courses or steep embankments.

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.

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