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Inspector and Permit Writer (Environmental Specialist I/II/III)

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency
Springfield, OR
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Air Quality Permit Writer and Inspector (Environmental Specialist I/II/III)

Salary $4,644 - $7,319 Monthly

$55,728 - $87,828 Annually

Opening Date May 31, 2022

Closing Date Continuous, with the first screening of applicants on June 21, 2022

Location Springfield, Oregon

Position One full-time Air Quality Permit Writer and Inspector (Environmental Specialist I/II/III)

You must apply online at LRAPA.org!


The Position

The Environmental Specialist I/II/III (ES I/II/III) serves as an air quality permit writer and inspector for the agency and works with regulated industries to resolve air contaminant emission problems.

ES I is an entry level position working under the direction of the LRAPA Operations Manager. ES II works under the general direction of the LRAPA Operations Manager. ES III works under the LRAPA Operations Manager with minimal direction with considerable latitude for self-initiative and independent judgment. Qualifications for the ES II/ES III include five years of work experience demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

Typical air quality permit writer duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct reviews of plans and permit documents for various stationary industrial sources located in Lane County, Oregon and draft air permits for issuance that comply with federal Clean Air Act, state, and local ambient air quality regulations.
  • May prepare and/or summarize emission estimates for permitted sources and permit applicants. Determines appropriate requirements for air pollution controls, monitoring, and reporting consistent with Agency standards and policies.
  • Determines methods and factors for quantifying emissions of air contaminants.
  • Presents draft permits at public hearings and participates in other community engagement meetings.


Typical air quality inspector duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigate facility complaints and reports of upsets and excess emissions/discharges to air, document results, and work with pollution sources to develop compliance programs; facilitate problem solving and apply enforcement action where appropriate.
  • Review engineering plans and specifications of proposed new and modified Title V and Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP) industrial sources of air contaminants and make findings of compliance with permit conditions.
  • Review draft ACDPs and Title V permits for industrial sources. Make comments and recommend revisions assuring permit conditions are understood by permittee; review permit with permittee.
  • Schedule and conduct compliance investigations of ACDP and Title V permit holders; inspect and monitor existing permitted industrial sources of air contaminants for continued compliance with their permit.
  • Provide technical assistance interpreting rules for sources, recommend process & operation of control equipment to maintain compliance.
  • Collect evidence during investigations and determine if a violation exists. Compare facts to standards in rules or permit conditions. Determine compliance or non-compliance.
  • Respond to outdoor burning complaints, determine compliance, and provide technical assistance. Investigate, gather evidence, and prepare possible enforcement actions. Inspect outdoor burning sites, and coordinate burning permits with fire suppression agencies.
  • Respond to asbestos removal complaints, provide technical assistance, and determine compliance with requirements. Inspect asbestos abatement projects, and coordinate methods of abatement. Investigate, gather evidence, and prepare possible enforcement actions.
  • Inspect home wood heating complaints, provide technical assistance, and determine compliance. Investigate, gather evidence, and prepare possible enforcement actions.
  • Participate in training to maintain EPA Method 9 visible emissions certification and proficiency in Title V rules.
  • Prepare reports, correspondence and other communications.

Minimum required qualifications

Bachelor's degree in civil, chemical, mechanical, or closely related engineering and/or natural or physical sciences OR Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement Studies, Justice Studies, Environmental Studies. Experience in civil, administrative, or criminal investigations is desirable. Experience as an air quality permit writer, or inspector, or other environmental media (i.e., water, waste) may substitute for the minimum requirements on a year for year basis.

Preferred experience

Progressively responsible work experience demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position. Preference may be given to candidates with knowledge of federal Clean Air Act, state and local air quality rules and regulations pertaining to permitted facilities.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The successful candidate will have skills to convey complex or technical information to facilities and public; knowledge of a variety of industrial and commercial processes and appropriate air pollution control technologies; computer skills including the use of databases and Microsoft Office; ability to interpret and apply laws, procedures, and regulations pertaining to the source of air contaminants being reviewed; excellent organizational skills.

  • Knowledge of a variety of industrial and commercial processes, and appropriate air pollution control technologies
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of engineering as they apply to industrial processes and control systems
  • Knowledge of designs of a variety of air contaminant control systems.
  • Ability to solve problems in situations involving difficult or adverse public interaction.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, procedures, and regulations pertinent to the source of air contaminants being reviewed.
  • Ability to gather, assemble, consolidate, and analyze facts and draw logical conclusions.
  • Ability to determine sufficiency, reliability and relevance of the data collected.
  • Ability to investigate, gather evidence, and provide expert testimony in contested cases.
  • Ability to explain applicable rules and regulations to the public and facilities.
  • Preference may be given to bilingual candidates, especially in Spanish.

Working Conditions

The Air Quality Permit Writer Inspector - Environmental Specialist I/II/III mostly works partly in the field, at times during inclement weather. Some work is in an office environment with frequent use of a personal computer. Regular field visits are made observing and evaluating facilities and individual activities to assess compliance with the air quality regulations. Exposure to smoke, dust, fumes, and vapors is possible at industrial sites. Incumbents may be required to wear protective clothing and breathing equipment while working around air contaminants. The nature of the work also requires climbing ladders, driving motorized vehicles, and work after-hours as required to perform on-call duties. LRAPA has instituted and follows the latest COVID guidance promulgated by the State of Oregon Governor's directives.

Compensation

  • Placement within the range will be based upon the selected candidate's experience and qualifications.
    • $4,644 - $7,319 per month
    • Comprehensive benefit package which includes:
      • Retirement plan administered by Oregon Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)
      • Deferred compensation plan (457 plan)
      • 10 paid holidays scheduled plus 1 floating holiday during the year
      • Personal Time Off (PTO) starting at 23 days/year
      • Health insurance program (medical, dental, vision) including a Flexible Spending Account.
      • Agency provided Long-term disability insurance program
      • Agency provided life insurance policy

To apply

Visit the posting on our website to review the job description and apply online. If you do not complete the application form and apply online using the "Apply Now" button, you will not be considered for this position.

Application deadline: Continuous, with the first screening of applicants on June 21, 2022.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

Address

Springfield, OR
97477 USA

Industry

Energy and Environment

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