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Water Quality Permit and Compliance Specialist

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 02/20/2020

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 for all to enjoy. 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 Water Quality Permit and Compliance Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3) in Pendleton, Oregon.

This position is in a Water Quality Program (Water Quality 2, NPDES & WPCF permitting) in DEQ’s Eastern Region, supported by Headquarters Permit and Program Development Division. The Regions consist of Northwest, Western, and Eastern. The Regional Divisions are responsible for implementation of Water Quality, Air Quality, and Waste Management and Cleanup Programs, including compliance inspection of regulated entities, enforcement of permit requirements and administrative rules, issuance of air, water, and solid waste permits, investigation of complaints, issuance of subsurface permits in counties, response to spills or other incidents with environmental impacts, direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries and the public.

What you will do!
The purpose of this position is to ensure that the public health and environment are protected by enforcing the Department's rules and regulations through waste water discharge, treatment, and disposal permits and legal enforcement actions. This position will provide permit drafting for sources of industrial and municipal wastewater, compliance oversight, and complaint response.

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 full 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 (Union) represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?
Three (3) years of experience in a physical science, environmental science or policy, water quality science, engineering, 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 Experience doing calculations to set permit limits.
Experience doing calculations to set permit limits.
Ability to pay high attention to detail.
Knowledge of waste water permitting policy.
Knowledge of state and federal regulations related to permitting and compliance requirements, control technologies, and treatment processes.
General knowledge of physical sciences, mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, hydrology, and geology, as well as the applied disciplines of water quality treatment, water quality standards, water quality data analysis, and water quality monitoring.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing skills.
Ability to communicate complex information to the public, regulated community, and political entities.
Highly proficient in computer web interfacing, databases, and spreadsheet operations.
Experience conducting audits and compliance inspections and moving forward with enforcement processes when appropriate.

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. Please enter your work experience in your application; a resume will not substitute for a completed 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 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 Carrie Adams, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 229-5963.

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.

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.

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