Colorado Springs Utilities Environmental Specialist – Water Resource Recovery Facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Environmental Specialist – Water Resource Recovery Facilities

Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory

Pay Range $69,097 to $86,361

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 11/25/18

**Environmental Specialist

Water Resource Recovery Facilities**

Colorado Springs Utilities is looking to add you as their newest member. We are currently hiring for an Environmental Specialist . This opportunity plays an essential role in maintaining the operational performance goals of the Water Resource Recovery Facilities and will report to the Water Resource Recovery Facilities Manager with primary internal customers being the Plant Superintendents, Supervisors and operations, maintenance and IEC staff. In this role, you will be responsible for collaborating with the Las Vegas, J.D. Phillips, and Clear Springs Ranch plants to provide strategic direction for advancing, maintaining and optimizing process control strategies for the plants and partner with each plant on solving problems and developing strategies for optimal treatment performance among all plants. In addition, you will support the team in training and special projects. Training activities will include the development of an OJT program to include process control training and technical sessions on identified operational activities. Special projects may include operational support of optimization projects, troubleshooting, and development of strategies for new capital projects.

The role requires strong communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills with customers, building effective teams, and fostering cooperation among facilities and workgroups. In addition, you will provide assistance in developing and mentoring staff as required.

Essential functions and responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Ability to work with the Plant Superintendents, Supervisors, WRRF Manager and operations, maintenance and IEC staff to identify and prioritize process control and project requirements.

  • Facilitate collaboration among the plants to ensure that there are effective communication and problem solving to address operational challenges.

  • Ability to identify opportunities to improve processes to optimize plant performance with a focus on cost-effectiveness.

  • Support the WWT A’s on lessons learned activities concerning operational troubleshooting

  • Ability to run project teams and coordinate resource requirements with customers.

  • Ability to direct project meetings to facilitate discussion and decision making; Lead the Combined Plant Meeting for WRRF Facilities.

  • Develops and conducts training programs for operations staff with the support of each plant to include process control and operational activities.

  • Plans and conducts assigned technical research projects with a moderate level of guidance and direction.

  • Evaluates and interprets regulations for applicability to operations; Assisting with Permit related issues and “renewals” as needed.

  • Evaluates operations and projects, providing professional consultation to ensure and improve compliance with environmental regulations and support environmental stewardship. Assists Operations with environmental compliance, such as permit-related tasks and hazardous material and waste management.

  • Works with Superintendents/Supervisors in support of inspections and audits as required.

  • Demonstrate compliance with, and enforce Environmental Health & Safety rules and regulations at all times.

  • Monitors and investigates industry standards, best practices and technological advances to help plants stay current.

  • Participates in regional and state environmental, educational and technical committees, evaluates proposed regulatory changes and communicates information appropriately.

Why should you apply? Colorado Springs Utilities is big enough to offer a broad range of important environmental responsibilities and small enough for the individual employee to be known and make a difference. Your mentors will share their expertise and experience, and you will have opportunities for training and development. We’re looking for an individual with a commitment to continuous improvement personally, professionally and in their assigned programs and projects.

What will it take to be successful in this position? We value the self-motivated professional who has effective communication and interpersonal skills. We’re looking for a team member with a track record of solving problems collaboratively. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in a natural science or engineering (typically civil, chemical or environmental). Basic knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental regulations should be part of your education or experience (please be sure to highlight this on your application and/or resume). Previous experience in the water, wastewater utilities industry is preferred along with a Class A Wastewater Treatment certificate. You will have plenty of opportunities to develop new skills regardless of your experience level. We expect all employees to demonstrate personal responsibility for working safely.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

  • In addition to a great location and dynamic work, we offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and generous time off, all while working in the shadow of beautiful Pikes Peak.

  • As a community-owned enterprise for nearly 100 years, we offer both stability and the opportunity to serve your neighbors.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. Our work environment embraces teamwork and flexibility.

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. 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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E-Verify and Right to Work Notice . Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Colorado Springs Utilities participates in E-Verify. For more information on your rights and responsibilities as an applicant, please visit: . If you have a legal right to work in the United States, there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace. You should know that no employer can deny you a job or fire you because of your national origin. Unless mandated by law or government contract, employers cannot require you to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or refuse any legally acceptable documents. If any of these things have happened to you, you may have a valid charge of discrimination that can be filed with the OSC. Contact the OSC for assistance in your own language. Call 1-800-255-7688. TDD for the hearing impaired is 1-800-237-2515. In the Washington, D.C., area, please call 202-616-5594, TDD 202-616-5525 Or write to: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel NYA 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530.

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