Air Quality Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1)
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Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, 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: https://youtu.be/iP3K7JoLe1k
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for an Air Quality Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1) in Bend, Oregon.
DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and regional offices to accomplish its mission. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in Eastern Region. The Regions provide the following services: 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; and technical assistance to regulated entities and the public. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.
What you will do!
You will verify compliance with environmental rules and regulations, and provide technical assistance to the public. You will investigate open burning activities, respond to air quality complaints, perform inspections at industrial sources, and review reports submitted by permittees.
What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). 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?
Minimum Qualifications: 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.
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to write reports and letters that are easily understood by the public.
· Excellent math skills; demonstrated ability to perform emissions or production calculations.
· Experience in providing excellent customer service.
· Experience in providing technical assistance to industry, public, and governmental agencies on environmental laws, procedures, and issues.
· Experience investigating air quality or environmental complaints, documenting violations, and writing inspection reports.
· Demonstrated proficiency in MS Excel and demonstrated experience maintaining databases.
· Experience enforcing air or other environmental regulations.
Work is performed primarily in a professional office setting. There will be some physical outdoor activity involved during field activities, inspection, and investigations at industrial, commercial, and private residential sites. Outdoor work may include adverse weather conditions; exposure to pollutants, chemicals, airborne contaminants, and contaminated soil, water, and fumes; fall and tripping hazards; climbing of stairs to gain access to multi-level facilities; and substantial walking. Occasional lifting of 25 pounds and occasional standing/walking for periods of greater than 4 hours will occur. This position requires occasional travel on State business for fieldwork, assessments, meetings, inspections, conferences, investigations, and public hearings, including some overnight stays. Meetings and public hearings are often held in the evenings.
How to Apply: (complete the application in full)
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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information:
The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exception. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit our policy listed here.
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.
As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, 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. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.
DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity.
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Rebecca Zanskar, Human Resources Analyst, at email@example.com or (503) 807-8937. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.