Basin Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Coos Bay, OR, US

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality‘s Coos Bay office currently has a Full-Time opportunity for a Basin Specialist to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency mission to protect and improve Oregon’s water quality. 

What will you do?
The selected candidate will assist in the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Load and Waste Load Allocations and implementation strategies to bring waters in compliance with water quality standards; evaluate nonpoint sources of water pollution, devise control strategies, and provide technical and financial assistance to federal, state and local government, watershed groups and to nonpoint sources; monitor for effectiveness of plans and for trends in water quality toward achieving water quality standards. The candidate will serves as part of the agency’s 319-grant team and OWEB regional review team to provide regional review/prioritization of grants.  Provides input on grant strategy and works with local groups and landowners to get timely submittal of grant applications that address TMDLs & other water quality priorities. The selected candidate will evaluate 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.  Develops reports on findings.  Suggests strategies to improve portions of the program that are not timely or effective.  Negotiates schedules and activities with the appropriate management agency. 

What’s in it for you?
Collaboration in an open team of bright, mission driven individuals to work with and learn from. We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, 24 hours of personal leave (fiscal year), and ten paid holidays per year.  Consider applying today! 

This is a Full-Time, permanent classified position represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 3336 located at  our DEQ Coos Bay office. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications 

  • 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
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Experience working with local communities and/or government departments
  • Experience developing and/or providing training.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Skill with information management using databases on desktop computers and large server systems.
  • Ability to assess and evaluate complex rules and statutes.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Experience communicating rules/regulations to the general public
  • Experience dealing with difficult customers
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. 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, 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.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to email Jamaal Gulledge at [email protected] 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 [email protected].

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.