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Air Toxics Permit Writer (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/12/2019

Ready to make a positive impact on community health across Oregon? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is now hiring several new positions for the Cleaner Air Oregon program, its innovative new program that evaluates and protects public health from industrial air toxics emissions. We are seeking dynamic and dedicated applicants to develop and implement this innovative new program.

The Cleaner Air Oregon program has a full-time opportunity available for an Air Toxics Permit Writer (Natural Resource Specialist 4) at Headquarters in Portland, Oregon. This position is limited duration through June 30, 2019 and may become permanent depending on the outcome of the Budget from the 2019 Legislative Session.

What you will do!

This position will be the lead project manager for DEQ’s upcoming work assessing and reducing air toxics emissions from permitted facilities across Oregon. Working with agency technical specialists and permit writers, this position will oversee and coordinate technical work to inventory emissions of air toxics, model health impacts, and determine needed emission reduction actions at facilities. It will also assist in drafting permit updates that will be needed to address the results of these assessments. You will work collaboratively across DEQ regional offices, permitted sources, affected communities, consultants, and internal technical specialists to complete assessments and ensure appropriate measures are taken to reduce air toxics to newly established standards.

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 state and 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 negotiating with regulated parties to ensure progress and to achieve shared objectives.
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:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here:

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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