Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Permit Specialist)

  • Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
  • Albany, Oregon, United States
  • Apr 12, 2017
Full time Energy Environmental Science/Engineering Natural Resources Remediation - Brownfields - CERCLA Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description


This position is with the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

  • There is one, permanent, full-time, position located in Albany, Oregon.
  • This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
  • This position is not represented by a union.
  • Possible Under-fill Opportunity: The goal of this recruitment is to fill this position at the Natural Resource Specialist 3 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the Natural Resource Specialist 2 qualifications (listed below) to apply as we may consider under-filling the position for up to 24 months. If successful, under-fill candidates will be paid at the Natural Resource Specialist 2 salary range ($3,625 - $5,282 monthly) and must meet the qualifications for the Information Natural Resource Specialist 3 within 24 months of being hired.

The purpose of this position is to work in support of a State delegated regulatory program directly related to management and protection of natural resources.  This position requires the exercise of technical science-based expertise in various methods of extracting, processing and disposing of ores and wastes of aggregate and mineral development.  This position drafts permits and makes recommendations for permit compliance for mine sites and evaluates reclamation for bond release.

A component of the position is responsible for administering the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Memorandum of Agreement pertaining to the DEQ National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 1200A General Permit and the Water Pollution Control Facilities (WPCF) 1000 General Permit.  This position provides recommendations and guidance for the design and drafting of the DEQ required plans as well as ensuring permittee implementation and compliance.

Duties and responsibilities include

  • Provides technical guidance and expertise regarding mine site permitting, including Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) NPDES 1200A and WPCF 1000 Permits as prescribed under the DEQ/DOGAMI Memorandum of Agreement ;
  • Conducts site inspections to document existing conditions and consults with land owners, applicants, permittees, mine operators, and other state and federal agencies to review and address potential natural resource and water quality issues;
  • Communicates directly with other federal, state and local government agencies to verify compliance with required permits and land use approvals;
  • In consultation with senior staff, recommends approval or denial of applications and plans for permits, including DEQ NPDES 1200A and WPCF 1000 permits;
  • In consultation with senior staff, reviews proposed modification of Storm Water Pollution Control Plans;
  • In consultation with senior staff, approves or denies proposed plan for modification of site operation with NPDES 1200A and WPCF 1000 permit coverage;
  • Recommends and drafts permit conditions or requirements, including financial security levels for new sites and adequacy of financial security for existing sites.

Inspections and Enforcement

  • Conducts annual site inspections to determine compliance with permit conditions, including DEQ and DOGAMI permit conditions as well as DEQ and DOGAMI statutes and rules;
  • Prepares written inspection reports with an analysis of the compliance with DEQ and DOGAMI permits, approved Storm Water Pollution Control Plan, and Operating and Reclamation Plans;
  • Communicates operational recommendations to permittees to maintain and or gain compliance to limit potential environmental harm;
  • Responds to complaints and conducts investigations which may include a site inspections, contacting other agencies, meeting with complainants and making a determination of compliance or noncompliance;
  • Consults with senior staff and DEQ representatives, and other technical experts to determine corrective actions;
  • Consults with senior staff to prepare investigation reports describing findings and conclusions detailing noncompliance with recommended corrective action, timeframes and guidance to remedy the violation.

Technical Assistance/Consultation/Interagency Coordination

  • In conjunction with senior staff, provides interagency coordination between DEQ and DOGAMI related to the Memorandum of Agreement administering DEQ's NPDES 1200-A and WPCF General Permit 1000;
  • Provides status reports to DEQ and DOGAMI regarding complaints and the program's response to the complaints;
  • Compiles monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as prescribed by the DEQ and DOGAMI Memorandum of Agreement.

Closing 5/2/2017 11:00 PM Pacific

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$50,088.00 - $73,152.00 Annually