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High Hazard Rail Planner (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 02/23/2020

With more than 40,000 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 has a full-time opportunity available for a High Hazard Rail Planner (Natural Resource Specialist 4) located at DEQ’s Headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality.

DEQ's mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land, and water. The Land Quality programs support this mission by reducing the environmental and health impacts of materials during their production and use; reducing, recovering, and safely managing the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes; administering the state’s underground storage tank and heating oil tank programs; responding to spills of oil and hazardous materials; and assessing and managing environmental cleanups.

What you will do!

You will be responsible for extending our oil spill contingency planning requirements to high hazard rail routes across Oregon. This begins with leading rule writing efforts to implement our updated laws. You will work with an advisory committee, state and federal agencies, and industry stakeholders to draft updated rules that will guide these planning activities. Once the program launches, you will review and approve oil spill contingency plans, design and execute drills to test these plans, and develop geographic response plans that act as the blueprint for responding to an emergency.

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.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?

Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related field, AND 4 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).
At least 1 year of experience 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.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, project management skills, analytical skills, and organizational skills; prior regulatory experience in a project manager role, including experience planning, leading, and implementing projects and programs.
Demonstrated experience making decisions requiring rapid evaluation and response under relatively stressful situations, including instructions or negotiations that may be required to manage or prevent releases of high risk ballast water, oil, and other hazardous substances.
Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and communicate effectively with many sectors of the public and natural resource agencies.
Experience working with both marine and land based emergency response situations.
Ability to communicate effectively with staff, many sectors of the public, and other natural resource agencies, including communicating technical information; professional level writing and presentation acumen.
Working knowledge of the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System; ability to adhere to practical compliance with OSHA and 29 CFR, Part 1910 Health and Safety Rules.
High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access), as well as computer programs such as Google Earth and Acrobat.
How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.

Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter. A resume will not substitute for completing the work experience section of your application.

**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 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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