Are you interested in protecting Oregon’s sources of drinking water and aquatic resources of our rivers, lakes and streams? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At the 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: https://youtu.be/iP3K7JoLe1k
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a 401 Water Quality Certification Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3) in Eugene, Oregon.
What you will do! This position combines environmental analysis, field work, and public engagement. The 401 Water Quality Certification Specialist reviews and evaluates applications for dredge and fill permits under the US Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Division of State Lands coordinated permitting programs. Applications are reviewed for compliance with Oregon’s water quality standards, including water quality criteria, antidegradation policies, and protection of designated beneficial uses. You will also evaluate applications from Federal agencies prior to a license or permit being issued for compliance with the State’s water quality standards. In cases where wetland impacts are expected, you will determine appropriate mitigation measures and stormwater Best Management Plan (BMP) implementation. In addition, you will establish on-site conditions to protect water quality and beneficial uses. You will also conduct post-certification inspections and enforcement activities. This position has primary responsibility for these duties in the twelve DEQ western region counties. The successful applicant will be able to work effectively both on their own and as a team with counterparts in the Northwest region.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related field, AND 3 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable). *A least 1 year of your experience must be 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.
Experience interpreting rules, regulations, laws, agency guidance, and procedures for internal and external stakeholders.
Experience conducting inspections/field monitoring to ensure compliance for water quality related permits or 401 water quality certifications.
Experience using GIS.
Experience conducting stream/wetland related work and evaluating mitigation.
Experience working with project applicants and multiple state and federal agencies on environmental clearances.
Experience conducting field work and performing environmental monitoring/sampling.
Experience reviewing technical reports and analyzing scientific data.
Intermediate knowledge of all Microsoft Office products (including Word and Excel).
Ability to work in hot, cold, dusty, and noisy conditions, as well as in rugged terrain.
Valid driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one.
Internal Number: REQ-52539
About Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment.DEQ's mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land and water.
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