Job Details

Title V Permitting and Compliance Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Salem, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/23/2019

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Western Region Air Quality Division currently has a full-time opportunity for a Title V Permitting and Compliance Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4). This position will be based out of Salem, Oregon. Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency's mission to protect and improve Oregon's environmental quality.

About the Division:
The Western Region Air Quality Program is responsible for Air Quality program planning and guidance, control program administration, technical assistance, inspecting, permitting, compliance assurance and plan reviews of air emission sources, data analysis and reporting, and rules promulgation to ensure improvements and maintenance of the Region's air quality in the 12 counties of the state that comprise the Western Region. These tasks are carried out by Air Quality staff located in Salem, Medford, and Coos Bay offices.

What you will do!
This position inspects Title V, complex ACDP, and PSD sources to ensure compliance with all permit conditions; reviews source operational procedures and periodic reports; provides technical assistance to the regulated community in interpretation of the rules and in application to source requirements; and writes permits. This position will require expert knowledge of the Title V program, source processes, and pollution control equipment, and will commonly be assigned to deal with NSPS and NSR/PSD issues as they are encountered. This position also serves as a technical expert for the planning and implementation of the Region's Small Business Assistance program, which includes providing technical assistance to a wide array of businesses and industries on pollution reduction and prevention techniques.

What's in it for you:
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with restoring, maintaining, 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 per 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.

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Working Conditions:
Work is primarily performed in an office setting as well as in the field. This person will commonly work outdoors, at time during inclement weather. There will be exposure to industrial processes and emissions during on-site compliance work, as well as possible exposure to pollutants and chemicals. Routine travel is necessary for compliance work, training, permit work, and meetings. There will be occasional extended work hours and weekend work.
Duties & Responsibilities

Draft new, modified, and renewal Title V and Non-Title V permits.
Review, approve, or deny Notice of Intent to Construct and Notice of Approval applications.
Conduct permit reviews for NSPS, NESHAP, and NSR/PSD issues, including BACT analyses, and make determinations on applicability of MACT standards for sources subject to Title III/V permitting requirements.
Determine technical adequacy of air pollution control devices, determine appropriate methods for quantifying air emissions, and determine appropriate methods for verifying compliance with permit conditions.
Present draft permits at public hearings and prepare responses to public and EPA comments.
Prepare permits for issuance.
Inspection and Investigation:
Schedule and conduct compliance investigations for sources permitted under Title V, ACDP, and PSD programs.
Investigate and resolve complaints and reports of upsets and excess emissions/discharges to the air, and work with pollution sources to develop compliance programs. Initiate enforcement action when appropriate.
Make recommendations of operating parameters which will ensure efficient compliance and data collection.
Review source monitoring reports in reference to rules, and follow up on noncompliance issues.
Technical Assistance:
Provide expert technical assistance to the public, industry, cities, counties, state, and federal officials, engineers, planners, and others on plans, permits, and requirements affecting the design, construction, and operation of Title V sources and pollution control equipment.
Provide expert level instruction and recommendations to DEQ staff on Title V and ACDP permitting, inspections, applications, and technical assistance.
Develop and present training/education programs to industries.
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:
Ability to understand the principles of air pollution control technologies.
Expert knowledge of Title V program, source processes, and pollution control equipment.
Strong working knowledge of Oregon State Air Quality law (OARs, State NSR, and State PSD)
Strong working knowledge of the Title V, NSPS, and NESHAPS programs.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders.
Experience interpreting environmental rules, regulations, laws, agency guidance, and procedures regarding air quality
Experience conducting field work including inspecting complicated industry and commercial businesses, and making compliance determinations for compliance with local, state, or federal regulatory requirements.
Experience researching complex issues and problems and proposing solutions.
Additional Information
This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 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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