3 Materials Management specialists (DEQ) Closes

This recruitment will be used to fill three (3) NRS4 opportunities in the Materials Management Section.

$54,852.00 - $80,196.00 Annually
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 Materials Management Section plans and implements policies, programs and projects to reduce impacts of materials and products throughout their full life cycle, from design and production through distribution, consumption and use and management at end-of-life. 

DEQ has an exceptional opportunity for three candidates interested in serving as Natural Resource Specialist 4's in our Materials Management Section of the Environmental Solutions Division. The candidates will serve as senior technical experts in support of the Materials Management Section and Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.  Each will focus on one of these specialty areas:

  • Leading and supporting voluntary initiatives by businesses to change production practices, materials and products to support sustainable materials management.

  • Preventing the wasting of food in all stages of its life cycle, and broader sustainable consumption initiatives.

  • Increasing and improving the recovery (recycling) of materials, and safely managing hazardous wastes from households.

The successful candidates will lead the development of program strategies, goals, policy directions and action plans in their specialty areas. They will design and lead projects to implement those plans and lead and support other materials management projects. They will design and conduct research, evaluate and recommend policies and rule changes (where appropriate), hire and direct consultants and administer contracts, conduct extensive engagement with stakeholders and work collaboratively with diverse public and private partners. Experience in materials management is desirable but not required.

EFFECTIVE 12-1-15: 2.25% salary increases will go into effect. The updated salary range for these NRS4 recruitments will be approximately $4,674 - $6,833 per month.


Duties & Responsibilities

Environmental Solutions Division; Materials Management Section

A) Business Initiatives Specialist
B) Sustainable Consumption Specialist
C) Material Recovery Specialist

Please see details for each opportunity below; including:
Position Description, Preferred Skills and/or Experience and Instructions on How to Apply

Brief Summary of each NRS4:

A) Business Initiatives Specialist – develop and implement voluntary business programs strategies and actions plans to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of materials produced, used and discarded in Oregon.  Manage projects to implement those action plans.   

B) Sustainable Consumption Specialist – develop food waste prevention and broader sustainable consumption program strategies and action plans to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of materials produced, used and discarded in Oregon.  Manage projects to implement those action plans.   

C) Material Recovery Specialist - develop and implement household hazardous waste and plastics and other waste recovery strategies and action plans to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of materials produced, used and discarded in Oregon.  Manage projects to implement those action plans.  

Duties & Responsibilities for all three NRS4 positions (A, B & C)

  • Develop program strategies and action plans

  • Design and manage complex projects and project teams to implement action plans

  • Identify research needs and plan, conduct and direct research

  • Write and review technical reports, guidance and other documents for internal and external audiences

  • Hire and direct work of contractors/consultants and administer contracts

  • Interpret, evaluate and apply technical information

  • Evaluate and recommend policy, operational, legislative and rule changes to improve program

  • Draft rules and develop legislative concepts

  • Consult, negotiate, coordinate and collaborate with various entities on strategies and projects

  • As statewide and agency technical expert, provide expert technical assistance and advice on complex technical issues internally and externally (including advice on effects of existing and proposed laws, regulations, policies and projects)

  • Convene and lead advisory groups and task forces

  • Represent the agency in various forums (conferences, workshops, task forces, etc.)

Please indicate in Question #24 which of the 3 recruitments (A, B &/or C) you'd like to be considered for.  There are several position specific questions in the Supplemental Question section; please follow the instructions posted there to determine which you'll answer according to your choice in Question #24.  You are invited to apply for one, two or all three.

Working Conditions

Work is primarily in an office environment.  Includes occasional travel in/out-of-state for meetings, conferences, workshops and training; occasional site visits to businesses involved with materials management such as tours of manufacturing, processing and reuse/recycling facilities; and infrequent night and weekend meetings.

Work schedule is 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday unless otherwise approved by the manager.  


Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four (4) years of experience in a Natural Resource or Environmental Program*

At least one year of your natural resource or environmental experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resource or environmental program such as: researching and analyzing data; conducting investigations; applying pertinent laws and regulations; or coordinating and monitoring project activities;


  • A Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physical Science, Environmental Policy or Planning, Biology, Physiology, Psychology or a closely related field*                

A Master's degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physical Science, Environmental Policy or Planning, Biology, Physiology, Psychology or a closely related field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physical Science, Environmental Policy or Planning, Biology, Physiology, Psychology or a closely related field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

This recruitment is open to applicants that do not immediately meet the Minimum Qualifications for the NRS4, but can meet the Minimum Qualifications listed above within 12 months. 

Note: A copy of all transcripts (if education is required to qualify) must be attached at the time of application in order to receive credit for college degrees or coursework. Transcripts must include coursework and indicate that a degree was conferred. Online transcripts are acceptable. Official or original transcripts are not required; however, they may be required to validate education.

Requested Skills
Preference may be given to those applicants that possess the following experience or skills: 

Applicable to all three NRS4 positions (A,B & C)

  • Knowledge of life cycle impacts of materials and products

  • Ability to envision alternative futures for production, consumption, reuse and recovery of materials and identify reasonable strategies leading to these 

  • Knowledge of business and consumer interests and practices related to production, consumption, reuse and recovery of materials and products 

  • Knowledge of regulatory and non-regulatory options for influencing business and consumer decisions regarding production, consumption, reuse and recovery of materials 

  • Creativity/innovation

  • Critical thinking/analysis

  • Problem solving

  • Adaptability/flexibility/resilience

  • Logic/reasoning/judgment

  • Initiative

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Project and time management

  • Leadership

  • Cooperation/collaboration/teamwork

  • Conflict resolution

  • Excellent written and oral communications

Position Specific Requested Skills as follows: 

A) Business Initiatives Specialist

  • Experience working in and/or with businesses to develop, evaluate or change business practices

  • Experience working with businesses on production, consumption, reuse or recovery of materials

  • Ability to proactively recruit, build and maintain voluntary partnerships with businesses.

 B) Sustainable Consumption Specialist

  • Understanding of the linkage among material production, marketing and consumption

  • Experience with programs or practices related to responsible (sustainable) production and consumption of materials

 C) Material Recovery Specialist

  • Experience with programs to manage household hazardous waste or reduce use of toxics in households

  • Experience with waste recovery programs and practices 


Additional Information

Application Screening:  In order to evaluate your experience as it relates to this position, we need detailed responses to the supplemental questions. Please respond completely in the space provided; responses to the supplemental questions will be considered when determining which applicants, among those who meet the minimum qualifications, will be invited to interview. Failure to respond to each question in the space provided for that question may result in disqualification of your application. 

Your application and application materials must be consistent and thorough in order to be considered. If the information contained in your answers to each of the supplemental questions is not reflected in your work history, your application may be removed from consideration. Your cover letter and resume will not replace an incomplete application or work history. 

Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

To apply for this position, follow the "Apply" link above to complete the Oregon Employment Application on line. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted. 

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach any required documents.  

A current cover letter is a required part of this application.  Information in the cover letter, as well as responses to the supplemental questions, will be reviewed to determine candidates who qualify and whose experience best matches the requested skills.  

To receive credit for higher education coursework, transcripts (official or unofficial) must be submitted at the time of application. Note: To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all transcripts before attaching to your application. 

Salary: the Department of Environmental Quality's practice is to begin employees at the first pay step.  However, a higher starting pay rate may be considered, budget permitting, depending upon the applicant's work history, current salary and benefits. EFFECTIVE 12-1-15: 2.25% salary increases will go into effect, making these NRS4 recruitments $4,674 - $6,833 per month.

Union: This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 3336.

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The Department of Environmental Quality is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. DEQ welcomes applications from women, veterans, people of color, and individuals with disabilities.

If you have a disability or otherwise require assistance, you may contact us at:
Department of Environmental Quality
Human Resources Office
811 SW Sixth Ave
Portland OR 97204
(503) 229-5382
Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.