TMDL Basin Coordinator (Two Positions)

  • Oregon DEQ
  • Bend, OR, USA, Pendleton, OR, USA
  • Mar 30, 2018
Full time Environmental Protection

Job Description

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Eastern Region is recruiting to fill two (Bend & Pendleton) permanent, full-time, Natural Resource Specialist 4 positions.  This announcement will remain open until filled with the first review of applications on April 13, 2018.  

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.

The Regional Divisions are responsible for implementation of Water Quality, Air Quality, and Land Quality Programs, including compliance inspections 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. The regions consist of Northwest, Western, and Eastern. This position is in the Eastern Region
The Department is responsible for ensuring that water quality standards are met in all streams and lakes in the State of Oregon.  Some streams do not currently meet these standards, however, and, pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) must be adopted and implemented to reduce contaminant levels so that water quality standards are met. 

The TMDL Basin Coordinators in these positions will serve as the Region's experts for developing and implementing TMDLs on waterbodies that have complex water quality problems and which require innovative and creative approaches to solving these problems.  These positions require geographic information system (GIS) expertise as well as statistical analytical and mathematical modeling capabilities, and a very high-level of communication skill.   

These positions are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) labor union.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Leads team of scientists (DEQ and other agency/university), including water quality modelers and laboratory staff, in completing long-term projects requiring research, data collection and analysis and including document preparation and public notification process.
  • Must be proficient in statistical analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and in use of mathematical models used in assessing water quality.
  • Reviews plans and other reports submitted by non-point source land managers to ensure consistency with TMDLs, rules, orders or other appropriate administrative actions.  Tracks and monitors implementation and project schedules.
  • Serves as part of the agency's Section 319-grant team and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board regional review team.  Works with local groups and landowners to get timely submittal of complete grant applications that meet water quality priorities.  Solicits input from other regional staff to provide regional review/prioritization of grant proposals.
  • Represents the agency at public hearings and meetings, advisory committees and local citizen organizations.  Gives written and oral information relating to water quality standards, TMDLs and implementation programs.  Frequently attends meetings of watershed councils and other local groups.
  • Evaluates data, reports and other information to determine if TMDL implementation plans are being carried out in a timely manner and/or are being effective in meeting water quality objectives.

Working Conditions
The TMDL Basin Coordinator's work is mostly conducted in an office, but requires significant travel throughout Eastern Oregon. Driving vehicles for distant travel is expected and overnight stay throughout the state is common. Occasional travel to other DEQ offices in Western Oregon. Some outdoor work carrying reasonable loads is required. Representing the agency in contentious public meetings is common.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

The work experience section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications and the requested skills (desired attributes) for this position. A resume will not substitute for completing the work experience section of the application. All answers to the supplemental questions will be verified using the work experience section of your application to determine if you meet these minimum qualifications. If the work experience included on your application does not support your answers, your application may be removed from further consideration.

To be considered for this position you must meet the following minimum qualifications (required skills):

  • Four years of experience in a Natural Resource or Environmental 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 a closely related natural resource field. OR Three additional years of related, pertinent, experience.

Education Note

  • 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 closely related natural resource field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

Driver License

This position requires the successful candidate to have and maintain a valid, unrestricted, license to drive.

Requested Skills (Desired Attributes)

  • Geographic information system (GIS) expertise
  • Statistical analytical and mathematical modeling capabilities
  • A very high-level of communication skill with the public.
  • Experience leading a team working on long-term water quality projects.
  • Experience working with individuals or groups on complex or controversial issues.
  • Experience developing and implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) or other watershed plans.

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.


$57,636.00 - $84,252.00 Annually

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