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:
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
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;
A Bachelor's degree in a physical science, environmental science or policy, water quality science, engineering, or closely related natural resource field. OR three (3) additional years of related (pertinent) experience.
Desired Attributes/Requested Skills:
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