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Seasonal Water Quality Monitoring Technician (Natural Resource Specialist 1)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Hillsboro, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/29/2020

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. Here is a video about DEQ:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Seasonal Water Quality Monitoring Technician (Natural Resource Specialist 1) in Hillsboro, Oregon. The Seasonal position would be from approximately May – October, 2020, and you would potentially have the option to come back the following summer.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division’s (LEAD) mission is to provide timely, high quality data and information through monitoring, laboratory services, and data analysis. The Division serves the Agency programs and regional offices throughout Oregon and provides the scientific information necessary for the agency to achieve its mission to be an active leader to restore, enhance, and maintain the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land.

What you will do!

You will primarily serve as a team member on a crew of 2 – 4 scientists, working to assess the ecological conditions of Oregon’s near-shore Coastal waters. Specific duties will include: maintaining and operating motor boats in estuarine systems; driving a full-sized truck while trailering moderately-sized boats; collecting and analyzing water chemistry samples; maintaining and operating water quality meters; collecting benthic infauna samples; and collecting fish. Work will occur in all types of weather conditions and will require travel away from the office for 4-5 days at a time, from June through September. Additional projects you will work on include stream surveys requiring the ability to hike several miles in steep terrain, without trails, as well as the ability to safely wade in streams; and water quality, physical habitat, and biological surveys.

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 environmental sciences, natural resources, or a closely related field, OR 3 years of experience in an environmental science or natural resources field.
Experience with water quality field equipment and meters, including pH meters, D.O. meters, automatic water samplers, multi-channel data loggers, multi-parameter datasondes, conductivity meters, and/or turbidity meters.
Experience collecting and preserving surface water, ground water, sediment, and biological samples.
Experience measuring environmental conditions using various monitoring techniques, procedures, and protocols.
Experience preparing sampling analysis plans or quality assurance plans.
Experience operating large vehicles, motored boats, and rafts, and experience pulling or towing a trailer or boat on roadways.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, observation skills, and evaluative skills.
Valid driver’s license and boater’s license, or the ability to obtain one.
How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above 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 and a cover letter. A resume will not substitute for completing the work experience section of your application.

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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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