Stormwater Coordinator/Project Manager (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Portland, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.

Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ: https://youtu.be/iP3K7JoLe1k

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for a Stormwater Coordinator/Project Manager (Natural Resource Specialist 4) located in Portland, Oregon.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in the Northwest Region. The Regions provide the following services: 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; cleanup of contaminated land; direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries, and the public; and technical assistance to regulated entities and the public. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.

What you will do!

You will serve as Stormwater Coordinator in DEQ’s Cleanup Program overseeing source control evaluations, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial design, remedial action, and long-term performance monitoring at contaminated sites primarily located in the Northwest Region. You will typically focus on stormwater and water quality issues related to upland sites that could negatively impact the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, Columbia Slough, Columbia River, Johnson Creek, and other waterways. You will act as a bridge between DEQ’s Cleanup and Water Quality Program addressing broad stormwater concerns, such as stormwater loading, recontamination of sediment, and continued implementation of the comprehensive stormwater management plan for Portland Harbor. In addition, you will manage a broad range of sites, and have overall project responsibility to ensure that contaminated sites are evaluated and remediated in a manner that is cost-effective and timely, and protect public health and the environment. Finally, you will serve as the Northwest Region Brownfields Coordinator on an interim basis.

What’s in it for you!

The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). If you are passionate about Oregon’s environment, apply today!
 

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in physical science, environmental science, natural resources, or a closely related field, AND 4 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable). At least 1 year of experience 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.

Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional level writing and presentation acumen.
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and organizational skills; prior regulatory experience in a project manager role, including experience planning, leading, and implementing projects and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a project team leader for remedial action projects.
  • Experience providing technical oversight for completion of site investigations, and for design and implementation of remedial activities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, many sectors of the public, and other natural resource agencies, including communicating technical information.
  • Familiarity with cleanup policies, procedures, state, and federal guidance.
  • Demonstrated experience with stormwater, including stormwater loading, recontamination of sediment, and stormwater management plans.  
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access), as well as computer programs such as Google Earth and Acrobat.

Working Conditions:

Most work is performed in a professional office setting. There will be occasional field visits to observe, inspect, and evaluate site characterization, stormwater monitoring, source control programs, and Brownfield-related work. During field activities, there may be exposure to contaminated soil, water, fumes, and airborne contaminants.

How to Apply: (complete the application in full)

  • External Applicants Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. Click this link for the External Candidate job aid, and view this video for additional information.
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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.

Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: https://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/Veterans.aspx. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

Pay Equity:

As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information.

Work Authorization:

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.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at [email protected] or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


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