DEQ Material Recovery Specialist (close 3/26)

Material Recovery Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

 Salary $57,636.00 - $84,252.00 Annually

Location Portland, OR

Job Type Permanent

Department Environmental Quality - Environmental Solutions Division

Job Number DEQ17-0127

Closing 3/26/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a full-time opportunity for a Material Recovery Specialist to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency mission to protect and improve Oregon's environment. 

What you will do
The successful applicant will develop and implement food waste, plastics and other material recovery program strategies, goals, policy directions and action plans to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of materials produced, used and discarded in Oregon.  The Material Recovery Specialist will design and manage projects to implement those action plans; and serve as a statewide expert on materials management-related issues.

What's in it for you?
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission-focused individuals tasked with providing high quality environmental data and developing sound, innovative and effective environmental strategies.  Put your technical, analytical and project management skills to great use helping to keep Oregon green.  We offer full medical, dental and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays a year. Public service loan forgiveness program: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).  Learn more to see whether you qualify at PSLF Program.  If you are passionate about Oregon's environment and have experience in waste recovery programs, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.


Duties & Responsibilities

Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Develops food waste, plastics, and other material recovery programs and action plans to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of materials.  Designs and manages projects to implement those action plans. 

  • Updates Oregon's Household Hazardous Waste Plan. 

  • Evaluates opportunities and barriers for material recovery projects; develops and manages one or more projects.

  • Develops and implements incentives programs.


  • Consults with other state, federal and local government agencies, businesses, industry, interest groups and trade associations concerning studies, issues and problems related to food waste, plastics, and other material recovery.  Partners with these entities on joint strategy development and projects.

  • As a statewide and agency expert, provides expert technical assistance and respond to complex technical issues and questions from scientists, business, industry, and local and state governments on food waste, plastics, household hazardous waste and other material recovery.

  • As the agency's technical expert, consults at all levels internally and externally on food waste, plastics, household hazardous waste and other material recovery.  Provides expert technical assistance and guidance to the materials management program and other agency staff on technically complex issues. 


  • Represents the agency at informational meetings, educational presentations, public hearings, local or state agency commission and other meetings locally, regionally, and nationally. 

  • Develops, plans, organizes, coordinates and leads intra-and interagency efforts on collaborative projects.  


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 (1) 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, Environmental Economics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics)    OR three (3) additional years of related (pertinent) experience.               

A Master's degree in Environmental Science, or a closely related field (e.g., Natural Resources, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Economics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics), will substitute for up to one (1) year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Environmental Science, or a closely related field (e.g., Natural Resources, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Economics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics) will substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience.

Note: To be considered for this position, you must have a valid, current driver's license issued by your state of residence.

  • Experience developing and implementing programs to manage household hazardous waste or reduce use of toxics in households

  • Professional experience working with waste recovery programs and practices 

  • Knowledge of life cycle impacts of materials and products

  • 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 

  • Project and time management experience

  • Excellent written and oral communications


Additional Information


To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.

  2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.

  3. Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application.

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

  5. 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. 

Pay Equity
As an employer the State of Oregon complies with the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. Please visit for more information.  

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.

  •  A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.

  • A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit, and select veterans' preference.

Work Authorization
The Oregon DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to email Carrie Adams at or 503-229-5963. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900. If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627. You can also e-mail NEOGOV for support at

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment.

DEQ strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. DEQ fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.