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Agency Quality Assurance Officer (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

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Department of Environmental Quality


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$5,746 - $8,831


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Agency Quality Assurance Officer (Natural Resource Specialist 4)


Job Description:

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 encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. 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:


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for an Agency Quality Assurance Officer (Natural Resource Specialist 4) in Portland, Oregon.


This position resides within the Deputy Director’s Office. The Deputy Director’s Office provides policy formation and guidance, goal development, problem solving, conflict resolution, leadership, and accountability for the entire agency’s environmental program efforts.


Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality.


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What you will do!

You will coordinate the Agency’s Quality Management Systems (QMS) and serve as a technical expert on quality assurance activities for the agency’s environmental programs. You will maintain and improve the quality of environmental information produced and used by DEQ for making decisions regarding allowable emissions and discharges, ambient water and air quality, hazardous waste determinations, and other regulatory requirements. You will develop and manage quality assurance activities within the agency’s media divisions/programs and regions, ensuring internal compliance with State and Federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. You will provide consultancy to complex technical questions from scientific staff and others, evaluating technical data as well as interpreting regulations and requirements. In addition, you will assume the role of the state coordinator for the annual EPA Discharge Monitoring Report Quality Assurance program in support of the Clean Water Act and DEQ’s wastewater permitting program.


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 11 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: Bachelor’s degree in physical science, environmental science, natural resources, or a closely related field, AND 4 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable). At least 1 year of experience 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.


Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Demonstrated understanding of environmental justice and the historical impacts for marginalized communities; ability to take personal responsibility for increasing your knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Familiarity with environmental inorganic and organic analytical data review, including GC, GC/MS, IC, ICP, ICP/MS, HPLC, and general chemistry methods and QA/QC protocols.
  • Experience working with Federal and/or State requirements and regulations under the Clean Water Act, EPA Resource Conservation Recovery Act, EPA Hazardous Rules, EPA Superfund/Contract Lab Program National Air Toxics Trends Stations (NATTS) program, and Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Experience in field sample collection techniques and its impacts on analytical data stability.
  • Working knowledge of both laboratory and accreditation body standards developed by The NELAC Institute (TNI).
  • Strong understanding of quality management principles including EPA’s Quality Management System guidance.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to provide clear, concise, and compelling communication of policy and technical information tailored to the needs of diverse audiences; skill in writing and presenting clear and concise reports that include qualitative and quantitative analyses, recommendations, and conclusions to diverse audiences.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).



Working Conditions:

DEQ believes in a diverse and inclusive work environment. All employees are expected to contribute to a work environment that collectively values and benefits from respecting its diversity and promotes a culture of inclusiveness.


This position will be based out of DEQ’s Headquarters Portland office, however, the successful candidate may be eligible for hybrid work. The logistics of hybrid work will need to be worked out with the Hiring Manager prior to your hire and may be changed at any time given specific job duties and business needs. DEQ will provide necessary hardware (laptop, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and cell phone) for an employee to successfully work from home. At DEQ sites, you will have access to a workspace, however, it may be shared with other employees.


There will be occasional travel to attend meetings, seminars, public hearings, conferences, and trainings, some of which may involve evening work, weekend work, and/or overnight stays. There will be a limited amount of laboratory and field work, during which, there is the potential for exposure to physical, chemical, and biological hazards.



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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.



Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.



Pay Equity:

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 for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.



Work Authorization:

DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity. DEQ is an E-Verify employer and will use E-Verify to confirm that hires are authorized to work in the United States.



Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Taylor Hanson, Human Resources Assistant, at or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.