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Materials Management Solid Waste Permitting and Compliance Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/08/2019

With more than 40,000 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 has a full-time opportunity for a Materials Management Solid Waste Permitting and Compliance Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3) in Portland, 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 Northwest 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 Materials Management Solid Waste Permitting and Compliance Specialist serves as a solid waste program permit writer and compliance specialist responsible for drafting new permits, permit modifications, and permit renewals for a variety of solid waste disposal facilities including compost operations, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, waste tire storage and combo facilities, solid waste treatment facilities, and waste conversion facilities. You will also be responsible for inspecting and verifying compliance with solid waste requirements at these facilities. You will provide technical assistance on composting, solid waste disposal, solid waste management, and materials management. In addition, you will respond to and resolve complaints, investigate illegal disposal of solid waste, and determine appropriate compliance and enforcement action as needed. Finally, you will verify data submittals; assist the public and regulated community with waste reduction and materials management; and manage and be a part of various Materials Management Program projects.

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 3 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 or environmental protection program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities.
Experience with waste management, materials management, and waste prevention is desired.
Excellent verbal communication with individuals and audiences via the phone, in person, or through presentations; excellent written communication skills in writing concise and clear reports describing complex industries and regulatory determinations.
Experience developing, providing, and communicating information about environmental regulatory programs to facility owners, operators, and the public.
Experience communicating complex technical information or controversial environmental issues to stakeholders and lay people; ability to communicate technical data to individuals and audiences unfamiliar with the subject matter.
Experience with permit writing, including drafting new permits, modifying existing permits, and renewing permits.
Experience initiating compliance or enforcement actions for environment-related violations.
Experience with data collection and data analysis.
Experience conducting environmental inspections of facilities or businesses for compliance with environmental requirements.

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. A resume will not substitute for completing the work experience section of your application.
**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: For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those once you’ve submitted your application via a pop-up with a veterans’ preference questionnaire.

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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