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Materials Management Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/18/2018

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has an opportunity for a Materials Management Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3) to join an innovative team, and advance our agency mission to protect and improve Oregon's environmental quality.

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.

About the Division:
The Northwest Region Materials Management Team assists with implementation of the Materials Management vision and plan, including implementing policies and programs to reduce the impact of materials and products throughout their full life-cycle, from design and production through distribution, consumption, and use and management at end of life. The Northwest Region Materials Management Team is also responsible for oversight of non-hazardous solid waste management practices.

What you'll do!
The purpose of this position is to implement the materials management programs and projects to reduce the environmental and human health impacts of materials produced, used, and discarded in Oregon. The person in this position will provide technical assistance and support; conduct research; and coordinate and work with DEQ staff, local governments, businesses, and individuals on materials management, solid waste reduction, waste prevention, and recycling program requirements and policies. The position works closely with Metro, county, and municipal governments to ensure compliance with the Recycling Opportunity Act. This position participates in the selection of and oversight of DEQ grants, and responds to and resolves complaints.This positions supports long-range planning and education related to sustainable materials management. Finally, this position manages and is a part of program projects to implement the program's materials management plan, such as food waste recovery and food waste prevention, voluntary business programs, and sustainable consumption.

What's in it for you?
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with reducing the impacts of materials throughout their life cycle. 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:
Work is primarily in an office environment. There will be occasional field visits. During field activities, there may be exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil, water, fumes, airborne contaminants, fall or tripping hazards, etc. Such conditions may require use of personal safety equipment and protective clothing. Employee must be trained, monitored, and equipped in accordance with applicable Health and Safety Rules. There is in-state and out-of-state travel required for meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings, and household hazardous waste collection events. There will be occasional lifting and exertion for short periods. Must be able to lift 25 pounds.

This position requires you to possess and maintain a current valid license to drive issued by the state of residence, OR to provide an acceptable, alternate form of transportation.
Duties & Responsibilities
Sustainable Materials Management:

Provide information to stakeholders to ensure compliance with regulations, and the implementation of the Oregon materials management vision and waste reduction programs.
Attend meetings and collaborate with stakeholders related to sustainable materials management, waste recovery, and other related programs and projects.
Participate in the program recycling markets short-term and long-term projects to address loss of markets for recyclable materials.
Provide technical assistance and perform site visits/inspections related to product stewardship programs, including e-cycles and paint care, environmental regulations, waste prevention, and waste reduction research and policies.
Negotiate contracts with grant recipients, provide over sight throughout the contract period, and review and approve grant submittals, payment requests, milestones, reports, and products.
Implement Opportunity to Recycle Law:
Assist with the development of rules, policies, and educational materials related to waste prevention and waste recovery in response to new laws regarding waste prevention and reduction.
Develop information sheets and other tools.
Assist wastesheds with wasteshed recovery and waste reduction plan development.
Materials Management Plan Implementation:
Participate on internal agency rule making team putting into place new laws and requirements for waste recovery and waste prevention.
Frequently serve as a project leader; develop and coordinate materials management-oriented projects, including assembling teams, developing project scopes and schedules, identifying resources and regulatory or administrative steps needed for project completion, and ensuring projects remain on track.
Implement complex materials management oriented agency projects, such as food waste prevention, food waste recovery, sustainable consumption, materials recovery, and voluntary business initiatives.
Independently design and conduct research, obtain and evaluate data, and compile reports.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
Minimum Qualifications:

Three (3) years of experience in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related natural resource field. At least one year 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;


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

Desired Attributes/Requested Skills:
Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying rules, regulation, laws, agency guidance, and procedures regarding materials management, sustainability, waste prevention, recycling, and solid waste management and disposal.
Experience making regulatory determinations for compliance with local, state or federal, air, water or solid waste environmental regulatory requirements.
Basic science or engineering education that includes an understanding of principles of air, water, and waste pollution control.
Knowledge regarding materials management, recycling, prevention, solid waste disposal and education programs.
Demonstrated experience writing concise and clear reports describing complex regulatory determinations. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience serving on technical committees to evaluate environmental issues, and provide advice regarding policy, guidance, or rule development.
Experience managing complex projects.
Experience with complaint response and an ability to deal diplomatically with angry or hostile people.
Additional Information
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. Please be sure to attach your resume demonstrating your experience and how it qualifies you for the position you're applying for.
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.

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