The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a full-time opportunity for a Water Quality Program Analyst (Program Analyst 3) at the DEQ Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Water Quality Division has a critical role in achieving the department’s mission by developing policy, implementation tools, and implementation priorities for improving the quality of water in Oregon’s waterways. The Water Quality Division focuses on developing policy and program direction for DEQ’s Water Quality program by working cooperatively across sub-programs within the Division and the Department’s three regional offices, as well as the Laboratory, to deliver programs and services that protect and enhance the waters of the state to protect public health and the environment.

What you will do!

The Water Quality Program Analyst provides leadership and coordination for the program development and improvement efforts associated with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issuance, Water Quality Standards, Water Quality Assessments, and Total Maximum Daily Load programs. You will focus on those tasks and activities that are cross-program in nature, identifying solutions and programmatic approaches that result in more efficient program operations and effectiveness. You will build collaborative partnerships by developing relationships and strategies with internal water quality subprograms, internal implementation staff, regulated entities, community organizations, and other water quality stakeholders. You will also assist with strategic program implementation and planning for staff and managers; develop materials for training and documentation to ensure staff and managers have documented information regarding procedures, policies, and program decisions; and help evaluate and establish priorities based on the current needs and objectives to accomplish set goals and milestones.

What’s in it for you!

The opportunity to join a dynamic synergistic team of professional, mission focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land for all to enjoy.  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 Oregon’s environment, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Natural Resources, Science, Environmental Science, or a related degree, AND 4 years of experience coordinating or administering a program (or an equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and time management skills, with an ability to pay attention to detail and an ability to work under tight deadlines with shifting priorities.
  • Extensive knowledge of laws, procedures, principles, and regulations governing Federal and State water quality programs and subprograms.
  • Extensive knowledge of the trends, developments, and technological changes in the water quality field.
  • Ability and skill to manage complex projects with many stakeholders, multiple deliverables, and resource constraints.
  • Ability to facilitate and negotiate solutions to complex regulatory issues among multiple organizations with conflicting, overlapping, or inconsistent requirements or objectives.
  • Ability to explain complex environmental/legal problems and solutions to a variety of audiences; ability to synthesize a variety of technical and legal viewpoints into a coherent description of the problem presented.
  • Ability to serve as an interdisciplinary specialist on complex water quality issues.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.

Please be sure to attach a resume. Please enter your work experience in your application; a resume will not substitute for a completed application.

**Please be sure to check both your e-mail and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.**

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 at a later time.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Patrick Atonna, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 229-5021.

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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