DEQ Reuse, Repair, Lifespan Extention Specialist (closes 7/14/2016)

Natural Resource Specialist 4 (Reuse, Repair, Product Lifespan Extension Specialist)

$56,088.00 - $81,996.00 Annually

Limited Duration

Department: Environmental Quality - Environmental Solutions Division

Closing: 7/14/2016 11:59 PM Pacific


This position is currently located in Downtown Portland. In November 2016 DEQ Headquarters will be moving to 700 NE Multnomah Street (also known as the Lloyd 700 building).

DEQ'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 and programs 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. The candidate will serve as senior technical expert in support of the Materials Management Section and Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action

DEQ's Materials Management section has an opening for one (1) half-time (20 hours a week) Natural Resource Specialist 4.  This will be a limited duration appointment through June 30, 2017 with the possibility of being extended.  The successful candidate will lead implementation of DEQ's strategic plan to guide its investment and effort related to extending the lifespan of products through reuse, repair and improvements to product durability. They will lead development of programs, goals, policy directions and action plans, and will design and lead projects to implement those plans.  They will design and conduct research, 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.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Develop programs and action plans

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

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

  • Identify research needs and plan, conduct and direct research

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

  • Interpret, evaluate and apply technical information

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

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

  • As statewide and agency technical expert, provide expert technical assistance and advice on issues internally and externally related to reuse, repair and lifespan extension (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.)



Work is primarily in an office environment.  Includes occasional travel in- and 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 evening and weekend meetings.


Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications - To be considered a qualified applicant you must meet the following criteria:
Four (4) years of experience in a natural resource 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 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, or a closely related field (e.g., Natural Resources, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or Physiology)                   

A Master's degree in Environmental Science, or a closely related field (e.g., Natural Resources, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or Physiology), will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Environmental Science, or a closely related field (e.g., Natural Resources, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or Physiology) will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

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.

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 of being hired.

Requested Skills - Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate knowledge, skill or experience in the following areas:

  • Creativity/innovation

  • Critical thinking, analysis, problem solving

  • Logic/reasoning/judgment

  • Adaptability/flexibility/resilience

  • Initiative

  • Project and time management skills

  • Leadership

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Cooperation/collaboration/teamwork

  • Conflict resolution

  • Excellent written and oral communications

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


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. A cover letter and/or resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the work history section or answers to the supplemental questions.

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 online. 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.

Information in your application, 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 and current total compensation (salary/benefits/retirement).

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

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