Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $5,395 – $8,292 / month
Deadline: Aug 13, 2023

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. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for a Stormwater Program Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 4) 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. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in Northwest 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; 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 serve as the Agency’s technical and policy expert on stormwater permitting, including reviewing stormwater management plans, writing construction and industrial permits, writing permit evaluation reports and response to comment documents, and providing technical assistance and outreach to stormwater permittees. You will serve as one of the policy experts for stormwater control and management activities, including developing policy and technical analysis for activities related to permitting, reviewing effectiveness of best management practices, and evaluating the effectiveness of permits. In addition, you will staff advisory committees, review and evaluate stormwater pollutant loading and reduction modeling, conduct hearings, and prepare reports for Environmental Quality Commission action.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in physical science, environmental science, natural resources, or a 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.

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 coordinating or administering  one or more Clean Water Act programs including development and issuance of NPDES permits, WPCF permits, or TMDLs.
  • Experience making policy and technical recommendations for permit conditions.
  • Experience working with state and/or federal requirements for stormwater management.
  • Experience interpreting rules, regulations, laws, permit conditions and procedures.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and database programs for data management and manipulation.
  • Proficiency in Google Earth and Adobe Acrobat.
  • 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; skill in writing clear and concise reports that include qualitative and quantitative analyses, recommendations, and conclusions.
  • Experience representing an agency or organization in meetings with the public, regulated community, and/or other organizations.
  • Ability to participate constructively in conflict resolution and legal discussions associated with Oregon’s stormwater permit conditions.

To Apply

Follow this link ––DEQ–Multnomah-Street/Stormwater-Program-Coordinator–Natural-Resource-Specialist-4-_REQ-130776?hiringCompany=47688ccd4cac01975819509ec223d131