DEQ Material Recovery Specialist - (Closes 8/21)

Salary $50,592.00 - $73,884.00 Annually

Location Portland, OR

Job Type Permanent

Department Environmental Quality - Environmental Solutions Division

Job Number DEQ18-0113

Closing 8/21/2018 11:59 PM Pacific


The 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 land quality.

About the Division
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.

What you will do!
The purpose of this position is to develop and implement strategies to increase and improve recovery of high impact materials.  The person in this position will conduct analysis to determine barriers, program and policy options to increase and improve recovery of high impact materials.  He/she will work with partners in the industry and other stakeholders to evaluate existing material recovery programs and different management options.  A strong focus on multi-tenant recycling and recycling markets will define the initial work for this position.   This position will coordinate and discuss strategies with other states and oversee grants to local governments, contracts and/or pilot projects as appropriate.

What's in it for you?
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with providing high quality environmental data needed for understanding and protecting Oregon's air quality. Put your creative problem-solving and analytical 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 testing and regulating air quality, apply today!

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

Working Conditions
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.  Infrequent night and weekend meetings.


Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


Minimum Qualifications - To be considered a qualified applicant you must meet the following criteria:

Three (3) years of experience in natural resource program. At least one year of the 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, Natural Resource Science, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Physiology or a degree related to the position, OR
  • Three (3) additional years of related (pertinent) experience.                       

A Master's degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Science, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Physiology or a degree related to the position, will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Science, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Physiology or a degree related to the position, will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

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

  • Working knowledge of Oregon's solid waste system
  • Experience designing and implementing local recycling programs
  • Knowledge of multi-tenant recycling barriers and opportunities
  • Strong coordination and communication ethic
  • Creativity/innovation
  • Research
  • Survey design, execution, analysis and interpretation
  • Critical thinking, analysis, problem solving
  • Adaptability/flexibility/resilience
  • Project management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Cooperation/collaboration/teamwork
  • Conflict resolution
  • Strong written and oral communications
  • Meeting facilitation
  • 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


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 desired attributes listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it. Please be sure to attach your resume demonstrating your experience and how it qualifies you for the position you're applying for.
  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. (Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.)
  4. 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. 

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.

Driver License
This position requires you to possess and maintain a current valid license to drive issued by the state of residence OR provide an acceptable, alternate form of transportation.

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 need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to email Jamaal Gulledge at . 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.