Job Details

Assessment Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Hillsboro, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/14/2019

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality laboratory located in Hillsboro, OR currently has a full-time opportunity for an Assessment Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2) to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency mission to protect and improve Oregon's environmental quality.

About the Division:
The Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division supports the Department of Environmental Quality in achieving its mission by providing laboratory and research services in water and air quality monitoring, organic and inorganic analysis, toxicology and biology, and quality assurance. The Division serves the Agency programs and regional offices throughout Oregon, and supports the agency's mission and values by providing timely, high quality, scientific information through monitoring, laboratory services, and data analysis.

The Resource Assessment & Technical Support section supports the Laboratory's mission through a variety of different functions. This section provides oversight of purchasing and inventory control. The section is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), including sample tracking, data entry, final reports, and verification of the data released to the analytical data repository. This section oversees the IT services of the laboratory. The assessment portion into which this position falls analyzes data and develops reports for statewide water and air quality assessments.

What you will do!
This position assists with data analysis and review, including evaluating data submitted to the DEQ under the volunteer monitoring program and other third party collections for the purposes of establishing the data quality. This position utilizes R and other statistical programs to complete this. In addition, this position assists with data management, data interpretation, data review, and report writing.

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 per 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.

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed primarily in an office setting at the DEQ Laboratory. Hazardous materials are handled in the field and laboratory. Statewide travel is required to attend trainings, attend meetings, visit with volunteer groups, and attend conferences.
Duties & Responsibilities
Data Review and Analysis:

Organize data collected by various monitoring programs into databases or spreadsheets for analysis.
Complete quality assurance/quality control review of the data.
Organize, review, and evaluate third party (external data) for inclusion in the Oregon Integrated Report.
Gather data and determine the adequacy of data for use in data summaries and reports; evaluate and analyze data through statistical analyses.
Upload final data to DEQ's online water quality data respository.
Volunteer Monitoring Program Support:
Review data submissions from volunteer program to ensure submissions of water quality and geographic information are complete and properly formatted.
Use R to manage, format, and evaluate data collected by volunteer monitoring groups.
Assist volunteer monitoring coordinator with tracking loaned out equipment, and assist the program with SOP development for field monitoring, data collection, data submittal, and data analysis processes.
Reports and Data Display:
Assist with the preparation of section's assessment reports including the Oregon Water Quality Index, Water Quality Toxics Monitoring reports, groundwater reports, and other assessment products.
Technical Assistance:
Respond to data requests, inquiries on monitoring, and data assessment techniques.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of experience in an environmental or natural resources field; and
Bachelor's degree in a Natural Resources or Environmental Science field; or three (3) additional years of related (pertinent) experience
One year of experience in an environmental or natural resources field; and
A Master's degree in a Natural Resources or Environmental Science field
A Doctorate degree in a Natural Resources or Environmental Science field

Desired Attributes/Requested Skills:

Experience with the programming language "R" for data processing.
Excellent overall computer skills with expanded knowledge of Excel and Access.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience working with geographic information and geo-referenced data, including experience using GPS, ArcGIS, maps, and other sources to track and communicate location information.
Experience applying quality control information to define the quality of measurements or data.
Experience calibrating, troubleshooting, and /or repairing water quality monitoring equipment.
Additional Information
Application Instructions:

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 are unable to review 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.
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.
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.

Veterans Information:
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, please submit the following required documentation prior to your first interview (if selected):
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.

Pay Equity:
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, and we do not 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.

Work Authorization:
The Oregon DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three (3) 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.

Need Help?
If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to e-mail Maddy Ouye at or call (503) 229-5107. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

Consider Joining Us!
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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