Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $4,688 – $7,175 / month
Deadline: Sep 04, 2023

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for an Environmental Cleanup Project Manager (Natural Resource Specialist 3) in Eugene, Oregon. This position is limited duration for 2 years and may be extended or made 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. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern). 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.

The Environmental Cleanup Sections have responsibility to ensure that releases of hazardous substances do not endanger public health or the environment, which includes maintaining a site inventory, investigating and monitoring sites, and ensuring site cleanup and restoration. The program is statewide and affects past and present owners and operators of sites that handled, generated, or are affected by hazardous substances that were released into the environment. DEQ’s Cleanup Section is required by law to recover oversight costs from responsible parties for work on cleanup projects. Cleanup of hazardous substances has a direct relationship with DEQ’s mission.

What you will do!

You will serve as a project manager during site investigation, design, construction, and operation phases of cleanup actions at hazardous substance sites. You will have overall project responsibility to ensure that contaminated sites are characterized and cleaned up in a manner that is cost effective, timely, and protects public health, welfare, and the environment.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in physical science, environmental science, natural resources, or a closely related field, AND 3 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:

  • 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.
  • Experience performing or overseeing assessment and cleanup of CERCLIS-eligible hazardous substance remedial action sites.
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and organizational skills; prior consulting or 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, and applying pertinent laws and regulations; skill in writing and presenting clear and concise reports that include qualitative and quantitative analyses, recommendations, and conclusions to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to interpret state and federal laws, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures and ensure that cleanups comply with all applicable Oregon rules and statutes governing air quality, water quality, solid waste, and hazardous waste
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access), as well as computer programs such as Google Earth and Acrobat.

Working Conditions: DEQ believes in a diverse and inclusive work environment. All employees are expected to contribute to a work environment that collectively values and benefits from respecting its diversity and promotes a culture of inclusiveness.

This position will be based out of DEQ’s Eugene office, however, the successful candidate may be eligible for hybrid work. The logistics of hybrid work will need to be worked out with the Hiring Manager prior to your hire and may be changed at any time given specific job duties and business needs. DEQ will provide necessary hardware (laptop, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and cell phone) for an employee to successfully work from home. At DEQ sites, you will have access to a workspace, however, it may be shared with other employees. There will be occasional statewide travel for meetings, field visits, seminars, trainings, public hearings, public meetings, and conferences. Occasional extended working hours, evening work, weekend work, and overnight stays may occur. There will be occasional driving for up to several hours in a day. Fieldwork may include air, soil, soil gas, and groundwater sampling; supervising monitoring well construction or beneficial water well use survey; supervising reconnaissance or drilling for sampling; and tank decommissioning and cleanup work. During field work, there may be the exposure to inclement weather, contaminated soil and water, fumes, airborne contaminants, and other hazards.

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