State of Oregon Ballast Water Inspector/Emergency Response Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2) in Portland, Oregon

Ballast Water Inspector/Emergency Response Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2)



Ballast Water Inspector/Emergency Response Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2)


$3,662.00 - $5,335.00 Monthly


Portland, OR

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Environmental Quality-Land Quality

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a full-time opportunity in Portland, Oregon for a Ballast Water Inspector/Emergency Response Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 2) to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency's mission to protect and improve Oregon's environmental quality.

About the Division:

The Land Quality Division supports the agency's mission by managing environmental cleanups, assessing cleanup sites, promoting manufacturing and recycling of non-toxic commercial products, safely managing the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, overseeing the state's underground storage tank and heating oil tank programs, ensuring timely response and cleanup of spills of oil and hazardous materials, and regulating safe discharge of ballast water to state waters.

The Cleanup and Emergency Response section within the Land Division ensures the prompt response to spills of oil or hazardous materials, and administers the fiscal and operational coordination for the cleanup of historical releases of hazardous substances statewide. An essential element of the section's duties is the administration of cost recovery operations for Land Quality programs.

What you will do!

The purpose of this position is to perform vessel inspections and associated monitoring, evaluating, and enforcing of Ballast Water management regulations. The successful candidate will support emergency response preparedness, including responding to notifications of oil and hazardous material spills reported through the Oregon Emergency Reporting System to advise and coordinate efforts of first responders and responsible parties on the control and cleanup of the release.

What's in it for you?

The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, water, and land. We offer full medical, dental, and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays per year. Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Learn more to see whether you qualify at PSLF Program.

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Working Conditions:

Work will mostly be in an office setting with regular use of computer and printer. There will be occasional in-state and out-of-state travel to facilities, vessels, meetings, and spill sites. Field visits to vessels have inherent health and safety risks, and may present hazards to personal safety, as well as require climbing ladders while packing sampling equipment (up to 25lbs) to access vessel sampling locations.

Duties & Responsibilities

Ballast Water Technical Assistance, Compliance Verification, and Enforcement:

  • Answer questions about the Oregon ballast water law from shipping agents, vessel masters, and others.

  • Conduct inspections (including shipboard records auditing) and ballast tank sampling aboard commercial ships to verify ballast management practices.

  • Prepare and issue enforcement notices to vessel owners/operators.

Monitoring, Analysis, and Evaluation of Ballast Water Reports:

  • Actively monitor vessel arrival schedule to ensure required reports are submitted and compliant with ballast management regulations.

  • Follow-up with shipping agents or vessel masters on missing or incomplete ballast water reports.

Back-Up Daytime Duty Officer:

  • Advise and coordinate efforts of first responders and responsible parties to immediately prevent the spread and eliminate the threat of a release during an emergency incident.

  • Collect information and conduct investigations for the State of Oregon in response to spills and releases of oil and hazardous substances, primarily by serving as the duty officer and by communicating with the Oregon Emergency Response System, other state and local government agencies, and responsible parties.

  • Participate in analysis of release information to determine need for additional response actions.

Spill Prevention and Emergency Response:

  • Actively cross train to learn duties of other members of the spill prevention and emergency response program.

  • Participate in emergency response drills, exercises, and actual spill response incidents as member of the Environmental Unit Team or Shoreline Assessment Team.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of experience in aquatic ecology research, vessel operations, environmental compliance, or invasive species management


  • Bachelor's degree in an Environmental Science

    OR Three additional years of related, pertinent experience


  • A Master's degree in an Environmental Science will substitute for one year of experience in aquatic ecology research, vessel operations, environmental compliance, or invasive species management.

  • A Doctorate degree in an Environmental Science will substitute for two years of experience in aquatic ecology research, vessel operations, environmental compliance, or invasive species management

Desired Attributes/Requested Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with ocean-going vessel operations and equipment, including ballast water tank management practices and ballast water treatment and management technologies.

  • Demonstrated experience making decisions requiring rapid evaluation and response under relatively stressful situations, including instructions or negotiations that may be required to manage or prevent releases of high risk ballast water, oil, and other hazardous substances.

  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.

  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including the ability to effectively communicate with individuals that speak English as a second language.

Additional Information

This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8:00 AM, however, we may close the announcement at any time after this date when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please follow these steps:

  • Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to review attachments that we do not ask for.

  • The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.

  • Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application. (Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling, and punctuation).

  • To receive credit for higher education coursework, transcripts (official or unofficial) must be submitted prior to interview (if selected). Note: To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all transcripts before attaching to your application.

Veterans Information:

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points, AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. For more information on veterans' preference points, visit our Veterans Resource page. To receive veterans' preference points, please submit the following required documentation prior to your first interview (if selected):

  • A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.

  • A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

Pay Equity:

As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with 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. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. Please visit for more information.

Work Authorization:

The Oregon DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three (3) 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.

Need Help?

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to e-mail Maddy Ouye at or call (503) 229-5107. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

Consider Joining Us!

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment.

DEQ strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. DEQ fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.