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Natural Resource Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Salem, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 07/19/2019

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

The Western Region Air Quality Program is responsible for Air Quality program planning and guidance, control program administration, technical assistance, inspecting, permitting, compliance assurance and plan reviews of air emission sources, data analysis, and reporting, and rules promulgation to ensure improvements and maintenance of the Region’s air quality in the 12 counties of the state that comprise the Western Region.

What you will do!
You will be responsible for coordinating the Western Region-North Open Burning Control program; investigate general air quality complaints; serve as the compliant triage contact for the Western Region-North Air Quality work, and inspect and write permits for the less complex ACDP sources.

You will also investigate general air quality complaints not related to permitted sources. You will serve as complaint triage person for the WR-Salem air quality work unit by assigning priorities to the incoming air quality complaints. You will write inspection reports and enforcement referrals and makes enforcement recommendations to assure compliance with all permit conditions.

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 permanent, full-time, non-exempt, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill limited duration and/or permanent future vacancies.

What we are looking for:
– Ability to work successfully with upset or adversarial stakeholders
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills
– Demonstrated ability to independently manage workload and priorities
– Excellent customer service skills
– Ability to explain rules and policies to a wide range of people
– Experience in providing technical assistance to industry, the public, and governmental agencies on environmental laws, and procedures and issues
– Required Minimum Qualifications:
– A Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Biology, Air Quality Monitoring or a related field; OR
– Three (3) years of experience in a Biological, Environmental Science or related natural resource field

How to Apply:
– To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.
– Be sure to attach your resume and cover letter at the beginning of your application process.
– Complete questionnaire.
– After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the Public Records Request authorization. This step comes after you have clicked submit on your application. VETERANS: This is where you will complete your request for veterans' preference points.
– ***IMPORTANT*** 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 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.

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