Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

Assessment Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (Hillsboro, Oregon)

  • Sunday, August 22, 2021 4:01 PM
    Message # 10948808
    Becky Dobbins (Administrator)

    Assessment Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

    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:

    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for an Assessment Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2) in Hillsboro, Oregon.

    To view this job listing on the DEQ website, and/or to apply for this job, click here. Application Deadline: 08/23/2021

    The Laboratory Program assists the Department in achieving its mission by providing laboratory and research services in land, water and air quality monitoring, organic and inorganic analysis, and quality assurance.  The Program serves the Agency and regional offices throughout Oregon and supports the agency’s missions and values by providing scientific data and analysis necessary for the agency to be an active leader to restore, enhance and maintain the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land.

    The Resource Assessment & Technical Support section supports the Laboratory's mission through a variety of different functions. This section provides oversight of purchasing and inventory control.  The section is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), including sample tracking, data entry, final reports and verification of the data released to the analytical data repository. This section oversees the IT services of the laboratory. The assessment portion into which this position falls analyzes data and develops reports for statewide water and air quality assessments and supports the water quality program at headquarters. Click here to view a map of all DEQ offices.

    What you will do!
    You will assist with data analysis and review. You will evaluate data submitted to the DEQ under the volunteer monitoring program and other third-party collections for the purposes of establishing the data quality.  You will utilize R and other statistical programs to complete this. In addition, you will assist with data management, data interpretation, data review, and report writing.

    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 a physical science, environmental science, or closely related field, AND 2 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).

    Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

    • Professional experience with R and/or other statistical software for data processing.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office with expanded knowledge of Excel, and/or Access.
    • Experience working with geographic information or geo-referenced data, including experience using GPS, ArcGIS, maps, or other sources to track and communicate location information.Experience applying quality control information to define the quality of measurements or data.

    Working Conditions:
    Work is primarily performed in an office setting located at an environmental laboratory. Hazardous materials are handled within the laboratory.

    Statewide travel is required to conduct trainings, attend meetings, visit with specific volunteer groups, attend conferences, etc. This travel will be limited likely less than 10% of time.

    This position may occasionally assist with fieldwork which will occur in short-term intervals (one week or less, less than 5% of time). Fieldwork involves collecting environmental samples in a variety of situations including inclement weather.  Physical outdoor activity involved during field activities that may include adverse weather conditions, exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil, water, fumes, airborne contaminants, fall or tripping hazards, climbing stairs to gain access to multilevel facilities, kneeling, crouching, climbing, substantial walking, 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.

    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.
    • Internal Applicants (current State of Oregon employees): Apply through your employee Workday account.  View this job aid for assistance.

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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: 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 for more information.

    Work Authorization:
    DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity.

    Questions/Need Help?
    If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Rebecca Zanskar, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 807-8937. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

    Last modified: Sunday, August 22, 2021 4:12 PM | Becky Dobbins (Administrator)

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