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Stormwater Quality Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/13/2018

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a Full-Time Permanent opportunity for a Stormwater Quality Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3) to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency mission to protect and improve Oregon's water quality.

What you will do
You will develop and renew Phase I and Phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits, review and evaluate permit applications and assign permit coverage, provide technical review of plans and reports, and advise permittees and other interested parties on applicable laws, rules and permit requirements to achieve compliance, initiates enforcement actions when necessary and drafts enforcement communications and documents.

Additionally, you will be a team leader for developing and delivering trainings and technical assistance to assist permittees with achieving and maintaining compliance with permit conditions. The position also assists the program manager in achieving goals and objectives for stormwater program and projects through a variety of duties including project management, reporting, participating on advisory committees, rule writing, template/tool development, etc.

What's in it for you?
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with providing high quality environmental data needed for understanding and protecting Oregon's water quality. Put your creative problem-solving and analytical skills to great use helping to keep Oregon green. We offer full 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 and have experience testing and regulating water quality, apply today!

This position is full-time, non-exempt, AFSCME represented position.
The eligible list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future regular, limited duration, full or part-time or temporary positions.

Working conditions
Travel to municipal, industrial and construction sites and stormwater management/disposal systems throughout the state. Field work in all types of weather at sites where wastes and heavy equipment may be present. Must be able to travel and attend public meetings in the evening through the state. Periodic overnight travel.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
The work experience section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications and the requested skills (desired attributes) for this position. A resume will not substitute for completing the work experience section of the application. All answers to the supplemental questions will be verified using the work experience section of your application to determine if you meet these minimum qualifications. If the work experience included on your application does not support your answers, your application may be removed from further consideration.

Minimum Qualifications:
To be considered for this position you must meet the following minimum qualifications (required skills):
Three (3) years of experience in a physical science, environmental science or closely related natural resource field.
At least one (1) year of the experience must be 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; AND
A Bachelor's degree in physical science, environmental science or a closely related natural resource field; OR
Three (3) additional years of related, pertinent experience

Education Note:
A Master's degree in a physical science, environmental science or a closely related natural resource field will substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience.
A Doctorate degree in a physical science, environmental science or closely related natural resource field will substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience.

Driver License:
The position requires the successful candidate to have and maintain a valid, unrestricted, license to drive.

NOTE: To receive credit for all required/related coursework, a photocopy of transcripts is required.

Requested Skills - Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in the following areas:
Experience in writing and/or implementing NPDES stormwater permits
Experience in research, implementation and/or requirements for municipal stormwater
Experience in documenting policy decisions for programs implemented for compliance with the federal Clean Water Act
Experience in making policy and technical recommendations for permit conditions
Interpreting rules, regulations, laws, and agency procedures regarding municipal stormwater management
Ability to participate constructively in conflict resolution and legal discussions associated with Oregon's MS4 permit conditions
Conducting field-work including inspections of businesses and making regulatory determinations for compliance with local, state or federal, air, water or waste regulatory requirements
Knowledge of project management methods, techniques and principles and experience with managing complex projects
Writing concise and clear reports to make and describe complex regulatory determinations
Additional Information
To apply, please follow these steps:

Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.
The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.
Attach a cover letter demonstrating your experience and how it qualifies you for this position.
Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application. (Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.)
To receive credit for higher education coursework, transcripts (official or unofficial) must be submitted prior to the interview (if selected). NOTE: To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all transcripts before attaching to your application.

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans' preference points visit our Veterans Resource page. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.
A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

As an employer the State of Oregon complies with the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. Please visit for more information.

The Oregon DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 3336.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to email Michael Garcellano at or call (503) 229-5021. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment.

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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