Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: Salary Range: $4,688 – $7,175
Deadline: May 07, 2023
Initial Posting Date: 04/21/2023
Application Deadline: 05/07/2023
Agency: Department of Environmental Quality
Salary Range: $4,688.00 – 7,175.00
Position Type: Employee
Position Title: Assessment Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2) – Three Openings

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 has 3 full-time opportunities available for an Assessment Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2) in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Position Information:

  • 1 position is permanent
  • 1 position is permanent; however, it was identified for potential reduction during the 23-25 legislative session.  There is no certainty in reductions being implemented at this time.  The final determination will be after legislative session ends late June 2023.
  • 1 position is limited duration through December 31, 2024, with the potential of being extended or becoming permanent pending Budget and Legislature approval

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division’s (LEAD) mission is to provide timely, high-quality data and information through monitoring, laboratory services, and data analysis. The Division serves the Agency programs and regional offices throughout Oregon and provides the scientific information necessary for the agency to achieve its mission to be an active leader to restore, enhance, and maintain the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land. Check out the DEQ Laboratory video: Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.

What you will do!
As an Assessment Specialist Data Steward at the lab – You will directly support the activities of the water quality permitting, TMDL or volunteer monitoring program by providing assistance with data compilation, analysis, and review. You will gather, review, and evaluate data for permit development, integrated report development, and TMDL development using R and other statistical programs. In addition, you will assist with data management, data interpretation, data review, and report writing related to water quality program issues.

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 11 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! These are 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, natural resources, 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:

  • Demonstrated understanding of environmental justice and the historical impacts for marginalized and underrepresented communities; ability to take personal responsibility for increasing their knowledge of environmental justice and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Professional experience with R and/or other statistical software for data processing.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Access).
  • Experience working with geographic information or geo-referenced data, including experience using GPS, GIS, maps, or other sources to track and communicate location information.
  • Experience applying quality control information to define the quality of measurements or data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to provide clear, concise, and compelling communication of policy and technical information tailored to the needs of diverse audiences.

Working Conditions: Work is primarily in an office setting. Statewide travel may be required to perform field work. Field work involves collecting environmental samples in a variety of situations, including inclement weather. Statewide travel is also required to conduct trainings, visit with specific facilities, and attend conferences.

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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.

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