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2 Dec 2021

Full-Time Climate Policy Analyst (Natural Resource Specialist 4)

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

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Job Description

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.

Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, 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: Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for a Climate Policy Analyst (Natural Resource Specialist 4) in Portland, Oregon.

This position is in DEQ’s Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs. The Office is responsible for leading the agency’s efforts to develop and implement programs to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Office includes a program that collects data on statewide greenhouse emissions, as well as a team that runs the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, a market-based program that reduces these emissions from transportation fuels across the state. This position will join a team in the Office that is dedicated to designing and implementing new climate policy, and providing project management, communications, and public and stakeholder engagement support.

What you will do!

You will serve as a technical expert responsible for the development and implementation of greenhouse gas reduction strategies to mitigate climate change. You will serve as a climate policy analyst supporting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a wide variety of sources. You will lead DEQ and stakeholder teams to gather scientific, policy, legal, and other information, including public input, to formulate and implement policies and regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You will be responsible for outcomes of major significance to the agency and state, including implementing high profile programs that are novel and complex and have significant statewide implications. In addition, you will weigh and manage a wide range of issues from diverse stakeholders with different interests and expectations for the outcomes of these policies and how they are implemented, including evaluating and considering technical, environmental, public health, policy, legal, and economic factors, as well as stakeholder and public input.

What’s in it for you!

The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 11 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). If you are passionate about Oregon’s environment, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in physical science, environmental science, natural resources, or a 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.

Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Experience researching, evaluating, designing, developing, and/or implementing policies, programs, or regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial and transportation sectors, or to implement major new natural resource programs.
  • Experience evaluating complex greenhouse gas reduction measures; experience evaluating, developing, or implementing market-based environmental programs with tradeable compliance instruments.
  • Experience evaluating and interpreting data and results of research; demonstrated ability to write clear and concise reports on findings, conclusions, potential impacts, and recommendations from research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent project management skills; experience planning, leading, and implementing major projects.
  • Experience and strong ability to work collaboratively within a team and across teams.
  • Excellent project management skills and organizational skills; experience and skill at managing complex projects with many stakeholders and multiple deliverables within resource constraints.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, the public, and a wide range of stakeholders, including communicating technical information; professional level writing and presentation acumen.

Working Conditions:

Work is primarily in an office setting. This position requires occasional travel on State business for Environmental Quality Commission meetings, advisory committees, meetings, conferences, or public hearings that may include overnight stays. Meetings and public hearings are often held in the evenings. Some physical outdoor activity may be involved during visits to industrial sources; these visits may include adverse weather conditions; exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil and water, fumes, airborne contaminants, fall or tripping hazards, substantial walking, and stairs.

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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information:

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full vaccination or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

Pay Equity:

As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, 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. Please visit for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

Work Authorization:

DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity.

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) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

How to Apply

Please click here to apply online. Application deadline 1/5/2020.

Job Categories: Climate Change. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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