Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Initial Posting Date: 10/24/2022
Application Deadline: 11/13/2022
Agency: Department of Environmental Quality
Salary Range: $5,395 – $8,292
Position Type: Employee
Position Title: Solid Waste Engineer (Environmental Engineer 2)
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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: https://youtu.be/iP3K7JoLe1k
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for a Solid Waste Engineer (Environmental Engineer 2). The position is located 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 located within in the Northwest Region in the Environmental Partnerships Sections. The Environmental Partnerships section consists of staff carrying out the solid waste, hazardous waste and asbestos abatement program responsibilities in ways that facilitate cross program communication and work focused on achieving environmental improvements and resolving environmental problems. 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. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.
What you will do!
You will serve as a project manager providing technical engineering and administrative oversight to both active and closed solid waste facilities, and engineering oversight for complex permitted solid waste disposal and treatment facilities, conversion technology facilities, beneficial use applications, permit exemption requests, site investigations, and corrective actions required at disposal sites. You will provide engineering evaluation of permit applications, modifications, and required plans to ensure that all proposed actions are completed to the requirements of the law, and to the highest standards of engineering practice. You will conduct inspections and site investigations and determine compliance with DEQ regulations. You will work closely with DEQ’s cleanup staff to: manage disposal or beneficial use of solid waste from cleanup sites to prevent environmental impacts, address redevelopment of old landfills to minimize adverse impacts from methane migration, groundwater contamination or other environmental contamination. You will assist with project management and oversee cleanup of orphan disposal sites. Finally, you will serve as an engineering technical resource and provide expertise for other staff.
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!
This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications: Two years of engineering experience, and one year of experience in an environmental protection/control program (the environmental experience may be gained as part of the engineering experience, or in addition to the engineering experience), and a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field such as Environmental, Chemical, Civil, or Mechanical, or three more years of engineering experience.
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; skill in writing clear and concise reports describing complex regulatory determinations.
- Flexibility, creativity, and desire to learn
- Working knowledge of the State of Oregon’s waste laws (OARs, ORS, and Federal CFRs).
- Experience interpreting environmental rules, regulations, laws, agency guidance, and procedures or ability to learn these skills.
- Working knowledge of the principles of geology, hydrogeology, and chemistry.
- Experience conducting field work including site investigations and inspections of complicated disposal sites or environmental cleanup sites such as active and closed landfills, conversion technology, material recovery, compost, and transfer station facilities and former industrial sites that have a legacy of contamination from waste disposal.
- An ability to make compliance determinations and recommendations for corrective action that assures compliance with local, state, and federal regulatory requirements.
- Experience serving on technical committees to evaluate environmental issues and provide recommendations.
- Ability to clearly explain complex environmental requirements to business owners, landowners, consultants, local governments, and the general public using a variety of communication methods: verbal, on the phone, in person, in writing through emails and letters, in meetings, and in formal trainings.
- Ability to deal tactfully with people in various emotional states and, if necessary, withdraw safely from angry or hostile people.
- Experience making regulatory compliance determinations for various types of waste
- Experience managing multiple projects and assignments using effective time management and project management skills to complete projects thoroughly and completely and meet timelines.
- Experience researching complex waste, cleanup technologies, or other environmentally complex issues and proposing solutions.
Work is performed in both an office setting and field setting. Field work includes site visits consisting of inspections, complaint response, or technical assistance/business specific outreach. During field activities, there may be exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil and water, fumes, airborne contaminants, and fall or tripping hazards. Statewide travel and occasional evening and weekend meetings may be required. Must have a valid drivers license and be able to drive state vehicles.
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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated on your resume and in your application materials.
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.
As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.
DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity. DEQ is an E-Verify employer and will use E-Verify to confirm that hires are authorized to work in the United States.
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Willa Wilbanks, Human Resources Analyst, at email@example.com or (503) 229-5021. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.
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