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Environmental Cleanup Project Manager (Natural Resource Specialist 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Portland, Oregon
Salary Range: $4,436 - $6,789 per month
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Global Environmental Change
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Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
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Position Title:

Environmental Cleanup Project Manager (Natural Resource Specialist 3


Job Description:

Environmental Cleanup Project Manager (Natural Resource Specialist 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:




The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has an opportunity available for an Environmental Cleanup Project Manager/Data Analyst (Natural Resource Specialist 3) located in Portland, Oregon.




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 component to accomplish this mission.


The Regional Divisions are responsible for implementation of Water Quality, Air Quality, and Land Quality Programs, including compliance inspections of regulated entities, enforcement of permit requirements and administrative rules, technical assistance, issuance of air, water, and solid waste permits, investigation of complaints, issuance of subsurface permits in counties, response to spills or other incidents with environmental impacts, direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries and the public.  The regions consist of Northwest, Western, and Eastern.  This position is in the Northwest Region. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.


The Environmental Cleanup Program has broad responsibility to ensure releases of hazardous substances from facilities do not endanger public health or the environment.  Included are responsibilities for maintaining a site inventory, investigating, and monitoring sites, site cleanup and restoration.  The program is statewide and affects owners and operators, both past and present, of facilities that may have handled hazardous substances or generated hazardous residues.




What you will do!


You will serve as a project manager during the site investigation, design, construction, and operation phases of cleanup actions at hazardous substance sites.  You will have overall project responsibility to ensure that contaminated sites are characterized and cleaned up in a manner that is cost effective, timely, and protective of public health, welfare, and the environment. You will ensure that all cleanup site activities are consistent with state and federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; coordinate application for and receipt of environmental permits related to cleanup site activities; and ensure cleanups comply with all applicable Oregon rules and statutes governing air quality, water quality, solid waste, and hazardous waste. You will provide primary technical oversight for completion of site investigations, and for design and implementation of remedial activities undertaken by potentially responsible parties. In addition, you will evaluate environmental monitoring data to determine if public health or environmental hazards occur at project sites.


This position oversees the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites performed by responsible parties and/or state contractors.  This position develops recommendations for site investigations and cleanup on assigned sites, and evaluates the adequacy of proposed remedial actions to protect public health and the environment and reviews proposed Agency rules, guidelines and other requirements This position has a key role in managing, analyzing and interpreting environmental data.








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 position is represented by the AFSCME union.


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 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:


  • Excellent project management, analytical, and organizational skills; prior experience in a project manager role, including experience planning, leading, and implementing projects and/or programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a project team leader for remedial action projects.
  • High emotional intelligence and self-awareness, and ability to work in a diverse team setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; professional level writing and presentation acumen.
  • Ability to represent the agency by providing technical data and interpretation to a diverse audience at public hearings, meetings, council meetings, and commission meetings.
  • Ability to interpret state and federal laws, regulations, rules, policies and procedures; and ensure that cleanups comply with all applicable Oregon rules and statutes governing air quality, water quality, solid waste and hazardous waste
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, many sectors of the public, and other natural resource agencies, including communicating technical information.
  • Skill in collecting, analyzing and interpreting analytical data for regulatory decision making.





Working Conditions:


You will work principally in an office setting, with occasional site visits to oversee, inspect, evaluate, or conduct field investigations at contaminated sites. Fieldwork may include 1) air, soil, soil gas, and groundwater sampling, 2) supervising monitoring well construction or beneficial water well use survey, 3) supervising reconnaissance (direct push) or drilling for sampling, or 4) tank decommissioning and cleanup work. Field work may occur during inclement weather conditions. During field activities, there may be exposure to contaminated soil, water, fumes, airborne contaminants, and other hazards. Such conditions may require use of personal safety equipment and protective clothing. Occasional lifting and bending. Occasional driving up to several hours in a workday. Must possess a valid driver’s license.




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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 requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full vaccination or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.




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 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.






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 or (503) 807-8937. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


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