Permit Writer & Compliance Specialist

  • Oregon DEQ
  • The Dalles, OR, USA, Pendleton, OR
  • Mar 29, 2018
Full time Environmental Protection

Job Description

This recruitment will remain open until filled.  First review of applications is scheduled for April 5, 2018.  This position will be located in The Dalles or Pendleton.

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.

There are three regions, Northwest, Western and Eastern.  The Regions are responsible for the implementation of Water Quality, Air Quality, and Land Quality Programs. The Regions provide the following services: compliance inspection of regulated entities, enforcement of permit requirements and administrative rules, technical assistance, 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, direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries and the public, and technical assistance to regulated entities and the public.  

DEQ's Eastern Region is recruiting to fill one full-time Natural Resource Specialist 3 position to serve as a Permit Writer and Compliance Specialist.  The purpose of this position is to serve as a waste program permit writer and compliance specialist and provide policy analysis and technical assistance on waste disposal, solid waste reduction and recycling options to local governments and entities in assigned counties.  The Permit Writer and Compliance Specialist provides information and guidance regarding rules, permit conditions, and technical requirements for the public and regulated community; conducts site visits, inspections and investigations, reviews, collects and compiles monitoring data, and reviews and drafts permits, permit renewals and permit modifications for waste disposal sites and facilities.  The Permit Writer and Compliance Specialist also responds to and resolves complaints, investigates illegal disposal of waste and determines appropriate compliance and enforcement actions.


Duties & Responsibilities

Duties of the position include but are not limited to:

Waste Permitting and Plan Review

  • Evaluate permit applications or permit modifications, operation plans, design specifications and construction plans, closure plans and other documents related to construction, operation and closure of landfills, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, composting facilities, closed landfills, household hazardous waste facilities, waste tire storage sites, treatment facilities, conversion technology facilities and one time disposal projects. 
  • Draft waste disposal facility permits, beneficial use determinations, memo and letter authorizations and associated reports and documents and writes requests for changes or additional information as needed to determine adequacy and compliance with rules, laws and general environmental protection practices. 
  • Follow appropriate public involvement procedures, coordinates and participates in meetings or hearings to meet procedural requirements, prepares response to comments, prepares final permits and evaluation reports for issuance.
  • Review financial assurance mechanisms and cost estimates for closure and post closure to ensure that the mechanism is in compliance with the rules and the cost estimates adequately cover expected costs.
  • Liaison with EPA and other federal and state agencies, administer grant programs and enforcement of solid waste permits, waste reduction and recycling programs.

Inspections and Investigations

  • Schedules inspections of assigned facilities in ACES (an Oregon DEQ database) and updates and tracks database with inspection information and reports as inspections are completed.
  • Drive to and conduct scheduled inspections at assigned permitted solid waste disposal sites such as landfills, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, composting facilities, closed landfills, household hazardous waste facilities, waste tire storage sites, treatment facilities, and conversion technology facilities to determine compliance with permit conditions and solid waste regulations and/or to verify compliance status.
  • Write detailed reports to document findings at visits and inspections including taking photographs and collecting other detailed data and info.
  • Obtain and evaluate data including taking field samples as needed (soil, gas, and/or surface water samples) and interprets analytical results to determine environmental impacts, determine compliance or identify illegal disposal of waste.

Technical Assistance, Compliance Assistance and Consultation

  • Interpret rules, regulations, laws, agency guidance and procedures regarding waste disposal or solid waste management and compliance issues for the public, the regulated community, local governments, other agency staff, or consultants by phone, in person or in writing; provide technical assistance to regulated community to comply with waste regulations.
  • Provide technical assistance and education to local governments, waste advisory committees, other government agencies, private and public solid waste facility owners/operators, and the public.
  • Represent DEQ at informational meetings, public events, city council meetings, Board of County Commissioners, Waste Advisory Committees and/or other local, state and national agencies on issues related to materials management, recycling, waste reduction and waste disposal.
  • Excellent communications skills with the ability to distill and communicate complex technical or policy information to decision makers and the public in a courteous and diplomatic manner.

Materials Management & Solid Waste Policy and Program Development and Operation

  • Serve as project lead and develops and coordinates materials management projects encompassing scope, schedules and deadlines, and necessary plans and resources to complete project.
  • Participate and/or lead policy or technical work projects and teams, advisory committees (DEQ internal groups, local government groups, other state agencies and multi-state groups) focused on waste reduction, materials management, safe management of waste or other emerging environmental issues to develop rules, policies, internal management directives; implement multi-media efforts to achieve environmental and human health protection and carry out materials management program and agency priorities.
  • Independently design and conduct research related to materials management including waste prevention, recycling and safe management of waste.  Establish and define research methodology, scope, content, schedules, and budgets for studies evaluating the effects of projects or programs.

Working Conditions
Occasional lifting and exertion for short periods.  Must be able to lift 25 pounds. State wide travel to meetings and permitted facilities to observe, inspect, and monitor disposal site planning, development and operations.  Occasional evening and weekend meetings or household hazardous waste collection events.

During field activities, there may be exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil, water, fumes, airborne contaminants, fall or tripping hazards, etc.  Such conditions may require use of personal safety equipment and protective clothing.  Employee must be trained, monitored and equipped, in accordance with applicable Health and Safety Rules.

Must possess a current valid driver's license and be able to drive state vehicles to and from inspections.


Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


Minimum Qualifications - To be considered a qualified applicant you must meet the following criteria:

  • Three (3) years of experience in a physical science, environmental science 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;


  • A Bachelor's degree in physical science, environmental science or a closely related natural resource field


  • Three (3) additional years of related, pertinent experience.                      

A Master's degree in a physical science, environmental science or a 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 a closely related natural resource 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 areas:

  • Writing permits
  • Interpreting rules, regulations, laws, and agency procedures regarding waste management and disposal, recycling, waste prevention and materials management
  • Conducting field-work including inspections of businesses and making regulatory determinations for compliance with local, state or federal, air, water or waste regulatory requirements
  • Knowledge of project management methods, techniques and principles and experience with managing complex projects
  • Writing concise and clear reports to make and describe complex regulatory determinations


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 and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.
  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. For more information on veterans' preference points visit our Veterans Resourcepage. 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.

Pay Equity
As an employer the State of Oregon complies with the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. Please visit for more information.  

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.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to email Carrie Adams at or call (503) 229-5963.   TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

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.


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