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10 Apr 2020

Full-Time Clean Fuels Pathway Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

Department of Environmental Quality – Posted by [email protected] Portland, Oregon, United States

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Job Description

Job Description:

With more than 40,000 employees who are dedicated to making Oregon a fantastic place to live, work, and play, the State of Oregon enterprise is comprised of a diverse group of employees who are passionate about public service. At the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity within its new Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs for a Clean Fuel Pathways Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4) in Portland, Oregon.

The Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs is a newly-formed unit that is responsible for developing and implementing many of Oregon’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Oregon Governor Brown has directed the department to develop and implement the following: (1) an expansion of the existing Clean Fuels Program; (2) a new program to cap and reduce GHG emissions from large stationary sources; (3) a new program to cap and reduce GHG emissions from transportation fuels; (4) a new program to cap and reduce GHG emissions from other liquid fuels and natural gas; and (5) a new set of requirements to reduce methane emissions from landfills. The Office builds on the department’s existing GHG Reporting Program, and will also coordinate with existing programs regulating vehicle emissions and promoting zero emissions vehicles. This position is one of ten new positions funded by the Oregon legislature for this program.

What you will do!
As the Clean Fuel Pathways Specialist, you will serve as the agency expert on the lifecycle greenhouse gas intensity, or “carbon intensity”, of transportation fuels (gasoline, diesel, ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, fossil and renewable natural gas, fossil and renewable propane, electricity, and other new fuels) that are supplied to and consumed in Oregon. You will maintain a working knowledge of how transportation fuels are produced, where the feedstocks are extracted/produced (including indirect land use change and other indirect effects), and how they are distributed. You will review fuel pathway applications submitted by fuel producers that propose their fuel’s carbon intensity based on how the fuel is made and delivered to Oregon. You will review the applications for completeness and accuracy and you will work with applicants to resolve any discrepancies, as well as will appropriate enforcement action when necessary. You will work with verifiers to ensure that requirements for third-party verification are met for fuel pathway applications and pathway holders. You will support the rest of the Clean Fuels Program team to achieve their goals.

What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to join a dynamic team tasked with designing and implementing programs to reduce Oregon’s contribution to global climate change. We offer medical, dental, and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a 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. If you are passionate about thinking globally and acting locally, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, or closely related field, AND 4 years of experience in a natural resource or environmental field (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).
  • At least 1 year of experience at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resource program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities.
  • Experience with lifecycle analysis tools used to evaluate transportation fuels such as the Argonne GREET model (CA-GREET or OR-GREET), GHGenius, OPGEE, GTAP, etc.
  • Experience with evaluating fuel pathway applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; skill in writing clear and concise reports describing complex industries and regulatory determinations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, many sectors of the public, and other natural resource agencies, including communicating technical information; professional level writing and presentation acumen.

Veterans Information:
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those once you’ve submitted your application via a pop-up with a veterans’ preference questionnaire.

Questions/Need Help?
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at [email protected] or (503) 229-5107.

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.

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Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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