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Colorado Springs Utilities Environmental Specialist - Water Quality Standards and Permits in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Environmental Specialist - Water Quality Standards and Permits

Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory

Pay Range $83,500 to $98,342

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 5/5/22

Environmental Specialist - Water Quality Standards & Permits

Colorado Springs Utilities is a four-service municipal utility with a 100-year reputation for providing reliable water, wastewater, gas, and electric services to the Pikes Peak Region. Our work culture is dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy, and we are a national leader in reliability, with power on an average of 99.991% of the time. In fact, we were recently awarded the Diamond Designation from the American Public Power Association, for having some of the highest ratings in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvements among the nation’s 2,000+ public utilities. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, you will enjoy nature at its finest while residing in the sixth most desired place to live in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2021).

We are looking for an individual to serve the community as the Environmental Specialist for water quality standards and permits within Colorado Springs Utilities. In this role, you will lead and implement Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) to fulfill permitting and strategic planning to meet future stream standards and protect water quality for generations. The person filling this job will be the CDPS expert for all Utilities’ operations with a focus on wastewater utilities. Also, will work collaboratively with regulators, regional water quality stakeholders, industry partners, and Utilities staff to develop and implement water quality plans.

How you will make an impact...

  • Prepare permit applications & permit implementation plans

  • Manage water quality information and databases to support permitting and rulemaking

  • Lead teams to prepare, submit and negotiate CDPS permits and site applications for two major wastewater facilities; a biosolids facility and a drinking water treatment facility

  • Support and possibly represent Utilities through the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission hearing process; track and influence proposed changes to stream standards and permit regulations

  • Develop and maintain partnerships to support regulatory strategies

  • In conjunction with legal counsel and watershed staff, represent Utilities in regional water quality planning processes including Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Water Quality Management Committee and Site Application Review Committee and Arkansas Fountain Coalition for Urban and River Evaluation

  • Support and guide staff on Industrial Pretreatment permit applications and compliance for Utilities’ electric generation facilities

  • In conjunction with the Laboratory Services Department, develop, oversee or support projects and programs to ensure compliance with CDPS permit requirements

  • Provide water quality consulting and CDPS permitting support for capital projects in any of Utilities’ four services: water, wastewater, electric, and gas

  • Develop and oversee research and surface water data collection projects, typically with US Geological Survey, to support permitting and regulatory strategies

  • Clean Water Act and related planning, rulemaking, regulations, permits, policies, and practices

Who you are... Qualified candidates will ideally offer a Bachelor's degree, with a specialization in environmental science such as aquatic biology, ecology, engineering/chemistry, or 2+ years of demonstrated experience in environmental management Additionally, we seek, knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following:

  • Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS), to fulfill permitting for wastewater and drinking water facilities

  • Familiarity with Colorado water quality standards and regulations

  • Water resource recovery and drinking water treatment operations and processes

  • Environmental data, data quality, data collection, data analysis, and statistics

  • Communication, networking, influencing

The military job codes/duty codes most closely related to this role are: 72D, 72E 43E1, 43E2, 43E3, 43EX, 4B031, 4B051, 4B091, 4B0X1 6460, 6463, 6465, 6467 9631, 9684

Why should you join our team? You’ll use your professional environmental experience and talents to serve your community, as this is a unique opportunity to be Utilities’ subject matter expert on wastewater, surface water, and groundwater quality regulations. You’ll be responsible for wastewater discharge permitting for Utilities’ extensive wastewater, drinking water, gas, and electric operations. You’ll surround yourself with dedicated and knowledgeable water quality professionals, skilled operators, a legal team, and regulatory specialists to reach goals you can’t reach by yourself. You’ll dig deep into regulations and your professional network to achieve environmental, community, and business objectives. If you thrive on a mix of understanding and implementing environmental regulations, applying science, and building partnerships, you should apply.

Our Commitment to our Employees...

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to recharge

  • Vacation –New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $10.30 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network preventive care covered at 100%

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans.

  • Disability Coverage –Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

  • Life Insurance –Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage are available

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  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory