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Senior Stormwater Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Eugene, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 07/31/2019

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Senior Stormwater Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4) in Eugene, Oregon. This position is limited duration through June 30, 2021 with the anticipation of becoming permanent.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The mission of DEQ is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and regional offices to accomplish this mission. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern), and the regions are the implementation arms of the Agency, overseeing contaminated site investigations and remediation; performing compliance inspections of regulated entities; enforcing permit requirements and administrative rules; providing technical assistance; issuing air, water, and solid waste permits; investigating complaints; issuing subsurface permits in counties; responding to spills or other incidents with environmental impacts; and acting as the direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries, and the public. This position is in the Western Region.

What you will do!

The Senior Stormwater Specialist serves as the region’s technical and policy expert on stormwater permitting by assigning the Region’s most complex National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permits, reviewing stormwater management plans, and providing technical assistance and outreach to stormwater permittees. You will serve as one of the technical experts for stormwater control and management activities, including developing policy and technical analysis for activities related to stormwater permitting; reviewing effectiveness of best management practices; evaluating the effectiveness of permits; staffing advisory committees; conducting hearings; and preparing reports for the Environmental Quality Commission.

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 developing your cutting edge skills and innovating on behalf of Oregon's environment, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

What are we looking for?

3 years of experience in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related natural resource field, and a Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related natural resource field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
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 in writing and/or implementing NPDES stormwater permits.
Ability to relate technical issues to policies for stormwater management, and an ability to present complex technical information and controversial environmental issues to audiences unfamiliar with the subject matter.
Experience working with state and/or federal requirements for stormwater management.
Experience representing an agency or organization in meetings with the public, regulated community, and/or other organizations.
Experience in documenting policy decisions for one or more Clean Water Act programs, including the development and issuance of NPDES permits, WPCF permits, or TMDLs.
Experience in making policy and technical recommendations for permit conditions.
Ability to participate constructively in conflict resolution and legal discussions associated with Oregon’s stormwater permit conditions.
How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please go here and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.

Please be sure to attach a resume.

**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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