The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are welcomed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualifications listed below. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.
Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ: https://youtu.be/iP3K7JoLe1k
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for a Solid Waste Permit Coordinator (Administrative Specialist 1) located in Portland, Oregon. This position is considered an essential position and will need to work full-time in the office.
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. There are 3 regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in the Northwest Region. The Regions provide the following services: compliance inspection of regulated entities; enforcement of permit requirements and administrative rules; issuance of air, water, and solid waste permits; investigation of complaints; issuance of subsurface permits in counties; response to spills or other incidents with environmental impacts; direct contact and liaison with other governmental entities, industries, and the public; and technical assistance to regulated entities and the public. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.
What you will do!
You will serve as the Northwest Region solid waste permit coordinator and provide administrative support for the Environmental Partnerships section in Northwest Region. You will provide information to the regulated community, local governments, and the public by phone, in writing, and in person regarding the requirements of the programs. You will provide primary administrative support to the Materials Management, Hazardous Waste, and Asbestos Programs in Northwest Region. You will serve as the primary point of contact for data collection and maintenance of electronic systems for Materials Management and Hazardous Waste. You will be the liaison to Headquarters and other region’s solid waste permit coordinators in the Materials Management program. In addition, you will be part of the all-program Support Staff group at Northwest Region and may occasionally back up the region’s main reception desk.
What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). If you are passionate about Oregon’s environment, apply today!
This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications: 3 years of clerical/secretarial experience that includes 2 years at a full performance level performing typing, word processing, or other generation of documents. Lead work responsibility or coordination of office procedures experience.
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
- Excellent verbal and written communication, time management, customer service, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
- Experience performing data entry accurately; ability to pay attention to detail.
- Experience in a fast-paced work environment with shifting priorities and varying demands.
- Experience explaining rules and procedures, as well as experience processing requests for information.
- Experience researching, analyzing, and interpreting data and other information.
- Experience and strong ability to work collaboratively within a team and across teams.
This position works primarily in the office with travel occasionally to attend statewide and region specific staff meetings and trainings, assist staff in other offices, accompany inspectors on site visits, and attend household hazardous waste collection events. Some meetings and events may include evening or weekend work. During field activities, you may be exposed to mud, dust and odors; waste that is uncharacterized; pollutants; chemicals; contaminated soil, water, and/or fumes; airborne contaminants; and fall or tripping hazards. You must be able to lift boxes up to 25 pounds. This position requires a valid driver’s license.
How to Apply: (complete the application in full)
- External Applicants Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. Click this link for the External Candidate job aid, and view this video for additional information.
- Internal Applicants (current State of Oregon employees): Apply through your employee Workday account. View this job aid for assistance.
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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: https://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/Veterans.aspx. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.
As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information.
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 have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Jack Duncan, Human Resources Analyst, at email@example.com or (503) 229-5021. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.