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

Environmental Specialist

Water Quality Standards & Permits

Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory

Pay Range $69,097.60 to $104,540.80

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 8/16/18

**Environmental Specialist

Water Quality Standards & Permits**

Seeking an individual to serve the community as the Environmental Specialist for water quality standards and permits within Colorado Springs Utilities who will lead and implement Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) to fulfill permitting and strategic planning. This will then endeavor 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.

This position will be filled at the mid-level (Environmental Specialist) or senior level (Sr. Environmental Specialist) depending on the qualifications, experience, and certification level of the successful candidate.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • 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

  • 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, 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

  • Advise 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

  • This is a non-supervisory leadership position


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

  • Environmental science such as aquatic biology, ecology, engineering or chemistry

  • Water resource recovery and drinking water treatment operations and processes

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

  • Communication, networking, influencing, mentoring, coaching

Why should you apply? 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 ground water 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.

What will it take to be successful? Seeking a person with a solid, working knowledge of water quality and its relationship to wastewater operations and a significant number of demonstrated and progressively responsible and transferable years of experience in environmental protection. This may be demonstrated through relevant experience, or by formal education; a Bachelor’s Degree with additional environmental coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Natural Resources, or a closely related field is preferred.

You’ll have a visible track record of curiosity and motivation to learn more about water quality, operations, regulations and the people behind them. While you thrive on digging into data and regulations, you know you can’t be successful without collaboration of your team. You build networks and partnerships within Utilities and throughout the state. You have the ability to prepare a quality CDPS permit application yourself, but you are dedicated to pulling together informal teams to formulate a better final product. You meet the deadlines, get the support of the team on the strategy, and focus on detail.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity for our community.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. Colorado Springs boasts breath-taking scenery, abundant recreation activities, and diverse populations. With the recent spotlight on energy in our country, energy careers are on the fast track. At Colorado Springs Utilities, we continue to innovate by using state-of-the-art technology. Our employees enjoy the satisfaction of fulfilling work that impacts our citizen owners and community daily.

Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community and tap into the power of your potential!

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled.Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 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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Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory