Colorado State Environmental Protection Specialist - 2446 in Denver, Colorado
Environmental Protection Specialist - 2446
Environmental Protection Specialist - 2446
$65,796.00 - $82,236.00 Annually
Department of Public Health & Environment
9/28/2020 11:59 PM Mountain
This position is only open to Colorado state residents.
This announcement will remain open until the end date listed above or until we have identified an adequate applicant pool, whichever comes first. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.
Be BOLD and make a real difference . . .
Do you desire a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a career position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to advance Colorado's health and protect the places we live, work, learn, and play. Our vision is to create a healthy and sustainable Colorado where current and future generations thrive.
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:
Employee wellness programs and facilities
Extensive internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks
Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
Strong, yet flexible retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
Medical and dental health plans
Paid life insurance
Short- and long-term disability coverage
10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
Tuition assistance for college-level courses including Masters degree programs
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and
A variety of employee resource groups
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to: https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/pslfFlow.action#!/pslf/launch
Description of Job
The purpose of the Federal Facility Remediation & Restoration Unit is to oversee the cleanup of federal facilities (primarily the Department of Defense (DoD)) located in Colorado. The Unit works with federal agencies, state and local governments, businesses, and the general public to ensure that federal facility cleanups or remedial actions are conducted in a manner, which is protective of human health and the environment, and are consistent with state and federal law. The Unit oversees the remediation and closure of regulated waste management units at numerous active sites, formerly used defense sites, or base realignment and closure sites. Remediation is necessary due to the contamination of environmental media from the improper management of hazardous waste or hazardous substances and are usually conducted pursuant to RCRA or CERCLA. The Unit provides technical assistance and approval regarding the proper management of hazardous waste; characterization of contaminated sites, and remediation of soil, surface water, and groundwater. The Unit also oversees the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Program. The purpose of this program is to assess injuries to the state's natural resources, collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources and the Attorney General to obtain settlements for damages resulting from natural resource injuries, review restoration proposals, draft contracts for funding approved restoration activities, and projects. The Unit seeks and fosters public involvement in selecting and carrying out actions, which are technically sound, cost-effective, and timely.
The position exists to represent the state's interests regarding compliance with federal and state law under CERCLA and RCRA at federal facilities in Colorado. The position provides technical support and oversight at federal facilities, ensuring that remedial actions satisfy the state's legal, regulatory, policy, and technical requirements; consider and address public input; incorporate agreements between other agencies with the jurisdiction of interest; are technically sound, cost-effective, and performed in a timely manner. The position requires regulatory expertise regarding the characterization and remediation of soil, surface water, and groundwater in order to make these determinations. In some cases, the position may require regulatory expertise (or the willingness to learn) regarding the characterization and removal of military munitions and munitions constituents. The position also provides onsite oversight of hazardous waste remediation activities to ensure the work performed is consistent with design specifications and drawings, work plans, and decision documents.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
6 years of full-time work experience demonstrating knowledge and experience providing technical oversight of the characterization and clearance of military munitions or unexploded ordnance, and munitions constituents. Proven technical knowledge of remedial actions including soil and groundwater cleanups. (Substitution)
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in biology, chemistry, geology, environmental science, engineering (chemical, environmental), industrial hygiene, or a related field.
Two (2) years of experience in demonstrating knowledge and experience providing technical oversight of the characterization and clearance of military munitions or unexploded ordnance, and munitions constituents. Proven technical knowledge of remedial actions including soil and groundwater cleanups. (Minimum Qualifications)
Masters from an accredited college or university in biology, chemistry, geology, environmental science, engineering (chemical, environmental), industrial hygiene, or a related field may substitute for the professional experience on a year-for-year basis. (Substitution)
This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated
A copy of your transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:
The preferred experience, competencies, and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:
Working with Colorado Hazardous Waste Act, the Colorado Solid Waste Disposal Sites and Facilities Act and regulations, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and other related environmental statutes and guidance.
Knowledge and experience providing technical oversight of the characterization and clearance of military munitions or unexploded ordnance, and munitions constituents.
Experience conducting technical reviews and/or inspections. Strong analytical and organizational skills, with keen attention to details
Knowledge and experience writing technical reports
Ability to interpret regulations and statutes
Strong verbal and written communications skills and effective listening skills
Ability to multi-task and problem solve
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with a wide range of customers
Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
Ability to collaborate and achieve consensus with a variety of customers and organizations
Experience providing compliance assistance
Ability to work well independently as well as in/with a team
Keen attention to detail
Ability to interpret and analyze data
Conditions of Employment
CDPHE-A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit to a background check if offered the position.
This position requires the travel of 10%-15% during the year for site inspections, stakeholder meetings, and meetings.
Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.
- A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via governmentjobs.com by the
- A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and
preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to
your governmentjobs.com application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date
and time of the announcement.
The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via
email. Emails will come from email@example.com.
- All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed
against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the
minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
- Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on
merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
a. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured
application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your
application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred
- A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring
f you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the
position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you
may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel
Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to
challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State
Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge
of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination
reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of
the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the
State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also applies to all charges of discrimination.