The Operations and Maintenance Division of the Department of Land Use and Transportation is recruiting for the position of Senior Environmental Resource Specialist. This position is responsible for working with the existing Senior Environmental Resource Specialist to address the Division’s environmental issues, and to provide an oversight of environmental compliance with local, state, and federal regulations related to road construction projects and maintenance of the County’s transportation infrastructure. This position will also assist the Capital Project Services Division by providing technical guidance and regulatory support for large capital projects and will assist the Engineering, Traffic and Survey Division with hydrology and water resource issues.This position requires a combination of field and office work to ensure projects and maintenance activities are in compliance with environmental regulations and standards and to respond to environmental issues that are impacting roadways. Planned maintenance activities are typically associated with bridges, drainage structures, roadside vegetation, and road surfaces. This position provides technical guidance, acquires permits, and conducts environmental inspections for transportation construction projects. This position also provides environmental oversight on occasional urgent situations such as landslides, stream bank erosion, beaver dams impacting roadways, and hazardous material spills.The Ideal CandidateThe ideal candidate for this position will have multiple years of experience working in the field of natural resource protection. Ideally, the candidate will have experience with obtaining natural resource protection permits from agencies such as Department of State Lands, US Army Corps of Engineers, Clean Water Services, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality). They will also have a working knowledge of the information needed by these agencies when seeking regulatory approval including: identification of regulatory limits of jurisdictional waters and resources; principles and practices of environmental protection; pertinent federal, state, and local law;, codes and regulations; and theory and principles of water resource protection and stream functions.Additionally, it is preferred that the candidate is familiar with civil engineering plans, erosion control plans, and contract documents. In particular, the ideal candidate will be familiar with transportation projects, water resources, hydrology and understand the importance of critical path environmental permitting tasks and overall timing of project permits in relation to other design or project tasks. They will also possess the necessary training, experience and education to review natural resource permit applications prepared by consultants, be familiar with fish salvage operations when working around streams that require dewatering, and have a working knowledge of hazardous materials and their proper disposal. They are also comfortable working in teams and independently with little supervision. Why Washington County?As one of Oregon's Healthiest Counties, we care about our employees and are actively exploring ways to improve one's work/life balance. Your total compensation package will be comprised of more than just your annual salary; Washington County offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes family health benefits such as medical, dental and vision at up to 95% employer paid. Other benefits include a Tri-Met pass, voluntary deferred compensation program, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability, paid holidays, or time off in lieu of paid holidays, one floating holiday per calendar year, vacation and sick leave. Retirement benefits are provided through the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. Click to learn more about Benefit Offerings and Wellness Programs at Washington County! Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony. We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES
Duties may include:Analyzes, evaluates, and recommends project and activity-specific environmental best management practices to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Provides technical assistance in creating a permitting strategy during the development and implementation of projects.Coordinates with other departments and divisions in developing environmental management practices for transportation and construction activities. Ensures County transportation system construction and maintenance projects comply with all local, state, and federal regulations regarding water and air quality, protected plant and animal species, fish passage, and the Endangered Species Act.Provides site assessments of wetland and stream habitat impacts associated with County road projects or other permitted activities and recommends mitigation measures.Reviews proposed land use requirements and draft regulatory policies for impact to County practices. Informs management of the organizational impact of proposed environmental regulations and processing changes.Assists in creating a positive and supportive work environment; enforces a safe workplace; establishes a culture of teamwork and communication; creates a workplace that promotes the organizational values of workplace diversity, equity and inclusion and actively promotes an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.Prepares grant applications for funding of projects; researches and collects information to assist in writing grants; assists in making presentations to granting committees; and tracks costs in accordance with grant requirements.Prepares and/or coordinates the application process for all environmental and land use permits for assigned projects.Provides technical assistance to the project team to design major culvert replacements and fish passage barrier removal projects in compliance with all regulatory requirements and applicable engineering standards. Assesses culverts for fish passage barriers, as necessary.Provides input and guidance in the development of standard and site-specific drawings for environmental components. Prepares specifications related to the environmental aspects of contracted projects.Assists Training Coordinator in identifying and providing environmental training needs. Prepares and presents training programs to division and department staff.Prepares presentations for project teams and the public on program issues including: herbicide application, instream construction, public education, urban development, storm water management, erosion control, and fish passage.Represents the County at the local, regional, and state levels on transportation system construction and maintenance-related issues pertaining to water quality and fish recovery programs.
Education and Experience: A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:Bachelor of Science Degree in environmental or earth science, botany, horticulture, biology, environmental or civil engineering or related field AND two (2) years of experience working in a related field; ORAn Associate's Degree or equivalent in environmental or earth science, botany, horticulture, biology, environmental or civil engineering AND four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience working successfully with applying state and federal environmental policies, regulations, and programs.ADDITIONAL LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, PHYSICAL ABILITIES AND SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTSPossession of, or the ability to obtain, a wetland delineation certification through the US Army Corps of Engineers or approved equivalent, within one year of hire.Must possess a driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and have an acceptable driving record.Washington County organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly. To review the required knowledge, skills and abilities for this classification (position), please use this link: Senior Environmental Resource Specialist.Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses if applicable. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application.Department of Motor Vehicle Records (DMV) Requirement:Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. To review the Driver's License and Record Policy for Washington County and instructions for submitting appropriate DMV documentation, please use this link: Driver's License & Records Policy.
Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.Selection Process:1. A minimum qualification (MQ) screening of submitted applications will be performed by Human Resources after June 14, 2021.2. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an in-depth evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to the supplemental questions in the application. This process will begin after June 21, 2021.3. Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully pass the Subject Matter Expert Review step as soon a