Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Water Quality Specialist)

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • Mar 17, 2017
Full time Environmental Science/Engineering EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Protection Water Quality

Job Description

The Standards and Assessments Section is responsible for development of water quality standards, conducting a statewide water quality assessment and assembling a biennial status report on Oregon's water quality, and providing technical assistance to the regions, laboratory and other water quality program sections on water quality standards and assessments.

The Standards and Assessments Section is hiring to fill one (1) Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Water Quality Specialist).  The purpose of this position is to participate as a member of the water quality standards and Integrated Report teams and serve as an expert and project lead for conducting water quality assessments.  The person in this position will be evaluating data related to water quality standards and beneficial uses, developing assessment processes and protocols, and making the results of the assessment available to the public in an electronic searchable format.  This position will write documents summarizing scientific information related to the assessment process and protocols used, background information and the rationale for listing decisions and responses to public comments. 

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Analyze data, information and/or reports to evaluate current water quality conditions.
  • Compare data to water quality standards and benchmarks, as described by the Assessment Methodology and determine which data and water bodies do or do not meet water quality standards for preparation of the Integrated Report.
  • Compile data necessary to evaluate current water quality conditions. 
  • Research policies and approaches to analyses (data and policy analysis)
  • Maintain an understanding of the applicable federal and state laws, regulations, policies and guidance concerning water quality assessments and preparation of the CWA §305(b)/§303(d) Integrated Report.
  • Provide water quality information and assessment results to the public in searchable and spatially based formats.

Closing 4/3/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

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$50,088.00 - $72,828.00 Annually