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Department of Environmental QualitySalary Range:
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Harmful Algae Bloom Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3)Job Description:
Harmful Algae Bloom Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3)
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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Harmful Algae Bloom Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 3) at the DEQ Laboratory in Hillsboro, Oregon.
DEQ’s mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. The Laboratory Division assists the Agency in achieving its mission by providing laboratory and research services in water and air quality monitoring, organic and inorganic analysis, toxicology and biology, and quality assurance. The Water Quality Monitoring Section’s purpose is to collect representative, valid environmental data through physical, chemical, and biological sampling and assessment; manage environmental data to ensure availability of accurate and complete data for Agency programs and the general public; analyze and interpret water quality and related data in order to produce reports which identify water quality conditions, identify threats to water quality, evaluate trends, and model proposed actions; maintain technical expertise through applied research, training, and collaboration in order to stay scientifically up to date with safety, sampling, and data assessment skills; and promote, as a representative, the Agency’s environmental mission to the general public and other governmental agencies. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.
What you will do!
The Harmful Algae Bloom Coordinator coordinates monitoring of Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, other DEQ staff and monitoring partners. You will serve as Project Manager for HAB data in the Laboratory Information Management System and the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System. You will provide supplies and training to public water facilities and other monitoring partners for the collection of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin samples for analysis at the DEQ Laboratory. You will ensure data quality objectives for all monitoring projects are identified, documented, and achieved to the extent possible. And, finally, you will assist with other Water Quality Monitoring programs at the Laboratory, including DEQ’s Ambient, Toxics, Groundwater, and other special monitoring projects as required.
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 a physical science, environmental science, or closely related field, AND 3 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
- Extensive understanding of chemistry, laboratory procedures, and data analysis.
- Extensive knowledge of toxicity tests and procedures, as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and requirements necessary to conduct audits for toxicity tests.
- Knowledge of proper monitoring and sample handling procedures.
- Experience working with Harmful Algae Bloom collection and analysis.
- Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access), excellent verbal and written communication skills, project management skills, and excellent organizational skills with an ability to pay attention to detail.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and customer service skills.
Work is performed in a field, laboratory, or office setting. Statewide travel is required to perform field work, which will occur during short term (one week or less) intervals. Field work involves collecting environmental samples in a variety of situations including inclement weather. Traveling to sites and walking over rough terrain to conduct water quality studies is required. Carrying of up to 30 pounds of sampling equipment over a distance of up to one mile may be required. Boats are frequently used to access surface water monitoring locations. Hazardous materials are handled in the field and laboratory. Statewide travel is required to conduct trainings, visit with specific facilities, attend conferences, etc. A valid Oregon driver’s license and Oregon Boater’s license are required.
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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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information:
The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full vaccination or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.
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.
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. 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.
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.
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Rebecca Zanskar, Human Resources Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 807-8937. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.