ORACWA posts water quality related jobs of interest to our members. Most are with member organizations, but some are with state or federal regulatory agencies and not-for-profit organizations focused on water quality issues.

Director of Public Works
City of Rainier

PURPOSE OF POSITION: Administer, plan, schedule, assign, supervise, and manage all activities of public works employees. Ensure the overall functioning and performance of the streets, parks, equipment and building maintenance, water, and wastewater operations of the department.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Supervise subordinate employees including assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, scheduling of work, recommending disciplinary actions and hiring/termination decisions. Prepare, manage and monitor annual departmental budget. Authorize, review and approve public works expenditures. Directly manage and operate the City water treatment package plant. Perform all necessary tasks and operations required to ensure safe, effective, and efficient functioning of the water system. Take daily readings and ensure all equipment and chemical are performing within acceptable standards. Correct deficiencies and report malfunctions as necessary. Oversee the City waste water treatment plant operation. Perform all necessary tasks and operations required to ensure safe, effective, and efficient functioning of the waste water system. Ensure all equipment and processes are performing within acceptable standards. Ensure any deficiencies are corrected and malfunctions reported as necessary to conform to applicable regulations. Oversee and manage maintenance of all City facilities including parks, streets, buildings, utilities, and equipment. Ensure that all Public Works employees are adequately trained to perform all assigned tasks, and provide budgetary resources to support training requirements. Act as the purchasing agent for department. Develop specifications for equipment and acquire bids from qualified suppliers. Recommend bid award to the City Council. Confer with citizens regarding complaints, problems, concerns, and suggestions. Provide information and respond to inquiries regarding the City's sewer and water systems and capacities, streets, and general developmental issues. Work with a variety of County, State and Federal agencies regarding necessary reporting, situations and future impact of projects, e.g. DEQ, Oregon Health Department, EPA, state marine Board, state Highway Department, OEDD, etc. Prepare and submit various departmental reports as scheduled or requested. Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work areas. Perform other duties as directed by the City Administrator.

Applications are available online at www.cityofrainier.com or at Rainier City Hall, 106 West B Street, Rainier, OR.  Position is open until filled.

Engineer - Civil (OPEN CONTINUOUS)
City of Portland
Full-Time $45.49 - $55.28 Hourly
Closing date: January 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM

The City of Portland is seeking candidates for multiple civil engineer positions to support the planning, design, construction, and other aspects of our public infrastructure. Civil Engineers complete complex engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems, interpreting policies, and determining work assignments. Civil Engineers have a variety of professional engineering responsibilities depending on the Bureau and Division they work within.

Additional information is available on the City's website.

Principal Engineer - Design Division Manager
City of Portland
Salary:  $9,132.00 - $12,180.00 Monthly
Job Type: Regular
Closing date: October 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking candidates for Principal Engineer in the Design Services Division of the Engineering Services Group.  The Engineering Services Group manages capital repair, rehabilitation and expansion of Portland's sanitary and stormwater collection systems, pump stations, and treatment plants.  They also support watershed health by enhancing streams, restoring habitat and implementing stormwater management projects.
The Principal Engineer is the manager of the Design Services Division, which provides engineering, design and project management for the Bureau's Capital Improvement Program – specifically focused on projects for the wastewater collection system, surface water facilities, and watershed restoration.  The position oversees, plans, organizes, directs and integrates the work of the approximately 35-person division, which is comprised of professional engineering and technical staff.  The position reports to the bureau's Chief Engineer. 
Additional information is available on the City's website


Environmental ServicesTechnician
City of Springfield, Development & Public Works Department
Salary: $22.19- $25.52 (steps 1- 4 on a 9 step scale), depending on qualifications
Job Type: Regular, Full-time
Closing date: October 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Grade B23 (Journey Level), Non-exempt, SEIU Represented

Full benefits, including PERS. *Benefit enrolled employees and dependents have access to a free, on-site health and wellness center.

Do you enjoy building relationships and educating the community on matters of water quality and pollution control? Do you have a passion for maintaining high-quality resources for the community? If so, you might consider applying for the Environmental Services Technician position.

