Colorado Springs Utilities Environmental Technician in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory
Pay Range $29.35 to $30.83
Location Colorado Springs, CO
Date First Posted 9/13/23
Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking an Environmental Technician to provide technical support incoordinating, collecting, reviewing, validating, and tracking environmental quality field data to aid in studies and for regulatory compliance purposes. The work that you do in this role helps to ensure that we provide electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater services in compliance with environmental regulations at the federal, state, and local levels.
A day in the life of an Environmental Technician may include performing work in the following areas:
Groundwater Quality Monitoring
Demonstrating knowledge in common groundwater sampling techniques (e.g., low-flow/micro purge, peristaltic, bailing) and environmental sampling procedures/protocols
Scheduling, coordinating, and performing groundwater monitoring well measurements and sampling in accordance with set monitoring plans and environmental procedures
Operating, maintaining, calibrating, troubleshooting, and repairing environmental monitoring equipment (e.g., water quality meters and sensors, generators, air compressors, pumps)
Managing environmental recordkeeping activities, including completing detailed field documentation and chain of custody
Maintaining, transferring, and inputting data into databases
Demonstrating knowledge in the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control and pollution prevention, and with the skills to assess site conditions that could impact stormwater quality and to assess the effectiveness of stormwater controls implemented in relation to permit requirements
Conducting stormwater inspections at construction sites and industrial facilities, and assisting in the preparation and updates of stormwater management plans and permits
Interpreting construction drawings and grading erosion control plans
Assisting with regulatory documentation, recordkeeping, and reporting
Collaborating with Project Managers, construction crews, and plant personnel
Petroleum Storage Tank Compliance and Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans
Familiarity with petroleum storage tank systems, SPCC Plan requirements, and related rules/regulations
Coordinating and performing routine petroleum storage tank inspections, and assisting with compliance management
Assisting with SPCC Plan inspections and plan updates
Additional environmental tasks and projects, as assigned, may potentially include activities supporting or related to the planning and construction of electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater projects; compliance management of landfills (e.g., coal combustion residuals, biosolids, water treatment residuals, construction & demolition debris) and process water impoundments; environmental site assessments and remediation; legislative and rulemaking matters; environmental permitting; and waste management.
Who You Are
Relevant experience in an environmental compliance capacity and in groundwater quality monitoring is valued
Associate's degree in environmental science, biology, chemistry, geology, natural resources, or a related field is valued
Possession of a valid, unrestricted driver's license is required (this position will involve approximately 75% field and 25% office tasks)
Ability to perform outdoor field work involving occasional moderate physical exertion (up to 50 pounds), traverse non-paved terrains, and exposure to inclement weather
Completion of the City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise’s approved “Stormwater Management and Erosion Control During Construction” training, the Colorado Division of Oil & Public Safety’s UST Operator Training, and/or OSHA’s 40-Hour Hazwoper course is beneficial
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; skill in AutoCAD and/or ArcGIS are desirable
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 $10.00 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 PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverage
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 (LTC) – 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 available
Tuition Reimbursement – Employees are eligible to receive up to $5,250 annually for Tuition Reimbursement
Qualifying Public Service Employer – Payments made towards student loans may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Curious about joining our team? Learn more at https://coloradospringsutilities.jobs/jobs/
All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.
Starting pay will be determined within the posted pay range based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate; if there is a single pay rate posted, the job starts at that rate.
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