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Source Test Coordinator / Air Quality Monitoring Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/19/2018

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is now hiring several new positions for the Cleaner Air Oregon program, its innovative new program that evaluates and protects public health from industrial air toxics emissions. We are seeking dynamic and dedicated applicants to develop and implement this innovative new program.

The Cleaner Air Oregon program currently has a full-time opportunity for a Source Test Coordinator / Air Quality Monitoring Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4) to join this innovative team, advancing our agency's mission to protect and improve Oregon's environment. This position is located in Portland, Oregon. This position is limited duration through June 30, 2019 and may become permanent depending on the Budget.

About the Division:
The Air Quality Division is responsible for protecting Oregon's air quality through program planning and development, industrial permitting, asbestos control, wood smoke management, motor vehicle inspections, and control of other sources of air pollution. The Air Quality Division administers the federal air quality program, by delegation and approval from the EPA, and state requirements.

The Cleaner Air Oregon Section administers the requirements established by the recently-approved Cleaner Air Oregon (Division 245) program rules. This new and innovative program was launched by Governor Kate Brown in April 2016, and was developed by the DEQ and the Oregon Health Authority to evaluate potential air toxics heath risks to people near industrial and commercial facilities, and reduce those risks.

The Cleaner Air Oregon program has lead responsibility to ensure the accurate assessment and reduction of air toxics using health based standards. This section is responsible for supporting completion of risk assessment, determining permitting and reporting requirements for sources assessed under program rules, and engaging local Oregon communities in the process. This section is primarily responsible for support and coordination of an air toxics program that is implemented by the Regions. This includes ongoing policy and guidance development, training, rule and statute revisions, performance monitoring, and oversight of the air toxics program.

What you will do!
The purpose of this position is to serve as principal technical source test coordinator and air toxics monitoring expert for the Cleaner Air Oregon program. This position provides expertise and detailed knowledge for the design of source test plans, oversight of testing activities, and the review of test results for sources performing risk assessments. It also consults in analysis of monitoring needs, review and approval of air monitoring projects at individual facilities, budget and project planning, and assessment of data and resulting information. This position assists in the coordination of air toxics monitoring efforts between DEQ's laboratory, permitting, and Headquarters staff in reviewing air toxics source testing and source monitoring plans and results.

The position also coordinates source testing projects at industrial facilities that are required by permit conditions to quantify emissions from point sources. This position coordinates source testing to ensure consistency, quality, and accuracy of emissions data that is utilized for permitting and for managing air sheds.

What's in it for you?
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with providing high quality environmental data needed for understanding and protecting Oregon's air quality. Put your creative problem-solving and analytical skills to great use helping to keep Oregon green and our air clean. We offer full 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.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed primarily in an office, field, or laboratory setting. Work is also done in a wide variety of environments, including rooftops, towers, monitoring and sampling trailers, and shelters. Field work can be in remote areas of the state, as well as may be performed under all types of weather conditions. Statewide travel by car is required, and long, varied working hours may be involved. Work at some sites involves exposure to compressed and/or flammable gases, high voltage, and hazardous and/or toxic substances. Work requires 4-8 hours daily looking at CRT and/or LCD computer monitor and paper copies of raw data.
Duties & Responsibilities
Source Test Coordination and Report Review:

Conduct detailed review of source test plans and protocols, source test reports, and relative accuracy audit (RATA) reports prepared by company or consulting engineers.
Review any proposed deviations from the specified protocols to accommodate unusual test circumstances or unique physical structural conditions to determine whether such deviations will result in an accurate and representative test of emissions.
Review source test reports to verify quality control and quality assurance protocols were adequate, that appropriate analytical procedures were used to verify correct laboratory techniques, and that all engineer calculations and raw field data were correct.
Evaluate compliance with emissions standards based on review of source test reports.
Air Quality Monitoring Plan Coordination:
Review and approve air toxics monitoring projects, including the development of work plans and schedules.
Review, approve, and interpret air data and reports collected under approved plans.
Research, evaluate, select, and develop air quality and air toxics monitoring and data acquisition technology, including testing criteria to provide valid information for assessment and evaluation of pollutants.
Direct and organize the display of air quality data in graphical and statistical formats.
Technical Assistance and Coordination:
Evaluate needs and write guidelines, procedures, manuals, and project plans.
Provide technical assistance and guidance to plan engineers and/or industry consultants.
Respond to complex technical questions from Air Quality Division staff, professional industrial consulting engineers, and the regulated community regarding source testing.
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:
Knowledge of pertinent rules, laws, regulations, and requirements necessary to analyze and evaluate air monitoring networks and data, as well as perform audits and reviews, including Parts 50, 53, and 58 of the Federal Register concerning the national Clean Air Act and its amendments.
Knowledge of monitoring, quality control, and sample handling procedures, methods, and techniques.
Knowledge of ORS CH 468 concerning Oregon Air Quality Standards.
Experience in air toxics monitoring.
Experience with coordinating source testing and source testing projects.
Knowledge of EPA technical guidance, such as the Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems, Volume II.
Additional Information
This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018 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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