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Air Toxics Permit Writer (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Bend, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/07/2019

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a full-time opportunity for an Air Toxics Permit Writer (Natural Resource Specialist 4) to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency's mission to protect and improve Oregon's environment. This position is located in Bend, 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.

About the Division:
The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, water, and land. DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and regional offices to accomplish this mission.

Regional Air Quality Sections are responsible for the implementation of DEQ Air Quality program requirements, including the issuance of permits, source inspections, and technical assistance activities related to Air Quality program requirements. DEQ's Air Quality program administers the federal air quality program by delegation and approval from EPA, and state requirements.

What you will do!
The purpose of this position is to draft the most complex health-based air quality permits and perform full compliance evaluations and inspections for industrial, commercial, and municipal air quality sources, including Title V and ACDP industrial sources. This position will be assigned complaints where solutions may not be readily apparent and resolutions will be more problematic in resolution.

This position will serve as the technical resource for internal and external stakeholders on air quality and emission control technologies and issues. This position will also lead the development and finalization of source-specific air toxics human health risk assessments, as required by the Cleaner Air Oregon Program rules, by working with other technical agency staff to complete required health assessments and determine and implement any additional permitting requirements identified.

What's in it for you?
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with providing high quality environmental data needed for understanding and protecting Oregon's environment. Put your creative problem-solving and analytical skills to great use helping to keep Oregon green. We offer full 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.

Working Conditions:
This person will commonly work outdoors, at times during inclement weather. Most other work is performed in an office environment. Statewide travel, occasional evening and weekend meetings, and occasional extended work hours and weekend work will be required. Regular field visits are made to sites to observe, inspect, and evaluate permitted and unpermitted facilities' procedures and environmental impacts. During field activities, there may be exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil, water, fumes, and airborne contaminants. Such conditions may require the use of personal safety equipment and protective clothing.
Duties & Responsibilities

Analyze, draft, and issue complex Title V and ACDP permits. Complete new permit language, and review reports and public involvement materials. Manage public outreach during permit issuance.
Perform detailed and comprehensive reviews of plans, applications, modifications, and specifications for existing or proposed new sources, modified existing sources, and related industrial air pollution control equipment and monitoring systems.
Review emissions from sources and determine allowable emission rates and testing requirements.
Compliance Assurance:
Inspect complex air sources. Review reports, excess emission reports, testing results, and compliance studies, and determine compliance status. Evaluate facility upsets and other non-conforming events.
Draft, recommend, and issue warning letters and pre-enforcement notices; prepare referrals; and develop and negotiate compliance programs and schedules for non-complying sources.
Investigate major and/or complex high profile sources to determine compliance.
Draft comprehensive inspection reports and conduct analysis of air pollution impacts.
Program Development and Administration:
Provide technical expertise and assist with rule and policy drafting for the development of regional and statewide rules and policies necessary to address new and emerging complex environmental issues, such as stationary source regulation of greenhouse gases, air toxics, and fine particulate matter, or to address deficiencies or correct mistakes in current rules.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
Minimum Qualifications:
Four years (4) of experience in a Natural Resource or Environmental field.
At least one year (1) of the experience must be 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; AND
A Bachelor's degree in a physical science, environmental science, or a closely related natural resource field; OR three (3) additional years of related, pertinent, experience.


A Master's degree in a physical science, environmental science, or a closely related natural resource field will substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience.
A Doctorate degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related natural resource field will substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience.

Desired Attributes/Requested Skills:
Advanced environmental, science, or engineering education with an ability to understand the principles of pollution control.
Ability and willingness to enforce state and federal regulations, even though it may result in civil penalties.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write clear and concise reports describing complex industries and regulatory determinations.
Ability to understand and apply complicated rules and regulations, including merging industry and regulation comprehension to create legal source operating permits and to conduct on site compliance evaluations.
Understanding of complicated facility operations and processes, including the control technologies and emissions generated by these activities.
Knowledge of Clean Air Act.
Additional Information
This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Monday, January 7, 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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