Position Overview:
The City of Springfield has an opening for an Environmental Service Technician in the Environmental Services Division of the Development & Public Works Department.  This position performs a wide variety of field and technical office work in the Water Resources Program, specifically in the Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination (IDDE) Specialty.
How to Apply:
Please visit our website at http://springfieldjobs.projecta.com/ to learn more about this job posting and to apply. ONLY applications received through our website will be considered for the position.

Please contact Human Resources at 541-726-3705 if you have any questions.


Laboratory Analyst II
City of Portland - Bureau of Environmental Services
Full-Time $26.22 - $34.62 Hourly
Closing date: October 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM

The Position
The Laboratory Analyst II is responsible for conducting a wide variety of environmental analyses on water, wastewater, and solid samples by applying laboratory methodology as applicable to chemical and microbiological analysis; principles of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, environmental sciences, biology, microbiology and/or other related scientific fields; good laboratory practices, including quality assurance and quality control; standard computer programs and software used to perform data analysis; mathematics; statistical analysis; laboratory and hazardous chemical safety techniques; operation and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment; principles of laboratory ethics as applied to the production of valid analytical data.
This list may be used to fill vacancies that occur in the Water Bureau's Lab or in BES's Water Pollution Control Lab. Since these facilities operate 7 days a week, Laboratory Analysts are required to work any assigned shift, including weekends and/or holidays.

Ideal Candidate Profile
Ideal candidates will have a degree in chemistry, environmental science, biology, microbiology, geology or a related field, and two to three years of analytical laboratory experience, or equivalent.

This classification is represented by Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 483.  To view this labor agreement, please go to https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/27840  and click on the appropriate link.

Additional information is available on the City's Website

Laboratory Analytical Specialist
City of Portland - Bureau of Environmental Services
Full-Time $29.31 - $38.92 Hourly
Closing date: November 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM

The Position

The Laboratory Analytical Specialist performs highly technical and advanced scientific and/or instrumental analysis procedures in a specialized area, utilizing both standard and non-routine methodologies and procedures. This classification conducts analyses that rely on advanced instrumentation and complex computer software and develops and implements complex analytical techniques.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Knowledge of environmental analytical chemistry and the instrumentation used to perform analyses relevant to quantifying contaminants of concern at regulator-required levels.
  2. Thorough understanding of the protocols and methods mandated by the US EPA, Standard Methods, ASTM, USGS, and other recognized authorities for the analysis of water, wastewater, and solids.
  3. Skill in trouble shooting instruments to fix problems and maximize performance.
  4. Skill in the operation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of ion chromatography, UV/Visible spectrophotometry, segmented flow analysis, and flow injection analysis instruments.
  5. Skill in writing standard operating procedures, conducting detection and quantitation limit studies, development for new methods to affect lower detection limits and/or production gains.
Applicants must also possess:
  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.
  • A degree in chemistry, environmental science, biology, microbiology, geology or a related field, and three to five years of progressively responsible instrumental and/or scientific chemical analysis experience, or equivalent.

Additional information is available on the City's Website

Laboratory Technician
City of McMinnville
Full Time  $3,744 - $4,782/month, depending on experience
Closing Date:  January 24, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Performs gravimetric, bacteriological and chemical analyses of sewage, sludge, groundwater and industrial waste; prepares reagents and standards; maintains accurate logs and records for all analyses, equipment and instruments as required by laws, regulations and procedures; performs sample collection; performs quality control checks on analyses, procedures and equipment; helps improve quality control for lab; ordering supplies; and follows all safety rules and procedures established for work area.

Thorough knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and the principles, methods, materials, instruments and equipment used in wastewater laboratory; principles of wastewater treatment processes; sewage sampling techniques; high school education (or equivalent) plus additional specialized courses in chemistry, biology, or related field; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work in a team environment; training and / or experience in using computer applications for preparing spreadsheets, databases, and analyzing data; any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates the knowledge, skills; and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the Laboratory Technician.

To Apply
Submit an official City of McMinnville employment application, cover letter and resume electronically to hr@mcminnvilleoregon.gov.

