Job Type: PermanentLocation: Portland, OregonThe Oregon Department of Environmental Quality†s Mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land and water. As a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment, DEQ works with Oregonians for a healthy, sustainable environment.The Northwest Region of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is recruiting to fill a full time Natural Resource Specialist 3 position, located in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of this position is to review and evaluate applications for dredge and fill permits under the US Army corps of Engineers and the Oregon Division of State Lands coordinated permitting programs; establish findings and conditions to protect water quality and beneficial uses and perform site visits to provide technical assistance, assure compliance and measure program effectiveness. Working ConditionsOccasional travel required for project reviews, field work, consultation, education and outreach, and to attend public meetings. Some meetings may be held in the evenings and field work is subject to all weather conditions.Duties & Responsibilities: Major Duties|
•Reviews and evaluates removal and fill applications from the public, US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal agencies for Water Quality Impacts.
•Provides technical assistance to ensure compliance with state water quality standards including TMDLs, WLA, Groundwater Managements and LA†s.
•Analyzes technical information and engineering reports including stormwater management plans, hydrology reports and laboratory results to determine water quality impacts.
•Writes formal findings and develops conditions for projects requiring 401 water quality certification.
•Determines potential contamination sources and appropriate mitigation conditions to meet water quality standards.
•Works with colleagues from multiple state and federal agencies to gather information related to water quality certification decision making.
•Works with regional offices and basin coordinators to identify local issues.
•Conducts site visits to provide technical assistance, ensure compliance and measure program effectiveness.
•Applies agency guidelines related to toxics/sediment control to ensure potential impacts are addressed through 401 water quality certification.
•Conducts public hearings to solicit public input and information on active applications for certification.
•Provides interpretation of regulatory certification requirements.
•Represents DEQ at contested case hearings or appeals.
American Water Resources Association - 30+ days ago