Natural Resource Specialist 4 (Non-attainment Area Coordinator)

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Bend, OR, United States
  • Nov 12, 2016
Full time Air Quality Environmental Science/Engineering

Job Description

DEQ's Mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land and water. As a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment, DEQ works with Oregonians for a healthy, sustainable environment.

DEQ's Eastern Region Air Quality Program has an opening for one Natural Resource Specialist 4, Non-attainment Area Coordinator.  The purpose of this position is to coordinate the development and implementation of emission control strategies to attain and maintain compliance with ambient air quality standards in non-attainment and maintenance areas of Oregon and in areas likely to become non-attainment areas without preventative measures being taken.  The person in this position evaluates air quality conditions, educates citizens and local leaders,  and writes or reviews plans for communities to meet or maintain compliance with federal Clean Air Act standards. Statewide rules or plans may be developed in coordination with planning staff at HQ and EPA.

The pool of qualified applicants established from this announcement may be used to fill future vacancies, both limited duration and permanent, and for other DEQ office locations. 

Duties & Responsibilities
Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

Program/Project Development and Implementation
Develops, reviews, prioritizes, and implements, short and long range goals and objectives for special air quality projects.  These projects include, but are not limited to: wood heating emissions reduction programs, wood heating and nuisance smoke public education programs, special demonstration projects, emission research projects, attainment, non-attainment and maintenance plan project areas. Rules and plans may be written using best scientific analysis to set strategies and priorities for local communities or statewide implementation where necessary.  Pollutants addressed include PM10, PM2.5, CO, O3 and toxic emissions.  Projects may include emissions affecting climate change.
Coordinates project and program development activities by facilitating meetings, establishing and maintaining working relationships, and facilitating consensus building, with interested parties such as the EPA, US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, and other state and local governments, advisory committees, industry, and special interest groups.
Monitors project progress by tracking accomplishments, effectiveness, schedules and budgets. 
Evaluates project effectiveness and recommends modifications to project managers.
Negotiates intergovernmental agreements for air quality program activities with state and federal agencies, local governments and private contractors.  Writes contracts to implement goals and objectives of DEQ's air quality program.
Participates in the rule development process by developing plans for non-attainment and maintenance areas and reviews rules that are proposed.
Reviews and comments on Federal, State, and local government smoke management plans for forest and agriculture smoke. 
Investigates incidents of smoke intrusions into cities and towns, which includes contacting state and federal agencies to review scheduled burns and wildfire incidents and comparing the incidents to burning instructions and the Oregon Smoke Management Plan.

Technical Assistance
Provides technical assistance to department staff, the regulated community, and the public to resolve environmental issues, such as the development/implementation of air quality control strategies required under the Clean Air Act.  
Interprets rules/regulations/laws/procedures to respond to inquiries from state/federal/local governments, community groups, and special interest groups regarding non-attainment or maintenance areas.      
Drafts interpretive memos, guidance memos, and implementation strategies for department staff regarding nonattainment regulated community.  Works with headquarters staff to coordinate nonattainment regulated community strategies. 
Works with affected communities to complete local or federal budget applications for special assistance or demonstration projects related to attainment or maintenance implementation or planning.
Works with local agriculture smoke programs, providing assistance and education on air quality issues. 

Working Conditions
Frequent regional over-night travel, occasional out-of-state travel, to attend trainings, visit local governments, or attend public meetings.  Occasional travel to inspect air pollution sources in industrial settings during, construction, operation and close down phases.  May walk on uneven terrain and climb ladders, stairs, and emission stacks in inclement or hot weather conditions. May be required to inspect sites where hazardous substances, including asbestos, are located.  Use of safety equipment will be required.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
Minimum Qualifications - To be considered a qualified applicant you must meet the following criteria:
Four years of experience in a Natural Resource or Environmental 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 project activities; AND
A Bachelor's degree in a physical science, environmental science, Natural Resources, Air Quality Planning or a closely related field, OR
Three additional years of related, pertinent experience.
A Master's degree in a physical science, environmental science, Natural Resources, Air Quality Planning or a closely related field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in a physical science, environmental science Natural Resources, Air Quality Planning or a closely related field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.
NOTE: To receive credit for all required/related coursework, a photocopy of transcripts is required
Requested Skills: Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate knowledge or experience in the following:
In-depth understanding of the theory and operation of air contaminant generating processes
Representing an agency or organization in meetings with the public, industry and other government organizations
The ability to successfully negotiate for strategies with communities that are not always receptive by the public
Ability to interpret and present complex technical data to audiences not familiar with the material
Working knowledge of air pollution, its causes and effects
Basic understanding of meteorology and the ability to interpret and analyze meteorological data to predict impacts of pollution
Ability to maneuver within spreadsheets and generate graphs and charts
Ability to write and speak clearly and effectively

Additional Information
Application Screening: In order to evaluate your experience as it relates to this position, we need detailed responses to the supplemental questions. Please respond completely in the space provided. Responses to the supplemental questions will be considered when determining which applicants, among those who meet the minimum qualifications, will be invited to interview. Failure to respond to each question in the space provided for that question may result in disqualification of your application.

Your application and application materials must be consistent and thorough in order to be considered. If the information contained in your answers to each of the supplemental questions is not reflected in your work history, your application may be removed from consideration. A cover letter and/or resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the work history section or answers to the supplemental questions.

Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Closing 11/28/2016 11:59 PM Pacific
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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$56,088.00 - $81,996.00 Annually