Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Initial Posting Date: 05/01/2023
Application Deadline: 05/30/2023
Agency: Department of Environmental Quality
Salary Range: $5,395 – $8,292
Position Type: Employee
Position Title: Tank Stability Inspector (Natural Resource Specialist 4)
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.
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/E-Cs6M9AAlU
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time permanent opportunity for a Tank Stability Inspector (Natural Resource Specialist 4) in Portland, Oregon.
This position will be based out of DEQ’s Headquarters office in Portland, 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. This position will require some travel to DEQ offices and regulated sites on an as-needed basis. At DEQ offices, you will have access to a workspace, however, it may be shared with other employees.
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. If you are interested in an opportunity to shape a precedent setting program, consider this position and the Tank Stability Program Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) position at DEQ to start making an impact today!
The Land Quality programs support DEQ’s mission by reducing the environmental and health impacts of materials during their production and use, reducing, recovering and safely managing the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes; administering the state’s fuel storage tank programs; responding to spills of oil and hazardous materials; and assessing and managing environmental cleanups.
The Fuel Tank Compliance Section is a leak and spill prevention program for facilities with regulated fuel storage tanks located both aboveground and underground. Through facility assessments and inspections, the program is designed to promote use of safe fuel storage practices according to established design, installation or operation requirements. This work prevents leaks and spills by equipment failure due to installation errors, operating errors, equipment deterioration or seismic activity. This includes rule and policy development, statute revision proposals, training, technical assistance, inspections and enforcement.
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What you will do!
In this position, you will provide facility compliance, inspection, and technical assistance expertise to DEQ team members, to other agencies, and to regulated facilities regarding earthquake damage assessment and mitigation requirements established by Senate Bill 1567 (2022). You will be the primary operating contact for this program and will impact the operations of fuel storage and distribution facilities in Oregon handling over 90% of the Oregon petroleum fuel supply involving fuel expenditures over $7.6 billion dollars per year. If unmanaged, earthquake risks to these facilities pose estimated economic impact to the entire state ranging between $400 MM and $2.6 billion regarding life safety, property, navigation, fishery, recreation, cultural value, and fuel prices.
You will conduct facility assessments and risk mitigation plan reviews; communicate technical requirements to regulated facilities, facility neighbors, other agencies, and the public; conduct community outreach and delivering technical assistance to communities potentially impacted by earthquake damage; conduct facility compliance inspections to ensure compliance with mitigation implementation requirements; and provide technical assistance to facilities to ensure compliance with applicable facility design, safety, and environmental protection standards. In addition, you will give authoritative and consultative advice on program content and service delivery to state program staff, local agencies, the regulated community, and community organizations to assist them in setting up related programs.
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: 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:
- Experience operating or inspecting above ground fuel storage systems or similar chemical handling facilities, especially involving spill prevention or control.
- Excellent project management skills, analytical skills, and organizational skills; prior regulatory experience in a project manager role, including experience planning, leading, and implementing projects and programs.
- 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.
- 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 and presenting clear and concise reports that include qualitative and quantitative analyses, recommendations, and conclusions to diverse audiences.
Work is primarily in an office setting. Statewide travel for site visits, meetings, trainings, workshops, and conferences will occur. During site visits, there is the potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions, pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil and water, fumes, airborne contaminants, fall or tripping hazards, stairs, and walking. Statewide travel may involve extended work hours, overnight stays, and weekend work.
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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 in your application material.
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 Grecia Lora Motz, Human Resources Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 863-0621. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.