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Permit Developer (Natural Resource Specialist 3) – 3 Openings

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 04/02/2020

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 3 full-time opportunities for a Permit Developer (Natural Resource Specialist 3). 2 of the 3 full-time opportunities are within the Water Quality Division at Headquarters (one position will focus on individual permitting and one will focus on general permitting), and 1 of the full-time opportunities is within the Northwest Region Division. All 3 positions will be located in Portland, Oregon. These positions are expected to start on or after July 1, 2020.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The mission of DEQ is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. The agency has 3 regional divisions (Northwest, Eastern, and Western), a Central Services Division (housed at Headquarters), a Vehicle Inspection Program, a Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division, and divisions for Water, Air, and Land.

What you will do!
The Permit Developer develops National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) general permits and major or minor sources that originate in any part of Oregon. You will solve difficult NPDES permit-related problems, such as developing strategies or discharges to water-quality limited waterbodies.

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.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

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 program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities.
Experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating large complex projects.
Experience planning, leading, and implementing NPDES permits.
Experience using computer modeling to analyze study results.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; skill and experience interpreting and communicating complex technical natural resource information to a variety of audiences.
Experience reading, understanding, interpreting, and applying water quality regulations or other environmental regulations.

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. 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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