Company: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Location: Coos Bay, OR
Date Posted: January 16, 2020
Application Deadline: January 22, 2020
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: $4,512 - $6,592 monthly
Onsite Wastewater Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 3)
About the Position
What you will do!
The Onsite Wastewater Specialist provides technical expertise in the evaluation, inspection, and permitting of onsite septic systems in Coos and Curry counties as part of the Onsite Wastewater Management Program. You will be responsible for making decisions on-site evaluations, onsite permits, plan reviews, repairs, and authorizations submitted from individual homeowners, businesses, designers, and licensed installers. In addition, you will answer technical questions from the public regarding the program's requirements, and the care and maintenance of septic systems. Finally, you will investigate complaints regarding potential septic system violations, some of which can lead to enforcement actions.
What are we looking for?
- 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).
- Registration by the Oregon Health Licensing Agency as an Environmental Health Specialist, Environmental Health Specialist Trainee, Waste Water Specialist Trainee, or Waste Water Specialist. Applicants do not need to have current registration at the time of hire, but must demonstrate that they meet the requirements to obtain the full registration or at a minimum a trainee registration within 30 days of employment. The full registration must occur within two years of employment. Continued employment in this position will be contingent upon the successful applicant maintaining the required registration.
- Knowledge of onsite wastewater treatment system technology and the requirements for permitting.
- Knowledge and skill in classification, characteristics, and behavior of soils and the transport of water and wastewater through soils.
- Formal education and experience in soil science, including soil morphology and geology. 10 hours of soil science education is required within two years of employment.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, and time management skills.
- Ability to pay attention to detail.
- Advanced ability to translate technical data and information to plain language for lay audiences.
How to Apply