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Employer: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Expires: 07/01/2021

Job Description:Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our qualifications listed below. If you are excited about this position, we hope you apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diversity. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability, and we are committed to diversity.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: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Water Quality Compliance Data Specialist (Information Specialist 5) in Portland, Oregon. This position is Limited Duration through June 30, 2023.Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Water Quality Division has a critical role in achieving the Department’s mission by developing policy, implementation tools, and implementation priorities for improving and protecting the quality of water in Oregon’s waterways. The Water Quality Division works cooperatively with the Department’s three regional offices and the Laboratory to deliver programs and services that protect and enhance the quality of the waters of the state to protect public health and the environment. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.What you will do!You will provide a variety of technical, analytical, and data steward services to the Water Quality Division to achieve its goals of protecting and enhancing water quality through its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF), and Underground Injection Control (UIC) permitting, compliance, and enforcement programs. This work includes retrieving, reviewing, and transferring data between systems; developing data models; facilitating electronic reporting of compliance data to federal agencies; developing policies and procedures for data management and reporting; and maintaining Water Quality Program data systems. 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: 4 years of information systems experience or a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a related field.Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, SQL, Visual Studio, Extensible Markup Language (XML) and other data manipulation software.Ability to prioritize workload to meet changing priorities and deadlines.Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively in stressful situations.Strong attention to detail and willingness to adhere to strict quality control practices.Experience providing technical consultation and advice to managers, technical and professional IT staff, and system users.Experience with data retrieval, model development, system support, analysis, processing, and reporting.Knowledge of water quality permitting programs, such as NPDES, WPCF, and UIC.Working Conditions: Work is conducted primarily in a fast-paced office environment with multiple demands for time. Occasional statewide and/or interstate travel required to attend meeting and trainings.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.Helpful Tips:Be sure to attach a resume and cover letter.Allow yourself plenty of time to complete and submit the application, resume, and cover letter.Workday will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity.This posting closes at 11:59 PM on the close date listed.Be sure to check both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.Workday performs best in Google Chrome.Click here for Resources and a Job Support Page. 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, please go here: 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.Work Authorization: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.Questions/Need Help?If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Jack Duncan, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 229-5021. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.