Additional Information
Please visit the City’s website at www.mcminnvilleoregon.gov, call (503) 434-2328 or email hr@mcminnvilleoregon.gov.  The City of McMinnville is an equal opportunity employer.




Environmental ServicesTechnician II - Stormwater
City of Albany
Salary:  $4,223 - $5,381 Monthly
Job Type: Regular, Full-time
Closing date: June 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM

The City of Albany is currently recruiting to fill a full-time Environmental Services Technician II - Stormwater position. This position performs work related to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) and related water quality compliance..

The successful candidate will focus on Post Construction Stormwater Quality Facility operations and inventory, have demonstrable knowledge and experience with stormwater regulations, low impact development and green infrastructure operations and maintenance, stormwater control measures, and the ability to successfully implement City of Albany Oregon municipal codes and guidance as they relate to local, state and federal Clean Water Act regulations. The candidate will have regular interaction with a wide variety of stakeholders including businesses, industries, and other City departments through inspections, meetings and outreach activities. The candidate should have excellent interpersonal skills and perform duties in a manner consistent with the stated values of the City.

Additional information is available on the City's website

Public Works Superintendent
City of Gervais
Salary:  $4,960.00 - $6,648.00 Monthly
Job Type: Regular
Closing date: November 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM

The Public Works Superintendent has primary responsibility for the oversight of public works projects.  This position directs and performs public works operations, which includes all functions of the City’s water and wastewater systems and tasks related to the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of streets, facilities, and parks.  This position has accountability for results in terms of methods and accuracy.  This is a supervisory position in which the Superintendent reviews work and trains public works personnel in the performance of their duties.  The Superintendent is responsible for scheduling assignments, ensuring proper equipment utilization, and performing formal performance evaluations of public works employees.  The Public Works Superintendent is part of the City's management team and works closely with the Chief of Police and City Manager to collaborate on decisions for the good of the City.  Please visit http://www.gervaisoregon.org/ for a complete job announcement, job description and application materials.

City of Redmond, Oregon
Water Pollution Control Facility Operations Coordinator
Salary: $4,775 to $5,869 per month

Closing date: January 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Under the direction of the Wastewater Division Manager and Wastewater Treatment Supervisor, performs skilled operation and maintenance duties in a secondary wastewater treatment plant. Coordinates and participates in routine and unplanned maintenance and operations for the Wastewater Treatment staff. Oversees and conducts quality control of sample collection to meet regulatory requirements. Oversees and conducts analysis of wastewater samples from an activated sludge process and performs process control adjustments. Oversees and conducts maintenance and calibration of process control instrumentation.

For more information and to apply, go to:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/redmondor

Superintendent - Water Treatment Plant
City of Grants Pass- Public Works Department
Full-Time $66,693 - $84,388 Annually
Closing date: Open until filled
First Interview will be November 9, 2018

Position Summary
The Water Treatment Plant Superintendent leads the Water Treatment division under the general supervision of the Public Works Director. It exercises full supervision of employees in the division as well as seasonal full time temporary staff.
The position manages the operation and maintenance of:
 20 MGD conventional surface water treatment plant
 13 remote booster pump stations
 8 reservoir sites
 Management of water quality laboratory utilized for quality
control and compliance analysis.
 Fiscal responsibility of preparation of an operating budget
 Planning City-wide projects relating to the water division.
The Superintendent will also be integrally involved in the planning and replacement of the City's current Treatment Plant, which is scheduled for replacement with a new treatment plant by 2023/2024.

Minimum Qualifications
An Associate’s Degree and six years directly related water
experience, two years of which much be supervisory
or lead.

Additional information is available on the City's Website

Environmental Compliance Specialist
City of Newport
Full-Time $42,768 - $56,076 Annually
Closing date: December 10,

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor, the Environmental Compliance Specialist primarily ensures regulatory compliance regarding industrial pretreatment, Fats, Oils, Grease (F.O.G), Backflow Prevention Programs, and Storm water compliance.

Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules, and regulations related to building codes and permits. Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations related to wastewater treatment and environmental programs. Knowledge of residential building requirements and building construction. Methods and techniques of proper phone etiquette. Methods and techniques for basic report preparation and writing. Methods and techniques for record keeping and filing. Customer service and public relations methods and techniques. Demonstrated knowledge of personal protective equipment (PPE) application, use, and care. Strong understanding of fluid hydraulics.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective and professional working relationship with City management, supervisors, employees, Council members, other entities, and the public. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, with individual and groups. Ability to honor the confidentiality required of this position. Ability to multi-task in a busy environment. Ability to communicate and interact with a variety of people; be self-motivated, and carry assignments through to completion. Ability to use discretion and work independently and in a teamwork environment. Attention to detail in all aspects of the job. Ability to write work reports and maintain records and logs; read and interpret technical manuals, work orders, diagrams, and sketches. Ability to meet strict deadliness for state reporting. Ability to interpret and explain both orally and in writing technical information to the public, specific to city codes, policies, procedures, and regulations. Ability to learn Storm Water Management Awareness pertinent to 1200-Z permit compliance.

Additional information is available on the City's Website

Public Works Operator I
The City of Troutdale

Department: Public Works
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $21.70 - $26.38
Closes On: December 21, 2018

Position Summary

Position summary:
An introductory-level position to perform a variety of tasks in the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of public works facilities, including streets and water source, treatment, and distribution facilities.

To view the complete position description and to apply, go to the City's Website


Stormwater Coordinator / Sr. Engineering Associate/Analyst – Design  
Lane County Public Works
Full-Time $56,888 - $85,280 Annually (Note: 5% salary differential for Oregon Registered P.E. or 3% salary differential for E.I.T. )
Closing date: January 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Position:  Lane County Public Works (Eugene, OR) seeks a Stormwater Coordinator / Senior Engineering Associate (Analyst) for the Design Section of its Engineering & Construction Services Division

Description:  This is a professional position that will advance Lane County’s current NPDES MS-4 program to the next permit level as required by DEQ Permit dated November 30, 2018. Additionally, this position supervises technical staff; acts as project manager for environmentally focused public improvement projects; and acts as the County’s technical expert in the above disciplines (providing advice/rule interpretations to other County departments, divisions, and small communities without an NPDES coordinator.   

More specifically, this position will:

  • Coordinate NPDES-MS4 Phase II permit requirements, including writing reports, ordinances and manuals; coordinating tasks with local jurisdictions; providing public involvement and educational opportunities; reviewing, inspecting, and enforcing illicit discharge, stormwater facility maintenance, and all other permit requirements.
  • Interpret and disseminate provisions of federal, state, and local stormwater runoff regulations and rules to affected public works divisions.
  • Coordinate departmental reviews of land development applications, utility extensions / significant facility replacements, and all other activities within, and adjacent to, the public rights-of-way to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Lead and/or collaborate in the preparation and updating of comprehensive plans, policies, reports, manuals, budgets, and other documents.
  • Develop public outreach; make oral and written presentations to multiple audiences, including citizen groups, neighborhood associations, and Boards and Commissions; represent the County on various stormwater advisory groups and committees; look for opportunities to build trust; be willing to give reasons why; follow up with answers; and reflect the County in a positive manner.
  • Respond to and address citizen complaints; investigate illicit discharges; develop corrective / enforcement recommendations; notify Director of legal action needed to effect compliance with established stormwater regulations.
  • Prepare grant applications and coordinate with federal, state, and local funding agencies; and complete required communications and reports.
  • Act as Responsible Engineer for environmentally focused fish passage, wetland mitigation, and stormwater quality (assigned) projects.  Author technical reports / calculations; develop plans, specifications, and estimates; and provide construction support.
  • Work as a team member in project development / scoping; manage the environmental permitting phase of project development.
  • Attend and participate in division meetings; present recommendations and ideas to enhance the division’s performance and the services it provides.


  • Bachelor’s degree in field related to area of assignment/
  • Five – Eight years of progressively responsible professional experience. 

Interested?  To apply, please visit www.lanecounty.org/jobs and apply for job posting 201800366.  For additional questions, contact HR @ 541-682-3124. Closes: 1/28/19 @ 5:00 p.m.  EOE/ADA



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