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Water Quality Permits Coordinator (Administrative Specialist 1)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Salem, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 10/15/2019

With more than 30,000 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 (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Water Quality Permits Coordinator (Administrative Specialist 1) in Salem, Oregon.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and regional offices to accomplish its mission. There are three regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in Western Region and will assist the other regions and agency headquarters as needed. The Regions provide the following services: issuance of air, water, and solid waste permits; compliance inspection of regulated entities; enforcement of permit requirements and administrative rules; investigation of complaints; response to spills or other incidents with environmental impacts; direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries, and the public; and technical assistance to regulated entities and the public.

What you will do!
The Water Quality Permits Coordinator ensures a smooth and timely water quality permitting process by coordinating administrative and technical tasks associated with the issuance of a new permit, permit renewal, or permit modification. You will exhibit excellent customer service via phone, e-mail, and in-person, by explaining laws, rules, and procedures for obtaining, renewing, or modifying water quality permits; coordinate the efficient flow of documents for permits; schedule public hearings; verify quality of permitting documents; perform data entry related to permits; retrieve data from water quality permitting database; and assist inspectors with enforcement actions as needed for permit violations.

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?

3 years of clerical/secretarial experience, including 2 years at a full performance level performing typing, word processing, or other generation of documents.
Lead work responsibility or coordination of office procedures experience.
Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, time management skills, customer service skills, problem solving skills, and organizational skills.
Experience performing data entry accurately; ability to pay attention to detail.
Experience in a fast-paced work environment with shifting priorities and varying demands.
Experience explaining rules and procedures, as well as experience processing requests for information.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please go to and complete the online application and all supplemental questions (including the question where you upload a cover letter).
Please be sure to attach a resume.
**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 at a later time.

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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