Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment.

The DEQ staff consists of scientists, engineers, technicians, administrators, and environmental specialists.  The agency's headquarters are in Portland with regional administrative offices in Bend, Eugene, and Portland; and field offices in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Hermiston, Medford, Pendleton, Salem, and The Dalles.  DEQ operates a modern pollution-control laboratory in Hillsboro. 

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality The Dalles, OR, USA
Oct 08, 2018
Full time
The  Oregon Department of Environmental Quality  currently has a full-time opportunity for a   Water Quality Permit Writer (Natural Resource Specialist 3)  in the Eastern Region.   The position will be in Bend, Pendleton, or The Dalles (candidate can choose location where he/she would like to work).   Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency's mission to protect and improve Oregon's environmental quality.  About the Division: This position is in the Water Quality Program (NPDES & WPCF permitting) in DEQ's Eastern Region. The Regions consist of Northwest, Western, and Eastern. The Regional Divisions are responsible for the implementation of Water Quality, Air Quality, and Waste Management and Cleanup Programs, including 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; and direct contact liaison with other governmental entities, industries, and the public.  What you will do! The purpose of this position is to ensure that the public health and environment are protected by enforcing the Department's rules and regulations through waste water discharge, treatment, and disposal permits and legal enforcement actions. This position will provide compliance oversight, complaint response, and permit drafting for sources of industrial and municipal wastewater. 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 full medical, dental, and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays per 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 .   This is a full-time, AFSCME (Union) represented position. This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies. participation in after hours meetings or hearings will occur.  Duties & Responsibilities Permit Processing Activities: Independently evaluate major (20% of facilities) and minor industrial and municipal facility operations and components to determine operational status. Evaluate assigned permit applications for completeness prior to drafting permits. Evaluate compliance history and issues, and determine if special permit conditions and limitations are required.  Recommend appropriate water quality and technology based discharge limitations, and monitoring and reporting requirements for discharged water.  Prepare permits, permit evaluations, and related notices. Provide presentations and respond to questions at public hearings. Compliance Assurance: Perform inspections at assigned major (<20%) and minor industrial and municipal permitted sources including complex facilities to determine compliance with permit conditions and/or administrative rules. Review permit conditions and scheduled compliance monitoring reports to determine compliance. Initiate necessary enforcement actions, and investigate complaints. Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills Minimum Qualifications: Three (3) years of experience  in a physical science, environmental science or policy, water quality science, engineering, or closely related natural resource 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 or policy, water quality science, engineering, or closely related natural resource field.  OR t hree (3) additional years  of related (pertinent) experience.                        Substitutions: A Master's degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related natural resource field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience. A Doctorate degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related natural resource field related to the position will substitute for up to two years of the required experience. Desired Attributes/Requested Skills: Exceptional customer service skills. Regulatory/enforcement experience. Process improvement experience. Experience doing calculations to set water quality permit limits. Ability to pay high attention to detail. Knowledge of waste water permitting policy. Knowledge of state and federal regulations related to permitting and compliance requirements, control technologies, and treatment processes. General knowledge of physical sciences, mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, hydrology, and geology, as well as the applied disciplines of water quality treatment, water quality standards, water quality data analysis, and monitoring. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing skills. Ability to easily interface with the public, regulated community, and political entities.  Highly proficient in computer web interfacing, databases, and spreadsheet operations. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com