DEQ Natural Resources Specialist 4 (Closes 6/23)


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 Environmental Solutions Division is responsible for collecting environmental information, analyzing environmental information and developing sound and effective environmental strategies. The Division ensures that the technical and scientific expertise is available to inform and carry out these responsibilities. In partnership with others, the Division takes a comprehensive and holistic view of environmental impacts and seeks to create solutions that enable actions that can reduce those impacts.
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 section establishes goals and measures; supports and performs research; develops and implements incentive, product stewardship, waste reduction, and waste management programs; provides education and information; and collaborates with diverse public and private partners.

DEQ's Materials Management section has an opening for one (1) Natural Resource Specialist 4.  The purpose of this position is to develop and update goals and measures to guide and evaluate progress toward reducing human health and environmental impacts of materials produced, used or discarded in Oregon.  In addition to developing and updating goals and measures, the person in this position will develop methods, models and other tools to determine outcomes for goals and measures.  They will design, oversee and conduct data collection, calculations and analyses to determine and evaluate findings related to goals and measures.  They will also manage projects to implement all of the above actions and serve as statewide expert on materials management goals and measures.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

Program Operations

  • Develops new outcome-based goals and measures for the materials management program such as local energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures for material recovery, ecological footprint measures, evaluation of life cycle impacts of waste generation.
  • Develops methods, models and other tools to determine outcomes for materials management goals and measures; oversees ongoing data updates for those; and designs, oversees and conducts data collection  and analyses to determine and evaluate findings.
  • Determines research needed to update methods, models and other tools and data for materials management goals and measures and plans, designs, develops and directs research. E.g., designs and oversees consumer expenditure survey with Bureau of Labor Statistics to develop data to update consumption-based impact model.
  • Negotiates and collaborates with other federal and state agencies, local and regional governments, and other public and private entities to implement research projects.
  • Independently interprets and evaluates data and results of internal and external research; identifies alternatives for use in projects and selects best alternative.
  • Writes reports on research describing findings, conclusions and potential impacts and effectively recommends follow-up.  Explains and defends research and reporting in a variety of settings

Technical Assistance

  • Consults, negotiates, coordinates and collaborates with other agencies, businesses, interest groups and other entities on strategies, studies, projects and issues.
  • As statewide and agency technical expert, provides expert technical assistance and advice on complex technical issues internally and externally, including serving on task forces.
  • Evaluates and recommends policy, operational, legislative and rule changes to improve program
  • Drafts rules and develop legislative concepts
  • Represent the agency in various forums (conferences, workshops, task forces, etc.)

Project Management

  • Designs and manages complex projects and project teams to implement action plans
  • Hires and directs work of contractors/consultants and administer contracts
  • Convenes and leads advisory groups of internal and external stakeholders to support projects.



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.

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
  • Research, data development and statistical analysis
  • Critical thinking, analysis, problem solving
  • Logic/reasoning/judgment
  • Adaptability/flexibility/resilience
  • Advanced MS Excel and MS Access
  • Data management
  • Project management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Cooperation/collaboration/teamwork
  • Conflict resolution
  • Strong 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

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