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Natural Resource Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Medford, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 10/22/2019

With more than 30,000 employees who are dedicated to making Oregon a fantastic place to live, work, and play, the State of Oregon enterprise is comprised of a diverse group of employees who are passionate about public service. At the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 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.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Natural Resource Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1) in Medford, Oregon.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and regional offices to accomplish its mission. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in the 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.

What you will do!

The Natural Resource Specialist conducts the Western Region-South Open Burning Control program by investigating open burning complaints, documenting any violations observed, writing inspection reports, and writing necessary enforcement referrals. You will inspect and write permits for the less complex ACDP sources, write inspection reports and enforcement referrals, and make enforcement recommendations to ensure compliance with all permit conditions. Finally, you will investigate general air quality complaints not related to permitted sources.

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 environmental sciences, natural resources, or a closely related field, OR 3 years of experience in an environmental science or natural resources field.
Experience in providing technical assistance to industry, public, and governmental agencies on environmental laws, procedures, and issues.
Experience investigating air quality complaints, documenting violations, writing inspection reports, and writing enforcement referrals.
Experience working with ACDP permits and sources.
Ability to deal diplomatically with upset or adversarial stakeholders in person and on the phone.
Knowledge of and experience working with permitting requirements.
Knowledge of and experience working with public hearing procedures.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and customer service skills.
How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above and complete the online application and all supplemental questions (including the question where you upload a cover letter).

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: https://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/Veterans.aspx. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

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 ouye.madeline@deq.state.or.us 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.

Complete details: https://oregon.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/SOR_External_Career_Site/job/Medford--Stewart-Avenue---DEQ/Natural-Resource-Specialist--Natural-Resource-Specialist-1-_REQ-23193