Field Quality Assurance Officer (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

$4,547 - $6,959 monthly
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Jul 26, 2022
Full time Environmental Protection Sustainability

Job Description

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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 Field Quality Assurance Officer (Natural Resource Specialist 3) in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division’s (LEAD) mission is to provide timely, high-quality data and information through monitoring, laboratory services, and data analysis. The Division serves the Agency programs and regional offices throughout Oregon and provides the scientific information necessary for the agency to achieve its mission to be an active leader to restore, enhance, and maintain the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land.

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What you will do!

You will maintain and improve the quality of air and water data produced and used by the DEQ Laboratory Division for making decisions regarding allowable emissions or discharges, ambient air and water quality, and other regulatory requirements. You will develop and manage quality assurance activities within the Laboratory and air and water quality field monitoring programs, ensuring internal compliance with State and Federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. You will support external consultants and contractors with Quality Systems compliance by conducting inspections/audits of air monitoring systems, identifying corrective actions, and participating in the implementation of appropriate actions. In addition, you will routinely respond to complex technical questions from scientific staff and others both inside and outside the agency, providing technical data as well as interpreting regulations and requirements as they pertain to Quality Systems, particularly for air and water field monitoring activities. Technical support activities may be in the form of interpretive memos, guidance documents, document reviews, or oral presentations to interested stakeholders.

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 a physical science, environmental science, natural resources, 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). 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 with air and water quality field monitoring activities, instrumentation, and data.
  • Experience in environmental quality system assessments under The NELAC Institute (TNI) standards.
  • Experience with air quality monitoring audits and application of criteria established in EPA Air Monitoring Technical Assistance Documents (TAD).
  • Experience writing and reviewing quality assurance project plans, sampling and analysis plans, and standard operating procedures for air and water quality field monitoring activities.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage complex projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; skill in writing and presenting position papers as the spokesperson for a program or the agency; ability to work with and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, many sectors of the public, colleagues, and other natural resource agencies, including communicating technical information.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in the field and in an office setting within an Environmental Laboratory. This position may include exposure to chemicals, biological hazards, adverse weather, heat, cold, steep or unstable surfaces, stairs, bending, stooping, and lifting. This position requires frequent driving for multi-day trips to conduct field audits for air and water quality monitoring activities. This position also requires occasional travel on State business for meetings, trainings, conferences, and public hearings, some of which may include 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.

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. 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.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at maddy.ouye@deq.oregon.gov or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Are you interested in an Informational Interview with DEQ to learn more about working at DEQ, how current DEQ employees got to where they are today, and what opportunities there may be for you at DEQ? Please go here and complete the form: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/about-us/Pages/humanresources.aspx. Please note that informational interviews are not tied to an open recruitment. If you complete the form above, you will be put in the queue to have an informational interview with a Hiring Manager from our Informational Interview Registry.