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Deputy Environmental Manager

Principal Executive/Manager E – Deputy Environmental Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation
Director’s Office – Interstate Bridge Replacement Program
Vancouver, Washington

The role: 
Do you have experience in environmental planning? Are you skilled in building collaborative partnerships? As the deputy environmental manager, you will lead a team of environmental compliance specialists responsible for conducting all program environmental permitting and approval activities including scoping, public and stakeholder engagement, interagency regulatory coordination, project development and construction activities. Apply today!

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program is a multimodal megaproject jointly led by the State of Oregon and the State of Washington to address regional highway problems facing the I-5 highway system crossing over the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. We are working together with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to develop solutions for seismic resiliency, safety improvements, congestion reduction, reliable transit, active transportation and reliable movement of freight.

The person in this position will be a State of Oregon employee. This position is based in Portland, Oregon, and the work location will be at our shared office, when established, in Vancouver, Washington.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

This limited duration project position is expected to end on or before project completion, approximately 10 years from date of hire. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible and have a designated maximum length of service. This position has the potential to become permanent.

A day in the life:
  • Initiate and manage environmental planning, project development and interagency coordination activities supporting all needed environmental permitting, consultations and approvals for the program.
  • Oversee and manage processes to comply with all applicable federal, state and local land use and environmental regulations, requirements, approvals and permits.
  • Work closely with permitting agencies and local jurisdictions to develop a streamlined public engagement program.
  • Lead the program’s efforts to coordinate a regulatory working group to ensure regular and transparent communication and coordination with the project’s regulatory partners.
  • Maintain strong working relationships and streamlined interagency coordination with regulatory partners and local jurisdictions.
  • Innovate and implement one-team approaches to ensure streamlined and effective coordination and communication between the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, the program, designated WSDOT and ODOT subject matter experts, and project decision makers.
  • Support and advise team members as needed on all aspects of environmental compliance.
  • Lead program to ensure compliance with all environmental regulations, permits, intergovernmental agreements and mitigation commitments during project construction.
  • Lead resolution of all environmental compliance issues throughout final design and construction of the project.
  • Work is performed in an office environment with occasional travel and overnight field trips required.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email
What’s in it for you:
  • Work/life balance, 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Click here to learn about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation.
What we need:
Three years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:
a) Development of program rules and policies,
b) Development of long- and short-range goals and plans,
c) Program evaluation, and
d) Budget preparation.


Two years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:
a) Development of program rules and policies,
b) Development of long- and short-range goals and plans,
c) Program evaluation, and
d) Budget preparation;
45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.


Three years of professional experience as a program/project leader, assigning and reviewing work of professional staff (e.g., engineers, etc.) including project responsibility for developing goals and objectives, project evaluation, and monitoring and controlling or preparing a budget.

In your resume, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.
Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.
What we’d like to see:
If you have these qualities, let us know in your resume and cover letter! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!
Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position. 
  • Experience in environmental planning including environmental impact statements, development of permitting plans and conducting agency consultation.
  • Skills in multitasking and leading of multiagency and consultant teams within tight timeframes.
  • Skills in building strong, collaborative partnerships.
  • Experience managing consultants and reviewing work products to ensure contract compliance.

Learn more and apply:
Our first application screening is scheduled for 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

Click here to learn more and to apply! Please note that we can only accept applications through our website.

Questions? Call 971-273-8687 or email

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer