Natural Resource Specialist 4 (Title V and ACDP Permit Writer and Inspector)

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Aug 11, 2018
Full time Air Quality Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description

Description

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a Full-Time opportunity for a Title V and ACDP Permit Writer and Inspector. 

DEQ's mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land and water. The Air Quality Division is responsible for collecting environmental information, analyzing environmental information and developing sound and effective environmental strategies. The Division ensures that the technical and scientific expertise is available to inform and carry out these responsibilities. In partnership with others, the Division takes a comprehensive and holistic view of environmental impacts and seeks to create solutions that enable actions that can reduce those impacts. 

What You Will Do!
You will draft highly complex AQ permits for industrial, commercial, and municipal air quality sources. You must be able to rigorously analyze facility operations and applicable regulations to determine emission and pollution control, monitoring and testing requirements for ongoing operations and new businesses.

What's in it for you?
The opportunity to join the dynamic Air Quality Planning Section. The range of services they provide include: statewide air quality planning, policy development, rulemaking, and air quality program implementation.
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 developing and implementing air quality programs and policy, apply today!

Working Conditions

Work is conducted in an office, with occasional travel or driving to visit sites and other work locations required. 

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented positions.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Duties & Responsibilities

Permitting 

  • Analyzes, drafts, and issues complex Title V and ACDP permits.
  • Completes new permit language, review reports and public involvement materials.
  • Manages public outreach during permit issuance, including hearings and public comments.
  • Evaluates new conditions and public input and provides recommendations for resolution and permit issuance to regional AQ manager.
  • Performs detailed and comprehensive reviews of plans, applications, modifications, and specifications for existing or proposed new sources, modified existing sources, and related industrial air pollution control equipment and monitoring systems.
  • Drafts and reviews control technology specifications for significant sources.
  • Reviews emissions from sources, and determines allowable emission rates and testing requirements.
  • Contacts permit applicant to obtain additional information.
  • Applies appropriate AQ requirements, makes permit issuance recommendations. Determines applicability of New Source Review NSR or Prevention of Significant Deterioration PSD rules, and recommends application requirements.
  • Responds to public comments and inquiries regarding all aspects of permitting actions.

Compliance Assurance

  • Inspects complex air sources, reviews reports, excess emission reports, testing results, and compliance studies and determines compliance status. Evaluates facility upsets and other non-conforming events. 
  • Drafts, recommends and issues warning letters and pre-enforcement notices, prepares referrals and develops and negotiates compliance programs and schedules for non-complying sources.
  •  Investigates complex, high profile sources to determine compliance with state laws and regulations.
  •  Drafts comprehensive inspection reports and conducts analysis of air pollution impacts.
  •  Interprets data from sources or information derived from other non-compliance situations to determine compliance with established rules and/or permit conditions.
  •  Participates in and provides technical input to rule/guideline development by the air quality program.
  •  Participates with and often leads other regional air quality staff in assessing impact of air sources and develops strategies to achieve compliance with state or federal air regulations or permit conditions.
  •  Inspects complex situations at unmerited facilities for compliance.
  •  Investigates complex, high profile sources to determine compliance with state laws and regulations.
  • Drafts comprehensive inspection reports and conducts analysis of air pollution impacts. 
  •  Interprets data from sources or information derived from other non-compliance situations to determine compliance with established rules and/or permit conditions.
  • Participates in and provides technical input to rule/guideline development by the air quality program. 
  • Participates with and often leads other regional air quality staff in assessing impact of air sources and develops strategies to achieve compliance with state or federal air regulations or permit conditions.
  • Inspects complex situations at unpermitted facilities for compliance.

Program Development and Administration

  •  Provide technical expertise and assists with rule and policy drafting for the development of regional and statewide rules and policies necessary to address new and emerging complex environmental issues such as stationary source regulation of greenhouse gases, air toxins, and fine particulate, or to address deficiencies or correct mistakes in current rules.
  • Maintains sufficient knowledge of and expertise on environmental issues locally and nationally and in sufficient technical depth to allow for reasoned policy, administrative rule, and enforcement recommendations to manager on Air program issues (e.g. through membership in professional associations, trade journals, conferences, etc.).
  • Participate in project specific teams to address identified and defined problems, or to expand agency capabilities.

  Technical Assistance

  • Provides valuable and accessible assistance and education to the public, industry, cities, counties, State and Federal officials, and others on plans, permits and requirements affecting the design, construction and operation of pollution sources and control equipment.
  • Provides expert assistance to DEQ staff and other interested parties regarding interpretation of state/federal Air Quality regulations.
  • Assists other staff by reviewing draft permits, plan reviews, compliance actions and other issues and concerns on significant air contaminant sources.
  • Provide standard as well as non-routine recommendations to sources for efficiently operating their facilities in compliance with the Title V program.

 Complaint Investigation

  • Investigates complex air quality pollution complaints received by the regional office where advanced technical or program knowledge is required.
  • Interacts with complainants, and other stakeholders including, but not limited to, industry, government agencies.
  • Investigates and resolves complaints and reports of upsets and excess emissions/discharges and develops compliance programs if needed.
  • Completes follow-up including warning letters, pre-enforcement referrals, and enforcement referrals, and represents DEQ in informal enforcement meetings or administrative hearings as needed.
  • Determines proper follow-up for non-compliance conditions after a field visit, with little review by manager.

Working Conditions

This person will commonly work outdoors, at times during inclement weather. Most other work is performed in an office environment. Statewide travel and occasional evening and weekend meetings, and occasional extended work hours and weekend work may be required. Regular field visits are made to sites to observe, inspect and evaluate permitted and unpermitted facilities' procedures and environmental impacts. During field activities, particularly at industrial sites, there may be exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil, water, fumes, airborne contaminants, 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. 

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  •  Three years of experience in Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physical Science, Air Quality or a 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 Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physical Science, Air Quality or a closely related Natural Resource field

           OR

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

A Master's degree in an Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physical Science, Air Quality or a closely related Natural Resource field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in and Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physical Science, Air Quality or a closely related Natural Resource field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.
Requested Skills
Preference may be given to applicants who possess these skills.

  • Experience analyzing and drafting complex Title V and ACDP permits .
  • Experience managing public outreach during permit issuance, including hearings and public comments.
  • High skill level in written and oral communications: Clear, concise, and compelling communication of policy and technical information, tailored to the needs of diverse audiences.
  • Effective presentation skills and ability to match presentation style to needs of individual audiences. 
  • Experience investigating complex, high profile sources to determine compliance with state laws and regulations.

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Job Level

Senior-level  

Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$58,200.00 - $85,248.00 Annually