Wastewater Engineering Specialist (Environmental Engineer 2)

Department of Environmental Quality
Eugene, OR; Salem, OR

Initial Posting Date:

06/14/2022


Application Deadline:

08/08/2022


Agency:

Department of Environmental Quality


Salary Range:

$5,233 - $8,043


Position Type:

Employee


Position Title:

Wastewater Engineering Specialist (Environmental Engineer 2)


Job Description:

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 Wastewater Engineering Specialist (Environmental Engineer 2) in Eugene or Salem, Oregon. (The finalist may choose their work location).


Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in Western Region. The Regions provide the following services: compliance inspection of regulated entities; enforcement of permit requirements and administrative rules; 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; and technical assistance to regulated entities and the public. 


What you will do!

You will perform engineering reviews of preliminary engineering reports, plans and specifications, and operations and maintenance manuals for sewage pump stations and collection systems, sewage lagoon treatment systems, and stormwater treatment systems to ensure compliance with state rules and engineering standards. You will be responsible for conducting onsite inspections of wastewater projects under construction that have DEQ loans from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund; monitoring and evaluating the startup phase and one-year testing requirements for projects with CWSRF loans; determining life cycle costs and approving disbursement requests for projects with CWSRF loans; coordinating reviews of wastewater planning documents (facility plans); and conducting engineering review of simple wastewater treatment systems (ex: wastewater lagoons).


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: 2 years of 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). 1 year of experience in an environmental protection/control program.


Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Knowledge of wastewater treatment operations; Oregon or other state certification in wastewater treatment operations is desired.
  • Registration as a professional engineer is desired.
  • Experience evaluating permit applications and modifications and ensuring that all proposed actions are completed to the highest standards of engineering practice.
  • Experience conducting site investigations and inspections, preferably at wastewater sites.
  • Working knowledge of geology, hydrogeology, chemistry, and chemical principles.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience communicating complex technical information or controversial environmental issues to stakeholders and lay people; ability to communicate technical data to audiences unfamiliar with the subject matter.
  • Experience representing an agency or organization at public hearings and meetings; skill in writing concise and clear reports describing complex industries and regulatory determinations.

Working Conditions:

Most work is performed in an office environment. Frequent travel by car under possible adverse weather and road conditions to wastewater treatment facilities, land application sites, spill or complaint sites, and DEQ offices. Frequent exposure to pathogens or hazardous materials during site inspections and complaint investigations. Frequent exposure to challenging field conditions (ex: steep slope, heavy vegetation, and uneven terrain). Occasional evening and weekend meetings may occur.


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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.