Soil Scientist

Clackamas County LogoCompany:  Clackamas County

Location:  Oregon City, OR 

Date Posted:  January 2, 2018

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018 or open until filled

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: $31.03 - $41.03/hr DOQ

Soil Scientist (certified Environmental Health or Wastewater Specialist)

About the Position

Clackamas County is currently looking for a Soil Scientist OR Soil Scientist, Sr to join the Septic and On Site Waste Water Program in the Department of Transportation and Development. We will consider all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the Soil Scientist up to the senior level under this recruitment.

If you are looking for an opportunity to take the next step in your career and would like the opportunity to develop your skills for a future supervisory position in this field, you should consider this opportunity to work in Clackamas County. This position will include work in a large and geographically diverse environment, including urban and rural lands, resort communities, small rural communities, large tracts of agricultural and forest lands, federal land. The County’s significant landforms include seven major rivers and the serene backdrop and outdoor activities that Mt. Hood offers.  

We are looking for a certified Wastewater Specialist or registered Environmental Health Specialist in the State of Oregon or someone who can obtain reciprocity if you are an out of state applicant. You should have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, be able to work and act as a team player, and be able to maintain positive relationships with customers even under potentially stressful situations.  In addition, this individual will need to have excellent organization skills, as well as strong communication skills due to the regular interaction with the public.

The incumbent will be responsible for evaluating proposed sites for on-site sewage disposal or inspecting newly constructed, existing or failing on-site sewage disposal systems, review and approve or deny on-site sewage disposal permits and related building permits consistent with DEQ codes and County ordinances, conducting field inspections as necessary. The Soil Scientist, Senior is distinguished from the Soil Scientist as the senior may provide lead work supervision of the soil inspection staff, may assign inspection workloads, may develop and implement section training needs, and resolve technical and code interpretation questions


Are you certified as a REHS or WWS? 

Registration by the State of Oregon as an Environmental Health Specialist or Wastewater Specialist (typically requires either a Bachelor’s Degree with 45 Soil Science credit hours and two (2) years of experience or a Graduate Degree in Soil Science and one (1) year of experience.   


Certification as a “Professional Soil Scientist or Specialist” by the American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crops, and Soils.) Please note that all applicants invited to interviews will be required to furnish an unofficial copy of your transcripts at the time of interview. 

  • Do you have at least 2 years of experience working with septic systems?
  • Do you have experience conducting inspections of septic systems, sites, and soils?
  • Do you have experience reviewing septic system plans and/or issuing permits?
  • Do you have experience providing excellent customer service and interacting with employees, vendors, and the public in a courteous and professional manner while prioritizing your work and multi-tasking in a fast paced environment?
  • Can you to communicate clearly and concisely, both when speaking to others and in writing?
  • Do you have strong interpersonal skills and experience working in a collaborative work environment?
  • Do you have experience reading and interpreting topographic and NRCS Soil Web maps and profiles?
  • Do you have knowledge of general principles of geology, hydrology, soil science, and/or septic design, standards and practices?

How to Apply 

All applicants should apply online. While this position is open until filled, we will be reviewing all applications and potentially closing the announcement on January 31st.