The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for an Air Toxics Permitting Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3 / Environmental Engineer 2 – Underfill) in Portland, Oregon.
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
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Cleaner Air Oregon program at DEQ has lead responsibility to ensure the accurate identification, assessment, and the reduction of air toxics using health based standards. This section is responsible for supporting completion of air toxics risk assessments and the determination of permitting and reporting requirements for sources assessed under program rules. This section is primarily responsible for implementation, support, and coordination of an air toxics program in coordination with regional offices, including ongoing risk assessments, policy and guidance development, training, rule and statute revisions, performance monitoring, and oversight of the air toxics program. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.
What you will do!
You will serve as an Air Toxics Permitting Engineer and Permit Writer for the Cleaner Air Oregon section at DEQ. You will be responsible for overseeing the development, completion, and approval of air toxics inventories, risk assessments, and risk reduction activities at the largest and most complex sources (ACDP and Title V) in the Air Quality program. Working with other technical staff, you will have overall project responsibility for all phases of the emissions identification and risk assessment process, including review of emissions and control devices, and finalizing modelling and other inputs affecting these assessments. You will independently perform and oversee reviews of facility process flow diagrams, control devices, pollution reduction activities, and associated engineering documents, and develop and draft permits and permit conditions to formalize any reduction requirements or other limitations. In addition, you will serve as a technical resource for internal and external stakeholders on air toxics risk assessments, inventory and emission control technologies, and other issues related to assigned sources.
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?
The goal of this recruitment is to fill this position at the Environmental Engineer 3 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for an Environmental Engineer 2 level to apply, as we may consider underfilling the position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for the Environmental Engineer 3. Underfill training will not exceed 36 months.
Minimum Qualifications for Environmental Engineer 3:
- 4 years of engineering experience, and
- 2 years 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 an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience), and
- Current registration as a Professional Engineer (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.
Minimum qualifications for Environmental Engineer 2 underfill option:
- 2 years of engineering experience, and
- 1 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 an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience).
The underfill option is available to you if you do not meet the minimum qualifications for the Environmental Engineer 3 upon hire. You must be able to meet the minimum qualifications for the Environmental Engineer 3 by obtaining your Oregon registration for Professional Engineer within 3 years 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 experience and knowledge in source operations, pollution control devices, and industrial emission processes; compliance inspection methods; and source permitting.
- Understanding of the human health risk assessment protocols for point sources, including the completion of emissions inventories and modeling work that supports the assessment.
- Ability to correctly interpret air toxics emission information and toxicity data.
- Ability to lead project teams, including developing and monitoring project schedules and meeting deadlines, and participate on negotiating teams.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience communicating complex technical information effectively and clearly with a range of diverse internal and external stakeholders.
- Ability to write clear and concise reports describing complex investigations, evaluations, and regulatory determinations.
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.
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.
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Jack Duncan, 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.