At Washington County, you are given opportunities and challenges to embrace your potential and achieve your personal best, every day. The Operations and Maintenance Division within the Department of Land Use and Transportation is supported by 102 full-time staff who are responsible for road and bridge maintenance, emergency response, public right-of-way and environmental stewardship. What you will find in our Land Use and Transportation Department is something special - purposeful work done with a shared set of values that brings us together.
Under the general supervision of the Division Manager, the Senior Environmental ResourceSpecialist will be responsible for acting as the lead on environmental issues and providing oversight of environmental compliance with local, state, and federal regulations relative to minor road construction projects and maintenance of the County's transportation infrastructure.
This position is a combination of field and office work providing oversite to the environmental activities of the division. This includes, working closely with maintenance crews and contractors in the field to protect natural resources, environmental permitting of maintenance projects, storm water management, training of agency personnel, policy development, and development and implementation of environmental best management practices. The position also provides environmental oversight on occasional urgent situations, such as landslides, streambank erosion, beaver dams impacting roadways, and hazardous material spills.
The incumbent in this role must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate effectively with individuals of all levels. In addition, the person in this role will have the ability to read plan sets to identify permitting triggers, interpret environmental regulations and identify the potential impacts they will have to transportation projects.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
Duties may include:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Provides site assessments of wetland and stream habitat impacts associated with County road projects or other permitted activities and recommends mitigation measures.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Prepares and/or coordinates the application process for all environmental and land use permits for assigned projects.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Assists Training Coordinator in identifying and providing environmental training needs. Prepares and presents training programs to division and department staff.
10. 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.
11. 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:
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; OR
An 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 requirements:
Possession 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.