401 Water Quality Certification Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Portland, Oregon

With more than 30,000 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.


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a 401 Water Quality Certification Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3) in Portland, Oregon.


Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. 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 the Northwest 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.


What you will do!

The 401 Water Quality Certification Specialist reviews and evaluates applications for dredge and fill permits under the US Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Division of State Lands coordinated permitting programs for compliance with Oregon’s water quality standards, including water quality criteria, antidegradation policy, and protection of designated beneficial uses. You will also evaluate applications from Federal agencies prior to a license or permit being issued for compliance with the State’s water quality standards. In cases where wetland impacts are expected, you will determine appropriate mitigation measures and stormwater Best Management Plan (BMP) implementation. You will establish on-site conditions to protect water quality and beneficial uses.


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 developing your cutting edge skills and innovating on behalf of Oregon's environment, apply today!
 

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.


What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related field, AND 3 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).
  • Experience interpreting rules, regulations, laws, agency guidance, and procedures for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience conducting inspections/field monitoring to ensure compliance for water quality related permits or 401 water quality certifications.
  • Experience using GIS.
  • Experience conducting stream/wetland related work and evaluating mitigation.
  • Experience working with project applicants and multiple state and federal agencies on environmental clearances.
  • Experience conducting field work and performing environmental monitoring/sampling.
  • Experience reviewing technical reports and analyzing scientific data.

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.

**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: https://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/Veterans.aspx. 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 ouye.madeline@deq.state.or.us 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.