Colorado State Senior Review Engineer (Water Quality)-2117 in Denver, Colorado

Senior Review Engineer (Water Quality)-2117



Senior Review Engineer (Water Quality)-2117


$6,076.00 - $9,210.00 Monthly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Public Health & Environment

Job Number



6/1/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

Make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a better Colorado? Are you looking for 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 fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

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:

  • Strong 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

  • Employee wellness programs and facilities

  • 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

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

Description of Job

Work Unit

This position resides in the Engineering Section of the Water Quality Control Division (WQCD). The Engineering Section exists to address for the public, governmental entities, the regulated community, and the Department, technical and regulatory issues primarily related to compliance assistance and compliance assurance for drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities (and other discharging facilities) including the following activities: water and wastewater engineering plan review and approval; vulnerability assessment-related monitoring waivers; technical and compliance assistance; regulation and policy development; and provision of technical services in support of the Division's programs to provide financial assistance for drinking water and wastewater treatment facility construction.

About the position

The main purpose of this position is to review and approve engineering design plans for public drinking water systems and domestic wastewater facilities. Drinking water system reviews are based on anticipated compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations. Domestic wastewater facility reviews are based on the requirements within the Site Location and Design Approval Regulations for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Works and anticipated compliance with the requirements set forth within the facility's discharge permit. The core job duties include the following:

  • Reviews and recommends approval or denial of site location applications.

  • Reviews wastewater and drinking water treatment and conveyance facility design submittals for conformance with design criteria and applicable regulations/statutes and issues approval or denial.

  • Reviews and makes technical adequacy decisions for other technical submittals.

  • All reviews may involve site visits, project related meetings, and construction inspections.

  • Provides information and training to engineers, sanitarians and/or operators of water treatment facilities informally during telephone conversations, site visits, meetings, and formally during training sessions in support of project submittal and operator certification requirements.

  • Assists in the development of procedures, guidance, policies and/or regulations and interprets policies and regulations in support of drinking water and wastewater legislative mandates to ensure the provision of safe drinking water and properly treated wastewater.

  • Participates in and assists with development of internal policies and procedures that pertain to work performed in the Division.

  • Responds to requests for information from the public, the regulated community, governmental entities, environmental groups, professional consultants, Department and Division teams and sections, and section members.

  • Ensures that the content of all reports and engineering submittals meet the requirements of applicable regulations and statutes that may not be specifically included or addressed in design criteria or other design-related guidance.

  • Performs or supports diagnostic inspections and/or comprehensive performance evaluations at treatment facilities with technically-challenging compliance issues.

  • Provides testimony in support of formal and informal enforcement actions.

  • Responds to emergencies that are associated with drinking water and ambient water quality.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

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:

  • Demonstrated experience designing and/or constructing Industrial or Domestic Wastewater or Drinking Water Treatment Facilities.

  • Operational experience and/or knowledge with regard to Industrial or Domestic Wastewater or Drinking Water Treatment Facilities.

  • Familiarity with Colorado's design criteria for drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience with federal and Colorado Drinking Water and Wastewater Regulations.

  • Accountable for high-quality and timely results

  • Excellent listening skills

  • Ability to pay close attention to detail

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others

  • Ability to use critical thinking when making decisions or solving problems

Conditions of Employment

  • Possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license

  • Must maintain ability and willingness to independently travel approximately 10% of the time. The incumbent in this position will travel independently to remote locations across Colorado to conduct site visits. Some overnights stays are required.

  • 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.

  • On Call Status: Must be willing to be on-call in the event the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  • A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via by the application deadline.

  • 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 application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.

  • If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214 attached to your application.

The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from

  • 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.

  • 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 qualifications.

  • A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Appeal Rights: If 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 A standard appeal form is available at: 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.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.