Oregon DEQ Seeks Senior Water Quality Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineer
Posted 3 weeks ago

Senior Water Quality Environmental Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3)

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/iP3K7JoLe1k

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for a Senior Water Quality Environmental Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) in Bend, The Dalles, or Pendleton, Oregon

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land.  DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and a regional implementation component to accomplish this mission. There are three divisions at DEQ: Air, Land and Water. The regions are Northwest, Western, and Eastern.  This position is in the Eastern Region.

The Water Quality Division works with the three regions and the Laboratory to develop and implement programs that protect and enhance waters of the state.  This includes setting water quality standards that protect human health and the environment, collecting water quality data and performing analysis, developing rules and internal management directives, and managing data.  The WQ programs in the regional offices provide direct service to permit applicants, permit holders, the public, and others who either are regulated or want to comment on regulatory actions.

The ODEQ Water Quality Permitting group in the Eastern Region is responsible for: issuance, management, and enforcement of NPDES and WPCF permits for domestic and industrial wastewaters; compliance inspections of regulated entities; investigation of complaints; review and approval of plans and specifications for wastewater treatment and conveyance; and response to spills and releases that may have environmental impacts.  Wastewater permitting work involves writing discharge permits that comply with federal and state rules.  Compliance work involves determining the regulated entities’ compliance with permit conditions through the collection, review, and analysis of evidence. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.

What you will do!

You will serve as Senior Environmental Engineer for the Water Quality Division for DEQ. You will be responsible for providing review of plans and specifications, facility plans, and operations and maintenance manuals for complex wastewater pollution control facilities. You will also answer technical questions from staff and the regulated community and collaborate with statewide Water Quality engineers within the program on major engineering policy and implementation issues. Working in concert with other DEQ staff, you will fill an engineering role for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program in the Eastern Region of DEQ. CWSRF work includes the review of change orders/addenda; construction cost reviews; readiness for bidding and construction; and Value Engineering reviews. Your work will ensure that the CWSRF program projects are built in accordance with the terms of the loan and in compliance with state and federal regulations and guidance.  You will also issue permits for and conduct compliance inspections of facilities with complex wastewater permits to ensure protection of public health and the environment and take necessary enforcement action if non-compliance is determined.

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 10 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:

  • 4 years of engineering experience and a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field, such as Environmental, Chemical, Civil, or Mechanical (or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience).
  • 2 years of experience in an environmental protection/control program.
  • A current PE. If you are currently registered as a professional engineer in another state, you must be able to obtain your Oregon registration within 6 months of employment in order to retain this appointment.

Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Advanced environmental, science, or engineering education.
  • Expert knowledge and proven experience in wastewater management, including wastewater treatment technologies and wastewater land application.
  • Experience developing or reviewing detailed plans and specifications, facility plans, and operations and maintenance manuals for complex wastewater pollution control facilities
  • Experience conducting wastewater site inspections.
  • Experience reviewing and evaluating wastewater permit applications and modifications, as well as detailed engineering plans, and ensuring that all proposed actions are completed to the highest standards of engineering practice.
  • Understanding of aquatic chemistry, hydrology, and limnology principles.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and lead a team effort.
  • Experience representing an agency or organization at public hearings and meetings; skill in writing concise and clear reports describing complex industries and regulatory determinations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience communicating complex technical information or controversial environmental issues effectively and clearly to a range of diverse internal and external stakeholders; ability to communicate technical data to audiences unfamiliar with the subject matter.
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports describing complex investigations, evaluations, and regulatory determinations

Working Conditions:

Work is performed primarily in a professional office setting. Physical outdoor activity involved during field activities may include adverse weather conditions and exposures to soil, water, fumes, and airborne contaminants. In addition, field activities may involve fall or tripping hazards, climbing of stairs, kneeling, crouching, and substantial walking. There will be occasional travel on State business for fieldwork, assessments, meetings, training, conferences, and public hearings, some of which may include evening work, weekend work, and/or overnight stays.

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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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information:

The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exemption/accommodation. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit https://www.oregon.gov/das/HR/Documents/50.000.03-COVID-19-Vaccination-Requirements.pdf.

Veterans Information:

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.

Pay Equity:

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.

Work Authorization:

DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Rebecca Zanskar, Human Resources Analyst, at rebecca.zanskar@deq.state.or.us or (503) 807-8937. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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