Water Quality Permit Program Analyst

  • Oregon DEQ
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Apr 04, 2018
Temporary Environmental Protection Water Quality

Job Description

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Headquarters located in Portland, OR currently has a Full-Time limited duration (15 months) opportunity for a Water Quality Permit Program Analyst to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency mission to protect and improve Oregon's environment. If funding is approved, this position may become permanent.

About the Department
The WQ Permit and Program Development Section provides oversight, technical assistance and support for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Water Pollution Control Facilities (WPCF) permit programs. These programs protect Oregon's water by regulating pollutant discharges from wastewater (domestic and industrial) and stormwater (municipal, industrial, and construction). The Section also supports or implements programs for industrial pretreatment, groundwater protection, biosolids, and water reuse. Through various activities such as program and policy development, rulemaking, regional coordination and stakeholder involvement, the Section supports permit programs designed to ensure that groundwater and surface water achieve federal and state water quality standards.

What will you do?
The selected candidate will lead program development and improvement efforts to improve the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issuance program. The successful candidate will assist with program administration by providing technical assistance on changes or improvements to program objectives, identify barriers to program operations and design strategies to increase program effectiveness. The successful candidate will lead program evaluation efforts and develop/improve program procedures, guidelines, and structure based on federal and state regulations as well as program improvement recommendations from third party consultants. The successful person in this position will evaluate and provide technical assistance on improvements to the program objectives, and build collaborative partnerships by developing relationships and strategies with internal water quality subprograms, internal implementation staff, regulated entities, community organizations, and other water quality stakeholders. The successful person in this position will also assist with strategic permit program implementation and planning for staff and managers; develop training materials to ensure staff comprehension of the NPDES permitting program; and help evaluate and establish priorities based on the current needs and objectives to accomplish set goals and milestones.

What's in it for you?
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with providing high quality environmental data needed for understanding and protecting Oregon's water resources.  Put your creative problem-solving and analytical skills to great use helping to keep Oregon green.  We offer full 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 Oregon's environment and have experience testing and regulating water quality, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies. Working Conditions

  • Travel within the state to attend public or DEQ meetings. May occasionally include overnight travel. 
  • Occasional irregular work hours to attend public meetings.
  • Requires daily ability to complete often complicated assignments on tight deadlines.     
  • Work requires ability to adapt knowledge and skills across broad range of circumstances.
  • Work requires capability of using individual initiative and judgment, and interpreting agency policy in developing communications strategies and plans, and responding to emergency needs.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - To be considered a qualified applicant you must meet the following criteria:
A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or a degree related to business or public administration, behavioral or social sciences, or a related degree; AND four (4) years experience coordinating or administering a government-regulated program.


Any combination of experience or education equivalent to seven (7) years of experience coordinating or administering a government-regulated program

Desired Attributes - Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate knowledge or experience with the following:

  • Program development, evaluation and implementation
  • Strategic planning
  • Demonstrated ability managing complex projects with many stakeholders and multiple deliverables
  • Team leadership
  • Building collaborative partnerships
  • Implementing and resolving complex problems with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to synthesize a variety of technical and legal viewpoints into a coherent description of the problem to be solved.
  • Interpreting and implementing federal, state and local regulations and guidance
  • Experience with state rulemaking process
  • Knowledge of laws, procedures, principals, and regulations governing Federal and State water quality programs, specifically the Clean Water Act and state water quality permitting programs
  • Technical understanding or experience implementing the Clean Water Act and NPDES permitting
  • Working with advisory committees or stakeholder groups
  • Experience developing innovative solutions to challenging environmental problems
  • Demonstrated ability facilitating and negotiating solutions to complex regulatory issues among multiple organizations with conflicting, overlapping or inconsistent requirements or objectives.
  • Skilled spokesperson with demonstrated ability communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing, with attention to proper grammar, tact, and diplomacy

Additional Information

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.
  2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum qualifications and desired attributes listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it. Please be sure to attach your resume and cover letter demonstrating your experience and how it qualifies you for the position you're applying for.
  3. Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application. (Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.)
  4. To receive credit for higher education coursework, transcripts (official or unofficial) must be submitted at the time of application. Note: To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all transcripts before attaching to your application. 

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.

  •  A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
  • A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org, and select veterans' preference.

Work Authorization
The Oregon DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Driver License
This position requires you to possess and maintain a current valid license to drive issued by the state of residence OR provide an acceptable, alternate form of transportation.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to email Jamaal Gulledge at jamaal.gulledge@state.or.us or 503-229-5107. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900. If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627. You can also e-mail NEOGOV for support at support@governmentjobs.com.

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

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.


Government- State/Provincial


$54,960.00 - $80,448.00

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