Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

Natural Resource Specialist I - Department of Environmental Quality (expires 12/6/20)

  • Sunday, November 29, 2020 4:46 PM
    Message # 9393664
    Maha Guliani (Administrator)

    Job Description:

    With more than 40,000 employees who are dedicated to making Oregon a fantastic place to live, work, and play, the State of Oregon enterprise is comprised of a diverse group of employees who are passionate about public service. At the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 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 a Natural Resource Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 1) in Medford, Oregon.

    Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and regional offices to accomplish its mission. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in the Western 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; direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries, and the public; and technical assistance to regulated entities and the public.

    What you will do!

    You will conduct the Western Region-South Open Burning Control program by investigating open burning complaints, documenting any violations observed, writing inspections reports, and writing the necessary enforcement referrals. You will inspect and write permits for the less complex ACDP sources, write inspection reports and enforcement referrals, and make enforcement recommendations to ensure compliance with all permit conditions. In addition, you will investigate general air quality complaints not related to permitted sources

    This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

    This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

    What are we looking for?

    • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, natural resources, or a closely related field, OR 3 years of experience in an environmental science or natural resources field.
    • Experience in providing technical assistance to industry, public, and governmental agencies on environmental laws, procedures, and issues.
    • Experience investigating air quality complaints, documenting violations, writing inspection reports, and writing enforcement referrals.
    • Experience working with ACDP permits and sources.
    • Ability to deal diplomatically with upset or adversarial stakeholders in person and on the phone.
    • Knowledge of and experience working with permitting requirements.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and customer service skills.

    How to Apply:

    Visit the DEQ website:

    To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.

    Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter. Please include your name in the file names for your resume and cover letter.

    **Please be sure to check both your e-mail and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.**

    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.

    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 or (503) 347-5759.

    Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.

Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals     •     PO Box 11583, Portland, OR 97211 


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