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Air Toxics Permitting Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Salem or Medford, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/02/2019

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 currently has a full-time opportunity for an Air Toxics Permitting Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) to join this innovative team, advancing our agency's mission to protect and improve Oregon's environment. The position will be in Salem or Medford (candidate can choose location where he/she would like to work). 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.

About the Division:
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment. DEQ's mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land, and water.

The Air Quality Division's mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of Oregon's air. This is achieved through Air Quality Planning, Program Operations, Vehicle Inspections, Technical Services, Laboratory Support, and Regional Divisions, in accordance with the federal Clean Air Act and applicable state and federal laws.

The Western Region Air Quality Program is responsible for Air Quality program planning and guidance, asbestos and open burning 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 (excluding Lane County) of the state that comprise the Western Region. These tasks are carried out by Air Quality staff located in the Salem, Medford, and Coos Bay Offices.

What you will do!
The primary purpose of this position is to conduct engineering reviews of complex plans and permit documents for various large industrial sources and to determine compliance with federal and state regulations, including DEQ's health-based air toxics permitting requirements. The reviews will be conducted to determine accuracy, completeness, and conformance with standards, and prepare and issue or deny permits; oversee the implementation of permits; and initiate appropriate enforcement action. The position applies engineering principles in evaluating control technologies, emission rates, and impacts for a number of existing, new, and modified sources. This position also provides technical expertise to other program staff, as well as authoritative information and guidance to the public and industries.

This position may also lead the development and finalization of source-specific air toxics human health risk assessments as required by the Cleaner Air Oregon program rules. The Cleaner Air Oregon program requires health-based risk evaluations for stationary sources. This position will work in collaboration with other technical agency staff to complete required health assessments and determine and implement any additional permitting requirements identified.

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. There will be frequent travel to inspect air pollution sources in industrial settings during construction, operation, and shut-down phases. This will involve site visits where chemicals are used. The candidate hired into this position may walk on uneven terrain and climb ladders, stairs, and emission stacks in inclement or hot weather conditions. This position will require occasional work during non-scheduled work hours in order to attend public hearings on permitted sources, present information at EQC meetings, attend public town hall meetings, conduct training, and share information at professional scientific conferences and other affected organizations.
Duties & Responsibilities

Draft new, modified, and renewal permits for the most complex Title V sources.
Review Notice of Approval applications, and issue approval and denial letters for complex Title V sources.
Conduct permit reviews for NSPS, NESHAP, and NSR/PSD issues, including BACT, RACT, and LAER analyses. Make determinations on applicability of MACT standards for sources subject to Title III/V permitting requirements.
Determine appropriate methods of quantifying air emissions, perform review of engineering calculations for complex design and pollution control processes, and determine technical adequacy of air pollution control devices.
Determine appropriate methods for verifying compliance with permit conditions, including monitoring and reporting methods.
Present draft permits at public hearings and public informational meetings; prepare responses to public and EPA comments, and prepare permits for issuance.
Compliance Assurance:
Schedule and conduct Full and Partial Compliance Evaluations of complex major permitted sources to determine compliance with air quality regulations and air quality permit.
Initiate compliance or enforcement actions, notify sources of violation by letter (WL or PEN), negotiate or renegotiate compliance schedules with source, and prepare enforcement referrals.
Investigate and resolve complaints and reports of upsets and excess emissions/discharges to the air, and work with pollution sources to develop compliance programs.
Interpret data for complex sources or situations to determine compliance with ambient air standards and permit conditions.
Technical Assistance and Program Administration:
Provide technical input for policy development, rule interpretation, and application to the Air Quality Program.
Provide expert technical assistance to industrial sources regarding Title V and ACDP permitting requirements.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
Minimum Qualifications:

Four (4) years of engineering experience
Two (2) years of experience in an environmental protection/control program (the environmental experience may be gained as part of the engineering experience or in addition to the engineering experience);
A Bachelor's degree in an engineering field, such as Environmental, Chemical, Civil, or Mechanical, OR three (3) more years of engineering experience.
A current PE. You MUST be a registered professional engineer. If currently registered as a professional engineer in another state, you must be able to obtain your Oregon registration within 6 months of employment to retain this appointment.

Desired Attributes/Requested Skills:
Extensive background knowledge and experience with the Clean Air Act and Federal operating air permit program.
Extensive experience with atmospheric chemistry, emission sources, control equipment, and state and federal air quality regulations.
Strong mathematical skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent computer program skills for document preparation, development of spreadsheets and databases, data analysis skills of source and program information, and development of air quality strategies.
Ability to manage stressful situations encountered during public meetings or interactions with irritated or non-cooperative sources.
Knowledge and experience working with EPA guidance documents and technical sources of information, including applicability determinations, Technology Transfer Network, and the BACT/RACT/LAER Clearinghouse.
Additional Information
This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM, however, we may close the announcement at any time after this date when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

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. (Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling, and punctuation).
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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