Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

High Hazard Rail Planner (Natural Resource Specialist 4) - Department of Environmental Quality (exp. 12/6/2020)

  • Sunday, November 29, 2020 4:53 PM
    Message # 9393666
    Maha Guliani (Administrator)

    Link to official job post:

    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 has a full-time opportunity available for a High Hazard Rail Planner (Natural Resource Specialist 4) located at DEQ’s Headquarters 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. The Land Quality Division supports the agency's mission by managing environmental cleanups, assessing cleanup sites, promoting manufacturing and recycling of non-toxic commercial products, safely managing the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, overseeing the state's underground storage tank and heating oil tank programs, ensuring timely response and cleanup of spills of oil and hazardous materials, and regulating safe discharge of ballast water to state waters.

    What you will do!

    You will be responsible for extending our oil spill contingency planning requirements to high hazard rail routes across Oregon. This begins with review and approval of oil spill contingency plans, design and execution of drills to test these plans, and development of geographic response plans that act as the blueprint for responding to an emergency.

    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 medical, dental, and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a 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. 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?

    • Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, or 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.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, project management skills, analytical skills, and organizational skills; prior regulatory experience in a project manager role, including experience planning, leading, and implementing projects and programs.
    • Demonstrated experience making decisions requiring rapid evaluation and response under relatively stressful situations, including instructions or negotiations that may be required to manage or prevent releases of high risk ballast water, oil, and other hazardous substances.
    • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and communicate effectively with many sectors of the public and natural resource agencies.
    • Experience working with both marine and land based emergency response situations.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, many sectors of the public, and other natural resource agencies, including communicating technical information; professional level writing and presentation acumen.
    • Working knowledge of the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System; ability to adhere to practical compliance with OSHA and 29 CFR, Part 1910 Health and Safety Rules.
    • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access), as well as computer programs such as Google Earth and Acrobat.

    How to Apply:

    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) 229-5107.

    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. 

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