Senior Water Quality Land Application Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Website Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Initial Posting Date: 09/02/2021

Application Deadline: 09/23/2021

Agency: Department of Environmental Quality

Salary Range: $5,105 – $7,847

Position Type: Employee

Position Title: Senior Water Quality Land Application Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

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 available for a Senior Water Quality Land Application Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4). This position will be located in either Eugene or Salem, Oregon. The finalist may choose their preferred work location.

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 Western 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 serve as the regional expert for biosolids, septage, and industrial solids management; recycled water use; agronomy; and soils science. In addition, you will write complex municipal and industrial wastewater permits, inspect permittees, and respond to complaints from the public.

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 10 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 physical science, environmental science, natural resources, or a closely related field, AND 4 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:

  • Experience working with wastewater treatment operations, soils science, agronomy, and environmental health.
  • Certification as a Professional Soils Scientist and/or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (Sanitarian) (desired, not required).
  • Experience with evaluating sites to determine if they are appropriate for the land application of biosolids, industrial residuals, septage, or wastewater.
  • Experience with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and Water Pollution Control Facilities permits.
  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally through email and in-person with DEQ staff, permittees (treatment plant operators, city managers, elected officials, etc.), consultants, the public, stakeholders, and other natural resources agencies, including experience communicating technical information and dealing with difficult people.
  • Ability to learn and follow laws, regulations, and permit procedures applicable to the type of activity (wastewater treatment and disposal, land application of biosolids, etc.) being regulated.

Working Conditions:

Most work is performed in a professional office setting. There will be frequent travel by car under possible adverse weather conditions to wastewater treatment facilities, land application sites, spill or complaint sites, and other DEQ offices. Frequent exposure to pathogens or hazardous materials during site inspections and complaint investigations, as well as frequent exposure to challenging field conditions (ex: steep slope, heavy vegetation, and uneven terrain). Must have a valid driver’s license.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information:

The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exception. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

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.

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 madeline.ouye@deq.state.or.us or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

For more information, please contact madeline.ouye@deq.state.or.us