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Harmful Algae Bloom Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Hillsboro, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/31/2019

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a full-time opportunity for a Harmful Algae Bloom Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3) at the DEQ Laboratory in Hillsboro, 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.

DEQ's mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land, and water. The Laboratory Division assists the Agency in achieving its mission by providing laboratory and research services in water and air quality monitoring, organic and inorganic analysis, toxicology and biology, and quality assurance. The Water Quality Monitoring Section’s purpose is to collect representative, valid environmental data through physical, chemical, and biological sampling and assessment; manage environmental data to ensure availability of accurate and complete data for Agency programs and the general public; analyze and interpret water quality and related data in order to produce reports which identify water quality conditions, identify threats to water quality, evaluate trends, and model proposed actions; maintain technical expertise through applied research, training, and collaboration in order to stay scientifically up to date with safety, sampling, and data assessment skills; and promote, as a representative, the Agency’s environmental mission to the general public and other governmental agencies.

What you will do!

The Harmful Algae Bloom Coordinator coordinates monitoring of Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) activities in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and monitoring partners. You will serve as Project Manager for HAB data in the Laboratory Information Management System and the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System. You will provide supplies and training to public water facilities and other monitoring partners for the collection of blue-green algae and cyanotoxin samples for analysis at the DEQ Laboratory. This position will also coordinate monitoring of HABs to provide data to OHA for use in issuing contact recreation advisories if warranted. You will ensure data quality objectives for all monitoring projects are identified, documented, and achieved to the extent possible. And, finally, you will assist with other Water Quality Monitoring programs at the Laboratory, including DEQ’s Ambient, Toxics, Groundwater, and other special monitoring projects as required.

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).
Extensive understanding of chemistry, laboratory procedures, and data analysis.
Extensive knowledge of tests and procedures, as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and requirements.
Knowledge of proper monitoring and sample handling procedures.
Experience working with Harmful Algae Bloom collection and analysis preferred.
Experience collaborating and coordinating with other agencies, partner organizations, and stakeholders to meet common goals.
Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and data repositories.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access), excellent verbal and written communication skills, project management skills, and excellent organizational skills with an ability to pay attention to detail.
How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please go here and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.

Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter. You must submit these at the beginning of the application process when it asks for a resume. You may attach more than 1 item in this section.

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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