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Asbestos Compliance Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/23/2019

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opening for an Asbestos Compliance Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3) with the Northwest Region Environmental Partnerships Section in Portland, Oregon.

What you will do!
You will be responsible for the implementation of agency regulations related to asbestos abatement and will work to prevent the release of airborne asbestos resulting from improper handling, removal, use or disposal.
Inspect asbestos abatement projects, construction renovation and demolition sites and landfills/transfer stations and other disposal sites.
Inspect asbestos abatement projects in commercial, residential, industrial and governmental settings.
Identify and investigate violations of asbestos regulations and gather defensible evidence in support of potential enforcement actions.
Evaluate potential health and environmental impacts of asbestos rule violations.
Determine enforcement strategies to be taken when violations are found.
Contact building departments, counties, cities, operators and contractors to verify that construction projects are in compliance with asbestos regulations.
Respond to spills, illegal disposals and emergencies involving the threat of public exposure to asbestos.
Monitor landfills, haulers, and local governments responsible for waste disposal to ensure proper handling and disposal of asbestos waste.
Provide technical assistance and rule interpretations to staff, industry, trade associations, and the public and governmental agencies.
Verify information and maintain quality control of information in the asbestos database.
Provide information about contractor licensing, worker certification, and training provider accreditation programs.
Ensure that abatement is done properly during building renovation and demolition activities.
Ensure that the agency is notified of demolition and renovation activities.
Ensure that contractors and workers engaged in asbestos abatement are licensed or certified to do so.
Inspect projects to make sure that asbestos-containing waste materials are being removed, handled and disposed of properly.
Make compliance determinations and when violations are identified, make enforcement recommendations to address compliance issues.
Propose corrective action strategies for building owners, contractors and disposal facility operators to safely manage asbestos containing materials.
Provide technical assistance and education and outreach concerning asbestos to building owners, the public, asbestos contractors, other agencies and others within DEQ verbally and in writing through email, phone conversations, meetings, etc.
Investigate and resolve complaints concerning asbestos using agency policies and procedures.
Ensure federal asbestos requirements are met.
Track and meet outcome based measures; enter data, use and manage DEQ databases.
Develop policies, procedures, participate in agency rule-making and provide recommendations to make improvements, regulatory changes or take other actions to make sure that asbestos is managed safely in Oregon.
Provide information to other agencies as needed.
Conduct field investigations as needed.

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.

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 air, land and 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. 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 with asbestos – apply today!

Work is conducted in an office, out-of-doors, in buildings and at industrial settings.
Employee frequently inspects sites where asbestos is located.
Possible exposure to hazardous or dangerous chemicals.
Employee will need to be able to wear a respirator and use other safety equipment as needed.
Routine lifting and hauling of equipment may be required.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
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 conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, determining compliance or noncompliance with laws and regulations and recommending enforcement actions; AND
A Bachelor's degree in a 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.

Requested Skills (Desired Attributes):
Experience in asbestos related work, including interpreting rules, regulations, laws, agency guidance and procedures regarding asbestos containing waste management and disposal, and experience conducting asbestos abatement as a certified worker or supervisor or asbestos abatement contractor.
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Experience interpreting environmental rules, regulations, laws, agency guidance and procedures.
Experience conducting inspections of industry and commercial businesses and making regulatory determinations for compliance with local, state or federal regulatory requirements.
Knowledge of project management methods, techniques and principles.
Experience researching complex issues and problems and proposing solutions.
Basic understanding of the principles of air, water and waste pollution control.
Ability to deal diplomatically with angry or hostile people.
Ability to work well with other staff, regulators and professionals outside the program.
Experience writing clearly and concisely.
Experience serving on technical committees to evaluate environmental issues or provide advice regarding policy, guidance or rule development.
Demonstrated ability to utilize Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel and Access, manage databases and create reports and queries, and utilize electronic filing and recordkeeping.
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 are not requested.
In addition to your online application, please attach your resume and a letter of intent. Your letter of intent will also need to address your experience and how it qualifies you for the position for which you are applying.
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, it will be removed from further consideration.
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 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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