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Senior Air Quality Planner (Natural Resource Specialist 5)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 06/26/2019

PLEASE READ: ***Applicants who have previously submitted an application to REQ-2690 (originally posted in February 2019) need not reapply***

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has statutory responsibility to meet Clean Air Act requirements and fulfill the agency’s mission to protect public health and welfare by ensuring compliance with federal air quality health standards. The Air Quality Planning Section develops policies, programs, rules, guidance, and legislation as needed to achieve the agency’s air quality protection goals and meet requirements of the federal Clean Air Act.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a full-time opportunity for a Senior Air Quality Planner (Natural Resource Specialist 5) in Portland, Oregon.

What you will do!

You will use your extensive knowledge in Oregon’s air quality permitting, State Implementation Plan development, criteria pollutant and air toxics formation, sources, and their health impacts. You will use your project management skills and lead teams to develop control strategies and plans that reduce multiple pollutants in alignment with the Air Quality Divisions strategic plan.

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 Oregon's environment, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

What are we looking for?

Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, or 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.
Diverse technical and/or project management background.
Ability to evaluate and synthesize technical information in order to negotiate progress towards project objectives.
Experience in reviewing and/or drafting Oregon ACDP, Title V or Federal Air Quality permits.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Attention to detail, and experience reviewing items for accuracy.
Strong ability to lead a technical team to make progress in new and cutting edge technical issues.
Experience and desire to train, coach, and mentor junior staff.
Background and experience in continuous improvement efforts, such as Lean, Six Sigma, or Outcome Based Management.
Experience negotiating with regulated parties to ensure progress and to achieve shared objectives.
Experience in the development of State Implementation Plans, air quality policy and program recommendations, and/or rulemaking packages.
A strong understanding of the various ways air quality authorities control air pollution.
Experience in evaluating and drawing conclusions from large datasets through the use of tools like R or other relevant statistical software.
How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.
Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter.
Veterans Information:

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Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Mike Garcellano, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 229-5021.

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.

PLEASE READ: ***Applicants who have previously submitted an application to REQ-2690 (originally posted in February 2019) need not reapply**

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