Environmental Cleanup Project Manager (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 (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for an Environmental Cleanup Project Manager (Natural Resource Specialist 4). This position may be located in Bend, Klamath Falls, Pendleton, or The Dalles, Oregon (finalist may choose office location-hybrid work optional)
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and regional offices to accomplish its mission. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in the Eastern Region. The Regional staff implement the agency’s rules and policy on sites in their respective areas and serve as direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries, and the public.
The Environmental Cleanup Section provides regulatory and technical oversight on releases of hazardous substances to ensure protection of public health and the environment, which includes maintaining a site inventory, investigating and monitoring sites, and ensuring site cleanup and restoration. The program is statewide and affects past and present owners and operators of sites that handled, generated, or are affected by hazardous substances that were released into the environment. Cleanup of hazardous substances is a fundamental part of DEQ’s mission to be a leader in environmental protection.
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What you will do!
Be a senior project manager in DEQ’s Eastern Region Cleanup Section. You will lead the oversight and cleanup of some of the states most complex hazardous substance sites, from the beginning discovery and investigation phases to writing the decision document and implementing a remedy. You will have overall project responsibility to ensure that contaminated sites are cleaned up in a manner that protects public health, welfare, and the environment. You will also get to work closely with a diverse set of stakeholders, US EPA and Oregon Tribes to ensure meaningful input into DEQ’s process and advance environmental justice in Oregon. This position will additionally serve as an Eastern Region representative on Agency work groups that are updating policy, strategically planning for the program’s future, and generally working to continuously improving the statewide program. You may also support other staff on their projects as needed and we will work together to build a team in the section.
What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to be a leader in environmental cleanup and advancing environmental justice in Oregon as well as helping to build a creative and visionary team! 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?
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:
Demonstrated understanding of environmental justice and the historical impacts for marginalized and underrepresented communities; ability to take personal responsibility for increasing knowledge of environmental justice and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
A minimum of 3 years progressive project management experience directing all phases of environmental cleanups (investigation, risk assessment, feasibility study, remedy selection) of sites contaminated with CERCLIS-eligible hazardous substances.
Excellent project management skills, analytical skills, and organizational skills.
Technical and regulatory experience in environmental protection and restoration, including researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations on the fate and transport of a variety of contaminants in soil, soil vapor, and groundwater, applying pertinent laws and regulations, managing projects, and coordinating with other state and federal agencies.
Experience in supporting cleanup of emergency releases, spills, and leaking underground storage tank sites, or other examples of time-critical field work and decision-making.
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.
Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups to explain technical information, gather input and develop consensus on a path forward.
Demonstrated emotional intelligence and capacity to work well in a team environment and with diverse interested parties.
Demonstrated experience being a lead on technical teams, motivating others to work together to produce exceptional results.
DEQ believes in a diverse and inclusive work environment. All employees are expected to contribute to a work environment that collectively values and benefits from respecting its diversity and promotes a culture of inclusiveness.
This position will be based out of one of DEQ’s Eastern Region offices (Bend, Klamath Falls, Pendleton, or The Dalles, Oregon) 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. At DEQ offices, you will have access to a workspace, however, it may be shared with other employees.
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 Rebecca Zanskar, Human Resources Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 807-8937. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.